Jonathan Calvert joins debate on Investigative Journalism’s Future

Posted on: September 16, 2019 by admin

The longest serving editor of The Sunday Times’ Insight team will be joining a panel of investigative journalists to debate the future of their trade at the Society conference on 12 November.

The panel will consider the question Investigations: Are they still relevant in the clickbait world? and will spotlight issues such as the changing roles of investigative journalists in print and digital media.

Calvert, who was previously Investigations Editor at The Observer, has worked at The Sunday Times for 14 years where he has led investigations such as the FIFA files, which impacted sport worldwide. His career has been marked by a string of exclusive investigations making him a three-time award-winner of the Scoop of the Year title and also winning Journalist of the Year.

Joining him will be other leading investigative journalists from print to digital media; global to regional news. This includes: Claire Newell (Investigation Editor, The Telegraph), Paul Henderson (Deputy Editor, Daily Mirror), Jane Bradley (Investigations Correspondent, BuzzFeed News) and Tom Bristow (Head of Archant’s Investigations Unit).

Ian Murray, executive director of the Society of Editors, said: “They are expensive in both time and money, but it could be argued that investigations carried out by the media remain the most vital weapon in the nation’s armoury against the corrupt, the crooked and the incompetent. At this year’s Society annual conference we will hear just how vital such work is and how it can be supported going into the future.”

Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Society, a Gala Dinner will be held at Stationers’ Hall in London on 12 November. Kate Adie, former BBC Chief News Correspondent will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for her life-long commitment to journalism.

Also speaking at the conference will be editors Alison Phillips (Daily Mirror), Chris Evans (The Telegraph), Alessandra Galloni (Reuters) and Vic Motune (The Voice).

A panel discussing the state of Press Freedom in the UK will also be debated with panellists Elizabeth Denham (UK Information Commissioner), The Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP, Martin Breen (Editor, Sunday Life) and John Battle (Head of Compliance, ITN).

The programme as it stands is available on the Society’s website. Early bird booking ends on 19 September – do book now to avoid missing out.

Jonathan Calvert

Insight Editor, The Sunday Times

Jonathan Calvert is the longest serving editor of the Insight team in its 50-year history, having held the job for 14 years. His first scoop for the team was exposing the cash for questions scandal as an undercover Insight reporter in 1994, and he was head-hunted soon afterwards to become investigations editor at The Observer where he oversaw a string of major exclusives. Since returning to his real home at The Sunday Times Jonathan has taken the helm of the Insight team and steered it through long line of famous exclusives – such as the Fifa files investigation which made waves around the world. He has been won a multitude of journalism awards, including Scoop of the Year on three occasions and Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards.  

The Society of Editors’ 20th Anniversary Conference is sponsored by: