Course Calendar

We offer a number of courses throughout the year as well as bespoke training to media organisations, Universities and NGOs both in the UK and internationally.

We specialise in training in the areas of database journalism and Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR), advanced internet research, digital security and online anonymity, forensic accounting and financial document analysis, investigating offshore accounts and tax havens, using the Freedom of Information, hypothesis-based investigative writing and story-building, libel and privacy law, and covert recording.

R for Journalists
Take your data journalism skills to the next level with this two-day course looking at R for journalists and an introduction to the command line.
24 February 2018 - 25 February 2018
Goldsmiths, University of London
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Investigating Twitter
How can you spot a Twitter ‘bot’ – and how is it different from a ‘cyborg’ or a ‘sock puppet’? Who starts hashtags, and how can trends be artificially inflated? More importantly, why does all of this matter? This session will look at some investigative techniques to help you get started looking into the real stories behind social media trends. Since 2013, BBC Trending has been investigating the origins of hashtag campaigns and the secrets behind social media accounts.  
7 March 2018
Room DTH110, Deptford Town Hall, Goldsmiths University of London
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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. #CIJCourses
17 March 2018 - 18 March 2018
Goldsmiths University of London, SE14 6NW, Room TBC
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Using SQL to Dig Into Databases
When Excel is not enough for your data analysis - graduate to SQL! #CIJCourses   Goldsmiths University of London 7 April 2018 If you’ve already been bitten by the #data journalism bug, you should know that #SQL is like #Excel, but on steroids!  It makes data crunching flexible, faster, safer and more sophisticated. It’s more like talking to a person than doing maths. 
7 April 2018
Ben Pimlott Building, PC Lab 3/4, Goldsmiths University
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Data Visualisation
This evening course aims to introduce you to the principles of visualising data; when, why and how to turn your data into something visual. The do’s and dont’s, the pitfalls, and how to avoid them. Includes a hands-on session trying various tools and techniques to put what you have learned into practice.
19 April 2018
Room TBC, Goldsmiths, University of London
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