On Monday, former editor-in-chief of The Guardian Alan Rusbridger came to talk to our year 12 students about ethical journalism, the role of the press and how the digital revolution has overhauled the news industry in recent years. He reflected on the contributing factors for these changes and how it has made it harder than ever to know what is true when reading a news story.
Following the talk, he joined a group of year 12 students for lunch where they were able to put their questions to Alan and discuss some of the subjects in greater depth.
Among the subjects discussed were the importance of freedom of speech versus truthful reporting, and the ethical decisions he made during his 20 years as editor-in-chief, in particular regarding the newspaper’s publication of Wikileaks and Edward Snowden material.
Alan Rusbridger is Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and gave an insight into Oxford University and advice to the sixth form students who are considering applying.