Workshop: Storytelling in Journalism

Workshop Friday 13 November 2015, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Standard £150
Freelance/Student £125
Members £100


Are you interested in learning how to tell a compelling story? How to pitch successful ideas to commissioners? How to translate exposing data into hard hitting reporting? Then join this one day seminar that focuses on the art of storytelling in journalism.

iain_oIain Overton, an award-winning investigative reporter, is well placed to lead this day. His latest book, Gun Baby Gun, was bought by the UK’s leading independent publishing house, Canongate, within an hour of being submitted.

We will focus on the art of the cultivated pitch, the storytelling framing of long-form documentaries and print articles, how to capture the essence of a story, and the transformation of hard data into even harder narratives.

This is a new course from Overton at the Frontline Club. Here’s what people have previously said about his Human Right Investigative Reporting workshop:

“An excellent workshop. I hugely enjoyed Iain’s presentations and observations as well as his passion and and rich practical knowledge. Thank you.”

“Really well done – the workshop was rich with practical knowledge.”

“This workshop has stretched me to think and pause in amongst the creative process. It was a good combination of practical advice and encouragement to do great human rights investigations.”

“The passion and richness of experience covered opened my mind to new techniques and opportunities and ideas.”

“It was very, very informative and inspiring.”

“Fascinating. I loved listening to his individual stories and case studies – how other journalists tackle and tell their stories.”

In the last two decades working as a journalist with a focus on human rights, Overton has worked across TV, print and online. His documentaries have won him a Peabody, a Scottish Bafta and a One World Media Award, as well as three Royal Television Society nominations, while his online work has been awarded with two Amnesty International Media Awards.

Shifting on from TV and online storytelling, Overton then began writing long-form. His book was described by Jon Snow as ‘brilliant’, by GQ as ‘gripping reportage that’s as disturbing as it is enlightening’. The Financial Times called it ‘adventurous, ambitiously tracing the often devastating impact of guns around the world . . . [it] contains moments of great poignancy’, and The Independent said: ‘This book is more than just facts, it’s insight and revelation on a very human level.’

Images: JMicic /; Iain Overton