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6–11 July 2020

Summer Conference 2020

Designed for journalists. Open to all. The CIJ Summer Conference is the UK’s only journalism training event with an emphasis on teaching investigative skills. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year's event will take place online.

Access to Tools

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) has teamed up for a third consecutive year with the Google News Initiative to bring skills and techniques available through the Google News Initiative’s suite of applications and other digital tools to local newsrooms, independent media, academics and ordinary citizens around the UK.

Training

4–25 June 2020

Finding Stories with Data – Online

You’ve heard people talking about data journalism, but don’t know where to start? Then this course is for you.

13–16 July 2020

Story-Based Inquiry Method

This four-part online course, which takes place over four days, gives you the basics for starting, deepening, organising and writing an investigative report.

Open-Source Intelligence

From early conflict and munitions monitoring to high-profile investigations such as Anatomy of a Killing, using advanced internet research techniques has quickly developed to become a crucial practice for journalists in both breaking news and long-form investigations.

Events

26 May 2020

Reporting and The Surveillance State

Richard Norton-Taylor, veteran, much-garlanded national security reporter and author of The State of Secrecy: Spies and the Media in Britain, came (virtually) to the CIJ for an informal conversation with CIJ Director James Harkin about his experience as a reporter for the Guardian and the challenges faced by investigative journalists, the development of the national security state and the pace of its surveillance apparatus, and, after his pioneering work on verbatim theatre, the crucial importance of new kinds of documentary storytelling.

29 January 2020

Closed Circuit: True Information

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) and the ICA present Closed Circuit, a series of broadcast discussions on the status of information in the age of digital media. For the second episode, writer Simon Akam, journalist and editor Joseph Farrell, lawyer Mary Inman, New York Times-bestselling author Tom Mueller, and former assistant to Harvey Weinstein Zelda Perkins discuss the controversial publication of protected information.

Initiatives

Community Journalism

The business of journalism is changing fast. With the collapse of traditional advertising revenue models, the argument that thoroughly researched investigative journalism is a public good that needs to be properly funded cannot be made too strongly or too often.

Masterclasses

Too often in the media opportunities and internships go to well-connected, well-heeled young people. As a result the higher echelons of the national media risk being made up largely of those who lack sources within and any common experience with wider society.

  • Reporting and the Surveillance State
  • 26 May 2020
  • LOGAN CIJ Talk Series Surveillance Richard Norton-Taylor the Guardian investigative reporting
  • Bhaskar Sunkara: The future of radical journalism (highlights)
  • 28 May 2019
  • Bhaskar Sunkara LOGAN CIJ Talk Series
  • Lawrence Wright on Reporting as Craft
  • 16 May 2018
  • LOGAN CIJ Talk Series Lawrence Wright

The Investigative Journalist’s Guide to Company Accounts

by Raj Bairoliya

An introduction from the author, Raj Bairoliya A little history is in order. A dozen or so years ago, I was complaining to my friend Michael Gillard about the standard of financial investigative journalism in the UK – it was a matter of serious concern to me as I make my living from investigating wrongdoing.

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The Hidden Scenario

by Luuk Sengers and Mark Lee Hunter

The Hidden Scenario focuses on how making a scenario can help you investigate. Part One details the basic principles of constructing a chronology. In Part Two, we move on to the construction of powerful scenes.

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The Story Tells the Facts

by Luuk Sengers and Mark Lee Hunter

This book will help you to make your investigative writing better by focusing on writing skills, because they transpose very well into other media. To order, please complete the order form. If you can tell a story in words and capture information in a narrative, the odds of telling a good story in film or radio go up, too.

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