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Digital Tools for Investigation

Digital Tools for Investigations is a two-hour workshop looking specifically at tools and methodologies that can be used for investigations with digital sources.

Group size: max 12 people.
Class duration: 2hrs x 1 day
Level of participation: very high. Hands-on, screenshares, regular Q&As and participant contributions.

Newsrooms of any size, universities and other communities can greatly benefit from this introductory workshop to open-source intelligence, public record searches and a range of other digital tools that will make your investigations both quicker and more effective.

You will be taught a range of investigative tools, shortcuts and tips/hacks to enhance your research skills and help you develop a methodology for building your stories.

As a practical hands-on training, you will learn how to:

  • research more effectively using search operators
  • investigate using social media
  • make the most of geolocated data
  • run verification checks for images, video footage & websites
  • use public registries and other administrative online data sources

Technical Requirements

This course will be hosted on Zoom.

Our Zoom account’s default settings have been modified to maximise information security and ensure all training participants’ data protection and privacy. See details of our Zoom infosec settings HERE.

Irving Huerta

Irving Huerta is a journalist and an academic. He was the first CIJ and Forensic Architecture Gavin MacFadyen Investigative Fellow for the Project ‘Plataforma Ayotzinapa’ on the enforced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico in 2014.

Booking Form

  • 1 October 2021 14.00–16.00 Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Location: Zoom meeting
Goldsmiths students (full time)*
sold out
£18
Students (full time)*
sold out
£22
Freelancers**
£29
Small Media/Education/NonProfit Organisations (<10 staff)
£49
Large Media/Education/NonProfit Organisations (10+ staff)
£79
Other Organisations
£149

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.

5 November 2021

Digital Tools for Investigation

Digital Tools for Investigation is a two-hour workshop looking specifically at tools and methodologies that can be used for investigations with digital sources.