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Trust in Journalism Conference 2020



25 NOVEMBER. 2:00-5:00 PM (GMT)

The third and final day of our 2020 Conference will explore the relationship between journalism, social media and big tech.


At the sharp end of reporting, we discuss the realities of producing news online by hearing from journalists about the innovative social media strategies they are developing to unlock new sources and to reach wider audiences. With most of us now consuming our news online, this day's sessions will also review the impact on journalism of making social media companies liable for content that appears on their platforms. We question how regulation of platforms can help and hinder high quality, public interest journalism. 


We will also be asking whether it is appropriate for platforms to regulate free speech and consider the consequences for independent digital journalism if proposed online harms regulation goes ahead.

Day 3 Programme



*All timings in GMT


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Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana

Head of Regulation, IMPRESS



Journalism online: Breaking new ground, keeping it ethical

This session explores the opportunities and pitfalls of distributing news online, researching, reporting and managing feedback in new formats, as our lives, work and interests increasingly gravitate towards the online sphere. How do journalists navigate new territory and techniques online whilst keeping within ethical and legal boundaries? How do journalists maximise engagement when producing high-quality, in-depth and public interest reporting? What are the trade-offs, what should be avoided, and how do you achieve the best of both?


Chair - Banseka Kayembe 

Director & Founder, Naked Politics

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Liam Gilliver

Deputy Editor, Plant Based News

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Jack Lahart 

Head of Social Media, The Economist

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Kassy Cho 

Founder & Editor, Almost



Uncovering the truth: Newsgathering online and offline

Eliot Higgins, founder of award winning investigative platform Bellingcat and Journalist of the Year Amelia Gentleman share a candid conversation about their experience of news reporting and investigations. They reflect on some of their biggest stories, including Bellingcat’s uncovering of the Skripal case and their pioneering open-source investigations, and Amelia’s investigations that led to the exposure of the Windrush Scandal.

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Amelia Gentleman

Author & Reporter, The Guardian

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Eliot Higgins

Founder & Executive Director, Bellingcat



Verifying sources in COVID-19 times

During the outbreak of Covid-19, ICFJ Knight Fellow and Sérgio Spagnuolo created SciencePulse, a digital tool to give journalists better access to scientists and medical professionals who are thought leaders in their fields. In conversation with New Internationalist Co-Editor Amy Hall, Sérgio reflects on the challenges of source-gathering in a global pandemic, and what we can learn for the future.

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Amy Hall

Co-Editor, New Internationalist

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Sérgio Spagnuolo

ICFJ Knight Fellow & Founder, Volta Data Lab



Who regulates free speech?

Digital disruption has hit journalism hard, but it has also created opportunities for new models of journalism to emerge as thousands of digital first news publishers have entered the market. Now, as calls for regulation of major tech companies and social media platforms gathers momentum, we explore how regulation of the internet may help or hinder public interest journalism, how friction between big tech and journalism is playing out, and what the impact of all this might be on the new generation of independent publishers who have flourished in the digital age.

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Chair: Areeq Chowdhury

Founder & Director, WebRoots Democracy

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Thomas Hughes 

Director, Oversight Board

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Sasha Havlicek 

Founding CEO, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD)

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Tom Morrison-Bell 

Government Affairs and Public Policy Manager, Google

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