Highlights from the Trust in Journalism Conference 2020

The IMPRESS Trust in Journalism Conference 2020 took place online across the afternoons of 23 to 25 November. Over 500 people from 50+ different countries registered to attend.

Missed a day of the conference, or just keen to revisit your favourite session? Check out our video and blog conference re-caps below:

Journos on Journos - Uncovering the Truth: Newsgathering Online and Offline

Eliot Higgins, founder of award winning investigative platform Bellingcat and Journalist of the Year Amelia Gentleman share a candid conversation about their experience of news reporting and investigations.


Journalism online: Breaking new ground, keeping it ethical

This session explores the opportunities and pitfalls of distributing news online, researching, reporting and managing feedback in new formats, as our lives, work and interests increasingly gravitate towards the online sphere.

Featuring chair Banseka Kayembe (Naked Politics UK), Liam Gilliver (Plant Based News), Jack Lahart (The Economist) and Kassy Cho (Almost). 


Feeling harassed? Managing, avoiding, and preventing threats and abuse in journalism

What is the impact of harassment on journalists and how can news gathering activities lead to harassment of people in the news? What are the pressures on journalists of reporting on controversial and sensitive issues? How can journalists avoid becoming the target of threats and abuse? This session explored explored the issue from both sides of the page, as well as its impact on mental health with insights from chair.

Insights from: Dr Holly Powell-Jones (Online Media Law UK); Mark Lewis (Patron Law); Gavin Rees (Dart Center); Paul Giannasi (National Police Hate Crime Advisor) and Anna Lekas Miller (Media Diversity Institute).



Reporting race: Time to reassess editorial standards on discrimination?

What does ‘good’ look like when it comes to reporting on race, ethnicity and religion and what difference does it make? What does ‘bad’ look like and what impact does it have? How can editorial standards be improved to keep up with the times we live in? The panel debated on a year that put the discrimination faced by black people at the centre of our news coverage and concerns about anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic reporting in the media and hate speech more widely.

Insights from: Marc Wadsworth (Chair of the NUJ Black Members Council), Cierra Hinton (Scalawag & Press On) and Rizwana Hamid (Director of the Centre for Media Monitoring), joined Chair Shelina Janmohamed (Author & IMPRESS Board Member) to discuss the main challenges involved in reporting responsibly on race and ethnicity.



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