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Investigative journalism: A practical workshop with Amelia Gentleman

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A fascinating and unmissable masterclass that digs into the fundamentals of investigative journalism.

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‌When‌ ‌it‌ ‌comes‌ ‌to‌ ‌sourcing‌ ‌a‌ ‌story,‌ ‌building‌ ‌it‌ ‌out‌ ‌into‌ ‌an‌ ‌investigation,‌ ‌and‌ ‌uncovering‌ ‌injustices,‌ ‌few‌ ‌know‌ ‌more‌ ‌about‌ ‌the‌ ‌craft‌ ‌and‌ ‌ethics‌ ‌as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌the‌ ‌stamina‌ ‌required‌ ‌than‌ ‌Guardian‌ ‌reporter‌ ‌‌Amelia‌ ‌Gentleman‌,‌ ‌whose‌ ‌award-winning‌ ‌investigations‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌Windrush‌ ‌scandal‌ ‌exposed‌ ‌the‌ ‌decades-long‌ ‌government‌ ‌hostilities‌ ‌faced‌ ‌by‌ ‌a‌ ‌generation‌ ‌of‌ ‌migrants‌ ‌and‌ ‌their‌ ‌children.‌ ‌

‌In‌ ‌this‌ ‌impactful‌ ‌and‌ ‌insightful‌ ‌virtual‌ ‌seminar,‌ ‌Amelia‌ ‌will‌ ‌take‌ ‌you‌ ‌through‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌build‌ ‌out‌ your‌ ‌beginner‌ ‌career‌ ‌in‌ ‌journalism‌ ‌to‌ ‌source‌ ‌stories‌ ‌and‌ ‌expose‌ ‌systemic‌ ‌wrongs.‌ ‌You‌ ‌will‌ ‌discover‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌carry‌ ‌out‌ ‌critical‌ ‌research‌ ‌and‌ ‌stay‌ ‌committed‌ ‌to‌ ‌your‌ ‌story‌ ‌even‌ ‌when‌ ‌challenged,‌ ‌the‌ ‌ethics‌ ‌of‌ ‌investigative‌ ‌reporting,‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌frame‌ ‌your‌ ‌findings,‌ ‌and‌ ‌how‌ ‌to‌ ‌manage‌ ‌where‌ ‌your‌ ‌story‌ ‌may‌ ‌go‌ ‌once‌ ‌you’ve‌ ‌taken‌ ‌it‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌public‌ ‌arena.‌ ‌

‌Essential‌ ‌for‌ ‌anyone‌ ‌interested‌ ‌in‌ ‌turning‌ ‌their‌ ‌beginner‌ ‌or‌ ‌intermediate‌ ‌journalistic‌ ‌hand‌ ‌to‌ ‌investigative‌ ‌projects,‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌focus‌ ‌on‌ ‌uncovering‌ ‌systemic‌ ‌wrongs,‌ ‌this‌ ‌workshop‌ ‌will‌ ‌equip‌ ‌you‌ ‌with‌ ‌vital‌ ‌insights‌ ‌into‌ ‌how‌ ‌one‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌country’s‌ ‌leading‌ ‌investigative‌ ‌journalists‌ ‌identifies‌ ‌and‌ ‌digs‌ ‌into‌ ‌stories‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌world‌ ‌needs‌ ‌to‌ ‌know‌ ‌about.‌

Course Content

  • Pre-course exercise: reading and researching a story, and thinking about how you might build it into an investigation
  • Introduction with Amelia Gentleman: her career and some insights into how she led the reporting on the Windrush scandal
  • Tackling a new story, from sourcing it to researching it exhaustively - and ethically
  • Framing your story
  • The impact and afterlife of your story
  • Audience Q&A and discussion throughout

This course is for ...

  • Beginners interested in investigative journalism and the role of journalism in exposing systemic wrongs
  • Early-career journalists looking to move into investigative projects

If you live in the UK, you can purchase a ticket with a copy of The Windrush Betrayal: Exposing the Hostile Environment by Amelia Gentleman at checkout for the combined price of £57.46 including postage and packing (RRP £10.99).

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 6pm (BST).

Tutor Profile

Amelia Gentleman is a reporter for the Guardian. She was named journalist of the year in 2018 for her investigations into the Windrush scandal, and also won the Paul Foot award, the Cudlipp award and an Amnesty prize for the reporting. Previously she won the Orwell prize for political journalism, and feature writer and specialist writer of the year at the British press awards. Her book The Windrush Betrayal, Exposing the Hostile Environment was shortlisted for the 2020 Orwell book prize. Amelia previously reported from Paris and Moscow for the Guardian and from Delhi for the New York Times.

You will be sent a link to the webinar 2hrs before the start time of 6pm (BST).

Course Details

  • Date: Tuesday 5 October 2021
  • Time: 6pm-8.30pm (BST)

6.00pm BST | 7.00pm CEST | 10.00am PDT | 1.00pm EDT

This masterclass is available globally. If you are joining us from outside the United Kingdom, please use this time zone converter to check your local live streaming time.

You will be sent a link to the webinar two hrs before the start time. Please email masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have not received the access link within one hour of the scheduled start time.

All Guardian Masterclasses are fully accessible but please contact us at masterclasses@theguardian.com if you have any queries or concerns.

Full course and returns information on the Masterclasses website

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