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.



    Drawing from real life examples and scenarios, this course will guide attendees from hypothesis to story, including sections on working with spreadsheets, scraping and importing data, investigating people and companies and the latest tools and techniques. 

    The data is rarely the story in itself. This weekend will help you find the human face to add impact and relevance.



    Room 305, Professor Stuart Hall Building, Goldsmiths University of London
    2 December 2017 - 3 December 2017

    Course Outline

    This two-day workshop will be divided into half-day sections designed to take you through the steps to build a lead into a full investigative story.


    Section 1 - Finding the lead in the data


    Section 2 - From Hypothesis to Data


    Section 3 - Putting the flesh on the bones


    Section 4 - Putting it all together and finding the narrative



    About the trainers

    Leila Haddou is data journalist for the Times and the Sunday Times. She formerly worked for the Financial Times investigations team exposing corporate fiddles to dump pensions, the dark side of China’s corporate embrace in Cambodia, and in-depth business profiles of political heavyweights including Philip Hammond. She previously worked for the Guardian covering offshore tax leaks, corporate land banking and issues surrounding social justice. She has an avid interest in the use of technology for data-led investigations.
    Feedback on Leila Haddou course Coding for Journalists: 'hands-on, interesting and insightful'.

    Jonathan Stoneman worked for the BBC for 20 years as researcher, producer, reporter, editor and finally head of training for the World Service. Specialising mainly in central and eastern Europe, Jonathan reported for the World Service from virtually every country of the former Warsaw Pact in the 1990s, before moving on to run the Macedonian and then the Croatian language services. Since 2010 Jonathan has worked as a freelance trainer – mostly with data and the Open Data Movement. Tracking the use of open data and learning new techniques to make the most of it has become something between a hobby and an obsession.  


    Big organisations (10+ people) - £285
    Freelancers/small orgamisations (9 people and fewer) - £255
    Full-time students - £110
    Goldsmiths students: contact marina(at) for Goldsmiths discount. 


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