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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Saturday, May 26 • 4:30pm - 5:45pm
Uncharted territory - how to solve the competition problem with cross-border networks

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When journalists team up in massive cross-border teams to dive into immense datasets, we get powerful journalism suitable for our era. When several such networks are formed, with journalists in the network working for different national media houses, national media competition can tick in. Such media competition questions surfaced in recent years as networks such as the ICIJ, the EIC-network and OCCRP enlarged their teams of trusted journalists. Ahead of the EIJC18 Frederik Obermaier, Süddeutsche Zeitung and ICIJ and co-initiator of the Panama Papers, suggested to address the issue and sketched four points to consider. These four points will be the starting point for our debate at the EIJC18. The overall purpose is at the core of journalism: To share important information for the greater good of our societies.

1. Transparency. If you want use data from Collaboration A in Collaboration B the necessary thing to do is to ask the owners of the data in Collaboration A if it is okay to do that. Or even better: As soon as your media outlet gets into even evaluating to take part in a »competing » project, there should be an open discussion to prevent conflicts of interest. Owners of data/the initiators in Collaboration A may say: 1) yes, sure 2) no, for X reason we rather you don't do that 3) yes, sure, but we would like to join Collaboration B too. This should under all circumstances be accepted.
2. Appreciation. All of us should be aware of the fact that it is normally one media outlet « giving away » a scoop by sharing – for a greater good. Nevertheless, there is a certain development that some media outlets do share more than others. If those media outlets that do not share that much then try to « take » from as many networks/collaborations this might lead to frustration in the future – and might thereby endanger the whole model of collaborative journalism. « Taking » from OCCRP, EIC and ICIJ is easy, but to make collaborative journalism sustainable, it is also important to « give » - it must not necessarily be data, also ideas for future investigations do help.
3. Attribution. Many networks/collaborations do agree to mention the name of the outlet that shared information/data as well as the name of the network/collaboration in their pieces. This works normally very well at the launch of a project/investigation. Nevertheless, after some days/weeks collaborators sometimes partners tend to forget such agreements or take them more lightly. This – again – endangers the model of collaborative journalism as such credits are an important argument for individual reporters towards their editors for sharing data/information.
4. Communication. Networks like OCCRP, ICIJ and EIC cannot communicate enough among each other. A fair – and confidential – communication about possible conflicts of interests/overlapping projects can only be helpful. Nevertheless, such communication can only be possible if there is enough trust. In cases where trust has been lost in the past, it needs to be re-established.

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Brigitte Alfter

Managing Editor, Journalismfund.eu
Co-founder and Managing Editor at Journalismfund.eu, a support structure for in-depth, innovative and independent journalism in Europe. Brigitte is a senior Danish-German journalist, she has won multiple awards and is proud that these awards were always granted to her and team members.Having... Read More →

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Alain Lallemand

Investigative reporter, Le Soir
ICIJ member since 2000, co-founder of EIC network, teaches investigative journalism at UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve
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Miranda Patrucic

Regional Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo. She is regional editor for Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP ), focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan... Read More →
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Cécile Schillis-Gallego

Data journalist and researcher, ICIJ
Cécile Schilis-Gallego is a data journalist and researcher for ICIJ. She graduated in 2014 from Columbia Journalism School (US) and Sciences Po Journalism School (France) with a master's degree in investigative reporting. She is a 2014-2015 Brown Institute Magic Grantee, working on a investigative data project aiming at making financial statements of public companies more transparent and more accessible to journalists. She previously contributed to the French webzine Slate.fr... Read More →
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Jörg Schmitt

Investigativ-Team, SPIEGEL
Born 1967 in Marburg. Studied Journalism, Economics and Law in München an is working as an investigativ Journalist since more then 20 years. First for the german weekly STERN later for "manager magazin", since 2003 for DER SPIEGEL. In there Coordinator for Investigativ Reporting... Read More →

Saturday May 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
Auditorium 1 (Aula 1) Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen