CIJ Summer School

11/07/13 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. Robert Miller and Martin Tomkinson introduce delegates to Companies House and how to access company accounts. #CIJ13

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  2. Melanie McFadyean says to "keep independence and integrity" whilst interviewing. #CIJ13

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  3. Melanie McFadyean also emphasises to record interviews where possible to avoid misquoting. #CIJ13

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  4. Former Sunday Mirror Editor, Paul Connew, claims that he came close to exposing Jimmy Savile in 1994. #CIJ13

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  5. Former detective turned journalist, Mark Williams-Thomas, believes we may never know the extent to Jimmy Savile's child abuse. #CIJ13

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  6. Freelance journalist, Miles Goslett, who helped bring the news of Savile's abuse to the public domain, claims he is still working on the story. #CIJ13

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  7. The number of delegates attending the Summer School has almost doubled in ten years, from 70 in 2003 to 130 today. #CIJ13

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  8. Next up is Robert Miller and Martin Tomkinson performing roleplay of interview scenerios. #CIJ13

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  9. Robert Miller advises that your interview questions should be no more than 10-15 seconds. He says keep them "short and sharp". #CIJ13

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  10. Martin Tomkinson stresses that you need to know your subject in an interview. #CIJ13

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  11. Raj Bairoliya says to always read the small print in company accounts. It gives clues as to what's hidden! #CIJ13

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  12. Mark Lee Hunter presents Part 1 of Story-Based Inquiry by speaking about how hypotheses frame and sell your story. #CIJ13

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  13. On average, there are 50 speakers and teachers at the Summer School each year. #CIJ13

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  14. In Part 2 of Story-Based Inquiry, Luuk Sengers says to always aim for the highest goal possible in your hypothesis. #CIJ13

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  15. Luuk Sengers also emphasises that conflict, drama and struggle are key components that give your investigative story a purpose. #CIJ13

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  16. Next up, Mark Schapiro gives tips on reporting environmental stories. #CIJ13

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  17. Mark Schapiro states that figuring out implications behind the facts is a big part of environmental reporting. #CIJ13

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  18. Seymour Hersh speaks of how to dig deeper for a news story. #CIJ13

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  19. In Story-Based Inquiry Part 4, Mark Lee Hunter states that the structure of your story is more important than it's content. #CIJ13

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  20. Richard Brooks speaks of how companies avoid tax and highlights what journalists need to know when addressing this issue. #CIJ13

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  21. Final day of the CIJ Summer School. First up is Paul Cheston with Reporting The Courts. #CIJ13

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  22. Paul Cheston is the last specialist court reporter for newspapers in the UK, which he says is "a real shame". #CIJ13

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  23. Paul Cheston says you should report in courts because it's an "underestimated source" and provides "fantastic drama". #CIJ13

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  24. Court Reporter, Paul Cheston, believes the public have a right to know what happens in court. He states that court cases are of public interest. #CIJ13

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  25. Paul Francis and Ted Jeory speak about how to get scoops from local councils. #CIJ13

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  26. Since 2011, all councils are required to publish expenditure on items over £500. #CIJ13

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  27. Paul Francis states the issues for journalists when analysing council's expenditure data: lack of context, sheer volume of data and crude presentation. #CIJ13

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  28. Ted Jeory advises to attend council meetings and get to know local councillors. #CIJ13

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  29. Ted Jeory has many examples of local council reporting on his personal blog: 'Trial By Jeory'. #CIJ13

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  30. Ioan Grillo next speaking about Mexican Drug Cartels: How to get close to the gangsters and the personal risk involved. #CIJ13

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  31. Andrew Jennings emphasises that journalists must listen - "What's the point of being a journalist if you don't listen to people?" #CIJ13

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  32. Andrew Jennings - "Create a list of all your elements. On a big investigation you can easily forget something."

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  33. "You are writing for readers. You owe it to the reader to give them a good show", says Andrew Jennings.

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  34. Next, Matt Fowler explains how to use and manage big data, applying Offshore Leaks as a case study. #CIJ13

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  35. "Getting a proper understanding of database systems is a bunch of hard work, but valuable for supporting journalism" - Matt Fowler. #CIJ13

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  36. Matt Fowler: "Tidy up data and make the structure simpler to get details and information journalists see as stories." #CIJ13

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  37. App Programmer, Matt Fowler, ends the final Summer School class by saying: "Coders expect journalists to be the subject matter expert. It's the journalist's story, coders are more focussed on the technical challenges."

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