British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture Series 2017 
Thursday 30 March 2017

British Council in partnership with Peterhouse Cambridge and the Wee Kim Wee Centre, Singapore Management University

Proudly Presents

'The Journalism of Politics and the Politics of Journalism'

A British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture


Bridget Kendall MBE, Master, Peterhouse

About the Lecture:

In her talk, entitled ‘The Journalism of Politics and the Politics of Journalism’, Bridget Kendall will consider some of the ways in which the world of journalism is changing. The Fourth Estate is very important for a healthy society but in recent years it has been tested in various parts of the world both by changing politics and technology.

Digital communication has made information more easily available on a global scale. Journalism is no longer the preserve of a media elite but can be disseminated and practiced by almost anyone, on Youtube, Facebook and other social media sites. The power of modern interactive communications can bypass or even bring down governments by exposing crimes and debunking falsehoods, and its ‘crowdsourcing’ ability can empower the downtrodden, energise grass roots movements or draw attention to injustices.

But increasingly the modern information space is also being weaponised by those who seek to exploit and manipulate information for their own ends.. Today’s news does not always increase understanding, it can also fuel prejudice, fear and confusion.

So what is the role of a professional journalist in this bewildering battleground of hacks, leaks and fake news? And what are the institutions and values in any society which must be protected to ensure an independent media?

Timings and Location:

Registration will commence promptly at 6.00 p.m. The lecture will be held at the Function Hall, Level B1.3, School of Law, Singapore Management University, 55 Armenian Street. Singapore 179943. The School of Law's new building was completed in December 2016 and was officially opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 15 March 2017. Directions can be found here

6.00 p.m. - Arrival and Registration

6.30 p.m. - Lecture to commence with Ms Bridget Kendall MBE

7.10 p.m. - Question and Answer Session

7.30 p.m. - Networking Reception

8.30 p.m. - Event to close

About the Speaker:

Bridget Kendall MBE

Bridget Kendall is the first female Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge University's oldest College.

Prior to taking up her appointment earlier this year, she was the BBC's award winning Diplomatic Correspondent, covering major international news for BBC radio, television and online.

She is also former BBC Washington correspondent and was the BBC's Moscow correspondent during the collapse of Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. She speaks fluent Russian, has twice interviewed President Putin and maintains a close interest in Russia and East/West relations.

Among her awards are the James Cameron Award for distinguished journalism and an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen in the 1994 New Year's Honours list.

She is also presenter of The Forum for BBC radio, a weekly discussion programme which explores new ideas and research from around the world.

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