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Folkestone Book Festival: Techniques of the Investigative Journalist Workshop

Folkestone Book Festival: Techniques of the Investigative Journalist Workshop

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Open source intelligence (OSINT) is the process of identifying, harvesting, processing, analysing and reporting data obtained from publicly available sources for intelligence purposes.

Though the practice originated within military and state intelligence services, it has since been adopted and adapted by journalists and civil society to further transparency, accountability, and public-interest research.

This workshop will provide an overview of this field, covering a range of techniques, including:

• Advanced searching
• Social media analysis
• Finding eyewitnesses, experts, sources
• Verification, geolocation, air and marine traffic tracking
• Profiling public figures

There will be exercises for students – please bring your laptop.

Tom Sanderson is Deputy Director at the Centre for Investigative Journalism where he leads on all aspects of training provision and oversees the development of funded projects and initiatives.

Meet at Quarterhouse reception 10 minutes before start of workshop.


We would like to thank our principal sponsor Saga and our education partner Canterbury Christ Church University.

Folkestone Book Festival 2023 is also supported by Arts Council England, Folkestone and Hythe District Council, Kent County Council, Le Shuttle and The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust.


Mill Bay,
CT20 1BN

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