CIJ Annual Review: 2019

The end of the year is a good time to reflect - and what a year it’s been for the CIJ’s growth and development. We’ve been travelling around the country more than ever, furthering our mission to build a comprehensive regional infrastructure for training and support for investigative reporters of all kinds. Don’t believe us? 


#CIJNewcastle Conference 2019. Keynote talk by Duncan Campbell chaired by Zubeida Malik.

The CIJ in numbers: 

  • People trained by us - 917
  • People receiving training bursaries - 11 
  • People attending masterclasses - 13
  • CIJ alumni receiving journalism awards in 2019 - 2

Training outside London:

  • 1 x #CIJNewcastle Training Conference
  • 21 x Access To Tools workshops outside London (Portsmouth, Leeds, Warrington, Craigavon, Norwich, Eastbourne, Basingstoke, Edinburgh, Hastings, Ipswich, Liverpool, Birmingham, Coventry, Liverpool, Dublin, Bolton, St Albans)
  • 1 x ‘Data Journalism for Lecturers’ in Birmingham

Cool new events: 

The inaugural CIJ Well Told conference happened in March 2019 – it focused on the skills needed to tell a good story. We are hoping to continue running this event. Watch this space. 

Launch of an experimental new CIJ/ICA collaboration Closed Circuit: the first in a series of challenging, live-streamed discussions on the status of information in the age of digital media. The first concerned itself with “disinformation” and played to a sell out audience at the end of October. The next discussion, at the end of January, will deal with the sensitive publication of true information in the public interest. Tune in!  


Addressing disadvantage: 

This year we launched two big initiatives to help people currently underrepresented in the UK media receive the training they need to investigate the stories that matter.

Lyra McKee bursary recipients with Lyra's sister Nichola Croner and CIJ Director James Harkin. At #CIJSummer Conference, July 2019.

The Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary Scheme is for everyone who wants to be an investigative journalist, but who lacks media connections and cannot afford the expensive training. It is aimed at working-class people, people of colour, people from marginalised communities, the LGBTQ community, carers and people with disabilities. It is open to UK and Republic of Ireland residents only. 

49 people applied for this bursary scheme in 2019 with 11 recipients attending #CIJSummer Conference 2019. The result not only reached out beyond our current audiences, it enriched our Summer Conference with fantastic new talent. We have funding from the Lorana Sullivan Foundation and the Lyra McKee Foundation to run this scheme for 3 more years – applications open again in January 2020. 

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 with Stephen Grey. Autumn 2019.

CIJ Success Stories:

Ayo Awokoya, a CIJ/NSC BAME bursary recipient in 2018, became the winner of the 2019 Frontline Club Award for Print. Hers and Tobias Jones’s investigation uncovered migrant exploitation in southern Italy.

Danny Lavelle is another #CIJSummer alumnus. Together with Simon Hattenstone, he won the 2019 British Journalism Awards for Features Journalism for their Empty Doorways series for The Guardian.   


The Future: 

2020 will be a busy year for the CIJ. Here’s what you can expect:  

The CIJ Logan Symposium will migrate to Paris in the autumn of 2020. The fourth CIJ Logan Symposium will return to make a plea for solidarity across traditional geographic and disciplinary borders, the better to build alliances against surveillance, official secrecy and censorship. Watch this space for an incredible roster of partners. 

The Lyra McKee Bursary Outreach Programme will take us to a fabulous art gallery in Belfast and an edgy community centre in Hull to evangelise for investigative training, and spread the word about the programme.  We’re hoping to be able to offer 15-20 bursaries this year.

The applications for the Lyra McKee Investigative Journalism Training Bursary Scheme 2020 are now open.

Pamela Anderson teaches data journalism. #CIJSummer Conference, July 2019.

#CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference will take place on 25-27 June at Goldsmiths, University of London. As always, it will offer some of the best investigative journalism training and feature the best investigations of the year. There are no “Green Rooms” for speakers: everyone is there to share their skills and build collaborations. 

#CIJBelfast. The third CIJ regional conference will take place in Belfast on 10 October 2020. This one-day event is a training conference featuring a mixture of hands-on classes and practical talks  – it is high-quality training aimed at journalists, and just like #CIJSummer, it is open to everyone. 

We teamed up for another year with the Google News Initiative to deliver 25 Access To Tools workshops to bring investigative skills and techniques available through the Google News Initiative’s suite of applications and other digital tools to local newsrooms, independent media, academics and ordinary citizens around the UK.


Sponsors, funders and you! 

All of this would be impossible without the support of many amazingly generous people and organisations. 

Our first thank you goes to our trainers who share their skills and knowledge with all of you to give back to the profession.

Member of the #LoganCIJ Symposium audience.

Then there are all of you who come to our events. Your ticket contributions are used to fund the training. And even though we do not charge the market rate for our training, those who pay a larger contribution enable us to offer more affordable prices to everyone who wouldn’t be able to attend the training otherwise. 

Last but not least, a big thank you goes to our wonderful funders: The Reva & David Logan Foundation, The Democracy and Media Foundation, Bertha Foundation, The Lorana Sullivan Foundation, The Lyra McKee Foundation, Trust for London and the Google News Initiative. 

We also receive donations throughout the year from the general public and our newsletter subscribers who support the work we do. We’re grateful. As they say in the supermarkets, every little helps. 

Whether you’re a funder, supporter, trainer, or a journalist who’s crossed our path, have a good one, and we hope to see you all in the new year! 

 The CIJ Team.