That and other questions will be addressed when some of the nation’s best investigative journalists responsible for breaking many of the most important, head-line grabbing stories of the past few years will debate the issue at the Society of Editors’ Annual Conference in London in November.

Those taking part in the panel will include:

Paul Henderson, Deputy Editor of the Daily Mirror and former Chief Investigative Reporter at the Daily Mail where he investigated multiple political and international scandals;

Jane Bradley, a Pulitzer Prize finalist with her work as investigations correspondent at BuzzFeed News

Tom Bristow, head of Archant Investigations, whose work at the Eastern Daily Press has led to criminal convictions.

Claire Newell, Investigations Editor at The Telegraph, will be joining the panel – her recent investigative work on Sir Philip Green highlighted a #MeToo scandal of the business world.

Society of Editors executive director Ian Murray said: “With so many pressures on today’s newsrooms it would be easy for real investigative journalism to wither on the vine, yet experience shows us this is far from the case. Can this continue, however, and what steps can be taken to strengthen even further this essential part of the industry and its role in the wider society.”

The SoE has already announced that appearing at the conference will be Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner, amongst other major newspaper editors. This includes a strong line-up of James Harding (Tortoise), Ted Verity (The Mail on Sunday), Alison Phillips (Daily Mirror) and Chris Evans (The Daily Telegraph).

To find out how to secure places at this year’s conference and gala dinner on 12 November at Stationers’ Hall, click here.