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Trust in Journalism Conference 2020



24 NOVEMBER. 2:00-5:00 PM (GMT)

The awarding of charitable status to the Public Interest News Foundation (PINF) in 2020 has the potential to change the face of public interest news in the UK.


This second day of the conference will explore the trends, challenges and potential of the independent public interest news sector in the UK; with insights and experiences from the US, Australia and Europe.


What is the state of the independent news sector in the UK? Is charitable journalism a realistic future for public interest news? What is the potential of PINF? What are the contributions of public interest independent news organisations to the wider journalism and news landscape?  

In partnership with:

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Public Interest News Foundation


Day 2 Programme


*All timings in GMT



Clara Aguirre 

Communications and Engagement Manager, IMPRESS


Public interest journalism today

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Jonathan Heawood 

Executive Director, Public Interest News Foundation

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Polly Curtis 

Managing Director, PA Media


Unlocking potential: public interest news worldwide

From the UK, we look with envy on the US non-profit news sector, which employs more than 2,300 journalists, and produces $500 million in annual revenue. In Australia, the Public Interest Journalism Initiative (PIJI) is calling for $300m of government support for public interest journalism. And closer to the UK, organisations like the European Journalism Centre (EJC) provide training and grants to build resilience into journalism across Europe. How does this compare to the UK, and what can we learn from our international colleagues? How does it connect with the work organisations like PINF and ICNN are doing in the UK?

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Chair: Jonathan Heawood

Executive Director, Public Interest News Foundation

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Alicia Bell 

News Voices Organising Manager, Free Press

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Emma Meese

Director, Independent Community News Network

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Adam Thomas

Director, European Journalism Centre

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Anna Draffin

CEO, Public Interest Journalism Initiative


How plural is the independent news sector – really?

In the context of #BlackLivesMatter, there has been heavy criticism of mainstream media for its lack of diversity. But are things any better in the independent sector? Who gets to speak?

What does true plurality and inclusion of voices look like in terms of editorial content, and what role does representation play?


Marcus Ryder

Executive Producer, Caixin Media

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Robyn Vinter

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Overtake


Shirish Kulkarni

Community Organiser, Bureau for Investigative Journalism



Publishers roundtable: Realising news potential

Independent news providers are at the creative and resilience forefront of the industry. The COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the challenges they face to keep doing their job, while it requires building on their resourcefulness and creativity more than ever. Resourceful and committed to public interest, different independent news providers with different models and focus reflect on their core strengths, the collaboration potential and why the UK needs to do more to support their work and their communities.

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Chair: Jo Adetunji 

Managing Editor, The Conversation

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Sarah Cheverton

Editor, Star & Crescent

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Sam Walby

Editor, Now Then Magazine

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Bernard Achampong

Founder, Unedited:

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