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Alan Rusbridger: The Power of the Press, the Power of the People

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80,000 Hours is delighted to welcome Alan Rusbridger, former editor-in-chief of the Guardian, to talk about the huge impact it’s possible to have in journalism.

Alan was instrumental in publishing the leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden, for the Guardian’s strong focus on climate change over the past decade, and for overseeing its approach to the transition away from print media towards online publishing. A graduate of Magdalene college, Cambridge, he has been named newspaper editor of the year three times.

The talk will discuss his career, the place of the press in a modern society, and the challenges it has to overcome in the future – such as the decline of print media and investigative journalism, and rise of clickbait and ‘fake news’. There will be a Q&A after the talk.

After the talk there will be free drinks and snacks, and the chance to chat to Alan.

We will be having dinner with Alan before the talk – sign up here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/12w9hIjFhVSbF2BEUDmC_6Y57FSUbWiqRG0QAz8IeLkM/edit to register your interest in a place. New people are especially welcome at the dinner!

————————————————————————————————————————— More about Alan: Alan Rusbridger was editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media from 1995 – 2015 and is now Principal of Lady Margaret Hall at the University of Oxford.

His career began on the Cambridge Evening News, where he trained as a reporter before first joining the Guardian in 1979. The paper was nominated newspaper of the year five times between 1996 and 2014. Rusbridger has been named editor of the year three times. He has won the Liberty Human Rights Award, the European Press Prize and the Ortega y Gasset award and has been honoured by CUNY , Columbia, Oslo and Syracuse Universities.

Born in Zambia, he graduated from Magdalene College Cambridge University with a degree in English in 1976. He was a visiting fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford and is a visiting professor of history at Queen Mary’s College, London and Cardiff University. He has honorary doctorates from Lincoln, Oslo, Kingston and Roehampton Universities.

A keen amateur pianist and clarinettist, Rusbridger has been chair of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the Photographers’ Gallery in London.

He is the author of three children’s books, published by Penguin. He was the co-author, with Ronan Bennett, of the two-part BBC One drama, Fields of Gold. Additionally, he has written a full-length animation film script and a play about Beethoven.

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