Investigative Journalism Programme

Applications for the 2017 programme are now closed.

Now in its fifth year, we are delighted to open our Dispatches Investigative Journalism Training Scheme to applicants again in 2017. 

Up to five applicants will be selected to work in one of our partner independent production companies for 6 months. They will receive on-the-job training which will involve developing ideas for, and working on, films for our award-winning Dispatches strand. In addition they will take part in training sessions with leading industry professionals with a mixture of practical courses, such as camera & edit, mentoring and group workshops.


This programme is for exceptional candidates who have demonstrable experience of using their investigative skills to achieve results, but who do not have experience of the television industry. This could be people currently working as lawyers, doctors, in the police force, as accountants or print journalists. The training programme will give the right candidates the skills required to transfer their eye for a good investigation into the broadcast industry. 

This is not a graduate or post-graduate direct entry scheme. Applicants will need to have previous employment experience and demonstrable skills relevant to investigative work. If you are a recent graduate or do not have experience working in an investigative role, think about applying to the Channel 4 MA in Investigative Journalism at De Montfort University. For more information, please contact or or visit


- Must have a minimum of one year's professional journalism experience (print or online), or experience in a professional role which involves investigation work (such as a doctor, lawyer, police officer or in the financial services sector)
- Must demonstrate an understanding of what would make a strong investigative story for a broadcast audience and have ideas for new areas / stories to investigate
- Must demonstrate a commitment to a career in Investigative Journalism
- Candidates must not already have significant experience of working in the TV industry (credits at AP or above, or more than two years' experience).
Placements will be based in locations across the UK in your application you will be asked if you would be willing to relocate for the 6 months of the training scheme. 

Interviews for these roles will be held in London on 15th and 17th March, please keep these dates clear in case you are invited to interview. 

In previous years we have also run a 'Mid-Career Investigative Journalism Training Scheme' for those already working in the industry, but we are not soliciting applications for that scheme this year.