Investigative journalism? Take part in YouGov survey

Journalists are invited to participate in a YouGov poll that will examine the nation’s mood about investigative reporting. The poll results will be part of a debate on the future of investigative reporting amid slashed budgets and the 24-hours news cycle.

Tom Bower: sports investigations among his biographies
Tom Bower: sports investigations among his biographies

Alan Rusbridger, Andrew Gilligan, Tom Bower and Heather Brooke join the London Press Club and YouGov debate on “Can investigative journalism survive?” from 6.45pm on October 22 at Stationers and Newspapermakers’ Hall in the City of London.

Wikileaks and the exposure of the phone-hacking scandal are just two of the major news stories that have come under Alan Rusbridger’s tenure as Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian. Tom Bower’s investigative books have included Conrad Black and Richard Desmond, but sports subjects as well, such as international football and F1’s Bernie Ecclestone.

Telegraph senior reporter Andrew Gilligan will forever be associated with his Today Programme claim that the Blair Government had “sexed up” an Iraq briefing with WMD claims. Journalist and lecturer Heather Brooke is best known for her role in exposing the parliamentary expenses scandal that culminated in numerous resignations and prosecutions. The Independent’s Investigations Reporter Tom Harper has a series of scoops to his name, including the SOCA cover-up of the use of private investigators by blue-chip firms.

Chairing the London Press Club event is journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil, host of the BBC’s Daily Politics and former Editor of The Sunday Times. London Press Club chairman Doug Wills said: “Seldom has there been greater focus on the role of investigative reporting in the UK, with journalism facing a pincer movement of political pressure and tightening of editorial budgets. The London Press Club is delighted and proud to stage this important debate with leading journalists and the expertise of YouGov.”

Ahead of the debate, members of the London Press Club, the Society of Editors and Women in Journalism are taking part in the YouGov poll, the results of which will be presented at the event. The survey is completely anonymous and to take part in the poll go to:

To apply for a place at the event, e-mail To join the panel, e-mail

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