Investigative Journalism: An Introduction

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In partnership with the European Union, Internews in Malaysia together with Sinar Project is organizing a FREE workshop on the fundamentals of investigative journalism. Learn the journalistic techniques to uncover information the people in power would like to keep secret and how to craft credible investigative stories on issues of public concern. Story grants worth EUR2,000 each for selected participants upon completion of workshop.

Application dateline 1st March 2021 | Workshop Application

Date: 12 & 13 (Fri & Sat), 19 & 20 (Fri & Sat) March 2021


  • Understand the differences in criteria, process and focus between standard and investigative reporting
  • Able to verify, organise and use specific data, documents, and open sources for investigations
  • Effectively interview and source information from people (human sources)
  • Apply compelling narrative structures to present and write a hypothesis driven investigative story


  • Journalists and journalism students in Malaysia who want to learn how to get started in writing investigative reporting and stories
  • Activists and researchers in Malaysia whose work focus on accountability and social justice (e.g uncovering abuses of power, corruption and harm to communities and environment).
  • Although there is no prerequisite, participants are expected to have basic computer skills.
  • This is an introductory workshop and not for experienced investigative journalists.


  • Experienced local and regional award-winning investigative journalists will be guest trainers for each module of the syllabus. They will cover each topic, while sharing real world experiences and tips.
  • Participants are expected to bring their own story or issues that they would like to investigate, to the workshop.
  • The workshop will be conducted online over a period of 4 days on consecutive Friday and Saturdays.


  • Introduction to Investigative Journalism
  • Organizing data and documents
  • Using open sources
  • Using human sources
  • Fact checking and verification
  • Writing effective stories

Application for the workshop


Khairil Yusof is an investigative data journalist and researcher working on applying innovative methods of open data and standards, for transparency and anti-corruption. In addition to developing and supporting journalists on investigative methods on corruption, he is also an experienced digital security trainer.

He is the founder of Sinar Project, an organisation that collates patchy government statistics and turns them into usable data for the public and journalists.

He has over 15 years of cross-practice and cross-sector experience implementing programmes for UN agencies, governments and civil society in Asia-Pacific including digital rights, human rights, labour rights, and environment.

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(Banner photo: Perentian Islands, Malaysia. By yvo.pluymakers/Flickr/CC)