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Investigative Journalism

Radio Nederland Training Centre (RNTC)

Certificate / Diploma Short course Hilversum

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary This three-week course is for experienced broadcast, print and/or digital journalists who are keen to increase their knowledge of practical investigative journalism methods and techniques.
Course description The course teaches you investigative methods so that you can identify and uncover compelling stories on critical issues and present them in a powerful way. You will find out how to research and structure these stories and return home with a fully researched investigative plan. On graduation, you will have mastered investigative journalism methods, approaches, and techniques that are practical and accessible to every broadcast, print, or digital journalist. You will also know how to uncover and tell original investigative stories in ways that can have real impact. After the course, you will also be able to combine creative media formats with investigative journalism stories. On graduation, you will have the confidence to uphold essential journalistic principles and hold municipalities, governments, corporations and individuals to account for their actions in order to contribute to the development of a healthy society.
Study subjects The 3-week course focuses on the essential methods required to research, cross-check, and structure information to reveal authentic investigative scoops. Some of the topics covered: - Identifying Target Audiences - Aims and Persuasion Theory - Interviewing Techniques - Investigating Databases - Using Social Media for Investigation
Course objectives This course strengthens a students' capacity to identify and research issues / stories and to structure powerful stories in fresh and engaging ways.
ECTS credits 0.00
Duration 3 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, excursion, group assignment, group discussion, individual assignment, lecture, literature study, oral presentation, portfolio, project, research project, research proposal, self evaluation, self study, seminar, tutorial, working group, workshop
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About the institution

Department RNTC
Information about the institution RNTC is an international training institute based in the Netherlands serving media and communications professionals working in broadcast, print and online media. RNTC has 50 years of experience in short focused courses, tailored to the needs of journalists, programme-makers, media managers, media trainers and communications specialists. RNTC also offers trainings supporting the use of media for development by NGOs and civil society organisations. For information about RNTC and its courses go to:


Admission requirements
  1. Mid-career broadcast, print and/or multimedia journalists with at least three years' continuous experience in the field of broadcast, print and/or digital journalism.
Language requirements
TOEFL paper based 550
Professional experience required -
Duration 3 week(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
4 Nov 2019 14 Mar 2019 14 Mar 2019
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)n.a.€ 5500n.a.
2020 (FT)n.a.€ 5500n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

Make sure you contact your institution to find out what rate applies to you. The rates listed here are estimates.


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