This is the first of Alastair Campbell's two public lectures as Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media 2013-14, Why journalism, and why it matters in a world in flux, delivered on 13 November 2013.
The second lecture, Journalism and democracy: grounds for optimism in face of the future?, was given on 14 November 2013. Video here.
A concluding Symposium, Media and Politics in a Changing World, was held on 20 November 2013. Video here.
About the Professorships:
Humanitas is a series of Visiting Professorships at Oxford and Cambridge intended to bring leading practitioners and scholars to both universities to address major themes in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Created by Lord Weidenfeld, the Programme is managed and funded by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue with the support of a series of generous benefactors, and co-ordinated in Cambridge by the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH). Humanitas Visiting Professorships are held by distinguished academics and leading practitioners who have contributed to interdisciplinary research and innovation in a broad range of contemporary disciplines in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Covering areas of urgent or enduring interest in today’s society, including the performing arts, Humanitas Visiting Professors present their pioneering work through a series of lectures or performances open to University audiences and the wider public.