Investigative journalism

Course Dates: 22/06/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Online
Get to grips with the skills needed to make a start in investigative journalism.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Investigative journalism
  • Course Code: HJ117
  • Dates: 22/06/24 - 22/06/24
  • Time: 10:30 - 16:30
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Allis Moss

Course Code: HJ117

Sat, day, 22 Jun - 22 Jun '24

Duration: 1 session

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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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
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.

All writing courses at City Lit will involve an element of workshop. This means that students will produce work which will be discussed in an open and constructive environment with the tutor and other students. The college operates a policy of constructive criticism, and all feedback on another student’s work by the tutor and other students should be delivered in that spirit.

For classes longer than one day regular reading and writing exercises will be set for completion at home to set deadlines.

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.

Allis Moss

Dr Allis Moss is a freelance journalist and broadcaster. Allis has worked for a number of channels and publications including Radio 1,2,3,4, 5, Five Live and World Service. She has contributed to flagship programmes like Radio 4's 'From Our Own Correspondent', BBC World TV news, The New European, The Independent, Time Out Paris, and was a UK correspondent for Radio France and Radio Netherlands Worldwide. On historical themes, Allis has appeared on Radio 3's 'Free Thinking' and written-presented World Service's 'Witness' and 'Heart and Soul'. Allis also had her own weekly column in her local paper and has been spotted on centre court at Wimbledon tennis (standing still at the mic!) as announcer-blogger for the world-famous championships. She completed her history PhD as a White Rose Scholar for Leeds University and gained distinction as a postgraduate in Historical Studies at Oxford University. Allis is the author of the local history book ‘The Jigsaw Journey’ supported by an Arts-in-Action award telling the stories of a West Sussex town. Allis was also a writer-announcer for BBC1 for three years and taught at the Global Institute, London Met and Southampton Solent universities.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.