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 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 up to 20 workshops between September 2018 and January 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 will kick-off with the CIJ’s first regional, one-day conference in advanced investigative tradecraft – bringing the best resources and trainers to teach people how to find things out. The one-day Access to Tools conference will be held at Newcastle University and will feature training in digital tools as a constituent part of our broader investigative offer; keynote lectures and panel conversations on how to investigative.

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

Who are the trainers?
We have recruited four trainers Keith Perch, Pupul Chatterjee, Zoe Blackler and Laura Garcia, who 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 20 participants. On completion of the workshop, participants should be encouraged to complete a post-training online survey.

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 15 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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