Alec Russell

Journalist & Author

Alec Russell is Editor of FT Weekend. He was previously the FT’s News Editor and also Comment and Analysis Editor. A long time former foreign correspondent, he has reported from eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and the US, and written three books, Prejudice and Plum Brandy: Tales of a Balkan Stringer (1993), Big Men, Little People: Encounters in Africa (1999) and After Mandela: The Battle for the Soul of South Africa (2009). His writing has won several awards and his dispatches from southern Africa have earned him nominations for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and for British foreign correspondent of the year.

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Fake news: Democracy Hacked?

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What is the role of trust in the modern media landscape? Should politicians be more accountable for fake news? Is the world becoming a better place or is fear replacing fact? Why do we no longer trust facts and experts? How has feeling/ emotions reshaped our world? Join this international panel to tease out some […]


From Good to Great: How To Make a Brilliant 21st Century Education System.

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In a world where information is limitless, where memory is being made redundant by Google, where the jobs of the future are not even invented yet, education and the ability to analyze, discern and make a relevant contribution is more important than ever. But how do we create an education system that gets the best […]