Mr Watts is the Editor-in-Chief of Exaro and the co-founder of the FOIA Centre, which specialises in ‘open-access law’ research. He works as a journalist, author and television presenter and previously has worked as a reporter at several national newspapers. He has been responsible for revelations about MI6 lobbying, political party funding and is the author of ‘The Fleet Street Sewer Rat’.
Interview by Emma Goodman, Meg Charlton, Asuka Kageura, and Kailey Fuller-Jackson.
George Brock is a professor and head of journalism at City University. He is the former managing editor of The Times. Professor Brock is a member of the executive board of the International Press Institute, chairman of the IPI’s British committee, and a board member of the World Editors Forum. He is the author of ‘Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism, and the Business of News in the Digital Age’.
Interview by Emma Goodman, Meg Charlton, Kailey-Fuller Jackson, and Asuka Kageura.
Eric Newton is senior adviser to the president at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which funds ideas that promote quality journalism and media innovation, based on a principle that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. A former managing editor of the Oakland Tribune, he is also author of the innovative digital educational book on the history and future of news, Searchlights and Sunglasses.
He will be speaking on two panels at the 2014 Polis Journalism Conference on Friday March 28, one on the role of journalism education in the future of transparency journalism, and one on innovation in transparency, which will address how new technology is increasing transparency in journalism.
James Dean is a business reporter for The Times, where he has carried out undercover investigative work to break stories including the Lloyds payment protection insurance (PPI) selling scandal.
He will be speaking at the 2014 Polis Journalism Conference, on a panel focused on discussing how journalists sometimes have to ‘cross the line’ in pursuit of a story to hold power to account.
Cathy Newman is a presenter at Channel 4 News. Last year, she broke the story of allegations against life peer and former Liberal Democrat Chief Executive Lord Rennard of inappropriate behaviour towards women. Having been refused an interview with Nick Clegg on multiple occasions, her persistent attempts to get in touch with the Lib Dem party leader have attracted attention: first on a radio show (as “Cathy from Dulwich”) and more recently when she asked him a question at a conference on mental health. Before going to Channel 4 News in 2006, she worked at the Financial Times as a media then political correspondent.
She will be speaking at next week’s Polis Annual Journalism Conference on a panel focused on discussing how journalists sometimes have to ‘cross the line’ in pursuit of a story to hold power to account.