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The future of investigative journalism in Ireland


Saturday 23 November 2013

2pm - 5pm

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Liberty Hall, Dublin


The Future of Investigative Journalism in Ireland 

A conference on Saturday 23 November 2013

Hosted by the Centre for Conflict Resolution Journalism, SIPTU and the NUJ

  • Is there a future for investigative journalism in Ireland, and what might it look like?
  • Who will support and pay for good investigative journalism – the public or philanthropists?
  • What is the potential for using new media models for investigative journalism?
  • Will new legislation provide better protection for whistleblowers?

These are among the questions we will address at the event on 23 November at Liberty Hall.

The CCRJ has invited five panellists to speak about the future of investigative journalism in Ireland and to put forward ideas and suggestions about strengthening independent reporting.


Frank Connolly, one of Ireland's best-known investigative journalists, will speak about the history of investigative journalism and the relationship between the media and politics in Ireland.

Séamus Dooley, Irish secretary of the NUJ, will highlight the ongoing threat to editorial resources, the pressures on news desks arising from reduced staffing levels, the undermining of newsroom budgets and the particular difficulties faced by freelance journalists.

Rita O’Reilly is a reporter and producer with RTÉ's Prime Time. She will address the issue of investigative reporting in the context of public service broadcasting. 

Kenan Furlong is a partner with A&L Goodbody, specialising in fraud and white collar crime. A regular contributor to the debate on white collar crime, he will address the issue of the forthcoming legislation on whistleblowing.

Constantin Gurdgiev is a lecturer and commentator, will talk about consensus anchoring and self-censorship in business and financial journalism, and the effect of new media on Irish business, economic and financial news reporting and analysis.

The panel will be chaired by:

Ronan Lynch, Journalist, Historian and Co-founder of The Centre for Conflict Resolution Journalism, and Stephen Desmond, Documentary Filmmaker, Co-founder of the Centre for Conflict Resolution Journalism, and Senior Lecturer in Media at Southampton Solent University.

There will be a question and answers session following the presentations.

We welcome journalists, students, academics, researchers, trade unionists and anyone with an interest in strengthening independent journalism in Ireland.

Admission to the conference is free and by registration only.

To register for your ticket, please add your name and email address to the CCRJ mailing list.



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