Workshop – Investigative Techniques, 1st June 2019


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What is it?
Investigative journalism is a well-established and respected field, but by contrast ‘investigative photography’ or ‘investigative photojournalism’ is an idea which is only slowly gaining recognition. This workshop shows how investigative approaches might be usefully applied to photographic projects, drawing on my own use of these techniques in projects such as Shadows of the State and Metropole.

What is covered?
This workshop will introduce participants to key ideas, techniques and tools useful for development of an investigative project, from idea generation, to research and planning, to identifying methods of visualising a potentially abstract story. It primarily draws on the field of open source research, an investigative methodology which emphasises using public data sources. It combines this with methods developed for planning investigative stories, and an overview of some of the risks involved and how to mitigate them. Please see below for a detailed outline of the day’s schedule.

Who should do it?
Anyone interested in starting to undertaken projects with an investigative angle, or who simply wants to broaden and develop their open source research skills.

What do I need to bring?
Participants should come with a few ideas for topics or stories which they wish to apply an investigative approach to.


9.50Participants arrive ready for a 10.00 start.

10.00 to 11.30What are investigations good for, developing a rough idea or hunch into a clear story, structuring your investigation. Research workflow and organising what you find.

11.30 to 11.40Coffee break

11.40 to 13.00Research sources, including public data sources, freedom of information, leaked documents.

13.00 to 14.00Lunch (included in workshop fee)

14.00 to 15.30 Research tools, including refined search engine use, web scrapers, social media analysis, mapping platforms.

15.30 to 15.40Tea break

15.40 to 17.00Making investigative stories visual. Staying safe while working on investigative projects. Final questions and discussion about the day’s topics.

17.00Workshop ends

Where is it?
The workshop takes place at my studio in south London, meaning that participants have access to a wide range of materials and resources from my numerous projects and teaching. Lunch is served in my home and there are also local shops and eateries for anyone who prefers to go out for lunch. By foot the studio is five minutes from Selhurst station, and 15 minutes from Norwood Junction station, and is also on the 468, X68 and 50 bus routes.

The fine print:
I believe workshops should be small and so numbers are capped at 8 participants per workshop, but this also means I need at least six people to sign up in order for them to run. In the unlikely event of a workshop having to be cancelled participants will have their full fee returned to them. Participants needing to cancel up to two weeks before the workshop will have their fee returned less a 20% charge. Cancellations made less than two weeks before the day of the workshop are non-refundable.

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