Story-Based

Inquiry

We deliver research, storytelling, presentation and management skills that meet the needs of journalists, activists, educators and corporates.
“Hunter and Sengers unpack the essential elements of writing like an anatomy lesson” 
– Mark Schapiro, environmental journalist
“It was both inspirational and deeply practical. It left everyone feeling uplifted”
– Vin Ray, former editor in chief, International, BBC
“It was an eye-opener for many that you can work with a hypothesis in this way”
– Nils Hanson, editor at Uppdrag granskning, Swedish Television
“A must for anyone who wants to make the difference in journalism” – Thomas Van Hemeledonck, chief-editor current affairs Telefacts, VTM Belgium Television
“Mark Hunter is a reference for our network”
– Didier Désormeaux, pedagogy director, France Télévisions
“Luuk is one of the few people I know who can teach storytelling technique broad-based and entertaining” – Hans Scholten, Stichting Democratie en Media
“I am impressed by the Story-based Inquiry Manual” – Rosemary Armao, Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia and the Organized Crime and Corruption Project
“[The method] is brilliantly intelligent and useably simple. It has completely revolutionised the way I work” – Brendan Montague, Request Initiative
“I recommend this for all [...] journalists embarking on longer term investigations” – Rosie Waterhouse, Director of the MA in Investigative Journalism, City University London 

Looking for a business model? Try "Power is Everywhere"

This free 160-page book, written with our colleagues from The Stakeholder Media Project in the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, provides a blueprint for the conception and operation of media that serve stakeholder groups – communities of interest who affect or are affected by organizations like governments and businesses. Power is Everywhere shows how these media, which played a crucial role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, differ from mainstream media in their value propositions, content and operations. The authors argue that stakeholder-driven media (SDM) will continue to proliferate, and that they will be an increasingly powerful vehicle for sustainable, fact-based watchdog journalism. Read more

Story-Based Inquiry goes Dutch

Finally there is a Story-Based Inquiry Manual in Dutch, aimed at journalism students and professional journalists who want to enhance their efficiency and power. Het verborgen scenario guides you through the important steps of an investigation, from the conception to the structure of the story. Read More (Published on 24/01/17)

Seminars at Frontline Club

After the success of our seminars on Story-Based Inquiry and Advanced Interviewing in April 2018, we'll be returning there twice yearly. Dates to be announced soon!

SBI manual published in Japanese

This is the cover of the Japanese version of the Story-Based Inquiry manual. We were deeply honored that our colleagues at The Waseda Chronicles chose SBI and Stakeholder Media theory as core methods for a new center dedicated to investigative journalism, and thrilled to work with them in Tokyo twice in 2017.

Inspiration and fun in Berlin (review)

“Many thanks for the excellent workshop”, wrote one of the attendees of our recent two-day seminar, hosted by Correct!v, in Berlin. “It left me  with many useful and interesting tools. It offered also much inspiration and fun. Hence: a large compliment.” Ten experienced German journalistst attended the seminar, among them staff writers from Correct!v, the outstanding investigative online medium. We were very glad to meet them. (Published on 26/11/16)

Published: Rethinking the BBC

When OpenDemocracy asked us to contribute to their “Rethinking the BBC” project, we didn't expect to see it as a book. Well, here it is, for free download. Our friends at OpenDemocracy say that it “brings together some of the most influential and creative thinkers on media politics and policy in the UK and beyond. It is a vital contribution to the debate on public media at a moment of rapid change.” It certainly gave us some ideas, besides encouraging us to sharpen our own. Download (Published on 28/11/16)
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