Victoria Derbyshire (BBC) passionately champions journalists who pursue the truth, hold power to account, to whom people turn in challenging times.
Pippa Crerar (Mirror) and Matthew Weaver (The Guardian) reveal how they and Jeremy Armstrong built the case to expose Dominic Cummings’ visit to Durham and Barnard Castle – combining forces to bring the story over the line and win ‘Scoop of the Year’.
Sophie Alexander (ITV News) describes the moment she along with correspondent Robert Moore and cameraman Mark Davy entered the Capitol Building in Washington with insurrectionists, on January 6, the only TV crew to do so.
Andy Aitchison (freelance photographer) details how he was arrested and held in a cell, simply for photographing a protest outside Napier Barracks in Folkestone, where asylum seekers are housed.
Jess Brammar (HuffPost UK) recounts the year in which she ran a newsroom going into lockdown, while heavily pregnant; returned to battle a government minister, before leaving her job when Buzzfeed took over.
Richard Watson (BBC Newsnight) discusses his film ‘Hate Crime’ which has been long-listed for the Orwell prize for journalism in the category ‘Exposing Britain’s Social Evils’, and talks about the challenges of returning to work after he contracted Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM).
Haroon Siddique (The Guardian) shares how he attracted more than 300 signatures to an open letter challenging the Society of Editors which had denied there was bigotry in the UK press. His series ‘How and why Black Britons suffer unequal outcomes at the hands of the police’ has been long-listed for the Orwell prize for journalism in the category, ‘Exposing Britain’s Social Evils’.
Nick Wallis (freelance) tells how a tweet led him to investigate how the Post Office covered up evidence and jailed hundreds of sub-postmasters and postmistresses in the UK’s most widespread miscarriage of justice. Nick also discusses how he raised money by crowdfunding to report live via Twitter from inside the High Court.
Kamran Abbassi (British Medical Journal) explains why his editorials for the BMJ accuse the government of ‘state corruption’ and ‘social murder’.
Eleanor Mills (former Editorial Director, Sunday Times and Chair of Women in Journalism) reveals how she resigned from the Society of Editors after its chairman denied there was bigotry in the British press. She recently founded Noon, a platform to empower women in midlife.
Ria Chatterjee (ITV News) reflects on her journey into journalism and how empathy is at the core of her work. She was named Regional Journalist of the Year at the Asian Media Awards. Her work in London has led her to examine how poverty, mental health, policing, domestic abuse, social media and school exclusions play a part in exacerbating youth violence.
Natalie Morris (MetroUK, author, ‘MIXED/OTHER’, co-host of @TheNetballshow podcast) talks about the challenges of being a journalist of colour in a predominantly white newsroom. She also pays tribute to her Dad, Tony Morris, who for 17 years presented Granada Reports. He was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2019 and died last summer.
Nick Waters (Bellingcat) explains how the website’s group of internationally based analysts use open-source tools to verify content posted to social media. This helps them piece together the digital detail of when, where and how newsworthy events have taken place.