Access To Tools

The Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Google News Initiative are working together to provide free digital tools’ training in cities across the UK. The Access to Tools programme will provide training in investigative skills for newsroom journalists, freelancers and journalism students.

Free Training for Journalists Across the UK

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) has teamed up for another 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.

The Access to Tools programme will see the CIJ lead to 25 workshops between June and December 2019, training journalists and citizens in key areas, and showing how digital tools can improve their journalism.

The workshops will be free for organisations to host and for participants to attend.

The project kicked-off last year with the CIJ’s first regional, one-day conference in advanced investigative tradecraft at Newcastle University.

It brought together the best resources and trainers to teach people how to find things out and featured training in digital tools as a constituent part of our broader investigative offer; keynote lectures and panel conversations on how to investigate.

It was the first time we’d hosted a conference of this kind outside London and we hope it will be the first of many.

About the training

What does the training involve?
The training is a two-hour workshop that looks specifically at tools that can be used for investigations. Further resources are available at the Google News Initiative Training Center. Thanks to a grant from the Google News Initiative, the CIJ will cover the cost of the training and pay for trainer to come to you.

Who are the trainers?
Our four trainers are Keith Perch, Pupul Chatterjee, Zoe Blackler and Laura Garcia, they will be delivering the sessions, as well as CIJ staff.

How do I bring the training to my organisation?
Training is available to news organisations throughout the UK. You will need to provide a room for participants with a projector, laptop connection, wifi and power points. We expect the host organisation to play a large part in marketing the workshop and would aim for around 15 participants.

What tools will I learn in the workshop?
You will be taught a range of investigative tools to enhance your research skills and help you develop stories. This is a practical hands-on workshop that will teach you skills you can take back to your newsroom.

How do I request training?
Please email juliet [at] tcij.org and we’ll get back to you to discuss this.

Why are you providing this training?
At the CIJ our leading concern is to put the best tools in the hands investigative journalists, and then grow their expertise in using them. Building on our 16 years’ expertise in data journalism, advanced internet research, financial investigations, internet-powered fact-checking and our relationships of trust with the corporate and independent local media, Access to Tools is the perfect way to extend the already impressive reach of our regional network and to get out there into more regional newsrooms, communities, and universities.

About the Google News Initiative:
The News Lab is a team within the Google News Initiative whose mission is to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs to drive innovation in news.

Offering partnerships and training in over 50 countries, the News Lab brings the best of Google technology to tackle important challenges in journalism today. For more information, visit g.co/newslab.


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