Newcastle #CIJConference

We have finally realised our dream to take the CIJ Summer Conference outside London with a one-day conference at Newcastle University on Saturday (29 September).

The day was made possible thanks to the support of the Google News Initiative and marked the launch of our Access to Tools training.

We're delighted to report that the sell-out event was a great success.

BuzzFeed's Alex Campbell started the day with a talk about investigations that included Russian assassinations, money laundering and government corruption.

We then split off into workshops that looked at how to use the Freedom of Information Act, Find Data, and three sessions of Access to Tools.

The day finished with Amelia Gentleman in conversation with Zubeida Malik discussing her investigation into the Windrush scandal.

We had some excellent questions from a very engaged audience and a great time was had by all.

If you weren't able to attend the conference, or you did but want to listen again, we have the audio and slides from Alex Campbell’s BuzzFeed presentation, and the audio of Amelia Gentleman in conversation with Zubeida Malik.

We hope this will be the first of many conferences outside London.

And, if you are interested in booking a two-hour, free Access to Tools training session for your workplace, please contact juliet [at]

The talks

Alex Campbell - BuzzFeed Investigates: New Ways of Doing Investigations and Reaching Audiences



Amelia Gentleman who investigated the Windrush story in conversation with Zubeida Malik, formerly a reporter for the BBC's Today programme.


We would like to thank our friends at the Civic Journalism Lab (CJL) who hosted us at Newcastle. The CJL is a regular forum for professional, student and community journalists in the north east of England to meet, learn and collaborate. It’s supported by Newcastle University and by BBC North East & Cumbria and hosts monthly Wednesday afternoon panel discussions and workshops, as well as weekend hack-days and conferences. You can follow the Civic Journalism Lab on Twitter and hear highlights from some of its sessions on the J-Lab podcast available on iTunes and Soundcloud. And if you’d like to receive its regular newsletter, sign-up here.