MDX Conversation with Journalist of the Year, BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg

Journalist of the Year and BBC's first female political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, sat down with Middlesex University Professor of Journalism Kurt Barling in the second event of the MDX Conversation series. 

In front of a lecture theatre, Professor Barling  asked Kuenssberg about her reporting of the recent Westminster attack and politics in general, journalism and its principles, gender in the journalism industry, workings of the BBC, and more. 


Among other things, Kuenssberg revealed that her office board has two questions on it, ‘What do they want you to know?’ and ‘Who are they saying it to?’, that she did not want to be on air when she first started in journalism, and that the best advice she gave to someone trying to succeed as a journalist is ‘Don’t be an arse’.


Commenting on gender in journalism and reactions to the question she posed to the US President Donald Trump during the PM Theresa May’s visit to the US, Kuenssberg said: ‘I wonder if there would be such a fuss if a bloke asked that question.’ 

At the end of the event, she gave the audience of staff and students a glimpse into her work schedule in the coming week: ‘Brexit, Brexit, and more Brexit.’