Journalism / Skills

Investigative journalism

Investigative journalism often calls for technical skill, resourcefulness and bravery. Reporters working on original stories must ensure the sources are genuine and the truth is being told. They need to understand every layer of the story and back up the findings of their investigation. In this section some of the BBC’s most experienced investigative reporters explain how they find and tell their stories.

Access to the BBC Academy's College of Journalism website is free to everyone in the UK and commercially available overseas. If you are a subscriber click here.

The College of Journalism is the body that trains all BBC journalists. It also provides training on a commercial basis for news organisations around the world - see our commercial website or contact us at

Original journalism

Long-form investigative programmes for radio require specific reporting and production skills to ensure the audio comes to life