Community Journalism Conference
As we come to the end of our project to bring investigative skills to independent community journalists, we'll be holding an event to celebrate the work of those who've engaged with the project, while at the same time, reflect on the current challenges facing the sector and the emerging responses to those challenges.
The event will take place on Saturday 1 April, starting at 10:30.
As well as speakers, there'll be plenty of chances to meet like-minded folk and form collaborative networks to build a future for independent, community-focused journalism that works in the public interest.
11:45 - 12:05
12:05 - 13:30
Morning Breakouts: Investigative Skills Clinics
A chance to ask for expert advice on specific stories you're pursuing.
FOIA with Sid Ryan
Data Journalism with Juliet Ferguson
Company Investigations with Martin Tomkinson
Media Law with Holly Powell-Jones
13:30 - 14:00
Lunch for all participants and speakers.
14:00 - 15:00
Afternoon Panel: The Future of Community Journalism
Emma Meese, Centre for Community Journalism, Cardiff University
Megan Lucero, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism Data Lab
Steve Buckley, Sheffield Live!
Thomas Barlow, The Media Fund
15:00 - 15:20
15:20 - 16:40
Afternoon Breakouts: Investigation Themes
Group discussions on building investigative collaborations on
NHS with Mark Baynes
Council Accounts and Public Spending with Simon Morrow and Fanny Malinen
Environment with Ruth Hayhurst and Mat Hope
Housing with The Ferret and Concrete Action
(Please see speakers' biographies below)
Places are free for project participants. We're happy to accommodate others where possible, but please enquire if you'd like to book a place.
(the list will be updated)
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Alex MacDonald is a London representative on the National Executive Council of the National Union of Journalists. He also works as a reporter for the website Middle East Eye, with a particular focus on Turkey, Iraq and Syria.
Holly Powell-Jones completed her Radio MA at Goldsmiths in 2012, where she is now a visiting lecturer for Media Law and Ethics. She worked for several years as a freelance radio newsreader and now delivers media training for journalists, charities, businesses and schools. Her PhD research focuses on teenagers and social media offences at City, University of London's Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism. She is also a member of the NUJ.
Sid Ryan is a reporter at The Bristol Cable and a former Bertha Fellow of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, specialising in Freedom of Information Law and the Private Finance Initiative. After a degree in biochemistry and a Masters in investigative journalism, he spent a year working for Request Initiative, a community interest company which performed FOI-based research on behalf of NGOs and charities. Currently Sid is working on a long-running investigation into PFI in the NHS, arguing for the right to information all the way through the Information Commissioner and into the courts. He also supports the People vs PFI campaign in an advisory capacity and has a interest in developing online crowd-research tools.
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