Exaro senior reporter David Hencke was last night named ‘Political Journalist of the Year’ at the British Journalism Awards 2012. Hencke’s series of stories unveiling the ‘Whitehall tax story’ beat correspondents from The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, The Guardian, The Times and the Mail on Sunday.
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Exaro Editor-in-Chief Mark Watts has been shortlisted in the editor’s category of the inaugural ‘European Awards for Journalism’.
The European Press Prize, formed by seven European media foundations, set up the awards to encourage high-quality journalism, in print and online, across all 47 countries of the continent.
Exaro Editor-in-Chief Mark Watts discusses on LBC what the future might hold for investigative journalism. In the interview on Sunday, November 11, the day after George Entwistle resigned as the BBC’s director general over a flawed report on BBC2’s Newsnight, Watts talks with LBC presenter Clive Bull about why journalists should continue to investigate child abuse despite the BBC’s shocking error.
Exaro senior reporter David Hencke talked on this morning’s Today programme about allegations surrounding a suspected paedophile ring linked to senior political figures. Hencke, shortlisted last week in the British Journalism Awards, took part on BBC Radio 4’s programme in a discussion about whether media and internet coverage of the allegations of child abuse amounted to a “witch-hunt”.
Update 5 December 2012: David Hencke was named ‘Political Journalist of the Year’ at the Press Gazette British Journalism Awards on 4 December 2012 for his work revealing how the Student Loans Company’s chief executive, Ed Lester, was able to avoid paying tax at source by using a personal-service company. The investigation sparked the high-profile ‘Whitehall tax scandal’.
Exaro Editor-in-Chief Mark Watts on a mission to reverse an uncertain digital future at a time when mainstream media has lost its appetite for investigative journalism.
Our investigation into the Whitehall tax scandal was sparked from a tip-off to Exaro’s David Hencke. The tip-off led to a request under the Freedom of Information Act and the release of more than 60 pages of documents outlining how Ed Lester, chief executive of the Student Loans Company, avoided paying tax at source using a personal-service company. This brief video showcases some of Exaro's coverage of the story to date.
Exaro Editor-in-Chief Mark Watts discusses ‘freedom of information’ on LBC. He was co-founder of the FOIA Centre, a specialist research company that helps people use the Freedom of Information Act. He talks with LBC presenter Ian Collins about how Exaro has used the act, and why civil servants want to weaken the law.