The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

The CIJ and the Google News Initiative to continue delivering Access to Tools

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is delighted to announce that it will be continuing its partnership with the Google News Initiative. Building on the success of last year’s training that was launched in Newcastle in September 2018, the Access to Tools programme will see the CIJ lead 25 workshops between May and December 2019.

The training will take place in newsrooms around the country, bringing 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 two-hour workshops are free for organisations to host and for participants to attend and will look specifically at tools that can be used for investigations. Thanks to a grant from the Google News Initiative, the CIJ will cover all the costs of the training.

The CIJ’s director, James Harkin said:

“In the last year in a range of cities around the UK and Ireland, Access to Tools has proven a thrilling, demand-led success in helping hundreds of local journalists and citizens discover new digital ways to find things out via advanced search and verification – and in sparking conversations about what these digital tools can do.

“In this new phase we’re going to build on that success by taking the programme to new cities and fresh newsrooms. To meet the growing confidence of our audiences, we’re also going to make our training more customised to particular needs, more story-led and more hands-on.”

Matt Cooke, Head of Partnerships and Training, Google News Lab said:

“We’re renewing our collaboration with the CIJ for a second year, with a commitment to provide journalists right across the country with the tools and training they can use for their investigations. The CIJ trainers offer their expertise and point towards a range of techniques and technologies – and with support from the Google News Initiative they’ll focus on providing workshops for local newsrooms, widening access to digital training opportunities.”

If you are interested in booking a workshop for your newsroom, please email: juliet [at]

You can find out more on the CIJ website and further resources are available at the Google News Initiative Training Centre.

About the Google News Initiative

The Google News Initiative signifies a major milestone in Google’s 15-year commitment to the news industry, and brings together everything Google does in collaboration with the industry – across products, partnerships, and programmes – to help build a stronger future for news. You can learn more at

About the CIJ

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is a think-tank and experimental laboratory set up refresh the art of investigative journalism, and to train a new generation of reporters in the tools of investigative, in-depth, and long-form journalism across all media. In the 16 years since its foundation, the CIJ has trained over 3000 journalists. #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference, the CIJ’s flagship training event, will be taking place on 4-6 July at Goldsmiths, University of London.

  • 22 May 2019