Most people are familiar with the basics of online research – using Google, creating searches on Twitter, etc.

Yet most aren’t aware of the simple tricks and techniques which can help make their searches much more fruitful, from using Google to locate overlooked documents to mining databases for potential sources and information.

Course description

This course aims to equip trainees with advanced online research skills, delving into the world of open-source intelligence (OSINT) and some of the techniques used by law enforcement and investigators to crack cases – which can be used to unearth or solve stories.

The one-day workshop is led by Lyra McKee, a freelance journalist who has trained journalists at newspapers including The Sunday Times and The Daily Telegraph.

Delegates will learn through a mixture of case studies and hands-on tutorials and exercises.

As with all training, the emphasis is on practical, hands-on learning. The training takes place at The Bridge, near London Bridge, and refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.

Some of what you’ll learn:

  • Advanced search techniques which can be used across search engines and social networks to mine overlooked or hidden information;

  • Some of the online research techniques used by law enforcement and investigators to solve crimes;

  • How to curate and verify information found on social media.

Getting there

This course will be held at The Bridge, 81 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0NQ

About Lyra McKee

Lyra McKee is a Belfast-based freelance journalist. She has been published in various outlets, from BuzzFeed News to The Independent and The Atlantic and has broken numerous stories, ranging from the incompetence of government agencies to allegations of sexual assault levelled against Northern Ireland police officers.

She has been recognised for her work, being named Sky News Young Journalist of the Year in 2006. In 2016, Forbes Magazine named her one of their 30 under 30 in media in Europe. She has delivered training to newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Daily Telegraph, and The Sun. She is represented by Janklow & Nesbit literary agency and is in the process of trying to get her first book published. She is also an editor at Silicon Valley-based media news site Mediagazer.