Community and Citizen Journalism Workshops

The CIJ are currently touring the UK, bringing our expert trainers to several cities to provide skills, support and encouragement with minimal cost to those community and citizen journalists valiantly taking up the slack left by a decades long decline in UK local journalism.

With over 80% of local media outlets controlled by just five corporations and more than half of UK Parliamentary constituencies not covered by a daily local newspaper, we have been left with a profit-driven, hollowed-out local media industry. This has lead to the kind of 'asset-stripping' currently being fought by the NewsQuest strikers in south London and a growing democratic deficit as local journalists see their efforts to hold local government and corporate interests to account consistently underfunded and undermined.

However, with investigative skills and models based on community engagement rather than corporate ownership, some outlets are showing that public-interest journalism can be sustainable without relying on click-bait headlines designed to feed advertising revenue. 

The CIJ wants to support the movement towards a cooperative, investigative local media industry which works for the interests of communities and provides proper scrutiny over decisions and actions taken by those with power. If you are interested in being involved and taking advantage of free training in the investigative skills the CIJ has specialised in for more than a decade, please contact us.

Our next workshop will take place in Belfast, hosted by our friends at VIEWdigital. Details of all workshops can be found below and will be updated regularly.

Cardiff, 3rd & 4th November, Centre for Community Journalism
Getting the most from the Freedom of Information Act, Jenna Corderoy, FOI Expert
Data Case Studies, Peter Sherlock, BBC Data Unit
Online Advanced Investigation, Leila Haddou, FT
Company Investigations, Richard Whittell, Corporate Watch
Introduction to Data Journalism, Glyn Mottershead, Cardiff University

Leeds, 14th & 15th November, Leeds Trinity University
Media Law Introduction, Holly Powell-Jones, Media Law Trainer
Getting the most from the Freedom of Information Act, Jenna Corderoy, FOI Expert
Journalistic Practice, Nigel Green, Leeds Trinity University
Company Investigations, Richard Whittell, Corporate Watch
Sustainable Community Models, Rachel Hamada, The Ferret

Newcastle, 3rd & 4th December, Newcastle University
Introduction to Data Journalism, Juliet Ferguson, CIJ Training Manager
Sustainable Community Models, Adam Cantwell-Corn, The Bristol Cable
Advanced Online Investigation, Juliet Ferguson, CIJ Training Manager
Company Investigations, Richard Whittell, Corporate Watch
Getting the most from the Freedom of Information Act, Jenna Corderoy, FOI Expert

East London, 5th & 6th January, Goldsmiths University
Investigating Companies, Martin Tomkinson, Investigative Financial Journalist
Introduction to Data Journalism, Johnathan Stoneman, Opendata Expert
Community Journalism in Tower Hamlets, Ted Jeory and Mark Baynes
Getting the most from the Freedom of Information Act, Jenna Corderoy, FOI Expert
Advanced Online Investigation, Emma Meese, Cardiff University Centre for Community Journalism Manager

South London, 19th & 20th January, London College of Communication
Introduction to Data Journalism, Crina Boros, Datajournalist and Trainer
Data Case Studies, BBC Data Unit
Getting the most from the Freedom of Information Act, Jenna Corderoy, FOI Expert
Company Investigations, Richard Whittell, Corporate Watch
Sustainable Community Models, Lorna Stephenson, The Bristol Cable

Brighton, 1st & 2nd February, Brighton University
Media Law Introduction, Holly Powell-Jones, Media Law Trainer
Investigating Companies, Martin Tomkinson, Investigative Financial Journalist
Sustainable Community Models, Sid Ryan, The Bristol Cable
Introduction to Data Journalism, Johnathan Stoneman, Opendata Expert
Getting the most from the Freedom of Information Act, Jenna Corderoy, FOI Expert

Manchester, 18th & 19th February, University of Manchester
Media Law Introduction, Holly Powell-Jones, Media Law Trainer
Sustainable Community Models, Alec Saelens, The Bristol Cable
Investigating Companies, Martin Tomkinson, Investigative Financial Journalist
Getting the most from the Freedom of Information Act, Jenna Corderoy, FOI Expert
Introduction to Data Journalism, Leila Haddou, FT

Belfast, 23rd March, VIEWDigital
Introduction to Data Journalism, Johnathan Stoneman, Opendata Expert

Glasgow, 27th March, University of Strathclyde
Introduction to Data Journalism, Juliet Ferguson, CIJ
The work of the Ferret, Fiona Davidson, The Ferret
Investigating Companies, Martin Tomkinson, Investigative Financial Journalist
Defamation Law, Nik Williams, Scottish PEN