online training

When done right, investigative journalism can be the most important function of democracy.

Over the course of four weeks, award-winning investigative journalist and author Ben Montgomery will lead you through the process to create successful investigative reporting. Each week features readings, assignments, and a live video class - videos are archived, so you have unlimited access to replays.

Live Video Class Schedule
Each class lasts about an hour on Mondays

  • Week 1: Identifying stories worth telling, and getting started with an investigation. January 22 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern
  • Week 2: Finding and developing sources with useful information. January 29 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern
  • Week 3: Organising information, finding themes, and making the most of what you’ve got. February 5 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern
  • Week 4: Transforming your story into a narrative that keeps readers interested. February 12 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern
WHAT WILL I LEARN:
  • Settling on a sound investigative subject
  • Getting familiar with getting documents
  • Accessing the historical record
  • Developing sources and earning their trust
  • Following the money and going where you are not supposed to go
  • Organising your information and finding the trends
  • Investigative interviewing techniques
  • Finding the narrative tension
  • Structuring your story with an outline and editing like a boss
Tags: Journalism_education Investigative_journalism
Start Date: 19/01/2018
End Date: 16/02/2018