2 evening classes for 3 hours, 1 day for 6.5 hours
This practical course teaches how to access information available on the public record, which is often missed by those who do not know how to look for it.
Investigative Research covers land titles searches, parliamentary records, government records including databases on electoral funding, government contracts and public and private company information. It will draw on real case studies to illustrate key techniques used by investigative researchers.
Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive a certificate.
Linton Besser is an investigative reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald. Over the past years, he has published investigative articles which have examined organised crime on the waterfront, program spending in the Department of Defence, and the murky world of the NSW taxi industry.
In 2010, Linton won a Walkley Award for his investigation, The Wrong Stuff, that identified million of dollars being routinely wasted by the Department of Defence. Linton spent months downloading more than 700,000 contracts in order to be able to scratch beneath the surface of what was essentially a gross misuse of taxpayer money. Walkley judges commented that the combination of his incisive analysis, combined with the multi-platform publication of the raw documents on which his stories were based, produced a valuable public service.
In 2011, Linton and colleague Dylan Welch were finalists for the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism for a series of articles they wrote about the secretive NSW Crime Commission.
Linton previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Channel Nine.
Dates: Enrol now: Thu 1, Sat 3, Thu 8 August - two Thursday's 6pm - 9pm and one Saturday 10am - 4.30pm
Fees: $750 | $675 ACIJ members | $500 (concession) | $450 UTS staff, students and alumni
Places available: 14
Location: UTS Room to be confirmed (map)
To discuss this course or for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 2 9514 2488.
"The course pointed me to some great resources that I hadn't even scratched the surface of and it showed me how to neavigate sites online that I had previously been unsuccessful with." C. Herrick (2011)
"I particularly liked the use of case studies from the lecturers' own work, which made the learning process easier." Student (2011)
"There was a lot of information delivered and I particularly liked the fact that resources were elivered to help with home-based follow up." M. Rice (2009)
"I felt that we were presented with a lot of information in a short period very effectively." A. Funti (2009)