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Who's Speaking at the

Trust in Journalism Conference 2019?

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Mar Cabra
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Mar Cabra. Investigative data journalist.


Mar Cabra is an investigative data journalist, board member of the Global Editors Network and member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalist. As head of ICIJ’s data unit, she led data and technology in projects such us the Panama Papers, winning more than 40 awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and Data Journalism Award twice. In 2012, she also received the award to Spain's most promising journalist under 30. She previously worked in television (BBC, CCN+ and laSexta Noticias) and her work has been featured in the International Herald Tribune, PBS, El País, El Mundo or El Confidencial, among others. @cabralens

Dame Frances Cairncross. Author of 'The Cairncross Review - A Sustainable Future for Journalism'.


Dame Frances Cairncross DBE, FRSE, FAcSS is a former economic journalist, author and academic administrator. She is currently Chair of the Court of HeriotWatt University and a Trustee at the Natural History Museum. Dame Frances was Rector of Exeter College, Oxford University; a senior editor on The Economist; and principal economic columnist for The Guardian. In 2014 she was made a Dame of the British Empire for services to education. She is the author of a number of books, including The Death of Distance: How the Communications Revolution is Changing our Lives and Costing the Earth: The Challenge for Governments, the Opportunities for Business. She recently undertook undertook a review into the sustainability of high quality journalism in the UK, published as ‘The Cairncross Review – A Sustainable Future for Journalism’ on February 2019.

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Adam Cantwell-Corn. Co-founder of Bristol Cable.


Adam is a co-founder of the Bristol Cable, a 100% member owned media co-operative and magazine. The Cable is redefining local journalism through community ownership, public interest reporting and community engagement. @AdamC_Corn

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Polly Curtis. Editor and Partner at Tortoise.


Polly Curtis was Editor-in-Chief at HuffPost UK, where she built an editorial team and implemented a new strategy to navigate a post-Facebook age. Immediately prior to joining HuffPost, Polly was director of media for British Red Cross during a time that included the organisation’s largest emergency response in decades, as they operationalised after the Manchester bombing, London Bridge and Finsbury Park attacks and at Grenfell. For most of her career she was at The Guardian, most recently as digital editor, where she led digital plans for the Scottish referendum, the EU referendum and the 2015 election as well as the live coverage of some of the biggest breaking stories in recent times. She has a background as a news editor and reporter, having served as the Guardian’s deputy national editor, Whitehall correspondent, education editor and health correspondent. She is currently a visiting fellow at the Reuters Institute, researching the democratic gap in news audiences and what publishers are doing to fill it. @pollycurtis

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Sebastian Esser. Founder of Krautreporter and JoinSteady. 

Sebastian is a journalist in Berlin, Germany, and the founder of member funded digital magazine Krautreporter and Steady, a membership platform for independent publishers. Krautreporter was crowdfunded in 2014 and publishes one story a day on politics and society. It specializes in ad-free, independent, engaged journalism. Krautreporter has 12,000 paying members today. Steady, founded in 2017, helps independent publishers to easily launch membership programs. It has helped to turn 500 publications across Europe into membership businesses. @sebastianesser

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Kathryn Geels. Director of the Engaged Journalism Accelerator (European Journalism Centre).


Kathryn Geels is the director of the Engaged Journalism Accelerator at the European Journalism Centre, a programme that is accelerating the skills, people, ideas and knowledge transfer of news organisations in Europe that work to empower communities and their conversations, and create solutions that can positively impact journalism and society. She is responsible for ensuring the overall success of the Accelerator, including delivering a strategy that will help the programme, and its participants, to achieve maximum impact.

Prior to joining the EJC, Kathryn was the policy and strategy lead for creative industries at Digital Catapult - the UK’s leading agency for driving the early adoption of advanced digital technologies. Kathryn has also worked alongside Google News Initiative to deliver the Digital Identities programme for journalists in seven countries. And prior to this, she was at UK innovation foundation Nesta, where she led a programme supporting innovation in hyperlocal media. @girlondon

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Will Gore. Head of Partnerships and Projects at NCTJ.


Having worked in the media sector for nearly two decades, Will joined the NCTJ in June 2019, with particular responsibility for the oversight of partnerships and projects. He worked for ESI Media between 2011 and 2019, first as deputy managing editor across the group’s Independent and Evening Standard titles, then as executive editor for The Independent. He began his career in 2000 as a complaints officer at the Press Complaints Commission, subsequently becoming assistant director, then director of external & public affairs. Before that he studied modern history at the University of Oxford. @willjgore

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Anna-Sophie Harling. Managing Director, Europe at NewsGuard.


Anna-Sophie is Managing Director for Europe at NewsGuard, based in London and New York. Prior to joining NewsGuard, Harling worked as Business Development Manager for a technology company in London and at an international law firm in Germany. She has previously worked at two German newspapers, Der Tagesspiegel and the Märkische Allgemeine. Anna-Sophie graduated from Yale University, where she was a Yale Journalism Scholar. @asharling

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Lord Inglewood. Former Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications. 


Lord (Richard) Inglewood is a non-affiliated Member of the House of Lords, a barrister and Chartered Surveyor, and has an MA in Land Economy from Trinity College Cambridge. He was a Minister in John Major’s Government, serving as a Whip and Deputy Chief Whip in the House of Lords in 1995 and as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of National Heritage 1995-97 where he was responsible for broadcasting and heritage, and Minister for Tourism 1995-1997. He was Chairman of the CN Group, an independent local media business based in Carlisle 2002-2016 and between 2011-2014 he was Chairman of the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications. 


Harriet Kingaby. Co-chair of the Conscious Advertising Network. 

Harriet is the co-chair of The Conscious Advertising Network, an industry initiative that believes it’s time industry ethics caught up with the technology of modern advertising. Harriet's career has spanned sustainability communications, brand purpose strategy and journalism for Media Bounty, BoraCo and The Drum. She's currently a Mozilla Fellow, looking at the potential unintended consequences of AI enhanced advertising. @HKingaby


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Stephen Khan. Global Executive Editor of The Conversation, Editor of The Conversation UK.


Stephen Khan is The Conversation’s Global Executive Editor and its Editor in the UK. He was a News Editor at The Guardian and previously Deputy Foreign Editor of The Independent and Scotland Editor of The Observer. @StephenKhan

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Jane Martinson. Guardian columnist & Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism, City University.


Jane Martinson. Guardian columnist, broadcaster and Marjorie Deane Professor of Financial Journalism in the Department of Journalism at City University, London. She worked briefly on a local newspaper before joining the Financial Times, where she wrote about companies, markets, natural resources and corporate governance. She joined the Guardian as the US business correspondent based in New York, and spent 18 years as a member of the award-winning senior editorial leadership team at the Guardian. As former chair of Women in Journalism (WIJ), she was responsible for a ground-breaking piece of research on the way women are portrayed in the media and was asked to give evidence to the House of Lords communications committee on the issue of diversity. She is still a committee member of WIJ and a trustee of Women in Sport. @janemartinson

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Hardeep Matharu. Editor of Byline Times.


Hardeep Matharu is a journalist and editor of Byline Times, a new independent news site and monthly newspaper covering investigations and reports on what the papers don't say. After graduating with a Law degree from Cambridge University, Hardeep started her career in journalism in local news as a reporter and then editor at the Epsom Guardian newspaper. Her work on the title won her the Feature Writer of the Year Award from the National Council for the Training of Journalists, with the judges praising her "forward-thinking attitude" and stories on issues that were a "perfect example of why local papers matter". After leaving the newspaper, Hardeep worked as an online reporter for The Independent, before turning freelance. As a freelance reporter focusing on justice and social affairs issues, Hardeep has written for openDemocracy,, The Justice Gap, Mental Health Today,, Volteface and Reaction, and appeared on the BBC as a commentator. She was appointed editor of Byline Times in 2018. @Hardeep_Matharu

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Anna Merryfield. Community News Director at Social Spider.


Anna Merryfield is Community News Director at Social Spider CIC, a social enterprise publishing three community newspapers: Waltham Forest Echo, Tottenham Community Press and Enfield Dispatch. Anna is the UK Ambassador for the Engaged Journalism Accelerator, run by the European Journalism Centre, and conducts research into the UK local news sector in order to raise awareness and understanding of independent, innovative models for producing local news. Social Spider are currently shortlisted for the Social Enterprise UK award for Transformative Community Business. @MerryfieldAnna

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Valerie Mocker. Director, Development & European Digital Policy - NESTA


Valerie has developed and launched a range of impactful programmes with her team at Nesta, ranging from international networks for high-level policy makers to develop digital skills and life-long learning policies to programmes for making corporate-startup collaborations successful, which over 300 leading corporates have used already. She built many new partnerships with organisations ranging from the Founders Forum to Google, Telefonica, Endeavor, the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the European Commission. Valerie promotes the opportunities of digitalisation as a regular speaker at events like CeBIT, the OECD Forum and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress and Startup Nations Summit and through commentaries and interviews with the BBC, The Economist, Die Zeit, Huffington Post and Business Insider. @vkmocker


Rachel Oldroyd. Managing Editor - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.


Rachel Oldroyd is managing editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She joined the Bureau as deputy editor shortly after its launch in 2010 and has led many of the organisation’s key projects. Before joining the Bureau, she spent 13 years at the Mail on Sunday, where she ran the award-winning Reportage section in Live magazine. The section focused heavily on human rights violations and, under her editorship, won more than a dozen media awards. She started her career as a financial reporter working in the trade press. @Raoldroyd

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Alison Preston
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Alison PrestonHead of Research, Making Sense of Media - Ofcom. 


Alison Preston is Head of Research: Making Sense of Media at Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. She co-directs Ofcom’s Making Sense of Media activities, which seek to improve the online skills, knowledge and understanding of UK adults and children, through providing robust relevant research, and collaboration with, and co-ordination of, relevant stakeholders and their activities. She was head of media literacy research at Ofcom from 2012-2017, and also led Ofcom’s research into news consumption and attitudes during this period. She has a doctorate from the University of Stirling which examined the development of the UK’s TV news industry, and during her early career carried out a number of multi-country analyses of TV news coverage of conflicts.

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Ed Procter. COO of IMPRESS.


Ed is the former Chief Executive of Sport Resolutions, which over a nine-year period he established to become the premier independent arbiter of sport disputes in the United Kingdom. Before that he led the delivery of legal aid in the South East in his role as Regional Director of the Legal Services Commission and was Head of Monitoring at Sport England. He is a regulatory and compliance professional who has also worked in the criminal justice system, advertising and newspaper industries.

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Olaf Steenfadt. Project Director at Reporters Without Borders (RSF).


Olaf has launched his career as a radio DJ and host, TV network correspondent and investigative journalist with public German broadcasters ARD and ZDF, where he also worked in corporate communications and strategy. Later he served as a media development consultant for the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Deutsche Welle, before joining Reporters without Borders as a Project Director in charge of the ‘Media Ownership Monitor’ (MOM) and the ‘Journalism Trust Initiative’ (JTI). @OlafSteenfadt

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