THE RESPONSIBILITY to be accurate and present facts to the public lies in the hands of upcoming journalists, according to Alan Rusbridger.
After studying English at Cambridge University, the former Guardian editor went on to study journalism at Harlow College.
Alan returned to the college earlier this year (January 24) to discuss his experiences in the industry, his thoughts on Brexit, and the future of journalism.
During his visit, he agreed to join journalist and broadcaster John Stapleton as patron of Harlow School of Journalism.
With fake news on the rise, Alan told students: “You don’t want to go into journalism to write rubbish, you want to go into journalism to speak the truth.”
The former Harlow College student was passionate that pursuing journalism requires a level of public service, now more than ever, as future journalists have a duty to be accurate in their reports.
“Society needs facts,” said Alan. He highlighted a survey, which revealed that two thirds of adults couldn’t tell the difference between a good news source and a bad source.
After 20 years at The Guardian (1995 – 2015), Alan concluded his journalism career. Currently he is principal of Lady Margaret Hall at Oxford, chairman of Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and is on the board of the National Theatre.
Breaking News is his latest publication on the journalism industry and he has also written a screen played titled Fields of Gold.