25th February 2004




An award-winning investigative journalist will explore the professional and ethical issues facing undercover reporters at the University of Lincoln next week.


Tessa Mayes, a leading television investigative reporter and contributor to the Sunday Times, will discuss undercover journalism in a lecture on Monday 1st March 2004.


She will show clips from her recent Channel 4 programme where she posed as a brothel receptionist while investigating the trafficking of East European women as prostitutes.


Tessa has also appeared in her own ITV investigative series ‘The Investigators’ and on ‘Panorama’ and ‘The Cook Report’. 


She is on the editorial board of ‘Ethical Space’, the International Journal of Communication Ethics which is edited by Professor Richard Keeble, Professor of Journalism at the university.


Tessa is the author of ‘Disclosure: Media Freedom and the Privacy Debate after Diana’ (1998) and ‘Restraint or Revelation? Free Speech and Privacy in a Confessional Age’ (2003).


This is the latest in the major  ‘Journalists Speak out on Journalism’ lecture series organised by the University of Lincoln’s Journalism Department.


Other speakers include Roy Greenslade, Professor of Journalism at City University and media commentator on the Guardian, and BBC radio and television sports specialist John Inverdale.


The lecture will take place on Monday 1st March at 6pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre, Brayford Pool campus.


Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.


For more information about these lectures call Professor Richard Keeble on 01522 886940.


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For more information contact: Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk


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