Can investigative journalism survive? 22nd Oct

Alan Rusbridger, Andrew Gilligan, Tom Bower and Heather Brooke join London Press Club and YouGov debate

THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. CHECK BACK ON 23RD OCTOBER FOR A REPORT.

Some of British journalism’s biggest – and often controversial – names are to debate the future of investigative reporting amid slashed budgets and the 24-hours news cycle.

The debate on “Can investigative journalism survive?” is being held by London Press Club in partnership with YouGov which is carrying out an extensive poll ahead of the discussion. It will be a unique opportunity for journalists to participate in an examination of the professional mood about investigative journalism.

Each of the debate panel is perfectly placed to contribute to the London Press Club and YouGov debate. Wikileaks and the exposure of the phone-hacking scandal are just two of the major news stories that have come under Alan Rusbridger’s tenure as editor-in-chief of The Guardian. Previously on PanoramaTom Bower counts Conrad Black, Richard Desmond and Bernie Ecclestone among the subjects for his hard-hitting biographies. Telegraph senior reporter Andrew Gilligan will forever be associated with his Today Programme claim that the Blair Government had “sexed up” an Iraq briefing with WMD claims. Journalist and lecturer Heather Brooke is best known for her role in exposing the parliamentary expenses scandal that culminated in numerous resignations and prosecutions. The Independent’s investigations reporter Tom Harper has a series of scoops to his name, including the SOCA cover-up of the use of private investigators by blue-chip firms.

And chairing the London Press Club event, taking place at Stationers and Newspapermakers’ Hall on October 22 at 6.45pm, is journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil, host of the BBC’s Daily Politics and former provigil generic version editor of The Sunday Times.

Can investigative journalism survive? is one of a series of London Press Club autumn events which also include a breakfast with new Sun editor David Dinsmore and a Women in Media forum in partnership with Huffington Post.

Ahead of the debate, members of the London Press Club, the Society of Editors and Women in Journalism are taking part in the YouGov poll, the results of which will be presented at the event. To take part in the survey simply click on the link below. The survey which closes in a week’s time is completely anonymous. To take part in the poll go to: https://start.yougov.com/refer/vkVxFFnKK8Dyhq

If you complete the survey you can choose to join YouGov’s prestigious Opinion Former research panel. It is also possible to join the panel by sending an email to reputation@yougov.com

Places at the debate will be by ticket only, and places are limited. Priority among London Press Club’s allocation will be given to members. THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.

Andrew Neil
Andrew Neil
Tom Bower {courtesy of www.writerpictures.com}
Tom Bower {courtesy of www.writerpictures.com}
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Heather Brooke
Andrew Gilligan
Andrew Gilligan
Tom Harper
Tom Harper


Can investigative journalism survive? is one of a series of London Press Club autumn events which also include a breakfast with new Sun editor David Dinsmore (5 November) and a Women in Media forum in partnership with Huffington Post and the London Evening Standard (19 November). All events are free to London Press Club members. If you have yet to join or renew, please see the membership page on londonpressclub.co.uk or email info@londonpressclub.co.uk for more information.

Richard Dymond

Honorary Treasurer and Director of the London Press Club and the London Press Club Ball.

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