House of Lords launches inquiry into investigative journalism

A new inquiry into the future of investigative journalism has been announced by the House of Lords communication committee.

Acknowledging that "these are difficult times for investigative journalism," which began before the closure of the News of the World and the phonehacking scandal, the call for evidence says the inquiry

"will examine the future for investigative journalism in a world where traditional print and broadcast business models are under threat and a great deal of news and information is readily available for free online. It will also investigate ideas for different organisational or business models which might promote or advance the future of investigative journalism."

The inquiry, which follows the publication of a 2008 report into the ownership of the news will look at the changing media landscape, the role of investigative journalism, business models and alternative funding. It will also look at regulation of the media and has invited submissions on changes in regulation and asks if there are any changes needed in broadcast journalism or digital or print media "to ensure they fulfil a useful journalistic function".