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FOI, diversity, and imposter syndrome — an interview with Jenna Corderoy

Lyra McKee Memorial Lecture - Tuesday March 28 5.30-7pm at Birmingham City University Curzon Building. Jenna Corderoy on holding power to account and getting into journalism.

On Tuesday I will be hosting the award-winning investigative journalist and FOI campaigner Jenna Corderoy at the Lyra McKee Memorial Lecture. Ahead of the event, I asked Jenna about her tips on investigations, FOI, confidence, and the challenges facing the industry.

What’s the story you have learned the most from?

The story that I learned the most from was definitely our Clearing House investigation. Back in November 2020, we revealed the existence of a unit within the heart of government, which screened Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and instructed government departments on how to respond to requests. The unit circulated the names of requesters across Whitehall, notably the names of journalists. 

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