Rebekah Wade to break her silence for Cudlipp Lecture

Rebekah Wade will mark her sixth anniversary as editor of The Sun by making what is believed to be her first public lecture.

Wade is to deliver the annual Hugh Cudlipp Lecture at the London College of Communications on 26 January. Previous Cudlipp lecture speakers include Michael Grade, Andrew Marr, Paul Dacre and Alastair Campbell.

Wade has promised her speech will be “lots of fun” and will be entitled “Riding the Tiger of Change”.

Before editing The Sun, Wade was editor of the News of the World from 2000 to 2003. Earlier this year she made a rare appearance in the public eye when she went up before the House of Lords Select Committee on news ownership.

At the end of the evening a journalism student will be presented with a £1,000 prize by the Hugh Cudlipp Trust.

The award is for an article or a series of articles on an issue of public interest or concern which – in the Cudlipp tradition – “exemplifies lucid and graphic communication”.

A spokesman for the Trust said: “It could be light-hearted rather than serious. Cudlipp also believed that journalism should be fun.”

Entries must have been published between 1 December 2007 and 12 December 2008 in English, in a national, regional or local newspaper – not in a college newspaper/magazine.

The student must be enrolled at, or have graduated from, in 2008, at an institution recognised by the Association for Journalism Education.

More details about the prize are available from the London College of Communication.

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