Summer School 2012

Keynote Speakers

Lessons from Leveson
Do investigative journalists need to behave differently? A panel discussion chaired by Gavin MacFadyen.

Dr Phil Hammond: What's Wrong with the NHS?
The writer, broadcaster and comedian talks about the state of the NHS.

Talks and Training

How to Request Documents Under the Freedom of Information Act
Brendan Montague and Lucas Amin from Request Initiative introduce the 'grazing' and 'mining' approach to making requests including how to establish a legal case to challenge refusals.

Miscarriages of Justice: the Case of Sam Hallam
Sam Hallam was wrongly accused and later acquitted of murder. He spent eight years in prison. Chair of the Sam Hallam campaign Paul May and solicitor Matt Foot speak about the methods they used to get this innocent man out of jail.

Statistics and how to Interpret Them
Statistics are everywhere. The creation and use of the statistics can be a mystery. Ed Swires-Hennessy gives a practical demonstration of the basic concepts of statistics and when we use them; it closes with a look at results and how to interpret them.

Communicating with Statistics
Everyone believes they can handle numbers effectively but reading stories in newspapers clearly indicates that not all journalists can. In this session Ed Swires-Hennessy looks at  how readers will interpret – or not – the statistics presented, and how simple principles can be applied to communicate better.

How to do Court Reporting and get the Best Stories
Paul Cheston, probably the only dedicated courts reporter in London talks about the tricks of the trade, but also about the thrill of reporting from the courtrooms.

Best Data Journalism Practices and First Efforts
Kathryn Torney and David Donald talk about doing CAR from first efforts to the era of big data and see examples of award winning CAR work.

How do Investigative Stories get Commissioned?
David Leigh, the Guardian’s investigations executive editor and Iain Overton, the editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, talk about the process of commissioning investigative stories: what they look for and what would make them say yes to a story idea.