Award-winning BBC journalist Professor Kurt Barling will be challenging orthodoxy in journalism in a lecture at Middlesex University – exploring why journalists need to keep asking uncomfortable questions (Wednesday 20 November).
Drawing on a career in which he has regularly sought to explore alternative narratives, Professor of Professional Practice in Journalism at Middlesex University Kurt Barling will talk about why journalists need to subvert attitudes, beliefs and assumptions that foster idle thinking.
Barling, who has been with the BBC since 1989, is noted for his documentaries covering subjects including the fall of the Berlin Wall, how the United Nations could ensure children’s rights, and the crisis in the former Yugoslavia. He is currently BBC London’s Special Correspondent.
In 1996 he won his first Commission for Racial Equality reporter of the year award and has subsequently collected more such awards than any other British journalist. In 2010 he was awarded a Justice Link award by the UK Attorney General and in 2011 he won a Best Writer Online, Media Award from the Press Association.
Kurt has run his own production company and established a reputation as a fearless investigator, tackling controversial subjects including undercover filming whilst Abu Hamza was in charge of Finsbury Park Mosque, the fatal fire at Lakanal House in 2009, questioning whether black athletes have a genetic advantages and the failure to find the murderers of PC Keith Blakelock during the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985.
Middlesex University Professor of Professional Practice Kurt Barling said: “The fourth estate is an instrument of an open society. The point of journalism studies at university is to educate a generation of journalists and communicators with an awareness of the freedoms associated with democracy but also a will to exercise critical thinking and perspective to help the citizen to gather information, speak out effectively and benefit from the democratic dispensation.”
The lecture is Professor Barling’s inaugural lecture as a Professor at Middlesex University London and begins at 4.30pm on Wednesday 20 November, Middlesex University, Hatchcroft building (H116), The Burroughs, Hendon, NW4 4BT.