James Cameron Memorial Lecture
The 2017 James Cameron Memorial Lecture
This year's lecture was given by Lyse Doucet, the BBC’s chief international correspondent, on 1st November 2017. Lyse explored the challenges confronting journalism in a world saturated by social media.
The James Cameron Memorial Lecture series and award
When James Cameron died in 1986, a Trust was set up in his memory to award an annual prize to a journalist whose work in the previous year had been "in the Cameron tradition". An annual memorial lecture was also established.
The James Cameron Memorial Lecture has been delivered by a distinguished group of speakers including Ben Bradlee, Michael Grade, Alan Rusbridger, Tony Benn, Greg Dyke, Sir Max Hastings and more recently Christine Ockrent, Jeremy Bowen, Robert Peston, Gary Younge and Gideon Rachman.
While the lecture continues to commemorate James Cameron, after many years of recognising the achievements of outstanding international journalists at the height of their careers, the focus of the prize giving changed this year. There was one prize, the Eric Robbins Prize, given in memory of the correspondent for Time who was expelled from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 1966 when it was under white (minority) rule. This was awarded to a recent City Journalism graduate who has, during their time at City, showed the potential to be a great journalist of the future.
The prize was generously donated by Eric Robbins’ partner Marion Kaplan.