Investigative Journalism with Iain Overton

Workshop Friday 8 February 2013, 10.00AM-5.30PM

From finding yourself in the midst of a civil war to working undercover in an Indian brothel, join us for this one-day workshop that will introduce you to life as an investigative journalist.

Whether you’ve experience in the field, are looking to start out or simply have a critical mind, this session will give you the tools to help set up an investigation; from filing a Freedom of Information request to being aware of ethical implications.

Importantly, it will also teach you how to have one of the most interesting jobs in the world and how to survive doing it.

The workshop will be led by award-winning investigative journalist Iain Overton.  Overton has conducted investigations into areas that include counterfeiting in the pharmaceutical industry, UK deaths in custody, corporate killings in Iraq, and Glasgow gang-land murders linked to security contracts. His work has been recognized with a Peabody Award,  two Amnesty International Awards, a OneWorld Award, a Prix Circom, a BAFTA Scotland and 3 RTS nominations, amongst others.


10-11.30am: The Crisis of Investigative Journalism
11.30-11.45am: Break
11.45-1.15pm: Tools of the Trade: Forensic, FOI, Data, Sources
1.15-2.15pm: Break
2.15-3.45pm: Undercover: Practicalities, Ethics & Experiences
3.45-4.00pm: Break
4.00-5.30pm: How to survive as an Investigative Journalist

Attendees will need to bring with them writing materials and/or laptop. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day.

Image courtesy of Iain Overton.