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Data-Driven Investigations – Online, Intensive

This course will give participants an opportunity to take their core data skills to the next level and combine them with advanced internet research for rich, in-depth investigations.

Group size: max 9 people.
Class duration: 2hrs x 5 days
Level of participation: very high. Hands-on, screenshares, regular Q&As and participants contributions.

The data is rarely the story in itself. This course will help you find the human face to add impact and relevance.

It is highly recommended that you approach the course with ideas already in mind for data-driven stories. The central aim of the course is for attendees to work on live projects throughout the sessions and leave with their own stories at an advanced stage of research. 

This course will be divided into 5 modules designed to take you through the steps to build a lead into a full investigative story. Drawing from real life examples and scenarios, we will guide attendees from hypothesis to story, including sections on working with spreadsheets, scraping and importing data, investigating people and companies and the latest tools and techniques.

You can also claim a 10% discount if you combine this course with our 4-module ‘Finding Stories with Data’ course. For more information about this two-course package please click HERE.

Technical Requirements

This course will need you to have the following software/apps/tools on your computer:

  • MS Excel 2016 or newer (If do not have access to Excel, there is a free trial version available).
  • Zoom app
  • Camera and audio

This course will be hosted on Zoom. To find out more about how we use Zoom, please check out our Zoom InfoSec page.

8 March 2021 – Data and Investigations • Ideas and the story memo

10:00–12:00
This session looks at data-driven story ideas and where they come from. We revisit pivot tables and deconstruct a real data-driven story to work out how it was done, and introduce you to the story memo – the action plan which will help you to keep your own investigation on track.

9 March 2021 – Interviewing data

10:00–12:00
The second session looks in more detail at the idea of “interviewing” your data, to craft better questions and get better answers.

10 March 2021 – Data sources

10:00–12:00
Here we focus on sources of data: building on Module 2 of Finding Stories with Data, you will be set some challenges to find specific story elements.

11 March 2021 – Bulletproofing the data investigation

10:00–12:00
This session explains the steps to follow for ensuring you have what you think you have as you continue to work on your story memo. We also take a look at some of the pitfalls of working with numbers and statistics.

12 March 2021 – Putting it into practice • Revision and next steps

10:00–12:00
In the final session, we help you to complete your story memo so that you leave the course with a real story on the go. We also discuss what other training and resources you might need as you start your journey into Data Journalism

Jonathan Stoneman

Jonathan Stoneman is a freelance trainer. He previously worked for BBC World Service for many years, as a reporter, producer, later as editor and finally as Head of World Service Training at Bush House.

Leila Haddou

Leila Haddou is former data journalism editor for The Times and Sunday Times. Before that, she worked on investigations at the Financial Times and the Guardian. She has an avid interest in how technology can aid investigative reporting and co-organises the monthly Journocoders meet up event.
  • 8 March 2021 10.00–12.00 Time zone: GMT
  • 9 March 2021 10.00–12.00 Time zone: GMT
  • 10 March 2021 10.00–12.00 Time zone: GMT
  • 11 March 2021 10.00–12.00 Time zone: GMT
  • 12 March 2021 10.00–12.00 Time zone: GMT
Time zone: GMT
Location: Zoom Meeting
This event is now fully booked.
Goldsmiths students (full time)*
£83
Students (full time)*
£110
Freelancers**
£209
Small Media/Education/NonProfit Organisations (<10 staff)
£248
Large Media/Education/NonProfit Organisations (10+ staff)
£330
Other Organisations
£600

In line with our non-profit mission, our pricing operates on a sliding scale, ensuring large organisations pay more to subsidise places for smaller newsrooms, freelancers and students.

*Students places for this course are capped, due to limited capacity. Anyone registering as a student will be asked for a photo/scan of their student ID ahead of the course.

**Employed individuals who cannot have their employers pay for the course are entitled to the freelancer rate. Note that we are a small charity and rely on your honesty so please do not register as a freelancer if your employer is reimbursing you for the course.

We have a strict policy of No Refund and No Transfer of bookings.