How did you come to the idea of setting up the festival?
We realised that people pledging for our Byline crowd-funding platform for independent journalists were keen to meet the people they were funding and we run a series of events with journalist and other experts/commentators. We wanted to find a way to reach an even bigger audience so we decided to set up the world’s first festival for Independent Journalism a sort of Sundance for Independent Journalists. As an ex-punk and a playwright we thought we were eminently suitable to do this. From the seat we wanted it to be a festival and not a conference with music, comedy and theatre as we wanted attract a wide audience who were against fake news and the rise of populism not just traditional journalists, although they were essential too.