Professor Steven Barnett, a communications expert at the University of Westminster, has been re-appointed as specialist adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on Communications.
The Committee has launched an inquiry into the future of investigative journalism and will consider, among other issues, emerging threats to this
kind of journalism, the potential for new funding models, and new opportunities such as "citizen journalism".
Professor Barnett, professor of communications at the School of Media, Arts and Design, said: “This is a difficult time for journalism, but both the phone hacking scandal and the revelations around MPs’ expenses have demonstrated how important it is that investigative journalism survives and thrives. That is why the specific focus of this inquiry is both timely and important, and I’m delighted to be involved once more in the parliamentary process.”
Prof Barnett has been involved in policy analysis at the highest levels, both nationally and internationally, for the last 25 years. He has advised government ministers in the UK, and given evidence or served as an adviser on several parliamentary committees. This will be the fourth time he has been asked to advise the Lords Select Committee, following previous appointments to inquiries on media ownership, the film and TV industries, and the regulation of television advertising.
The Committee launched its inquiry in July 2011, started hearing oral evidence this week, and plans to publish its report early in the new year in time for its recommendations to feed into the wider questions about the future of journalism which are being covered by the Leveson inquiry.
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