Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism Features Emily Bell, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

September 26, 2019
Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism Features Emily Bell, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

7:00 PM

Kinsella Auditorium


How can independent, civic-minded journalism survive in a world dominated by corporate media takeovers and fake news, among other threats? Acclaimed British academic and journalist Emily Bell will tackle this critical crossroad for the media, when she delivers the 2019 Dalton Camp Lecture in Journalism. Bell is the director of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a Guardian columnist.

Her lecture, "Journalism under Attack: Why We Need a Civic Media Manifesto," will be held on Thursday, September 26 at 7 pm in the Kinsella Auditorium, McCain Hall.  The lecture will be recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio’s Ideas.


Bell’s career as a journalist began with Big Farm Weekly in 1987, a position she held for one year before moving on to Campaign, a publication on media and advertising. In 1990, Bell joined The Observer as a business reporter and was later named business editor. The majority of her career was spent at Guardian News and Media in London working as an award-winning writer and editor both in print and online. As editor-in-chief across The Guardian websites and director of digital content for Guardian News and Media, Bell led the web team in pioneering live blogging, multimedia formats, data and social media, and made The Guardian a recognized pioneer in the field. 

She is currently a professor of professional practice at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is the founding director of Columbia’s Tow Centre for Digital Journalism. The Tow Center has rapidly built an international reputation for research into the intersection of technology and journalism. She is a member of Columbia Journalism Review’s board of overseers and has served as chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on social media.


Bell is co-author of Post Industrial Journalism: Adapting to the Present (2012) and co-editor of Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State (2017). She delivered the Reuters Memorial Lecture in 2014, the Hugh Cudlipp Lecture in 2015, and was the 2016 Humanitas Visiting Professor in Media at the University of Cambridge.


Follow her on Twitter: @EmilyBell