Media Lab

Fathm gives you a hands-on opportunity to explore real world challenges, guided by expert facilitators

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Fathm Labs

A Fathm Lab is a solutions-focused, hands-on programme for designing effective strategies for new challenges and opportunities. Designed to maximise the benefits of cohort-based participatory learning, expert practitioners guide you through Fathm’s tried and tested methodologies for thinking creatively. You will walk away with a deep understanding of the Lab topic and a clear implementation plan for how you can get ahead of the curve.

Sign up for an open Lab, or talk to us about our bespoke in-house Labs.

Our Labs

Our process

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Why take part in a Lab?

Master the fundamentals of a creative new way of thinking about, defining, and solving problems that can be shared within your organisation. Benefit from the experience and support of our subject-expert facilitators – and from the stimulation and challenge of working alongside your peers – to gain deeper insights and develop refined solutions. Create situation-specific ideas, prototypes, and action plans that you can take away and implement.

How are Labs run?

Open access Labs are run remotely and delivered using Zoom and Miro. In a typical open access Lab, a small cohort of participants will take part in five 90 minute group sessions as well as undertaking focused, practical, self-guided tasks before and between sessions.

In-house Labs can be run in person, or via the remote platform of your choice and the format can be tailored to your needs.

How often do we run our Labs?

Open access Labs run at intervals throughout the year, you can also contact us to book an in-house Lab at a date and time to suit you.

Who are our facilitators?

Professional practitioners and facilitators from the world of journalism and media with a proven industry track record and a specialism in co-design.

Requirements for taking part in remote Labs

  • Laptop/desktop with speaker, microphone, and camera. 
  • Internet connection suitable for video calling

How much do Labs cost?

  • Open access Labs start from £800 per person
  • Keep an eye out for early bird and other special discounts
  • For in-house Labs, contact us to discuss your needs and get a price

Featured Labs

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Climate Change Reporting: Helping newsrooms meet the challenges of reporting on the climate crisis; this Lab provides a comprehensive approach to both accurate and engaging reporting.

Pandemic Reporting: Examining the key newsroom challenges of covering COVID-19 exploring the solutions, skills and knowledge to overcome these challenges.

Live Newsrooms: Immersive, interactive newsroom simulation ideal for students and trainees to gain valuable real-time experience of workflow and operations, and for established teams to scenario-test.

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Disinformation Reporting: Working with news and fact checking organisations around the world to help train their teams in disinformation work in a way that is compatible with their own style, values and audiences.

Science Reporting: Focusing on using evidence-based facts, objective science, and journalistic tools and resources to ensure impactful and credible reporting.

Bespoke Training: Custom in-house training using our tried and tested Lab methodology. From small groups to lecture halls, from employees to students, we offer bespoke training on a broad range of topics to increase knowledge and develop newsroom skills.