Advanced research skills - 1 day training course

An intensive one-day course to take your desk research to the next level. We'll cover everything from quick tips for slicker working - to the best tactics for social media research - to a range of other in-depth and investigative techniques and strategies.

This course is aimed at journalists who are looking to go further, faster online but is also ideal for policy analysts, researchers, campaign staff and market analysts.

Course tutor: Colin Meek (read our Meet the Trainer feature)
Book nowDate: 17 October 2013
Time: 10.00-17.00
Venue: LMG Training Centre, Southwark, SE1 8NJ
Number of places: 10
Cost: £200 (+ £40 VAT) including lunch
Level: This course is aimed at anyone who needs to do a lot of online research. You'll should be used to doing research via search engines and be familiar with at least one internet browser.

This course takes takes place in an IT suite

Advanced online research skills

Get to the crux issues, find the clinching facts and identify key players. Get your tactics right to go further online, faster.
  • Master advanced search engine skills to identify nuggets of information in seconds.
  • Learn about the ‘hidden web’ and how you can identify and access key databases more quickly.
  • Mine relevant information from Facebook, Twitter and social networks.
  • Confidently monitor changing web content and breaking news.
  • Push the boundaries with techniques and tactics for in-depth and investigative projects.
The course is focused on the practical use of cutting-edge apps and tactics. Leave the course with the skills to, for example:
  • Pinpoint Twitter posts originating in Damascus last weekend.
  • Find networks of people who worked on Grand Theft Auto.
  • Monitor breaking news from a riot as it happens.
  • Find specific documents with the term 'funding shortfall' from one local authority.
  • Quickly find all of the official rulings made by one UK Judge.
  • Confidently monitor the web for any new documents about the current NASA Mars exploration.
  • Sort and store and track your research without resorting to endless printing.

About Colin Meek

Colin MeekColin is a qualified journalist who has also worked as a policy analyst and researcher. For the last 12 years he has worked as a freelance journalist and research consultant and spent the last 6 years crafting this popular advanced research course.

Colin has organised in-house training for many clients including: Channel 4, TRC Media, General Medical Council, NUJ, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Grant Thornton, Oxford Analytica,
Which?, VG (Norway)

Colin has worked on dozens of in-depth projects for a range of clients including Which?, BMJ Knowledge, Renewable Energy Assurance Listed, The Times, the Canadian Medical Association Journal,, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, the Pharmaceutical Journal and many others.

He has completed a five-month research project on internet filtering for Intertek research and testing and a four-month research project on RFID technology. His in-depth journalism has ranged from an investigation into malpractice in the laser surgery industry for the Times to ground-breaking research on pre-hospital care and transfats in food.

For more information see his website:


"I found this course both enjoyable and educational, the presentation style was informal yet effective and it was most beneficial being in a small group. The tutor is clearly highly experienced and proficient in the subject and his enthusiasm for it came through" - Michelle Marshall. European Cleaning Journal

'I feel much more confident about researching now and also more enthusiastic about my job!' -
Rachael Glazier, Brighton Freelance Journalist

'Everybody should follow a course like this regularly - Colin is a very clear and helpful trainer'
- Floriana Fossato. International relations department

'Excellent, practical good-value course' -
Lizzy Bell. Department for education

"This course provided a great insight."
- Ben Goodlad. Janes Defence

"Brilliant course, packed full with information, practical advice and tools."
- Tara Evans. This is Money

"This course has really broadened my mind on ways to use the internet. It was fascinating and hugely helpful." -
Alexandra Culliford. European Service Network

"Very useful - this was an amazing course." -
Maggie Barry. Daily Mirror

"Very relaxed, informative and interesting. Would have liked a two or three day session." -
Stephen Stewart. Daily Record

"The course has opened up a whole new world on the web that I didn't know existed."
- Kevin Hayns. Caseworks

"Excellent example of a well-planned, well-structured course giving me really valuable tools - a day well spent (and I paid for it myself!)."
- Mike Hally. Freelance working for Radio 4

"I've learned about tools I didn't even know existed and have learned new skills to help me get the best out of the ones I did. This is a great course!"
- James Tallack. Which?

"Very revealing in every sense. I'll see Google in a new light from now on."
- Kenneth Band. Inside Information

"Very interesting and well presented. A valuable tool for serious internet journalism."
- Simon Moon. Deputy Editor, This is Money

"Excellent - really relevant and useful. Best course I've done in ages. Will really use it and benefit from it."
- Elaine Mullingani. Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB

"Very useful. Inspirational on a personal level (many 'wow' moments) and for being able to point colleagues in the right direction." Morten Munkejord, Editor-In-Chief, Montel
"Fascinating stuff, excellent advanced insight into searching the internet." - Adrian Lowery. News Editor, This is Money

"The course was a great introduction to all of the possible ways to use the net for research that I doubt most people will have tried." - Georgina Stanley. Legal Week

"I'm keen to get onto my next research project and start trying out these techniques and tips. Thanks for a great insight into a previously mystifying discipline." Laura. Greenpeace Climate Campaign

"I learnt a great deal from these sessions. I now know there is much more to online research than meets the eye." - Daniella Murphy. Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB

"The day was styled around participants' needs." - Beth Allen. Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB

"Excellent course, but maybe a little too much to take in!" - Sharon Maxwell Magnus. Journalism lecturer, University of Hertfordshire

"An excellent course, well constructed and paced, very clear course materials." - Eileen Neilson. Head of Policy Development, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB
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