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Too often in the media opportunities and internships go to well-connected, well-heeled young people. As a result the higher echelons of the national media risk being made up largely of those who lack sources within and any common experience with wider society.

At the CIJ we want to move beyond “diversity” to something more pugnacious – a programme of training which actively seeks out bright people without access to London media connections, and which justifies doing so because we’re hungry for access to the sharpest investigative stories and the brightest talent.

Over a series of Saturday mornings, our CIJ Masterclass takes students through a wide-ranging curriculum drawing on the best professional expertise available anywhere. Its first iteration, was curated by Reuters special correspondent and author of The New Spymasters and Ghost Plane, Stephen Grey, assisted by some of the UK’s most experienced investigative reporters, and experts in handling both sources and data .

Places on the masterclass are free and made available via open competition and application. Priority are given to those from under-privileged and non-traditional backgrounds, without existing connections to the national media, and who have also already demonstrated talent and a commitment to truth-telling journalism, for example in local or regional media, magazines, blogs or other new media.

The first curriculum of CIJ Masterclasses, curated by Reuters special correspondent Stephen Grey, was attended by 13 people. The faculty of teachers included three Pulitzer Prize winners, NBC News best international producer on operational security and a former specialist from the security services. The result was a priceless primer in investigative journalism, all of it made available for free to the best and the brightest of the disadvantaged. An alumna of this programme Nadine White has published a major investigation into SPAC Nation church for HuffPost UK: something she’s been working one while attending the course. Watch this space for more CIJ Masterclasses

#CIJMasterclass – Class of 2019

Applications Open for CIJ Masterclass 2021

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 iteration of our Masterclass programme. It is designed to provide guidance, support and skills to early-career journalists who face structural barriers to entering the investigative journalism profession.

#CIJ Masterclasses 2021

For those working in the journalism industry, the era of Covid-19 has has been rocky, to say the least. In such a precarious climate, the danger is that the jobs go to the well-heeled and well-connected rather than those who are necessarily best at doing the job.

Published: 05 Jul 2021

Applications Open for #CIJMasterclasses 2021

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 iteration of our Masterclass programme. It is designed to provide guidance, support and skills to early-career journalists who face structural barriers to entering the investigative journalism profession.
1 November 2019

#CIJMasterclass – Class of 2019

Over a series of Saturday mornings in September/October 2019, our CIJ Masterclass took students through a wide-ranging curriculum drawing on the best professional expertise available anywhere. Its first iteration, was curated by Reuters special correspondent and author of The New Spymasters and Ghost Plane, Stephen Grey, assisted by some of the UK’s most experienced investigative reporters, and experts in handling both sources and data .

20 June 2019

CIJ launches its Masterclass programme

The CIJ today announces a new masterclass in investigative journalism with an urgent, socially progressive mission. Too often in the media starts and internships go to well-connected, well-heeled young people.