2022: Collaborative Community Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism, with funding from the Trust for London, is working on a project aimed at strengthening links between London-based community journalism outlets and community campaign groups. The project will bring together and support both groups, as well as an early-career investigative journalist, to work on collaborative investigative projects focusing on issues affecting London communities.
The four Investigative Fellows will receive the following benefits:
– Access to online investigative skills training organised by the CIJ over the summer.
– Participation in the project will cover 3 months (approx. June-August 2022) of research time to a total of £1,650 as well as reasonable expenses.
– An opportunity to forge stronger links with a media outlet and campaign group in the community through collaborative work.
– Profile raising through publicity about the project and research findings.
Applicants were chosen on the basis of their commitment to the ethical use of investigative journalism in the public interest and connection to the relevant London communities. Training will commence in May 2022, after which Fellows will spend June-August researching their investigative piece with their local outlet.
“[The training] spoke to the style of reporting and writing that I’ve always wanted to achieve as a journalist. It taught me the hallmarks of what is needed to make an investigative article gripping, effective, and impactful. The course structure and tutors were engaging and enjoyable from beginning to end and heavily informed every part of my investigative process in this programme and outside of it.”
“The course content was great – I think the data journalism one was a stand out as it was so useful in helping me to better analyse government documents and other official statistical releases.”
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.
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.
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.