MJA one-day symposium: Uncovering a scandal – Saturday March 25, 2023

By February 21, 2023Public

Uncovering a Scandal is the theme of this year’s MJA symposium, and some of our industry’s most tenacious and talented investigative journalists will be sharing their insights and tips at this one-day event.

Rosa Furneaux of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism will lead a workshop on building trust

Hear from an excellent line up of speakers and panellists include Katie Goodman of Channel 5, Pulse editor Jaimie Kaffash, Sunday Times health editor, Shaun Lintern and Hannah Barnes and the Newsnight producer and author of Time to Think: The Inside Story of the Collapse of the Tavistock’s Gender Service for Children.

The symposium will be held in conjunction with City, University of London, and is aimed at MJA members, health and medical journalism students, and journalists working in health and medicine.

During the day you will hear from panels of expert journalists and take part in skills based workshops on gaining trust, freedom of information requests, and safe communication.

Registration is now open through the form below: 

  • City Students – FREE
  • MJA Student Members – FREE
  • Other students – £12 (why not join the MJA at a discounted rate – £10 – to attend for free? See below)
  • MJA Members/WIJ members/Weareblackjournos members £30
  • Non Members £50 (why not join the MJA to attend at members’ rates? See below)

Jaimie Kaffash of The Pulse is one of the big hitters on our ‘meet the editors’ panel

Once you complete the registration form you will be re-directed to the payment instructions.  Don’t forget you can join the MJA to attend at members’ rates, just complete our membership form and then register for the symposium as a member.  Students don’t forget to put ‘symposium’ in the offer code box to receive your discounted membership (£10 instead of £12).

Those who have registered will be sent full details of the venue, including a map, programme etc on the day prior to the Symposium.

Date: Saturday March 25, 2023

Time: 10:00 onwards

Venue: Northampton Suite, City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

MJA One-Day Symposium: Uncovering a scandal

Welcome address – Nigel Praities MJA Chair, and Mark Honigsbaum, senior lecturer City University

10:00-13:00 – Morning plenary session: Getting to the truth

Undercover reporting – Leo Telling and Jacqui Wakefield, Panorama
Working with a whistleblower – Rebecca Thomas, The Independent
Using FOI and other data – Jaimie Kaffash, Pulse
Vulnerable case studies – Katie Goodman, Channel 5
Telling patient stories – Shaun Lintern, The Sunday Times

13:00-14:00 LUNCH including ‘Meet the editor’ workshops
(Rob Reddick, Wired; Jaimie Kaffash, Pulse; Richard Van Noorden, Nature)

14:00-16:00 – Workshops on useful tools in your reporting

Hannah Barnes, author of Time To Think: The Inside Story of the Collapse of the Tavistock’s Gender Service for Children joins our afternoon panel on holding power to account

Trust Me: Making and keeping hard-to-reach sources – Rosa Furneaux, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism
Safe communication and protecting identities – Chris Stokel-Walker, Freelance Journalist and lecturer
Making the most of FOI – Carolyn Wickware, Pharmaceutical Journal

16:00-17:00 – Final panel discussion: Holding power to account

Hannah Barnes, Investigations Producer, BBC Newsnight and author of Time to Think: The Inside Story of the Collapse of the Tavistock’s Gender Service for Children
Richard Van Noorden, Features Editor, Nature
Brian Deer, Freelance Journalist and author of The Doctor Who Fooled the World Emily Townsend, Correspondent, Health Service Journal

17:00 – Networking session


MJA One-Day Symposium 2023

Please enter your job title/freelance or your course title if a student
Please enter your employer/freelance or the institution at which you are currently studying
If you are joining the MJA in order to attend at our member rates, please tick below as if you were already a member and then ensure you complete our membership application form. If you are joining as a student member ensure you use 'Symposium' in our offer code box to receive discounted student membership of £10
Please note that our order for catering had to be placed with the venue on 14 March and after this date we can not guarantee being able to meet your requests (other than vegetarian/vegan which is always catered for)
Let us know if you have any specific access requirements so that we check our ability to meet your needs and advise you accordingly


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