There is hope, oh lovers of accountability, democracy, and whopping big come-uppances.
Just received word from a colleague that investigative journalists are actually being hired in London.
Iain Overton, a former executive producer of mine at More4 News (ITN), was recently appointed Managing Editor of the newly-founded Bureau of Investigative Journalism. It’s the first project of its kind in the UK, and has support from hugely-respected Seymour Hersh, and author of the worrying but timely Flat Earth News (currently doing my young journalistic brain in), Nick Davies.
“People from print, online and broadcast backgrounds are encouraged to apply, provided they understand how to conduct long term investigations, have a grasp of media law and are able to work both alone and heading up a small team. Skills such as being able to understand financial data, how to carry out Fois and languages are all assets.”
So there you have it. Life in the old format yet. Hoorah! Get in touch with ’em at firstname.lastname@example.org if you fit the bill.