Alf Young to Present Prestigious Lecture on State of Print Journalism

A former deputy editor of The Herald is to deliver a high-profile lecture on the state of the newspaper industry.

Alf Young, who retired from The Herald two years ago, latterly as assistant editor (comment and analysis), is to present the Hetherington Lecture at the University of Stirling.

Taking place next month, his lecture is titled, 'Pressed out of Existence?', and is to ask if print journalism can survive the internet age.

During his 22 years at The Herald, he was, successively, economics editor, deputy editor (to Harry Reid in the late 1990s), policy editor and assistant editor (comment and analysis). Throughout, he was a regular columnist and for the first seven years from its launch he was also a weekly columnist for the Sunday Herald. He now does occasional work for the BBC and writes a fortnightly column for the website, Scottish Review.

The annual Hetherington Lecture is held in honour of the late Alastair Hetherington who was Emeritus Professor of Film, Media & Journalism at the University of Stirling and previously an editor of The Guardian and Controller of BBC Scotland.

Previous lectures have been given by Joan Bakewell, Jon Snow, Peter Preston, Alan Rusbridger, Sheena McDonald, Jonathan Freedland, Roy Greenslade, Elinor Goodman, Trevor Phillips and John Lloyd. 

The lecture is being staged on Tuesday May 10 at 6pm in the university's Logie Theatre.

For ticket information, email or telephone 01786 467 055.