We can fix that. Story-Based Inquiry is an efficient investigative method based on field-tested techniques. It helps journalists and other professionals to conceive, plan and present their findings in powerful stories.
Story-Based Inquiry reveals the ‘hidden scenario’ of a potential story – and the sources to verify it. The result is a viable research plan that saves time and puts you in control of the investigation.
“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
We go beyond anecdotes and tips. We offer a systematic approach, based on doctoral-level research, an aggregate of hundred years of professional practice and teaching experience in news teams, J-schools and MBA-programs around the world.
“The Hunter-Sengers method codifies for the first time the strategy, structure and techniques necessary to deliver complex and challenging investigations. It is brilliantly intelligent and useably simple. It has completely revolutionised the way I work.” - Brendan Montague, Request Initiative
We set a benchmark. Published in 2009, our first handbook, “Story-Based Inquiry. A Manual for Investigative journalists”, quickly became a best-free-seller, listed on over two hundred websites and used in journalism schools and centres from the US to Africa. In 2014 we will publish a curriculum for teaching investigative reporting in universities. Read more…
“I am impressed by the Story-based Inquiry Manual. I was prepared to see it as one more book on investigative reporting by someone whose time might be better spent actually doing it. Instead I found the volume insightful and logical.”- Rosemary Armao, assistant professor of journalism at the State University of New York at Albany
We start at your level. For beginners, the world’s leading investigative journalism method can be taught in four parts over 2-3 days. We help the participants create a feasible research plan, including sources and a time estimate. With professionals, they may bring their own ideas for stories. When the research is done and the first draft produced, we come back to help them improve their story-telling. Read more…
“This is such a helpful and methodological approach, whether you write or film an investigative story. I am going to make all my students read and use it!” – Margo Smit, director of the Dutch-Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists (VVOJ)
We are acclaimed lecturers, with long careers as investigative reporters. We train in organisations, universities, NGO’s and firms. Mark teaches in English and French, Luuk in English and Dutch. We also coach individuals working on a story. Participants have called our teaching “fascinating”, “inspiring”, “entertaining” and “passionate”. Read more…
“Mark Hunter and Luuk Sengers unpack the essential elements of writing like an anatomy lesson. [...] Their presentations are riveting and leave you with many guideposts for those long hours of trailing the evidence and telling the story” – Mark Schapiro, senior correspondent with the Center for Investigative Reporting in California
Our clients include schools likeFHWien, SSE Riga, Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales (Brussels), Wits University (South Africa), IPSI (Tunis), INSEAD Executive Education, Rotterdam School of Management, Thomas More Mechelen, Fontys Hogeschool Tilburg, Erasmus University Rotterdam, and professionals such as Der Spiegel Online, SRF (Swiss public braodcasting), Al-Jazeera, RTE (Ireland), Centre for Investigative Journalism (London), Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, NRC Handelsblad, Dagblad van het Noorden, Hollandse Dagblad Combinatie, SVT (Sweden), Telefacts (Belgium television), VARA (Netherlands), Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, NOS (Netherlands), France Télévisions. Read more…
“An absolute eye-opener: the greatest asset [...] is the fact that the theory can easily be brought into practice. Straightaway and with immediate results. A must for anyone who wants to make the difference in journalism” - Thomas Van Hemeledonck, chief-editor Telefacts, VTM Belgium commercial television
We are available for
- Training in the newsroom
- Individual coaching