Rusbridger, Gilligan, Brooke and Bower to debate future of investigative journalism at Stationers' Hall - Press Gazette

Rusbridger, Gilligan, Brooke and Bower to debate future of investigative journalism at Stationers' Hall

The London Press Club wants to know whether journalists think investigative journalism has a future.

The poll comes ahead of a debate with the title "Can investigative journalism survive?" which is being held at Stationers' Hall 22 October featuring Alan Rusbridger, Tom Bower, Andrew Gilligan and Heather Brooke.

Full details on both the poll and the debate in the press release below:

Journalists are being 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.

The debate on “Can investigative journalism survive?” is being held by London Press Club in partnership with YouGov. Each of the debate panel are perfectly placed to contribute to the London Press Club and YouGov debate. 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. Previously on Panorama, Tom Bower counts Conrad Black, Richard Desmond and Bernie Ecclestone among the subjects for his hard-hitting biographies. 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.

And chairing the London Press Club event, taking place at Stationers and Newspapermakers’ Hall on October 22 at 6.45pm, 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. To take part in the survey simply click on the link below. The survey which closes in a week’s time is completely anonymous. To take part in the poll go to:

 If you complete the survey you can choose to join YouGov’s prestigious Opinion Former research panel. It is also possible to join the panel by sending an email to

 Places at the debate will be by ticket only, and places are limited. Priority among London Press Club’s allocation will be given to members.

To apply for a place at the debate, email

 Can investigative journalism survive? is one of a series of London Press Club autumn events which also include a breakfast with new Sun editor David Dinsmore (5 November) and a Women in Media forum in partnership with Huffington Post and the London Evening Standard (19 November). All events are free to London Press Club members. If you have yet to join or renew, please see the membership page on or email for more information.