Trust in Journalism Conference

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TRUST IN JOURNALISM CONFERENCE 2018: The Future of Independent News


09:30 – 10:15   Registration / Networking breakfast                                                                                   

10:15 – 10:25  Introduction to the Conference                                                                                           

Jonathan Heawood. CEO of IMPRESS

10:25 – 11:00   Key note | "Breaking news: the future of journalism"                                                           

Alan Rusbridger. Journalist and author. Former editor of the Guardian.

11:00 – 11:45   PANEL 1 | Sacred Facts: Can journalism be partisan AND high-quality?                             

The Guardian editor CP Scott famously said that ‘comment is free – but facts are sacred.’ What does this mean for political journalism, where comment may be built into the way that facts are chosen and presented? At a time when so-called ‘hyper-partisan’ news sites are exploding onto the news scene, this question is more urgent than ever. Does a partisan press undermine public trust? How can partisan journalism distinguish itself from internet “noise”? Is political balance achievable or desirable? We will be joined by journalists from some of the most dynamic – and controversial – sites, to ask how they reconcile their political opinions with their journalistic ethics.


Chris Elliott. Director of the Ethical Journalism Network.

Vanessa Baird. Co-editor of New Internationalist.

Gavin Esler. Television and radio broadcaster, novelist and journalist. Former BBC journalist.


Mary Fitzgerald. Editor-in-chief of openDemocracy.

11:45 – 12:15    Coffee break

12:15 – 13:15   PANEL 2 | Platforms, Publishers and Politicians: Can’t we all just be friends?                   

Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook with the promise to ‘move fast and break things’ and the social media giants have certainly achieved that ambition. Facebook, Google and Twitter have revolutionised economies and societies all over the world. They have had a huge impact on the news business in particular. All IMPRESS members use social media to distribute their content, but only a handful think their financial relationships with the platforms are fair. We are joined by thought leaders and innovators to ask how platforms can support the publishers and audiences of news.


Damian Tambini of LSE has written about the dominance of the internet giants.

Rachel Coldicutt of Doteveryone has called for a new regulator for the internet.

Emma Meese of the Independent Community News Network has been funded by Google to develop new business models for independent publishers.

Olly Grender, once Head of Communications for the Liberal Democrats, now sits in the House of Lords, where she specialises in Artificial Intelligence.


Kurt Barling. Professor of Journalism at Middlesex University, after 25 years as an award-winning reporter at the BBC.

13:15 – 14:30    Lunch                                                                                                                                                    

14:30 – 15:00    WORKSHOP | Data visualisation and storytelling                                                                    

Data visualisations and interactives are revolutionising news storytelling techniques. But why are these so important for news productions today? This workshop will start by addressing this question. It will then move to a practical demonstration of Flourish and how this software allows journalists to move from spreadsheets to interactive visualisations. Finally, it will focus on how journalists can use Flourish in the newsrooms, and how to make use of the free newsroom plan based on a partnership with Google News Lab.

Daan Louter. Head of Design and Newsrooms at Flourish.

15:05 – 16:10   PANEL 3 | Smart News: What’s new in independent publishing?                                          

Independent publishers may be small but they are innovative. In fact, some of the smallest publishers are the nimblest, experimenting every day with new business models and editorial strategies. In this session, we hear how some of the most innovative independent publishers are raising – and spending – their revenue.


Rachel Oldroyd is the Managing Editor of The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Alastair Tibbitt is a founding co-op board member of The Ferret.

Daniel Ionescu is Editor of The Lincolnite.

Sarah Cheverton is Editor of Star & Crescent.

Meera Selva is Director of Journalism Fellowship of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, and an expert in innovative business models for journalism from around the world.


Peter Jukes is a journalist, writer and Director of Byline.

16:10  – 16:15    Closing remarks                                                                                                                                 

Jonathan Heawood. CEO of IMPRESS

16:15                  Drinks reception