Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary

We are delighted to announce that we will be offering the Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary for everyone who wants to attend #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference 2020 on 25-27 June in London, but cannot do it for financial reasons.

Applications for the 2020 bursary scheme are now OPEN. You can apply here. 
Application deadline: Sun 19 April 2020.
LyraMcKee Bursary flyer.

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. She attended #CIJSummer Conferences and training in London and Dublin.

The Lyra McKee Journalism Training Bursary was inspired by Lyra's determination to become an investigative journalist: despite personal disability, the need to care for her disabled mother as well as fighting the in-built bias against working-class entrants to journalism.

It was launched last year with 11 people attending #CIJSummer Conference 2019.

The bursary scheme is funded by the Lorana Sullivan Foundation and the Lyra McKee Foundation.

We especially welcome applications from people of colour, people from poorer backgrounds, people with disabilities, carers, members of the LGBTQ+ community, travellers and anyone who cannot afford to pay for the #CIJSummer training. It is open to UK and republic of Ireland residents only. Applicants must be 18 years old.

CIJ Lyra Mckee Bursary Scheme Facts and Figures 2019

While we have a funder for this year's bursary scheme, if you want to make a donation and support it, all the money raised will go towards bursaries and will enable us to offer more places to candidates. Please donate here.

 

Lyra McKee bursary recipients with Lyra's sister Nichola Croner and CIJ Director James Harkin. At #CIJSummer Conference 2019.

Testimonials: 

"I had previously I'd thought that being an investigative journalism was a far off dream career that I didn't really understand or know how to pursue. [...] I felt encouraged by the feeling of belonging to a collective of people who all had the shared belief and desire to hold power to account." Bursary recipient 2019.

The experience blew my mind!” Bursary recipient 2019.

 

 

#CIJLyraMcKee in the media:

Centre for Investigative Journalism sets up training bursary in honour of Lyra McKee by Press Gazette. 20 May 2019.

New training bursary to support young investigative journalists launched in memory of Lyra McKee by journalism.co.uk. 21 May 2019.

Here is how to make the media fit for modern Britain. By Roy Greenslade for the Guardian. 7 July 2019.

Statement on the death of Lyra McKee

The CIJ strongly condemns the killing of Lyra McKee, one of Northern Ireland’s most promising young investigative journalists and writers, on Thursday night in the Creggan area of Derry. McKee, Belfast-based and an editor at Mediagazer, had written for publications including Buzzfeed News and The Atlantic, and was a rising star of investigative journalism; she’d recently signed a two-book deal with London publisher Faber & Faber, and her work brilliantly combined the tools of investigative reporting with the flair of novelistic storytelling.

Her senseless death, amid heavy rioting and very likely the result of indiscriminate shooting by dissident Republicans, is a reminder that investigative journalists don’t just get killed ‘over there’. The CIJ calls on all parties to the conflict in Northern Ireland to respect the freedom of journalists to operate, without which we won’t find out what’s going on there.

CIJ Annual Review: 2019

The end of the year is a good time to reflect - and what a year it’s been for the CIJ’s growth and development. We’ve been travelling around the country more than ever, furthering our mission to build a comprehensive regional infrastructure for training and support for investigative reporters of all kinds. Don’t believe us? 

 

#CIJNewcastle Conference 2019. Keynote talk by Duncan Campbell chaired by Zubeida Malik.

The CIJ in numbers: 

  • People trained by us - 917
  • People receiving training bursaries - 11 
  • People attending masterclasses - 13
  • CIJ alumni receiving journalism awards in 2019 - 2

Training outside London:

  • 1 x #CIJNewcastle Training Conference
  • 21 x Access To Tools workshops outside London (Portsmouth, Leeds, Warrington, Craigavon, Norwich, Eastbourne, Basingstoke, Edinburgh, Hastings, Ipswich, Liverpool, Birmingham, Coventry, Liverpool, Dublin, Bolton, St Albans)
  • 1 x ‘Data Journalism for Lecturers’ in Birmingham

Cool new events: 

The inaugural CIJ Well Told conference happened in March 2019 – it focused on the skills needed to tell a good story. We are hoping to continue running this event. Watch this space. 

Launch of an experimental new CIJ/ICA collaboration Closed Circuit: the first in a series of challenging, live-streamed discussions on the status of information in the age of digital media. The first concerned itself with “disinformation” and played to a sell out audience at the end of October. The next discussion, at the end of January, will deal with the sensitive publication of true information in the public interest. Tune in!  

 

Addressing disadvantage: 

This year we launched two big initiatives to help people currently underrepresented in the UK media receive the training they need to investigate the stories that matter.

Lyra McKee bursary recipients with Lyra's sister Nichola Croner and CIJ Director James Harkin. At #CIJSummer Conference, July 2019.

The Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary Scheme is for everyone who wants to be an investigative journalist, but who lacks media connections and cannot afford the expensive training. It is aimed at working-class people, people of colour, people from marginalised communities, the LGBTQ community, carers and people with disabilities. It is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents only. 

49 people applied for this bursary scheme in 2019 with 11 recipients attending #CIJSummer Conference 2019. The result not only reached out beyond our current audiences, it enriched our Summer Conference with fantastic new talent. We have funding from the Lorana Sullivan Foundation and the Lyra McKee Foundation to run this scheme for 3 more years – applications open again in January 2020. 

The first curriculum of CIJ Masterclasses, curated by Reuters special correspondent Stephen Grey, was attended by 13 people. The faculty of teachers included three Pulitzer Prize winners, NBC News best international producer on operational security and a former specialist from the security services. The result was a priceless primer in investigative journalism, all of it made available for free to the best and the brightest of the disadvantaged. An alumna of this programme Nadine White has published a major investigation into SPAC Nation church for HuffPost UK: something she’s been working one while attending the course. Watch this space for more CIJ Masterclasses

 

#CIJMasterclass with Stephen Grey. Autumn 2019.

CIJ Success Stories:

Ayo Awokoya, a CIJ/NSC BAME bursary recipient in 2018, became the winner of the 2019 Frontline Club Award for Print. Hers and Tobias Jones’s investigation uncovered migrant exploitation in southern Italy.

Danny Lavelle is another #CIJSummer alumnus. Together with Simon Hattenstone, he won the 2019 British Journalism Awards for Features Journalism for their Empty Doorways series for The Guardian.   

 

The Future: 

2020 will be a busy year for the CIJ. Here’s what you can expect:  

The CIJ Logan Symposium will migrate to Paris in the autumn of 2020. The fourth CIJ Logan Symposium will return to make a plea for solidarity across traditional geographic and disciplinary borders, the better to build alliances against surveillance, official secrecy and censorship. Watch this space for an incredible roster of partners. 

The Lyra McKee Bursary Outreach Programme will take us to a fabulous art gallery in Belfast and an edgy community centre in Hull to evangelise for investigative training, and spread the word about the programme.  We’re hoping to be able to offer 15-20 bursaries this year.

The applications for the Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary Scheme 2020 are now open.

Pamela Anderson teaches data journalism. #CIJSummer Conference, July 2019.

#CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference will take place on 25-27 June at Goldsmiths, University of London. As always, it will offer some of the best investigative journalism training and feature the best investigations of the year. There are no “Green Rooms” for speakers: everyone is there to share their skills and build collaborations. 

#CIJBelfast. The third CIJ regional conference will take place in Belfast on 10 October 2020. This one-day event is a training conference featuring a mixture of hands-on classes and practical talks  – it is high-quality training aimed at journalists, and just like #CIJSummer, it is open to everyone. 

We teamed up for another year with the Google News Initiative to deliver 25 Access To Tools workshops to bring investigative 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.

 

Sponsors, funders and you! 

All of this would be impossible without the support of many amazingly generous people and organisations. 

Our first thank you goes to our trainers who share their skills and knowledge with all of you to give back to the profession.

Member of the #LoganCIJ Symposium audience.

Then there are all of you who come to our events. Your ticket contributions are used to fund the training. And even though we do not charge the market rate for our training, those who pay a larger contribution enable us to offer more affordable prices to everyone who wouldn’t be able to attend the training otherwise. 

Last but not least, a big thank you goes to our wonderful funders: The Reva & David Logan Foundation, The Democracy and Media Foundation, Bertha Foundation, The Lorana Sullivan Foundation, The Lyra McKee Foundation, Trust for London and the Google News Initiative. 

We also receive donations throughout the year from the general public and our newsletter subscribers who support the work we do. We’re grateful. As they say in the supermarkets, every little helps. 

Whether you’re a funder, supporter, trainer, or a journalist who’s crossed our path, have a good one, and we hope to see you all in the new year! 

 The CIJ Team. 

#CIJSummer

#CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference 2020
Designed for journalists. Open to all. 

Dates: 25 - 27 June 2020 
Goldsmiths, University of London

Bookings are now OPEN! Early bird discount of 15% till Sun 5 April 2020.
Prices listed in the booking form are inclusive of the early bird discount.

Cannot afford the ticket fee? See if you are eligible for the Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary Scheme.

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The investigative reporter is now an endangered species. Help your local watchdog break stories, shine a light and hold power to account by supporting the CIJ.

Sidenote: we can give you the opportunity to choose between supporting the general work of the CIJ and supporting any specific project we have underway. Here's the list of current projects your donation can support:

 

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EARLY BIRD OFFER - 15% OFF

#CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference 2020
25 - 27 June 2020
Goldsmiths, University of London

Early-Bird offer valid till 23:59 on Sun 5 April 2020. 

All three days:

Non-media organisations -  £569 (instead of £670)
Big media organisations, charities and universities (10+ people) - £399 (instead of £470)
Small media organisations and charities (9 and fewer people) - £310 (instead of £365)
Freelancers  - £255 (instead of £300)
Full time students - £144.5 (instead of £170)

Day 1 or Day 2 only:

Non-media organisations - £254 (instead of £299)
Big media organisations, charities and universities (10+ people) - £169 (instead of £199)
Freelancers and small organisations (9 and fewer people) - £123 (instead of £145)

Day 3 only:

Non-media organisations - £93 (instead of £110)
Big organisations (10+ people) - £85 (instead of £100)
Freelancers and small organisations (9 and fewer people) - £72 (instead of £85)
Full time students - £38 (instead of £45)

How to book:

You can book for individual days, several days in any combination or for all three days.
If you want to book for days 1+2 only, please select "Day 1 or Day 2" and select 2 tickets.
Full time students can only book for all 3 days or for Saturday only.

Cancellations

Refunds are available up to one calendar month before the start of the event. If you need to cancel a ticket, please notify marina [at] tcij.org in writing by 25 May 2020. An admin fee of £35 will be charged. After that no refunds are offered, but tickets remain transferable like for like or difference paid.

CIJ is a registered charity. We do not make profit on our events. All money raised is used to organise training and courses to benefit journalists and journalism. The higher price for non-media and big media organisations enables us to offer cheaper tickets to freelancers, small organisations and students.

Support #CIJSummer 2020 Delegates through our Lyra McKee Memorial Bursary scheme

Please consider making a small donation (recommended amounts: £10, £5 or an amount of your choice) to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds attend #CIJSummer 2020. Donate here and select the Lyra McKee Memorial Bursary. 

Thank you!

Opportunities

Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training 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, by providing them with support to attend the forthcoming CIJ Summer Conference on the 4th-6th July 2019.

We knew Lyra personally at the CIJ. She attended #CIJSummer Conferences and trainings in London and Dublin.

The Lyra McKee Journalism Training Bursary was inspired by Lyra's determination to become an investigative journalist: despite personal disability, the need to care for her disabled mother as well as fighting the in-built bias against working-class entrants to journalism.

We especially welcome applications from sixth form students, people of colour, people from poorer backgrounds, people with disabilities, carers or anyone who cannot afford to pay for the #CIJSummer training. It is open to UK residents only.

The bursary scheme is funded by the Lorana Sullivan Foundation. The exact number of bursaries will be determined by the individual needs of the applicants. Please read the application notes below.

Applications are now closed.

 

 

Become an Access to Tools trainer

The Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Google News Initiative are working together to provide free digital tools training in newsrooms across the UK. The Access to Tools programme will provide training in investigative skills for newsroom journalists, freelancers and journalism students. We are currently recruiting for trainers to deliver these workshops. Find out more about the role and how to become an Access to Tools trainer.