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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.

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

14–17 July 2020

Finding Stories with Data – Online, Intensive (Excel)

You’ve heard people talking about data journalism, but don’t know where to start? Then this course is for you. This course is now SOLD OUT.  –> Register your interest here and we’ll inform you as soon as places become available.

4–7 August 2020

Finding Stories with Data – Online, Intensive (Google Sheets)

You’ve heard people talking about data journalism, but don’t know where to start? Then this course is for you. This course is now SOLD OUT.  --> Register your interest here and we'll inform you as soon as places become available.

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

Lyra McKee Bursary

The aim of this bursary scheme is to train people from underprivileged backgrounds, who aspire to become journalists or who are journalists at the very early stages of their career. We knew Lyra personally at the CIJ.

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.

  • CIJSummer. Can Dündar. Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Lecture.
  • 6 July 2020
  • Can Dündar CIJ Summer Conference #CIJSummer 2020 Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Lecture Turkey
  • CIJ Summer. SPAC Nation Exposé.
  • 6 July 2020
  • Nadine White Emma Youle HuffPost UK CIJ Summer Conference #CIJSummer 2020 investigative reporting
  • CIJSummer. Covid-19: A Data Story. UK and Sweden.
  • 6 July 2020
  • Helena Bengtsson John Burn-Murdoch Pamela Duncan CIJ Summer Conference #CIJSummer 2020 data journalism Health Journalism
  • Reporting and the Surveillance State
  • 26 May 2020
  • LOGAN CIJ Talk Series Surveillance Richard Norton-Taylor the Guardian investigative reporting

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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