Community Journalism Conference

    Saturday 1 April 2017
    Goldsmiths University, 8 Lewisham Way, London SE14 6NW


    As we come to the end of our project to bring investigative skills to independent community journalists, we'll be holding an event to celebrate the work of those who've engaged with the project, while at the same time, reflect on the current challenges facing the sector and the emerging responses to those challenges. 

    The event will take place on Saturday 1 April, starting at 10:30.

    As well as speakers, there'll be plenty of chances to meet like-minded folk and form collaborative networks to build a future for independent, community-focused journalism that works in the public interest.


    10:45 - 11:45
    Morning Panel: The Challenges Facing Independent UK Media

    Alex MacDonald, NUJ
    Ann Field, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom
    Dr Justin Schlosberg, Media Reform Coalition

    11:45 - 12:05

    12:05 - 13:30
    Morning Breakouts: Investigative Skills Clinics

    A chance to ask for expert advice on specific stories you're pursuing.
    FOIA with Sid Ryan
    Data Journalism with Juliet Ferguson 
    Company Investigations with Martin Tomkinson 
    Media Law with Holly Powell-Jones

    13:30 - 14:00
    Lunch for all participants and speakers. 

    14:00 - 15:00
    Afternoon Panel: The Future of Community Journalism

    Emma Meese, Centre for Community Journalism, Cardiff University
    Megan Lucero, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism Data Lab
    Steve Buckley, Sheffield Live!
    Thomas Barlow, The Media Fund

    15:00 - 15:20 

    15:20 - 16:40
    Afternoon Breakouts: Investigation Themes
    Group discussions on building investigative collaborations on
    NHS with Mark Baynes
    Council Accounts and Public Spending with Simon Morrow and Fanny Malinen
    Environment with Ruth Hayhurst and Mat Hope
    Housing with The Ferret and Concrete Action

    (Please see speakers' biographies below)

    Places are free for project participants. We're happy to accommodate others where possible, but please enquire if you'd like to book a place.

    (the list will be updated)
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    Alex MacDonald is a London representative on the National Executive Council of the National Union of Journalists. He also works as a reporter for the website Middle East Eye, with a particular focus on Turkey, Iraq and Syria.

    Ann Field is the chair of the Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom, organiser of the News International Dispute exhibition and archive retired national official of the print and publishing sector of Unite, started work in Fleet Street in a leading national newspaper library.
    Concrete Action is a platform to provide support for architecture and planning professionals and communities fighting for housing in London. This space is for those working in building design, planning and construction to anonymously provide advance information on proposed developments, to disseminate planning and development knowledge to communities and activists, and to link professionals who are willing provide educational and design services for those negatively affected by property development.
    Fanny Malinen is an independent journalist as well as activist. She is one of the co-founders of Debt Resistance UK, a research and campaigning group that seeks to challenge the role of debt in reproducing inequalities in our society. DRUK has done extensive research into local authorities' risky and expensive LOBO loan borrowing from private banks, and is supporting residents in 18 councils across England and Scotland to file objections to LOBOs, starting a citizens' debt audit.

    Holly Powell-Jones completed her Radio MA at Goldsmiths in 2012, where she is now a visiting lecturer for Media Law and Ethics. She worked for several years as a freelance radio newsreader and now delivers media training for journalists, charities, businesses and schools. Her PhD research focuses on teenagers and social media offences at City, University of London's Centre for Law, Justice and Journalism. She is also a member of the NUJ.

    Jonathan Stoneman worked for the BBC for 20 years as researcher, producer, reporter, editor and finally Head of Training at World Service. Specialising mainly in central and eastern Europe, Jonathan reported for World Service from virtually every country of the former Warsaw Pact in the 1990s, before moving on to run the Macedonian and then the Croatian language services. Since 2010 Jonathan has worked as a freelance trainer – mostly with data and the Open Data movement. Tracking the use of Open Data and learning new techniques to make the most of it has become something between an obsession and a hobby.  
    Juliet Ferguson is a former journalist now working for the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) in London. Most of her career was spent at the BBC World Service, BBC News online and, most recently, BBC Panorama. She has also worked for the Telegraph and Guardian newspapers. She teaches data journalism as a CIJ trainer and on the BA and MA journalism courses at City University London. She is also a keen photographer.
    Dr Justin Schlosberg is a media activist, researcher and lecturer based at Birkbeck, University of London, and current chair of the Media Reform Coalition. His latest book, Media Ownership and Agenda Control,  calls for a radical rethink of media ownership regulation, situating the movement for progressive media reform alongside wider struggles against the iniquities and injustices of global capitalism.
    Martin Tomkinson is a veteran investigative financial journalist and corporate researcher. He was a financial researcher for The Mail on Sunday's 'Rich List' from 2000-2004 and has worked on The Sunday Times' 'Rich List' since 2005.
    Martin has written for all of the UK’s major newspapers. He started work with Private Eye in 1972 and has worked as a freelance since 1981. He is the author of two books, Nothing to Declare: the Political Corruptions of John Poulson (with Michael Gillard) and The Pornbrokers: The Rise of the Soho Sex Barons.
    Mark Baynes runs the Love Wapping hyperlocal in London E1W. His investigative journalism work led to the Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman being judged to have been elected corruptly in the High Court, banned from office and a new election called. He has appeared on both BBC television and radio commenting on Tower Hamlets politics. He has a background in both print and new media, journalism and criminal forensics and a first degree in Artificial Intelligence.  When not investigating corrupt politicians he likes photographing Wapping wildlife and feeding squirrels.
    Mat Hope is Deputy Editor of DeSmog UK. Mat began working with DeSmog UK in October 2016, shortly after the UK voted to leave the EU, and aims to expand our coverage of the country’s ever-changing political scene. Mat previously worked as an Associate Editor for Nature Climate Change, and writer for Carbon Brief. He has experience covering all facets of the UK’s energy and climate change debate, from fact-checking denier positions to reporting on the government’s role in international negotiations.
    Megan Lucero is the Director of the Data Lab at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She was formerly the Data Journalism Editor at The Times and Sunday Times. Megan was part of the Times’s first data journalism team and led its development from a small supporting unit to a key component of news investigations. Using computational method, her team brought many issues into the public discourse and won awards for revealing the widespread use of blood doping in the Olympics.
    Peter Geoghegan is an Irish writer and journalist based in Glasgow. He is co-director of the Ferret, a co-operative investigative journalism online project based in Scotland. Since launching in 2015, the Ferret has published dozens of stories including lengthy investigations into subjects such as fracking, asylum and domestic violence that were subsequently picked up by broadcast and print media. The Ferret was shortlisted for a British journalism award last year and has several hundred paying subscribers. Peter is also an assistant producer at Firecrest Films making investigative TV, predominantly for Channel 4's Dispatches strand, and the author of a number of books including The People's Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again (shortlisted for Saltire Society prize in 2015).
    Rachel Hamada is a freelance journalist based in Edinburgh specialising in social justice and human rights, with a particular interest in Africa and neocolonialism. She has won awards in the UK and Tanzania for human rights reporting and digital innovation.
    She has worked for Scottish political magazine Holyrood as assistant editor and for the Economist Group and Scotsman Publications, as well as This is Africa. She also works part-time for a Scottish human rights organisation. Rachel is a Journalist Director of The Ferret.
    Ruth Hayhurst is an independent journalist, who writes about the environment, energy and local government. She runs the website which reports on onshore oil and gas in the UK and the reactions to it.
    She worked as a producer and editor for news programmes on all the BBC’s national radio networks. These include Today, World at One, PM, Newsbeat and The World Tonight. She was also an assistant producer on the BBC’s One O’clock News.
    Simon Morrow is a surveyor by profession and occasional writer, having had pieces published in the Morning Star and Big Issue. Spurred on by what he and many others saw as rash and controversial decisions by his local council, in 2016 he helped to start The Peoples Audit of Lambeth council. This used the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 to investigate the council’s accounts. The Peoples’ Audit also encourages other citizens to do their own audits of their councils.

    Sid Ryan is a reporter at The Bristol Cable and a former Bertha Fellow of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, specialising in Freedom of Information Law and the Private Finance Initiative. After a degree in biochemistry and a Masters in investigative journalism, he spent a year working for Request Initiative, a community interest company which performed FOI-based research on behalf of NGOs and charities. Currently Sid is working on a long-running investigation into PFI in the NHS, arguing for the right to information all the way through the Information Commissioner and into the courts. He also supports the People vs PFI campaign in an advisory capacity and has a interest in developing online crowd-research tools.

    Thomas Barlow is Co-Founder and Senior Editor at Real Media (an independent news organisation) and Co-Founder of The Media Fund (which seeks to raise funds for independent media across the UK). In a previous life Thomas Barlow was a club promoter and festival organiser. That was a while ago however. Since those halcyon days Barlow has been an active community organiser and activist.  He specifically was focused on environmentalism and anti-fascism before moving on to work for Kam Sandhu at RealFare. Together they hatched the plan to create a platform that would promote and support independent media after realising something more was needed to challenge current dominant stories about the poor and the vulnerable.

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