2020: Collaborative Community Investigations
In late 2019, we secured funding to continue our work in supporting this sector. The Trust for London committed to supporting us over two years to run a full training and mentoring programme, bringing our experience of supporting independent public-interest news across the UK back to the capital.
The project is set to provide investigative skills and guidance to collaborative projects between London-based community journalism outlets and groups working to campaign on the ground around issues that are affecting the local communities. The funding will pay for training and research time for ‘Investigative Fellows’ – young journalists who will work in collaboration with an outlet and a local campaign group, digging into decision making processes and holding local authorities to account.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the project has been postponed and is due to formally start in 2021, but we are running a reduced version using remote online training and support which will act as a pilot and inform the full project once circumstances allow.
We’ll be posting more information on this initial pilot here soon.
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.