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FT's Gideon Rachman to deliver 2016 James Cameron Memorial Lecture

Rachman is the chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times

by Ed Grover (Senior Communications Officer)

Gideon RachmanThe Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman is to deliver the 2016 James Cameron Memorial Lecture.

City will host the annual event on Wednesday 19th October, in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, from 6.30pm.

Rachman's talk is titled "Foreign reporting in the age of globalisation". 

The evening will see the presentation of the James Cameron Memorial Award and Special Award, which last year were given to Jeremy Bowen of the BBC and Sue Lloyd-Roberts respectively.

Rachman has been chief foreign affairs columnist at the FT since 2006 and joined the newspaper after a 15-year career at The Economist. His particular interests include American foreign policy, the European Union and globalisation.

Previous speakers at the Cameron lecture include Gary Younge of the Guardian in 2015, Robert Peston, Greg Dyke, Tony Benn, John Humphreys and Alan Rusbridger.

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The lecture has taken place at City since 1987 as a memorial to the revered British journalist James Cameron. A trust was set up after his death in 1985 to award an annual prize to a journalist whose work in the previous year had been "in the Cameron tradition".

Since it was established, the Cameron award has recognised some of the UK’s leading foreign-affairs journalists including Michael Buerk, John Simpson, Bridget Kendall, Fergal Keane and Lindsay Hilsum.
Gary Younge
The recipient of the award, which includes a prize of £500, is selected by a judging panel that includes George Alagiah, Michael Buerk, Roula Khalaf, Stewart Purvis, Professor Howard Tumber and Professor George Brock.

Professor Brock, chair of the judging panel in 2016, said: “Gideon Rachman is a leading figure in international journalism with an outstanding career as a foreign correspondent, columnist and author. We are delighted that he is lecturer.”

The James Cameron Memorial Award is awarded by the James Cameron Memorial Trust. The Special Award is generously funded by Marion Kaplan in memory of the late Eric Robbins.

Read more about the Cameron lecture, with lists of previous winners and guest speakers

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