Investigative journalism: a taster
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HJ117
Duration: 2 sessions
What is the course about?
The skills of an investigative journalist take years to develop, but this taster course will introduce you to the core research and writing knowledge needed for the job.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Finding and following a story.
- Gathering information.
- Pulling threads together into a piece of written journalism.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the basics of investigative journalism.
- Put together the beginnings of your own research project.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course and most suitable for those with some prior experience in journalism or nonfiction writing.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught using a mix of individual, group work, tutor presentation and in-class writing exercises.
City Lit Writing endeavours to create a safe and welcoming space for all and we strongly support the use of content notes in our classes. This means that learners are encouraged to make their tutor and classmates aware in advance if any writing they wish to share contains material that may be deemed sensitive. If you are unsure about what might constitute sensitive content, please ask your tutor for further clarification and read our expectations for participating in writing courses at City Lit.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pen and paper.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offers a range of courses on journalism and nonfiction writing. All students are invited to join us at Late Lines, our regular performance night for City Lit writers. Students are also encouraged to submit their work to Between the Lines, our annual anthology of creative writing. For the latest news, courses and events, stay in touch with the Department on Facebook and Twitter.