31 March 2015

Improving journalism with practical tools

We help you do the investigations you always wanted to do.  nl  de

MannetjeLoepMany journalists dream of going further into a subject. But they and their organisations worry that the process is too complicated, time-consuming or costly.


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 and a database 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

Person hold clipboard 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, journalism 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

Students' treasures.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 and China. In 2014 we also published an extensive curriculum for teaching investigative journalism 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 

Presenting the idea on a black board

We do more than teach. The best way to learn the method is to apply it to a real story. That is why we like to help with stories that seem hard to finish. Professionals may bring their own story ideas. We will help them to create a feasible research plan, including sources and a time estimate. And 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)

MarkSweden7We 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), University of Amsterdam, 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

The advantages in short:

  • Quick and effective investigation method
  • Based on scientific research and years of practice
  • Used by reporters and news rooms all over the world
  • Concrete result in the form of a story
  • Very experienced trainers, with long careers in journalism
  • Including extensive manuals
  • Positive references from clients
  • Easy to extend with data journalism, advanced interview training and internet research

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