The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Dame Frances Cairncross: Can government rescue journalism?

In February 2019, The Cairncross Review published its long-awaited recommendations to protect high-quality, public interest news: tax relief to support local news and investigative journalism, a new Institute for Public Interest News overseeing an innovation fund, fresh obligations on Google and Facebook to promote trust in the information they disseminate. Its author Dame Frances Cairncross came to the CIJ to discuss those recommendations.

Chair: James Harkin, CIJ Director.

This talk was hosted at Goldsmiths, University of London, as part of the #LOGANCIJ Talks Series.

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Dame Frances Cairncross

Dame Frances Cairncross, formerly a senior editor at The Economist and an economics columnist at the Guardian, is author of The Cairncross Review: A Sustainable Future for Journalism. She is a British economist, journalist and academic.

James Harkin

James Harkin is the director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism. He is a journalist who covers social change and political conflict and whose work appears in Vanity Fair, Harper’s, GQ, The Smithsonian, Prospect and the Guardian.


  • 3 April 2019 18.30–20.00
Location: Goldsmiths, University of London