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Trust me – I’m a journalist!

We will be meeting on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN with a series of events through the day. This year’s event has a new format, and is timed to coincide with The Jerusalem Awards which will be presented that evening. We hope this will make it easier for those who are travelling to make a day of it.

Our main gathering, Trust me – I’m a journalist! will begin at 2pm

Why now?  Because this has been a traumatic period for everyone who works in media, with a constant stream of stories in which the industry itself is the villain. For eight painful months the Leveson Inquiry brought journalistic malpractice into public focus – but almost a year after the publication of the report the prospect of a new regulatory mechanism seems as far away as ever. Meanwhile the BBC has been scarred by Torin Douglasrevelations of historic abuse, failed projects and massive payoffs to departing executives.

In that context we are assembling a panel of leading journalists, broadcasters and commentators to lead our thinking.  Together, we will consider whether and how trust in the media can be rebuilt.  I will give some background to the issues, and our discussion will be chaired by the recently-retired BBC Media Correspondent Torin Douglas MBE.  This is a participatory event, and our conclusions will be published widely.  We aim to make a real contribution to the rebuilding of a relationship we all care about and depend upon. 

Tickets are available NOW at £12 from www.trust-me.eventbrite.co.uk                                                                              

RompsTotsandBoffinsBetween the afternoon conference and the awards ceremony there will be an opportunity to meet informally over refreshments close to BAFTA.

Earlier on the same day there will be a breakfast gathering hosted by theMediaNetthe network of Christians and others who work professionally in media.  There we will be launching Rob Hutton’s hilarious new book Romps, Tots and Boffins,  about “journalese” – those words and phrases that only journalists ever use.  For more details of that event please visit theMediaNet website
Tickets for the afternoon are available NOW at £12 from www.trust-me.eventbrite.co.uk so please book early.

We hope to see you at BAFTA on Wednesday 16th October …. trust us, we do! 

Tony is a Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45am and 9.20am). Tony is married with two children.

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