Alan Rusbridger has been made a Fellow of the Society of Editors on the opening evening of the organisation’s conference in London.
The former Guardian editor was presented with the Fellowship, which is awarded to journalists who have made a special contribution to promoting media freedom and the public’s right to know, after delivering the prestigious Society of Editors Lecture which officially opened the conference.
Doug Wills, President of the Society of Editors and Managing Editor of the Evening Standard and Independent titles, presented the Fellowship to Rusbridger to “acknowledge and celebrate” his efforts in a long and distinguished career.
He said: “You have stepped aside from your day-to-day role but we feel sure you will not waiver in your continued application to our mutual concerns,”
“Sometimes, some of us may have not agreed with every word or decision. But one thing we are sure of is your commitment to the causes of media freedom and the public right to know – the causes at the centre of the mission and undertaking of the Society of Editors,” he added.
Rusbridger said he was “very pleased” to accept the Fellowship.
“The Society of Editors does good work, and to be recognised is very nice,” he added.
Rusbridger stepped down from The Guardian this year after editing the paper for 20 years. Over the course of his editorship the paper won the Pulitzer Prize in recognition of its coverage of NSA spying as revealed by Edward Snowden. The paper also won the Newspaper of the Year accolade in the Society of Editors National Press Awards for 2013.
Alan also pioneered the development of the newspaper’s digital edition, as well as leading the Guardian.co.uk, helping the title reach a worldwide audience in excess of 20 million
Now the Principal of Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford, Rusbridger will take up the role of Chair of the Scott Trust next autumn.