Investigative Journalism: Present and Future (23 January)

With Spotlight well and truly entering middle age and reaching its 40th birthday a few months ago, BBC NI are hosting a day long event to look at the role and value of investigative journalism.

BBC NI Investigative JournalismMiriam O’Callaghan and Steve Hewlett will host the sessions in Blackstaff Studio (Great Victoria Street) on Thursday 23 January.

10:00-12:15 Session One: Highlights from 40 years of Spotlight; a talk by Prof George Brock from City University on journalism, its current state and future prospects (themes he explored in his recently published book Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age); followed by a panel on Investigative Journalism: Politics and Accountability with Heather Brooke (FOI campaigner), Michael Crick, John Ware and Susan O’Keeffe.

13:00-14:00 Session Two: Panel on investigative reporting about other places, including trouble spots around the world. with examples of reports filed by the panellists Jane Corbin, John Sweeney, Sue Lloyd-Roberts and Stacey Dooley. They’ll highlight the risks and resource commitment involved and also the practicalities of making international stories accessible to a domestic audience.

14:45-15:45 Session Three: Panel with Paul Myers and Darragh MacIntyre discussing their experiences, trade-craft and how the world of investigative journalism is changing, as well as what impact investigative journalism can have and some of the issues faced by reporters and news organisations.

The panellists are largely broadcast-centric: it’ll be interesting how dead tree print and online industries are reflected and contribute throughout the day.

BBC NI say anyone with an interest in current affairs journalism is welcome to attend. Tickets for the three sessions are free and can be requested online.

Alan Meban. Normally to be found blogging over at Alan in Belfast where you’ll find an irregular set of postings, weaving an intricate pattern around a diverse set of subjects. Comment on cinema, books, technology and the occasional rant about life. On Slugger, the posts will mainly be about political events and processes. Tweets as @alaninbelfast.