The House of Lords Select Communications Committee will question academics and experts from journalistic institutes about the importance of newspapers, the role of journalists and the concept of investigative journalism as part of its inquiry into the future of investigative journalism. The meeting will take place in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords at 3.30 pm on Tuesday 8 November 2011
At 3.30 pm, in the first of two sessions, the committee will question:
- Iain Overton, Managing Editor of the Bureau for Investigative Journalism
- Dominic Cooper, General Secretary of the Chartered Institute for Journalists
- Martin Moore, Director of the Media Standards Trust
The session will focus on issues including:
- Role of local newspapers within the field of investigative journalism
- Financial pressures that newspapers face
- How social media has changed the process of investigative journalism.
Immediately following, at 4.30 pm, the committee will hear from:
- Gavin McFadyen, Visiting Professor at City University and Director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism
- Paul Lashmar, Brunel University
- Hugh de Burgh, University of Westminster
The committee will question the academics on the skills of investigative journalists, training courses and what the threats and opportunities are for investigative journalism in the future.