2022: Collaborative Community Journalism
During 2022, The Centre for Investigative Journalism, with funding from the Trust for London, delivered a project aimed at strengthening links between London-based community journalism outlets and community campaign groups. The project brought together and supported 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 received 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 took place through May 2022, after which Fellows spent June-August researching their investigative piece with their local outlet.
You can read the resulting published work below
Newham Voices – Noah Enahoro
Brixton Blog & Bugle – Chrissie Okorie
Social Streets – Cormac Kehoe
- The Truman Brewery development: The community reaches boiling point
- The Council’s decision on the Truman Brewery
- The Spitalfields Neighbourhood Plan: The silencing of a community’s voice
- From East End to Offshore: Who is behind the Truman Brewery development?
- Empire builders: The Brick Lane property portfolio of Truman Estates Ltd and its power to alter the fabric of the East End
The Barnet Post – Maya Sall
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.