BBC’s Mark Lawson interviewed at University of Northampton

Mark Lawson talks to Kate Williams
Mark Lawson talks to Kate Williams

BBC Radio Four’s Mark Lawson was the latest famous journalist to visit the University of Northampton as part of a series of question and answer events.

For the third part of the Northampton Chronicles, Mr Lawson, who presents arts review programme, Front Row, also writes a column for The Guardian, was interviewed by newly appointed journalism lecturer, Kate Williams, in front of a large audience of student journalists.

Mark Lawson, who lives in Silverstone, discussed how he first came into journalism after reading English at University College London.

Mr Lawson said: “I knew I wanted to be a journalist from the age of 12. My dad would bring home eight newspapers a day.

“Playing sports at school, I was one of the people who always wanted to be captain. I have a similar mentality in broadcasting.

“Anybody can be a journalist or a reporter, what you must prove is that you have what the rest don’t.”

Mr Lawson passed on some interview tips to the student journalists and revealed that he does not stick to the stipulations put in place before an interview, unless the topic is sensitive.

Despite interviewing some of the most famous film stars in the world Mr Lawson said he still gets starstruck by actors such as Robert De Niro.

Zi Patel-Champion, first year journalism student at Northampton University, said he had been impressed by the radio broadcaster.

He said: “Mark Lawson came across as an educated and witty gentleman, he really engaged the audience through humour and honesty. The Northampton Chronicles so far have all been interesting and a great idea from John Mair.”

The next Northampton Chronicles talk is at 1pm on Thursday, December 13 in The Grand Theatre Newton at The University of Northampton.

Featuring the “One Rogue Reporter” Rich Peppiatt, the Northampton Chronicles series is free and available to all. Catch up with the rest of the talks by exploring #northamptonchronicles on Twitter.