Julian Sher
Investigative journalist, author and trainer
Home| Articles | Books | TV Docs | Radio | Training | Human Trafficking | Web Safety | Bio | Photos | JNet |Contact
Follow Julian Sher on Facebook and Twitter
Contact Julian Sher to get training in your newsroom for any of these courses:
Writing t
he investigative Story
Organizing Complex Investigations
Mastering the Web as an Investigative Tool

Download the PDF file here

Or access the tipsheet at the IRE website:


You've done tremendous digging, but don't ruin it by publishing your research. You have to tell a story, not scoop. This course looks at writing, focus and story structure so that you can turn your investigation into a great tale that will grip readers and viewers:

  • What are the key building blocks of a great story (characters, plot, conflict, accountability)?
  • How do ensure you characters grow and change on a story-telling journey?
  • Why you need the “4 Cs” from every major person in your story: Character, Context, Conflict and Conclusion.
  • How do use your writing to inform your research, and not just wait to start your writing after you’ve done all the research?
  • What are the secrets of a narrative-driven story structure that keep readers, viewers and listeners hooked?

Interview slides

    Download the PDF file here

Or access the tipsheet at the IRE website:


We've all done it -- blown a key interview or missed a vital question. We do them every day, often without thinking. Maybe that’s the problem: Even as pros, we make basic mistakes in interviews because we’re not thinking strategically and tactically.

Politicians, businesspeople and PR flacks are experts at jumping on the smallest opening we give them, the tiniest mistake in formulating a question. It’s not just about getting the facts. It’s also about how to dramatically rethink the way you approach interviews, master the basic rules of tough interviews, and then learn how to break them when needed.

The goal of this course is to give journalists in all fields -- live on-air hosts, reporters in the field and researchers on the phones - a firmer grasp of story-telling through interviews by giving them a thorough, hands-on understanding of the structure, rules and techniques of good questioning.


How to organize a months-long investigation?

Where do you start? How to figure out your priorities? Your strategy?

How do you organize your work, your sources, your interviews and your writing?

Using concrete examples, a hands-on guide to making your life easier when it comes to the big project.

    Contact Julian Sher
         for details

Click here for some helpful web sites

This course aims to take journalists behind the scenes to unlock the secrets of the web and show them how to avoid the dangers of the web, how find reliable news and news sources, find people and experts, gather reliable statistics, investigative governments and countries and use search engines in a smarter and faster way.

Contact Julian Sher
         for details


Home | Contact | Books | Julian Sher on Facebook | Julian Sher on Twitter | (c) Julian Sher 2012