CIJ Public Lecture Series by Investigative Journalists Launches at Goldsmiths

    The Centre for Investigative Journalism is launching a new series of public talks by investigative journalists that will provide insight into the changing techniques used by practitioners to expose wrongdoing, and provide context for the changing nature of the profession itself. The CIJ recognises that investigative journalism is facing a number of challenges across the board, from increased government and corporate surveillance to the decline of the business models of media outlets.


    We believe now is the time to push forward the discussion on how these challenges can be met and important work can be done by the next generation of investigative journalists. We hope that the talks will be useful to students, professionals, as well as anyone interested in accountability.


    The inaugural speaker in the series will be Joe Glenton, a London-based national security reporter covering the UK military and defence issues who has written for publications such as VICE, the Guardian and the Independent. He is currently working on issues related to British veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


    When the war on terror began, Glenton signed up to serve his nation. He passed through basic training and deployed to Afghanistan in 2006. What he saw overseas left him disillusioned, and he returned manifesting symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.


    Refusing a second tour, he went AWOL and left the country, but returned voluntarily to fight his case, with the military accusing him of desertion. Despite being threatened with years in prison, he continued to speak out and won the support of many of his fellow soldiers. He was eventually sentenced to nine months in military prison.

    His book about refusing to serve in what he thought was an unjust war is called Soldier Box.


    Glenton will provide a unique insider’s perspective on how best to cover the extremely secretive and PR-conscious military institution.