Jim Naughtie named as 2017 Hugh Cudlipp Lecturer


The 2017 Hugh Cudlipp Lecture will be given by James ‘Jim’ Naughtie, the BBC’s veteran radio and TV news presenter, hotfoot from covering the US Presidential election.

Entitled “A World Turned Upside Down”, Jim Naughtie’s lecture, hosted by the London Press Club, will take place at The Museum of London on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.

‘The year of changes wasn’t only a challenge to an established political class, but to a culture,’ said Naughtie. ‘How should our trade – in print, on the air, on line – respond? Moments of excitement and drama are also challenges. For journalists, the implications of 2016 may be as profound as the technological revolution.’

‘Who wouldn’t want to be a journalist today? But the old ways won’t do. Will our trade be able to change and still preserve the best of a culture that still makes us so proud?

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 great 20th century pioneers of popular tabloid journalism.

Sponsored by the Daily Mirror, the lecture gives a platform for a high-profile media professional to address key developments and issues in today’s news business. This year welcomes the continued partnership between the Hugh Cudlipp Trust and the London Press Club, the lecture’s original hosts from its inception seventeen years ago.

London Press Club chairman Doug Wills said: “We are thrilled and grateful that Jim Naughtie has agreed to give this year’s Cudlipp Lecture. Jim’s vast knowledge of journalism across all media ensures that his lecture will be a ‘must’. Every journalist will want to hear Jim’s lecture following his first-hand experience of how Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton handled the Press and broadcasters.”

Lecturers to date have included: Kevin Maguire, Emily Bell, David Walsh, Sir Harold Evans, Jon Snow, Lionel Barber, Alan Rusbridger, Rebekah Wade, Alastair Campbell, Paul Dacre, Andrew Marr, Lord Grade, Felicity Green, Piers Morgan, Geoffrey Goodman, Derek Jameson, Bob Edwards and Peter Carter Ruck.

To book a place at this year’s lecture, click here.



At the lecture, the winner of the £1000 Hugh Cudlipp Award for Student Journalism will be announced. The prize is given to a student who has made an outstanding contribution to journalism for an article, or series of articles, or video*, exploring an issue of public interest or concern which, in the Cudlipp tradition, exemplifies lucid and graphic communication to a wide audience.

Submission guidelines for the Hugh Cudlipp Student Award 2017
Entries must have been published in print or on an online news site between January 2016-17 in a national, regional or local newspaper (free-sheets included) or a supplement which is NOT part of assessed course work in a College newspaper/magazine.

The student must have graduated from or been enrolled at a UK university or college during 2016. Students need not be studying Journalism or a media-related subject to apply; student entries from all courses will be considered.
Students are limited to one entry only and should submit a PDF of the published work or a link via email to paulrcharman@gmail.com The source and date of publication must be clearly shown or added.

*For video entries, please do not send large video files – instead, please send a link to the work.

Closing date for entries: March 1, 2017.

The entry should be accompanied by the following details: name, age, home address, email address, telephone number and proof of college/university attendance.