Ticket sales success for The Ferret event

Scotland’s first investigative journalism conference dedicated to public interesting reporting has sold out all its tickets with more than a week still to go.

Around 75 people will attend The Ferret Spring Conference at the University of Strathclyde, with profits from the event going towards future investigations.

And in an editorial twist, it will be those attending who decide what topic will be investigated next.

The event will also feature a screening of film ‘Transit Zone’ – a 32-minute documentary on life in the Calais refugee camps, followed by a Q & A session. imgres

Speakers on Saturday, April 23, include Jonathan Heywood, chief executive of the newly established media regulators IMPRESS.

Journalists Kevin McKenna, columnist with The Observer and the Daily Mail; Rob Edwards, the award-winning environment editor of the Sunday Herald and Nicole Kleeman, creative director of Firecrest Films, a Glasgow-based production company which produces documentaries for BBC Panorama and Channel 4 Dispatches, will also take-part.

Billy Briggs, Director of The Ferret, said: “Our event is aimed at anyone who wants to find out more about how good public interest stories are made, how power can be held to account and what we can do to build a better media in the future.”

Nik Williams of Freedom of Speech champions Scottish PEN will take part in the conference.

The event is being staged by investigations platform The Ferret in collaboration with University of Strathclyde.

The Ferret is a crowdfunded co-operative launched in June 2015 dedicated to public interest reporting.The group says it is not aligned with any political party.

It was shortlisted for the British Journalism Awards last November after delivering a string of hard-hitting exposes.

A waiting list is in operation for the conference. Organisers have also just launched a new community led forum to foster debate and engagement.


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