Trust in Journalism Conference 2020

DAY 2

PUBLIC INTEREST NEWS: UNLOCKING POTENTIAL

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:

Public Interest News Foundation

DAY 2 PROGRAMME

 

14:00*

*All timings in GMT

Introduction

Clara Aguirre 

Communications and Engagement Manager, IMPRESS

14:05

CONVERSATION 
Public interest journalism today

Jonathan Heawood 

Executive Director, Public Interest News Foundation

Polly Curtis 

Managing Director, PA Media

14:25

PANEL
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?

Chair: Jonathan Heawood

Executive Director, Public Interest News Foundation

Alicia Bell 

News Voices Organising Manager, Free Press

Emma Meese

Director, Independent Community News Network

Adam Thomas

Director, European Journalism Centre

Anna Draffin

CEO, Public Interest Journalism Initiative

15:15

PANEL
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

Robyn Vinter

Founder & Editor-in-Chief, The Overtake

Shirish Kulkarni

Community Organiser, Bureau for Investigative Journalism

16:05

PANEL

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.

Chair: Jo Adetunji 

Managing Editor, The Conversation

Sarah Cheverton

Editor, Star & Crescent

Sam Walby

Editor, Now Then Magazine

Bernard Achampong

Founder, Unedited:

The Trust in Journalism Conference is organised by IMPRESS: The Independent Monitor for the Press, a Community Interest Company.

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