Is a lack of investment of local media damaging society?

On Wednesday 22 November, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) will gather leading national journalists and a Member of Parliament for a panel discussion to explore the role of local media and its ability to serve society in 2017.

Chaired by CIPR President-Elect, Sarah Hall Chart.PR, FCIPR, the discussion will explore the role of modern journalism and assess the extent to which resource-starved media organisations are equipped to serve society, with specific reference to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Theme: 'Is a lack of investment of local media damaging society?


  • Charlie Beckett is a former journalist, now a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics (LSE). He is founding director of the LSE's journalism think-tank, Polis and of the LSE's Media Policy Project. He is leading the LSE's Truth, Trust and Technology Commission which launches in autumn 2017.
  • Grant Feller is a content consultant, media trainer and brand strategist with more than 25 years’ experience leading teams of writers and editors, in both print and digital operations for the Daily Mail, Evening Standard, Daily Telegraph and the Daily Express. He also launched WebMD’s UK website. He now runs a consultancy, GF-Media, that specialises in brand, CEO and senior executive content – narratives, speechwriting, blogging, storytelling and thought leadership.
  • Laura McInerney is the editor of Schools Week and a columnist for the Guardian. Prior to that she was a teacher and author of the book “The Six Predictable Failures of Free Schools… And How To Avoid Them”. She became a journalist after being taken to court by the education secretary Michael Gove for asking a question under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Mathew Rodda MP is a former journalist and civil servant, and a current Labour Party politician. He is the current Member of Parliament for the Reading East parliamentary constituency.

Guests are invited to arrive from 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start. Wine, beer and light refreshments will be available.