CIJ Announces Investigative Journalism 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. As a result the higher echelons of the national media risk being made up largely of those who lack sources within and any experience in common 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, the new CIJ Masterclass will take students through a wide-ranging curriculum drawing on the best professional expertise available anywhere. Its first iteration, will be 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 will be free and made available via open competition and application. Priority will be 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.

To apply, please complete the application form before Fri 30th August