On the evening of the 25th June we'll warmly welcome the journalist, and former Guardian editor, to the library to discover the books that have shaped his thinking.
Rusbridger's career started in local journalism, at the Cambridge Evening News. From there he joined the Guardian in 1979, first as a general reporter, then as deputy editor 1984 before becoming editor in chief in 1995 — “the year the future began” according to cultural historian W Joseph Campbell.
As editor, he helped launch Guardian Unlimited a bold embrace of the digital space, and was responsible for the paper's transformation into the Berliner format. In 2013 the Guardian broke the story of how former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden, had turned whistleblower — leading to changes in the law and numerous debates in the US Congress, the UK parliament, and legislatures around the world. The Guardian US won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for public service and well as the Paul Foot award for its coverage.
Rusbridger stepped down as editor of The Guardian in 2015 and has since taken up positions within education at Lady Margaret Hall, a constituent college of Oxford University, Nuffield College, Oxford, and Queen Mary, University of London. In 2018 his latest book Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now was published by Canongate, offering an examination of the past, present and future of the press, and the exploring the factors challenging its freedom.
In keeping with our popular Reading List format, Alan will share six publications that have informed his views; adding them to our ever-growing collection, from which you'll be welcome to borrow them.
Please drop us a line below if you'd like to come along.
Location:72 Rivington St,
London, EC2A 3AY,
Start:25th June, 2019 at 6:30pm
End:25th June, 2019 at 8:00pm