Summer School 2012

    Friday 6 July 2012 - Sunday 8 July 2012
    City University London

    Dr Phil Hammond - GP, writer, broadcaster and comedian - will join and Sheila Coronel as a keynote speaker at the CIJ Summer School. 

    We apologise that George Galloway will no longer be speaking due to unforeseen circumstances.

    For more information please visit the Summer School 2012 section of our website.

    The Watergate Equation:
    Investigative Journalism = Good Journalism + Time

    This year the Summer School looks at what makes a great investigative journalist and will cover everything from the latest technology to tried and tested investigative techniques.

    Watergate started with a routine local court story about a burglary. Britain’s biggest ever corruption scandal, surrounding the architect John Poulson, began with a bankruptcy court hearing. Revelations that one of the richest British families, the Vesteys, paid no tax were set out in civil court records. All politics is local and so is corruption. Think Dame Shirley Porter and Westminster Council’s homes-for-votes scandal or Michael Ashcroft and his funding of the Conservative Party. Follow the money usually means following the corporate food chain – a paper trail that leads to the face behind the money.
     
    Documents make stories. Think the BAE slush fund and the State Department cables. But big stories, like secrets, need sources. From Woodward and Bernstein’s “Deep Throat” to Nick Davies and the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone. That means finding and developing contacts to make sense of the documents or open the door to receiving that box of secrets. Learn or relearn the powerful basics of investigative journalism – courts, councils, companies, contacts –where the big stories and basic journalism begin.

    Speakers

    Dr Phil Hammond GP, writer, broadcaster and comedian, will be talking about the state of the NHS.

    Investigative journalist Sheila Coronel one of the most tenacious reporters in the politically turbulent Philippines will talk about the traditional and not so traditional investigative methods she used in covering corruption.

    Classes and Talks

    This year’s Summer School looks at what makes a great investigative journalist and will cover everything from the latest technology to tried and tested investigative techniques including:
    • Finding and understanding business documents
    • Interviewing
    • Using the Freedom of Information Act
    • Data journalism techniques
    • Digital security and anonymity
    • Libel and privacy law
    • Scraping and data visualisation
    • Finding stories: local council and court hearings
    • Writing investigations
    • Statistics
    Meet some of the world’s best investigative journalists, make contacts, learn and network at the lectures, hands-on workshops and our welcome party.