Ten investigative reporters have been selected for the Uncovering Security Story Lab, which will take place from the 8 to 11 January 2018 at Wiston House in West Sussex, UK. This year, we had close to 300 applications from journalists around the world, interested in covering stories in the areas of mass violence and atrocities, global peacekeeping, nuclear weapons, migration, and climate change.
The selected ten are working in print, broadcast and visual media in countries including Cuba, South Africa, Mexico and the Philippines. They have already received commissions to publish their work in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Mail & Guardian, Internazionale, among others, and will be working on developing their story ideas in collaboration with some of the world's top academics and researchers in their areas.
At the 2016 Story Lab, journalists joined researchers from universities and research organisations based in countries including Qatar, Kenya, and the United States for three days of workshops aimed at increasing collaboration between academia and the media. Top investigative reporters and editors from Reuters News Agency took the cohort through the details of investigating and revealing the CIA's secret rendition programme, as well as how to pitch to editors. Story workshops had all participants producing collaborative story ideas, and then pitching them to an editorial panel who gave feedback..
We were also pleased to welcome the Editor at The Conversation, Stephen Kahn, who explained the pitch-to-publication process for academics at this news site written entirely by academics.
Click here for photos from the 2016 Story Lab, in the beautiful surrounds of historic Wiston House.