EIJC & Dataharvest is an annual, four-day conference, organised by Journalismfund.eu, which brings together journalism heavyweights, data specialists and coding whiz-kids to exchange skills and story ideas. EIJC18 & Dataharvest will take place on Thursday 24, Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday morning 27 May 2018. Like last year, place to be is the charming city of Mechelen, 20 minutes outside of Brussels and very easily accessible! Address is Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen at Thomas More University College - Campus De Vest. 

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Journalismfund.eu vzw is an independent non-profit organisation under Belgian law that aims to promote quality in-depth and cross-border journalism by giving working grants to journalists, by providing networking opportunities and by organising training sessions.
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Saturday, May 26 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Digging into public relations and lobbyism

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FOI: Public relations companies have a large impact on media, public debate and lobbying efforts in all European countries. Their activities are often kept secret, and their influence on our democracy is difficult to explore. In this session, journalists show you how to use FOIA requests and datamining to get documents and data, that show how the public relations industry is working to influence journalists, politicians and people. This talk will also cover the use of machine learning and text mining in big data analysis of millions of news articles. The media survey company Retriever researches the impact of PR in the Norwegian news media. They have used machine learning to make it possible to follow the news story from its source and how it spreads. The same network model has been used to measure the degree of similarity between newspapers in Norway.

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Leif Uwe Vogelsang

Department Manager, Retriever
Leif Uwe Vogelsang, Heads the Digital Insight department at the Retriever Group. The department is responsible for development, implementation and roll out of AI, NLP and machine learning solutions in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Retriever is an analysis agency using advanced... Read More →
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Rune Ytreberg

Journalist, Itromsø
Editor for in iTromsø and Polaris media. Worked five years at Dagens Næringsliv, 10 years at NRK Brennpunkt, and 25 years as a journalist. Based in Tromsø, where I cover Tromsø and the northern areas, and work with computer journalism in all media. Editor for ITromsø's computer... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CEST