The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

No, It’s Not a Robot. How to Use Generative AI for Investigations

Generative AI tools like ChatGPT are transforming the news industry — but should you be using it as an investigative journalist? And what are the pitfalls to watch out for?

In this practical workshop Paul Bradshaw will explore what large language models can do — and what they can’t — and which particular editorial and technical challenges they can help with. Specific scenarios will be explored, with advice on effective prompt writing. By the end of the session you should be able to identify opportunities for using genAI in your work, to write more effective prompts and interpret the results. These methods and skills can then be used for investigations in different areas of interest.

This session is suitable for beginners.

Technical Requirements

Laptops required.
Please register for an account with ChatGPT at – you can also use Google Gemini at

Paul Bradshaw

Professor Paul Bradshaw is an online journalist and blogger, who leads the MA in Data Journalism at Birmingham City University. He manages his own blog, the Online Journalism Blog (OJB), and was the co-founder of Help Me Investigate, an investigative journalism website funded by Channel 4 and Screen WM.
  • 3 July 2024 16.30–17.30