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Digital Truths: Investigative Journalism and Open Data

Discover tools, tips and techniques for investigative journalism and designing with open data in this half-day workshop.

What to expect

How can we use data that is freely available to everyone to tell a different story? Led by the Centre for Investigative Journalism, this workshop will provide a hands-on introduction to finding, interpreting and visualising new stories. Following an introduction to the practice of citizen-led journalism with the founder of the Bristol Cable, learn how to find and interpret open data, whether on government spending or the actions of other public bodies. Alongside providing practical tips and tools, this workshop will also look at strategies for visualising data in a more appealing and accessible way. Topics covered in the workshop include:

  • The rise of community led journalism
  • The evolution of data journalism
  • How to identify and interpret open data.
  • Hands-on introduction to data visualisation techniques
  • Visualising power networks

This workshop is open to designers, aspiring writers, journalists and those interested in how digital technologies are creating new opportunities for citizen-journalism. The workshop also includes free-entry to the related exhibition Hope to Nope: Political Graphics 2008 – 2018 at the Design Museum.

Please note that participants need to bring their own laptop for this workshop.

Booking information

Adult: £35
Student/Concession: £25
Member: £25


Adam Cantwell-Corn

Adam Cantwell-Corn turned down law school in 2014 to co-found The Bristol Cable; a start-up media co-operative created, owned and produced by people in the city. Through dozens of free workshops and events plus multimedia and print publications, The Bristol Cable has worked hard to cultivate contacts and engage communities online, in print and on the streets.

Tom Sanderson

Tom Sanderson is Project Manager at the Centre for Investigative Journalism, an educational charity that specialises in training practical investigative skills. For the past two years he has been running projects across the UK aimed at increasing the capacity of community-led news outlets to conduct public-interest investigations.

Centre for Investigative Journalism

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is a think-tank, alternative university and an experimental laboratory set up to train a new generation of reporters in the tools of investigative, in-depth, and long-form journalism across all media. Registered as a charity, we robustly defend investigative journalists and those who work with them.

Related exhibition

Hope to Nope: Graphics and Politics 2008-18

Discover how graphic design and technology have played a pivotal role in dictating and reacting to the major political moments of our times.