The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

James Cruickshank

James Cruickshank founded The Digger in 2004 in the kitchen of a high-rise flat in the Possil area of Glasgow, one of the poorest parts of Europe. The Digger has gone from selling 100 copies per week to becoming the most widely read crime magazine in the city of Glasgow; it makes money, and is now established as a leader in alternative press.  A self-confessed, critic of the agencies of law and order and a staunch defender of free speech. The Digger has made him a millionaire: rags to riches on the back of selling information.



Regional Conference Event
 — Keynote Talk

Keynote: James Cruickshank

James Cruickshank, founder and editor-in-chief of The Digger, will talk about his life and work as a muckraker for Scotland’s best, and most notorious, investigative crime magazine. Cruickshank, whose work has seen him shunned by the authorities (he was once banned from Glasgow Sheriff Court) and targeted by gangland criminals (in 2020, his car was firebombed by […]