Blair Jenkins, a former head of news and current affairs at BBC Scotland, is to produce a report on how better journalism can be delivered in the digital age.
Jenkins, who recently chaired the Scottish Broadcasting Commission, has been appointed a Fellow of the Carnegie UK Trust and will conduct a six-month review across the UK.
His initial report is expected to focus on "ethical standards in news, the increasing importance of local media and the training of journalists".
Jenkins said: "There are lots of important and connected issues around new technology and how the UK communications sector will develop, what role there is for local media and what the regulatory environment is going to be.
"Against that shifting background, we have to strengthen our journalism and recognise its importance to a healthy democracy – including of course robust investigative reporting.”