The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Winning the Trust of Sources – On and Offline

The slow, careful art of soliciting a trustworthy source is one of the exciting and overlooked skills in the investigative journalist’s toolkit. But how does it work when the source can only be reached via digital means, or presents only an anonymous identity in the first place?

In this seminar, Investigative Practice examined how the traditional art of cultivating a source works where trust must be won remotely – and whether practices from the digital age can inform traditional methods.

Ed Moloney

Ed Moloney is a journalist and film-maker who has made the Troubles in Northern Ireland his speciality. The former Northern editor of The Irish Times and The Sunday Tribune, he is the author of three books: ‘A Secret History of the IRA’, ‘Voices From the Grave’ and ‘Paisley – From Demagogue To Democrat?’.

Gabriella Coleman

Gabriella Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as an anthropologist, her scholarship explores the intersection of the cultures of hacking and politics, with a focus on the sociopolitical implications of the free software movement and the digital protest ensemble Anonymous.

Stephen Grey

Stephen Grey is a British investigative journalist and special correspondent for Reuters. He has published several books including The New Spymasters and Ghost Plane, which revealed details of the CIA’s program of ‘extraordinary rendition.’ He has also reported extensively from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • 19 October 2018 11.15–12.15