The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

2021: Collaborative Community Journalism

We’re now launching our Collaborative Community Journalism project, and we’re looking for Investigative Fellows to work on projects during 2021.

Story-Based Inquiry Method – New Course Dates

This is one of our longest-running courses. Following on from the success of its online iteration over the past few months, we've just confirmed three new opportunities for you to study the Story-Based Inquiry method and apply it to your investigative research.


29 March – 1 April 2021

Finding Stories with Data – Online, Intensive

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

17–26 May 2021

Story-Based Inquiry Method – Online

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

15–19 March 2021

Investigating Data with R

So you’ve got the fundamentals of data journalism down. You’re interrogating spreadsheets like a pro and able to use pivot tables like the data Swiss-army-knives they are. But sooner or later you know you’ll come up against a dataset so big it’s going to crash Excel if you even try to open it.


20 January 2021

COLLECTIVE: Screening + Q&A

About COLLECTIVE (COLECTIV): Director Alexander Nanau follows a crack team of investigators at the Romanian newspaper Gazeta Sporturilor as they try to uncover a vast health-care fraud that enriched moguls and politicians and led to the deaths of innocent citizens.


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.


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.

  • CIJ Logan Symposium 2020 Roundtable: Building Databases for Transparency
  • 17 November 2020
  • Rebecca Lee CIJ Logan Symposium 2020 CIJ Logan Symposium Financial Investigation Georg Neumann Katherine Eban Jack Poulson Lieke Ploeger Jeremy Merrill Friedrich Lindenberg Jacinta Gonzalez Delphine Reuter Steve Day Naoise Boyle Data Journalism
  • CIJ Logan Symposium 2020 Masterclass: Investigating Procurement
  • 19 November 2020
  • CIJ Logan Symposium CIJ Logan Symposium 2020 Georg Neumann Financial Investigation
  • CIJ Logan Symposium 2020 Masterclass: FOIA Terrorism
  • 18 November 2020
  • Jason Leopold CIJ Logan Symposium 2020 CIJ Logan Symposium Freedom of Information Act
  • CIJ Logan Symposium 2020 Masterclass: Using OpenCorporates for Investigations
  • 18 November 2020
  • Rebecca Lee CIJ Logan Symposium 2020 CIJ Logan Symposium Financial Investigation

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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