At the end of 2019 I was very fortunate and excited to be given an opportunity to do a fellowship with Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University through the Donald McDonald Scholarship. My family and I made all the plans, booked flights and accommodation to spend 3 months in Oxford starting in April 2020. For the obvious reason it didn’t happen.

An old brick building through trees
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism as viewed from University Parks, Oxford

Since then I’ve barely dared believe I might get the opportunity again. But despite travel rules constantly changing and last minute ‘rona infections, we arrived in Oxford this week and I’m so excited to get started.

I’ll be spending my time writing a paper on modern toolsets for investigative reporting. If you have thoughts on that and especially if you make or use tools in that space (even if they’re in-house, private tools) I’d love to chat.

My basic thesis is that the technology employed in the reporting process (in contrast to production) is relatively immature. The landscape is fragmented and doesn’t offer the same utility and ease of use you see in the tools available for the presentation of journalism. In short, I think there’s room for improvement in the way we leverage technology to supercharge the investigative reporting process.