Bright appointment for Harlow journalism role

Published: 2 July 2012 at 15:47

Anglia Ruskin Visiting Professor to invite Piers Morgan to post-Leveson lecture series

Political correspondent and youth employment campaigner Martin Bright has been appointed Visiting Professor of Journalism by Anglia Ruskin University.

April 2012 saw the official opening of the £9.3 million University Centre Harlow, which is a partnership between Anglia Ruskin and Harlow College. 

University Centre Harlow is home to the Journalism Centre at Harlow College, Britain’s oldest journalism school, which offers BA (Hons) in Journalism and an FdA in Sports Journalism, both validated by Anglia Ruskin.

One of Professor Bright’s first projects is to invite a number of Harlow’s alumni – including former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan – to take part in a lecture series discussing the future of journalism in the aftermath of the Leveson Inquiry, which is examining the culture, practice and ethics of the press.

Professor Bright said:

“It is a great honour to take up this position at Harlow, which has a long tradition of training some of the best journalists in the country.
“I will begin by inviting Harlow College’s stellar alumni – including Alan Rusbridger, Jeremy Clarkson, Piers Morgan and Richard Madeley – to contribute to a series of lectures on the future of journalism in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry.
“I would like University Centre Harlow to be at the heart of the discussion about journalism in the 21st century and I’m sure its alumni will want to take up the challenge of contributing to this debate.”

Professor Bright, who is currently Political Editor of the Jewish Chronicle, has enjoyed a 25-year career in radio, television and print.  He was the Political Editor of the New Statesman from 2005-8 and worked on a number of roles for the Observer, including Education Correspondent and Home Affairs Editor.

In 2009 he founded a start-up charity, New Deal of The Mind, which helps young unemployed people find work in the creative industries.  Last year, in partnership with Harlow MP Robert Halfon, he launched a Parliamentary Academy for apprentices wanting to work in Westminster.