Investigative journalism holds power to account. It tackles big subjects through deep reporting that uncovers the truth and provokes change. Join us at Channel 4 headquarters for a day of sessions bringing together leading industry experts to discuss the latest developments in investigative journalism.
This year’s event will be focusing on global investigations, with special guests including Dorothy Bryne, Maeve McClenaghan, Ben Strick, Daniel Adamson, Monica Garnsey, Louisa Compton and Rachel Jupp.
3.05 – 4.15pm
Maeve McClenaghan, investigative journalist and founder of the critically-acclaimed podcast The Tip Off, talks to Dorothy Bryne, Head of News & Current Affairs at Channel 4, about the future of investigative journalism. Throughout her career, Dorothy has commissioned challenging investigative journalism that holds power to account and, as she puts it, investigates wickedness. Have your questions ready to dig into the role of serious analysis in our newsrooms and the next big ideas for global investigations.
Head of News and Current Affairs, Channel 4
Investigative Journalist, LBIJ
A new brand of techniques dubbed as open-source investigations are making use of open data sets, satellite imagery and social media to uncover evidence and verify facts. The open-source team from BBC Africa Eye will share insights into how they use these new methods to tell a story or verify disputed events, such as there acclaimed investigation Anatomy of a Killing. Learn practical tips on where to find collaborative platforms and resources to mine, verify and analyze readily available data or information over the internet.
Open Source Analyst, BBC Africa Eye
Series Producer, BBC Africa Eye
For the last session of the afternoon, a panel of top editors will detail their remit for commissioning investigative stories. The panel will share valuable insights into exactly what they look for in a story, from the optimum length to the specific form and content that they aim to produce for their diverse audiences. You will learn how they take a story from idea to conception and how to best pitch your ideas, as well as inside information on how major media outlets work with freelancers.
Insight Editor, The Sunday Times
Commissioning Editor, Dispatches
Investigation Editor, The Telegraph