The Ferret and the Centre for Investigative Journalism are pleased to present Story Lab.

Join a three-month training and mentoring programme in Scotland this spring that will support you to take a story from idea through to publication.

You will be supported by senior journalists from Scotland’s investigative journalism platform The Ferret, and by a series of other expert speakers and trainers – data journalist Leila Haddou of The Times and Sunday Times; Stephen Khan, editor of The Conversation; Open Corporates community organiser Mollie Hanley; and award-winning investigative journalist Paul Hutcheon from the Sunday Herald.

We will:

  • show you some inspiring examples of storytelling and reportage
  • help you to submit Freedom of Information requests
  • support you to find and scrutinise public and online data and records
  • show you tools and techniques to tell your story in an effective and exciting way.

We encourage people from a variety of backgrounds to apply, particularly people from marginalised backgrounds and people who have been unable to access traditional journalism training due to circumstance.

The focus of this programme will be on factual news and reportage, not opinion and commentary. We will however be encouraging creativity in how these stories are told!

Practical details

Sessions will be held at weekends in Edinburgh and Glasgow and provisional dates are 21-22 April, 13 May, 16-17 June and 30 June. Participants must be normally resident in the UK, ideally in Scotland, and able to attend all sessions

There are just 15 places, which cost £75 (full price), £48 (discount for Ferret members) and there are some free places for people from marginalised communities.

We’ve also put in place resources for people who qualify for the free places, so that we can provide additional one-to-one mentoring support.

Apply now

To apply, fill in the form below. Please write 250 words letting us know of any story ideas or topics you would like to explore, and any experience or formal/informal skills you can bring, and why you want to join the programme.

Deadline: 23 March 2018

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