Tradecraft

Our mission is to train and champion the traditional craft of professional investigative journalism: what we call TRADECRAFT. Much of our work involves applying fresh tools and methods drawn from technology, science, new media and professional expertise to the work of investigation.


Using FOIA More Effectively

Freedom of Information. Three harmless words. I look at those words as I write them, and feel like shaking my head ’til it drops off. You idiot. You naive, foolish, irresponsible nincompoop. There is really no description of stupidity, no matter how vivid, that is adequate. I quake at the imbecility of it. Tony Blair, […]


Finding Stories With Data

An introduction to the techniques of data journalism You’ve heard people talking about data, and data journalism and don’t know where to start? Then this one-day course is for you.


Data-Driven Investigations

This course will give participants an opportunity to brush up on core data skills and combine them with advanced internet research for rich, in-depth investigations.  


Newcastle #CIJConference

We have finally realised our dream to take the CIJ Summer Conference outside London with a one-day conference at Newcastle University on Saturday (29 September). The day was made possible thanks to the support of the Google News Initiative and marked the launch of our Access to Tools training. We’re delighted to report that the […]


Web Scraping for Journalists

Faster than FOI and more detailed than advanced search techniques, scraping also allows you to grab data that organisations would rather you didn’t have – and put it into a form that allows you to get answers.


Finding Stories With Data

An introduction to the techniques of data journalism You’ve heard people talking about data, and data journalism and don’t know where to start? Then this one-day course is for you.


Data-Driven Investigations

This course will give participants an opportunity to brush up on core data skills and combine them with advanced internet research for rich, in-depth investigations.  


Investigating Data with R

This one-day course will teach you how to best use one of the most popular programming languages for data journalism tasks.


Finding Stories With Data

An introduction to the techniques of data journalism Start yourself on the path to becoming a data journalist. This one-day course will provide you with the practical skills that modern newsroom recruiters are looking for.


Data-Driven Investigations

This course will give participants an opportunity to brush up on core data skills and combine them with advanced internet research for rich, in-depth investigations.