Trust in Journalism Conference 2018

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Vanessa Baird joined New Internationalist as a co-editor in 1986 and since then has written on everything from migration, money, religion and equality to indigenous activism, climate change, feminism and global LGBT rights. She also edits the Mixed Media, arts and culture section of the magazine. She lived and worked as a journalist in Peru during the tumultuous mid-1980s, and she maintains a passionate interest in South America. Among the recent topics she’s been working on are: Smiley-faced Monopolists: The Digital Titans; A Better Media is Possible; Brazil's soft coup and the West's relationship with Saudi Arabia.

Kurt Barling is Professor of Journalism at Middlesex University.  He has been a leading broadcaster for the BBC for 25 years having joined the Television service in 1989. He has covered stories all around the world and operated undercover and in war zones. He has made dozens of primetime documentaries and has won numerous industry awards for his journalism, film-making and writing. Before he embarked on a career in journalism in 1989 Kurt was a Lecturer in International Relations at the London School of Economics

Sarah Cheverton is Editor of the Star and Crescent, an independent news website for the people of Portsmouth that believes in journalism to create social change.  She is a freelance writer and researcher born and bred on Portsea Island. Her research work is based in arts and culture and women’s rights and she works predominantly in the public and voluntary sector. Sarah writes about gender, travel, culture and violence.  She occasionally blogs for the Huffington Post and has contributed over 400 articles to feminist news site, Women’s Views on News.

Rachel Coldicutt is CEO of Doteveryone, a UK think tank working to make the Internet, and digital society, a fairer place, which has recently published a green paper making the case for an independent internet regulator. She has spent the last 20 years turning emerging technology into products and services and has helped many organisations adapt to the digital world.  Rachel has worked for Microsoft, Encyclopaedia Britannica, the BBC, BT, the V&A, Endemol, and the Royal Opera House.

Chris Elliott is the CEO and Director of the Ethical Journalism Network, an alliance of reporters, editors and publishers aiming to strengthen journalism around the world.  Prior to that he was managing editor and readers’ editor at the Guardian.  He has worked as the home affairs correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph, chief reporter for the Sunday Correspondent and assistant news editor for the Times.  He was a consultant for IMPRESS and also chaired the accreditation committee of the NCTJ, the United Kingdom’s major journalism training body.

Gavin Esler is an award-winning television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist. He is the author of five novels and two non-fiction books including Lessons from the Top, a study of how leaders tell stories to make other people follow them based on personal encounters with a wide variety of leaders, from Bill Clinton and Angela Merkel to Tony Blair and Margaret Thatcher. He has presented BBC Two’s flagship political analysis programme, Newsnight and was BBC's Chief North America Correspondent. He is currently Chancellor of the University of Kent, and a voting member of BAFTA.

Mary Fitzgerald is Editor-in-Chief of openDemocracy an independent, non-profit global media outlet, covering world affairs, ideas and culture, which seeks to challenge power and encourage democratic debate across the world. Before joining oD she worked for Avaaz, the global campaigning organisation, and is a former Senior Editor of Prospect Magazine. She has written for the Guardian, Observer, New Statesman and others.

Baroness Olly Grender is a Liber Democrat peer who entered parliament in Autumn 2013. Her career has spanned the world of politics, government, the voluntary and corporate sectors. She spent a year at No10 as the Deputy Director of Communications for the Government where she co-ordinated the Liberal Democrats communications operation on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister.  She was also Director of Communications under Paddy Ashdown’s leadership. For over four years she was the Director of Communications for Shelter. She was a member of the Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence 2018.

Jonathan Heawood is the CEO of IMPRESS. Jonathan began his career as a journalist at the Observer and went on to spend seven years as Director of English PEN, where he campaigned successfully for the universal human right to freedom of expression. He co-founded the Libel Reform Campaign, which was shortlisted for a Liberty Human Rights Award, and sat on the Ministry of Justice Working Group on Libel Reform. He has also given evidence to several Parliamentary select committees.

Daniel Ionescu is Managing Editor of multi-award winning digital news sites The Lincolnite and The Lincolnshire Reporter, the home of local democracy in the county, currently reaching together more than 500,000 monthly readers across the region.  He co-founded publishing company Stonebow Media in 2010 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Lincoln University. 

Peter Jukes is CEO of Byline and co-founder of Byline’s independent journalism festival. He covered the Hacking scandal and Leveson Inquiry for Newsweek/DailyBeast and live tweeted half a million words from the subsequent trial. For this he was named Reporter of Year on Twitter and social media by the Press Gazette. His 2012 book, The Fall of the House of Murdoch, was described by the former Sunday Times editor Sir Harold Evans as “a roaring great read.” He is also a dramatist for radio and television, whose award-winning credits include In Deep, Bad Faith, Waking the Dead and Sea of Souls.

Daan Louter is Head of Newsrooms and Design at Flourish. He works with journalists all over the world to help them create beautiful data visualisations and interactives with Flourish. Previously, Daan was an interactive designer at The Guardian, where he worked together with journalists to find new and innovative ways of telling stories.

Emma Meese manages Cardiff University’s Centre for Community Journalism (@C4CJ), a unique fusion of research and practice committed to developing a strong network of hyperlocal and community journalism in Wales. The Centre has recently received six figure funding from the Google Digital News Innovation Fund to create new revenue streams for the community and hyperlocal news sector. Emma is also running a series of short courses at Cardiff, giving everyone access to the highest standard of training in digital and social media.

Rachel Oldroyd is managing editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.  She joined the Bureau as deputy editor shortly after its launch in 2010 and has led many of the organisation’s key projects. Before joining the Bureau, she spent 13 years at the Mail on Sunday, where she ran the award-winning Reportage section in Live magazine. The section focused heavily on human rights violations and, under her editorship, won more than a dozen media awards. She started her career as a financial reporter working in the trade press.

Alan Rusbridger is a journalist and author who is currently Chair of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian. He recently published Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now.

Meera Selva is Director of the Journalism Fellowship Programme at Reuters Institute of Journalism.  She is an accomplished senior journalist with experience in Europe, Asia and Africa. She joined the Reuters Institute from Handelsblatt Global where she had been working out of Singapore, having helped launch the digital daily business paper in Berlin in 2014. Her previous experience includes several years as a London based correspondent for the Associated Press, and three years as Africa correspondent for the Independent based in Nairobi, along with stints in business journalism at a range of publications including the Daily Telegraph.

Damian Tambini is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE. He is an expert in media and communications regulation and policy, and active in policymaking as well as academic research. He is the author of many articles on media and communications regulation and policy and author/ editor of several books including, Digital Dominance: The Power of Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple which he co-edited with Martin Moore.

Alastair Tibbitt is a Journalist Director, founding member and Secretary of The Ferret, an independent investigative journalism platform. He has a work history that spans the voluntary, public and private sectors, and has raised more than half a million pounds for various projects during his career, including a mobile youth centre in Edinburgh, the Big Issue in Scotland, Greener Leith, and latterly The Ferret.  He has won awards for hyperlocal journalism with Greener Leith, and his work on environmental projects in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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