Premium Research Course (2023)

Advance your true crime research expertise, benefit from one-on-one interactions with your personal instructional coach, and earn an exclusive certificate of completion. Payment plans available.

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About This Course

Prepare to become a true crime podcast researcher with the support of a personal instructional coach when you complete this 100% online course.

This Premium Research Course provides you with scheduled calls with your instructional coach, ongoing communication via email, and multiple rounds of feedback on assignments. Research a true crime case from start-to-finish with a mastery-based capstone project that leads to a certificate of completion.

For the optimal course experience, you must have a laptop or desktop computer, an internet connection, and a Google account.

What You’ll Learn

The Premium Research Course prepares students to:
  • Utilize the adaptable, easy-to-understand TCPT Research Method
  • Produce a comprehensive research document covering a true crime case
  • Gain proficiency in a broad range of research tools and databases
  • Define, discuss, and employ best practices of victim-centered, ethical true crime
  • Accurately cite sources in-text, create citations, and paraphrase from sources
  • Evaluate the credibility of sources within the context of true crime

Who It’s For

You might a good candidate for this course if you are interested in:

  • Entering the true crime podcast field as a researcher
  • Starting your own true crime podcast
  • Developing your skills as a true crime podcast researcher
  • Bettering your established true crime podcast

Course Schedule

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Module 1: Starting the TCPT Research Course

By the end of Module 1, you will be able to:

  • Understand the personal and professional benefits of this True Crime Podcast Training course
  • Review the experiences of True Crime Podcast Training alumni
  • Learn about how you will gain proficiency in a broad range of tools, resources, and databases
  • Recognize the skills you will master within this True Crime Podcast Training course

Check out the first module for free!

Module 2: Introduction to the TCPT Research Method

By the end of Module 2, you will be able to:

  • Know the extensive process that goes into researching true crime podcasts
  • Find additional support through True Crime Podcast Training’s resources and your coach
  • Understand how each course module functions to deliver you high-quality instructional material
  • Foresee the end-result of the True Crime Podcast Training course
  • Begin utilizing a wide array of resources that will support your true crime podcast research
  • Discuss the Practice Research Case (PRC) and how it works throughout this online course
  • Comprehend the materials you will (or won’t!) need as you embark on the True Crime Podcast Training course
Module 3: Ethics, Sensitivity, and Plagiarism

By the end of Module 3, you will be able to:

  • Learn the TCPT Golden Rule to help guide your ethical decision-making process about true crime research
  • Define, discuss, and recognize the multi-faceted tenants of ethical true crime
  • Listen to, consider, and respect the needs of those close to the victim when researching a true crime case
  • Credit sources and paraphrase in such a way that you are not guilty of plagiarism
  • Commit to ongoing learning in the continuously evolving field of ethical true crime
Module 4: Creating a Research Outline

By the end of Module 4, you will be able to:

  • Know what a strong research outline looks like compared to disorganized information
  • Create a comprehensive outline to organize your thoughts, notes, and information as you research
  • Utilize the provided Basic Research Outline for most of your research needs
  • Understand when and where it is appropriate to adapt your Basic Research Outline as you research
  • Identify additional research opportunities within a case to elaborate on specific details or otherwise add content
  • Practice self-care throughout this learning process
Module 5: Finding and Using Sources

By the end of Module 5, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate sources on a spectrum that considers a multitude of factors
  • Find sources that provide you with the information you need for a true crime podcast
  • Use a resource list to help guide the initial stages of your research process
  • Understand the capabilities of Google Search and related search operators for research purposes
  • Be flexible as you continue learning the research process
  • Practice finding, evaluating, and utilizing sources
Module 6: Gathering information

By the end of Module 6, you will be able to:

  • Gather as much new information as possible related to your true crime case
  • Evaluate the necessity of sensitive pieces of information from a content or ethical true crime perspective
  • Revitalize your understanding of the tenets of ethical true crime
  • Use language signposts to mark information that is exclusive to a source
  • Refer to a broad range of paid and unpaid research services and aids
  • Employ AI tools like ChatGPT effectively while understanding their limitations
Module 7: Capstone Project

By the end of Module 7, you will be able to:

  • Define what the TCPT Capstone Project is and is not
  • Execute your TCPT Capstone Project with competence and confidence
Module 8: What's next?

By the end of Module 8, you will be able to:

  • Identify your next steps as a true crime podcast researcher or creator
  • Understand how to acquire and keep clients
  • Gain the skills to start your own true crime podcast (should you want to!)
  • Review additional information about podcast writing and production
  • Celebrate your accomplishments as a graduate of this True Crime Podcast Training course


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Meet the Instructor

Haley Gray

Lead Instructor | Experienced True Crime Researcher and Writer
Since 2016, Haley Gray has been a renowned true crime host, researcher, and writer for over 20 podcasts. Haley specializes primarily in researching and writing coverage of unsolved crime cases. Today, Haley works with the podcasts Already Gone, Big Mad True Crime, Detective Perspective, Military Murder, Moms and Mysteries, and Voices for Justice.

Course Features

16 weeks of access

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100% online coursework

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8 self-paced modules

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Tuition only $1,250

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