Tradecraft

Our mission is to train and champion the traditional craft of professional investigative journalism: what we call TRADECRAFT. Much of our work involves applying fresh tools and methods drawn from technology, science, new media and professional expertise to the work of investigation.


Digital Truths: Investigative Journalism and Open Data Workshop

Discover tools, tips and techniques for investigative journalism and designing with open data in this half-day workshop. What to expect How can we use data that is freely available to everyone to tell a different story? Led by the Centre for Investigative Journalism, this workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to finding, interpreting and visualising […]


#CIJSummer and Bureau Local Hack Day

As part of the #CIJSummer pre-conference, we’re running a free hack day in partnership with the Bureau Local to build tools to automate laborious news gathering tasks.


The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ), in association with the Google News Initiative, are delighted to announce the launch of Access to Tools, a new project that will bring 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. The CIJ […]


The Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Google News Initiative are working together to provide free digital tools training in newsrooms across the UK. The recently launched Access to Tools programme will provide training in investigative skills for newsroom journalists, freelancers and journalism students. We’re looking to recruit a team of four trainers to deliver these two-hour sessions […]


An introduction to the techniques of data journalism You’ve heard people talking about data, and data journalism and don’t know where to start? Then this one-day course is for you. In one day you will learn what data is available and how to find it, how to interrogate it using software such as MS Excel […]


This course will give participants an opportunity to brush up on core data skills and combine them with advanced internet research for rich, in-depth investigations. #CIJCourses Drawing from real life examples and scenarios, this course will guide attendees from hypothesis to story, including sections on working with spreadsheets, scraping and importing data, investigating people and […]


Alongside our scheduled courses, we also offer bespoke training programmes in investigative skills. We will work closely with research or investigative teams to determine the skills you currently possess, how best to acquire the skills you know you need, and in many cases identify areas where our training can help in ways you’re unaware of. […]


Our handbook series is a range of guides for investigative journalist, campaigners and NGOs. They offer an in-depth look at investigative techniques and tools for researchers.


Taught by a forensic accountant and veteran finance journalists, this course is designed show you how to understand company accounts and get beyond the corporate PR spin. This is the only course in Britain offering specialised knowledge of business and financial documents and analysis. Raj Baroliya, one of the UK’s top forensic accountants, takes reporters, financial analysts, corporate investigators and business students into the complex world of corporate […]