While here, Press Fellows enjoy the privileges of full membership of the College. All relevant University facilities – libraries, lectures, seminars, and more – are available to them. Each Press Fellow investigates a subject of his or her own choice, which is agreed beforehand. Although we are always open to original ideas for Press Fellowship projects, we tend to focus on a number of broad themes. These are:
- The changing role of media in a networked world
- Improving the reporting of business, the environment, sustainable development, medicine, bio-science and technology
- The role of free media in democratic governance
The programme is open to mid-career journalists, from any medium and from any country. To date, we have had over 330 Press Fellows from 47 countries, many of whom have gone on to hold high editorial office. In order to gain full benefit from a period in Cambridge, it is essential for applicants to have a good command of English.
John Naughton (Director) is an academic and a journalist. He was former Vice-President of Wolfson College, writes a weekly column for the London Observer and is a well-known blogger. His books on the history and significance of the Internet, From Gutenberg to Zuckerburg: what you really need to know about the internet and A Brief History of the Future: the origins of the Internet, have been translated into several languages, including Chinese. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University.
Bill Kirkman founded and directed the Programme for its first 14 years and still plays an active role in it. He is a former Africa and Commonwealth Correspondent of The Times and was until recently Editor of the magazine Cambridge. He currently writes a regular column for The Hindu.
Michelle Searle is the Press Fellowship Administrator.
Contact the Press Fellowship
Press Fellowship Programme
Tel: +44 (0)1223 335935