The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

2021: Collaborative Community Journalism

We’re now launching our Collaborative Community Journalism project, and we’re looking for Investigative Fellows to work on projects during 2021.

In late 2019, the Trust for London committed to supporting the CIJ to bring our experience in supporting independent public-interest news across the UK back to the capital.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we reluctantly postponed the project while we translated our training and events to online formats. However, we were still able to run a pilot version of the project with the Tottenham Community Press. The pilot proved a great success and you can read about the work our first Investigative Fellow, Bella Saltiel, produced through the programme here.

Having now run a successful online pilot programme, alongside all our work during 2020 in adapting out training methodology to a remote online format, we feel confident we have the experience and expertise to deliver this project online without compromising on the impacts we hope to achieve.

Therefore, we’re happy to announce that we’re launching the project in full for 2021 and have already secured four Community Journalism Partners.

Community Journalism Partners 2021

The 853 website, run by Flyover Media CIC, to provide public interest journalism for Greenwich and SE London

The Lewisham Ledger, the free local community newspaper for the borough of Lewisham

The Waltham Forest Echo, the free independent community newspaper run by Social Spider CIC

Enfield Dispatch, another Social Spider not-for-profit publication, that exists to hold authority to account


Investigative Fellows 2021

Our next step is to recruit ‘Investigative Fellows’ to work alongside our partners to conduct research into issues affecting the communities in these four boroughs, with training and support from the CIJ and its network of investigative experts.

This will be a part-time paid position, covering 3 months (June-August 2021) research work to a total of £1650, as well as reasonable expenses.

Applications closed on 28 March 2021

Further details about the project are available on the Call out for Fellows – Collaborative Community Journalism.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. We are not able to respond to unsuccessful applications.


Application Criteria

There is only one essential criteria

  • Have shown commitment to ethical use of investigative journalism in the public interest

Desirable criteria 

  • Have brought 1 piece of work with investigative elements to successful publication
  • Lived experience of poverty, inequality or other structural barriers to entering the journalism profession
  • A connection to one of the following London communities:
    • Greenwich
    • Lewisham
    • Enfield
    • Waltham Forest

The only other requirement is the ability to meet the time commitments for training attendance and research work included in the timeline below:

  • Planning meeting – 15 April, 3-4pm
  • Training courses:
    • Story-Based Inquiry – 17, 19, 24 & 26 May, every morning 10am-12pm
    • FOIA – 28 May, 10am-12pm
    • Finding Stories with Data – 1-4 June, every morning 10-11.30am
    • CIJ Summer Conference – 5-8 July 2021
    • Company Accounts – July/August TBC
  • Research Month 1 – June 2021 (2 days per week expected as a guide)
  • Research Month 2 – July 2021 (2 days per week expected as a guide)
  • Research Month 3 –  August 2021 (2 days per week expected as a guide)
  • Proposed publication date – September 2021


2020: Collaborative Community Journalism

The Trust for London has committed to funding a full training and mentoring programme in the community journalism sector, allowing us to bring our experience of supporting independent public-interest news across the UK, back to the capital.

2018: Data-Driven Community Journalism

During 2018 we ran a focused training programme for community journalists specifically targeted at helping them to use the techniques of Data Journalism for their investigative reporting. Participants were chosen by application and we were able to support them to travel to a series of our trademark hands-on classes and work through their own investigations with the support and mentorship of our data journalism experts.

2018: Community Investigations Training Programmes

Wanting to build on our success with the workshops we held during 2016 and 2017, and backed by repeat funding from the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, in 2018 we partnered up with some of the most established organisations we’d engaged then and worked closely with them to put together tailored programmes which would run for much longer and take a cohort of trainee contributors through their own investigations.

2016-17: Community and Citizen Journalism Workshops

Having identified both the demand for and the desire to produce more public-interest investigative journalism from within the community and citizen journalism sector across the UK, we spoke to many representatives in 2016 to determine the main barriers to advancing this.

Community Journalism

The business of journalism is changing fast. With the collapse of traditional advertising revenue models, the argument that thoroughly researched investigative journalism is a public good that needs to be properly funded cannot be made too strongly or too often.