Online Story Based Investigative Workshop by TCIJ-FFA [Sep 14-16]: Register Now!

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The Online Story Based Investigative Workshop is organized by The Centre for Investigative Journalism & Fair Finance India from Sep 14-16, 2021.

About the Workshop

The training on Investigative Methodology is among CIJ’s longest-running and most highly refined elements of their training provision. Based on a process developed by Mark Lee Hunter, a leading investigator and academic, and Luuk Sengers, an experienced business reporter and expert lecturer, this is a well-established methodology that offers practical training in producing an evidence-based narrative.

It uses the trainers model – ‘Story Based Inquiry’ – which treats investigative journalism as an integrated process focused on testing a verifiable hypothesis, testing this and crafting a compelling and original story. 

The course leads participants through the Story-Based Inquiry method via interactive lectures focused on key techniques. Participants will be guided through the basics of conceiving, structuring, researching, composing and publishing an investigation. 

Divided into four parts, the course shows how to use hypotheses to develop and sell astory, how to manage information in such a way that will help build the story structure,finding sources and mapping them to your story, and finally writing up the investigation intoa strong and solid piece of work.

They would recommend that this training forms the introductory day of the trainingprogramme, to ensure the correct mindset for participants atthe beginning, and to providethe framework for them to properly collate and manage the information that they will gatherduring the rest of the course.

This element will work well for the journalism students andwill give them a good early foundation of training for their journalism careers.

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Course content = 4 x 90 mins sessions (6 hours in total)

Investigative Journalism


Session breakdown is provided below:

Session 1: From question to hypothesis (90 mins)

A hypothesis is what you thinkhappened –a provisional story based on available evidence. It enables rapid assessment of the interest and viability of your idea and potential sources before investing your time in further research. Our colleagues at ICIJ call it a core skill in contemporary investigative projects.

Session 2: Nailing the timeline (90 mins)

Timelines provide a backbone to your story, allowing you to see not only what happened, but what must have happened between known events, and how the story may end. It allows you to focus on dramatic scenes that deepen the impact of your work. In the process, it creates one possible structure for your narrative.

Session 3: Mapping the stakeholders (90 mins)

A stakeholder map shows you who is involved in your story –as actors, witnesses, and victims. The map leads you to further sources, and enables you to spot relationships among everyone involved. It also indicates the core audience for your story, which is essential to promoting its impact. Not least, it captures an alternative wayto structure the story.

Session 4: From masterfile to masterpiece (90 mins)

Organisation is a core process for depth reporting. A Masterfile is a simple yet effective database that we use to collect and analyse our material. We leverage organisation tofacilitate the composition of final reports. The time you spend in this session will save you thousands of hours across your career. You will also learn writing techniques that enhance the power of your work.

How to Register?

To apply, email CV and letter of interest to: ishita@oxfamindia.org.

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