Improve your research and storytelling skills with our acclaimed method
We teach Story-Based Inquiry, a quick and effective research method for journalists and other professionals. It is more than a summary of anecdotes or tips – it is 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.
A Method Through the Madness
The method addresses the most challenging steps of an investigation: turning a vague idea into a viable hypothesis, finding a suitable narrative and reliable sources to support it and, finally, blending all facts and characters into a flowing coherence. At every turn Story-Based Inquiry offers techniques and tools to make swift decisions, communicate effectively in a team and create impact with a convincing story.
Participants called our teaching “riveting”, “fascinating”, “engaged”, “enthusiastic”, “humorous”, “entertaining”, “passionate” and “well-paced”. And the content “out of the box”, “inspiring”, “easy to understand” and “easily be brought into practice”. Read feedback…
From conception to promotion of a completed project, the world’s leading investigative journalism method can be taught in four parts over two or three days. In a typical training, the participants bring their own ideas for stories. We help them create a feasible research plan, including sources and a time estimate. When the research is done and the first draft produced, we come back to help them improve their story-telling. Read more…
Handbooks & Casebook
Included in all our courses are handbooks and a casebook. 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. The Hidden Scenario deals with plotting and outlining investigative stories. The Story Tells the Facts shows how to structure and compose stories with impact. Besides these manuals we have published a Global Casebook with investigative stories from around the world. Read more…
We train in organisations, universities, NGO’s and firms. Our clients include FHWien, SSE Riga, Thomas More Mechelen, Institut des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales (Brussels), Wits University (South Africa), Centre for Investigative Journalism (London), Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism, IPSI (Tunis), INSEAD Executive Education, Rotterdam School of Management, NRC Handelsblad, SVT (Sweden), Telefacts (Belgium television), Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, NOS (Dutch television) and France Télévisions.