Hands-on training for investigative skills

Work 11 days with some of the best research-journalists

Our Berlin International Summer School offers you the chance, to learn important important skills and discover strong tools that will open up new possibilities for successful research. Since high-level investigative training needs an international dimension, we asked colleagues who train journalists what kind of training they would like for themselves. And we asked the best speakers at international conferences -such as the Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) - if they would like to train participants for a day or two, rather than just speak for a maximum of 90 minutes at a conference. They all agreed, and so we are delighted to present the first Berlin Investigative Summer School (BISS).

It will be hosted by the Berlin Journalism School (BJS). The school is a non-profit organisation that has been training journalists since 1989. With Berlin as an international hub for investigators in journalism and NGOs, we are now creating a programme in English. The programme is open to investigative journalists from around the world - you can participate online or in person in Berlin.

The first stage of booking is limited to 15 seats, but please sign up for the waiting lists too. We try to be as flexible as feasible and have co-trainers available to provide a good trainer to participant ratio. We may also book training venues outside the BJS.


Find infos and the schedule below. For details of the courses turn to BISS - program in detail.


Note: You can take part online. In this case please book below and then send a note to: info@berliner-journalisten-schule.de. 

Schedule                                    Trainers

  • Mark Lee Hunter
  • Mark Lee Hunter
  • Jim Mintz / Stefanie Dodt
  • Henk van Ess
  • Henk van Ess
  • Leo Reitano
  • Leo Reitano
  • Rebecca Zinke
  • Christina Brause
  • Claus Hesseling
  • Oliver Klein

BISS-Follow-up, 19./20. September: Investigating the Darknet. Trainer: Daniel Moßbrucker

Our lecturers briefly

  • Christina Brause       Investigative data-journalist. Former Deputy Investigations Editor at Die Welt.
  • Stefanie Dodt:           Award-winning investigative journalist NDR (public German broadcaster).
  • Henk van Ess:           Author at bellingcat, enjoys finding stories in big data.
  • Claus Hesseling:       NDR-Datateam. Teaches at TU-Dortmund statistic/ datajournalism.
  • Mark Lee Hunter:      Professor, Co-Founder of the Global  Investigative Journalism Network.
  • Oliver Klein:               ZDF, public TV-station, expert on Factchecking and Verification.
  • Marcus Lindemann:  Expert for online- and investigative research, factchecking, search of persons.
  • Jim Mintz:                  Lifelong investigator and trainer of investigators. Director on SEEK (Berlin).
  • Daniel Moßbrucker:   Expert on surveillance, data protection, specialises in darknet research
  • Leo Reitano:              Knows all about Maltego and how to use it most effectively.
  • Luuk Sengers:           Investigative journalist. Subjects f.e: data-journalism, climate, pollution.
  • Rebecca Zinke:         Expert on IT-Forensic.

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