4 Mar 2016 2:00pm - 5:00pm Alison Richard Building SG1/2


The event if free and open to all but registration is required. To book your place please click here or use the online registration link on this page.

Emily Bell, the Humanitas Vistiing Professor in Media 2015-16, will participate in a symposium with invited speakers discussing the theme of Facebook Eating the World.  This is part of a series of events during her visit to Cambridge.

Confirmed Speakers

Steve Hewlett (writer, broadcaster and media consultant/University of Westminster)
George Brock (ex Times Foreign Editor and Professor of Journalism, City University)
Ella McPherson (Sociology, Cambridge)
Martin Moore (Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power)

Chair: John Naughton (Cambridge)


Other events in this series

Wednesday 2 March Open Lecture The End of the News as We Know It: How Facebook Swallowed Journalism

Thursday 3 March In Conversation with Mary Beard

Emily Bell is also participating in the Women of the World Festival on Saturday 5 March. In the session Seen and not Heard  Emily will give a talk entitled 'New Media, Old Problems’.


The events are funded by the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust with the support of a series of generous benefactors.

For administrative enquiries please contact Michelle Maciejewska.



'Facebook Burnout' is licensed under the following Creative Commons license: CC BY 2.0. The image was created by StartBloggingOnline.com.





Introduction by John Naughton (University of Cambridge)

Panel 1


Ella McPherson (University of Cambridge)

George Brock (ex Times Foreign Editor and Professor of Journalism, City University)

Audience Q/A


Tea/coffee break


Panel 2


Steve Hewlett (writer, broadcaster and media consultant/University of Westminster)

Martin Moore (Media Standards Trust)

Response from Emily Bell

Audience Q/A

About the Professorship

The Humanitas Chair in Media has been made possible by the generous support of the Blavatnik Family Foundation.

At a time when new forms of communication, and in particular social media, are being used as tools for revolution and revolt, the Humanitas Chair in Media will address the intertwined issues of journalism, freedom and democracy in what is an increasingly digital age. Visiting Professors in the fields of social sciences and humanities will explore the impact of the internet and new technologies as well as new media’s relationship to more traditional forms.

Previous Humanitas Visiting Professors in Media

2013-14 Alastair Campbell (writer, communicator and strategist)
2012-13: Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman, Google)
2011-12: Manuel Castells (University Professor and the Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles) 2010-11: Mathias Döpfner (CEO Axel Springer)

Standing Committee

John Thompson (Sociology)
Allègre Hadida (Judge Business School)
John Naughton (Wolfson College) 
Anne Alexander (CRASSH/POLIS)

Hosting College

St John's College

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