A new partnership announced today sees the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture return to its original host the London Press Club – with Kevin Maguire confirmed as the speaker for 2016.
Established in 1999, the annual Cudlipp Lecture was created and named in memory of the late Lord Cudlipp, the former editorial director of the Daily Mirror and one of the 20th-century’s true pioneers of popular tabloid journalism. Each year a top industry figure addresses key media issues, with previous speakers including Lionel Barber, Paul Dacre, Sir Harold Evans, Lord Grade, Jon Snow and Rebekah Wade.
Cudlipp Trust chair Margaret Allen said: “From 2016 the Annual Hugh Cudlipp lecture moves to what can be described as its natural home, the London Press Club. During his career, Hugh was an active member of the Press Club and for a time was its president. The Cudlipp Trust is therefore delighted to collaborate with the London Press Club in this annual event which over the past decade, together with the trust’s Student Journalism Award, has become a major fixture in the journalistic calendar. We are looking forward to a long and enjoyable association.”
London Press Club chair Doug Wills added: “We are thrilled and proud to be given the opportunity to be part of securing the future of the prestigious Hugh Cudlipp Lecture. The Lecture both marks and celebrates popular journalism at its best. It’s marvellous that this is combined with a commitment to the future of rising stars with the award for student journalism. It is an honour for the Press Club to be involved in and stage this event.”
Lloyd Embley, editor-in-chief of the Daily Mirror said: “Kevin is The Voice of The Mirror and as such delights in giving a daily masterclass in taking on the powerful and inquiring on behalf of the reader. As one of the nation’s most respected and well-known political journalists and commentators his insight into the political and media landscape of 2016 is certain to make for an important and entertaining lecture worthy of the Cudlipp name.”
Following in the wake of Emily Bell this year, Mirror associate editor and columnist Maguire will deliver the 2016 lecture. Previously chief reporter at The Guardian, Maguire also writes for the New Statesman and appears regularly on Sky News and LBC. “Hugh Cudlipp sits atop the pantheon of British journalists and now is the moment to be inspired by one of the all time greats,” said Maguire. “We should harness his memory to be proud, confident and assertive journalists in the battle against the creeping authoritarianism of powerful individuals, over-mighty corporations and an intrusive state.”
At the lecture the winner of the Hugh Cudlipp Award for Student Journalism is announced – with entries now open online at cudlipp.londonpressclub.co.uk. The £1,000 prize is given to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to journalism with an article, series of articles or video exploring an issue of public interest or concern which, in the Cudlipp tradition, exemplifies lucid and graphic communication.
Entrants must have graduated from or been enrolled at a UK university or college during 2015. Entries must have been published in print or on an online news site between January 2015-16 in a national, regional or local newspaper or a supplement — which is not part of assessed course work in a college publication.
The lecture, sponsored for the third year by the Daily Mirror, will take place at the new venue of the Museum of London on March 1.