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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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Friday, May 25
 

2:45pm CEST

European Royal Houses
The members of Europe’s seven royal houses have billions of euros invested in property, strong ties to political and military elites and invest in businesses around the globe. At the same time, they receive large sums of taxpayer’s money annually to represent the public interest. Reporters from Spain, Norway and Sweden have dug into this and tell you about their work. Among other things how to reveal the abuse of public funds in the Royal houses; identify the (secret) money flows and how royals exercise formal and informal power in politics and business; ways to separate illegitimate, legal and illegal money-spending and work on stories that may meet criticism from a large Royal-friendly readership.


Speakers
avatar for Eiliv Frich Flydal

Eiliv Frich Flydal

Journalist, Dagbladet
Flydal has worked as a journalist with the daily newspaper Dagbladet in Norway since 2006. He covers several topics, such as politics, public spending and crime. In 2016-2018 investigated the royal house, uncovering mismanagement of public funds within the kings Royal court. The project... Read More →
avatar for Ana Romero Galán

Ana Romero Galán

Independent writer and journalist
I write and talk about politics and institutions, such as the Royal House in Spain with the King as the head of the State. In my last two books- for the first time in the country- I have reported on the Crown without fear or favor, trying to avoid the veil of secrecy that continues... Read More →
avatar for Elias Giertz

Elias Giertz

Reporter, Expressen
Royal correspondent for Expressen in Sweden.


Friday May 25, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C125

2:45pm CEST

Tax avoidance is global, the nitty gritty is national - hear three ICIJ reporters and their different findings
Multinational companies and taxes in Europe - The Paradise Papers showed how deeply the offshore financial system is entangled with corporate giants that avoid taxes through increasingly imaginative bookkeeping maneuvers. Nike shifted billions in trademark profits between subsidiaries to avoid high taxes in Europe. Low tax rates allowed Apple to accumulate a $252 billion mountain of cash offshore. Three reporters who worked on the Paradise Papers will discuss their findings.

Moderators
avatar for Cécile Schillis-Gallego

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Helena Bengtsson

Helena Bengtsson

Editor, Data Journalism, Sveriges Television
Helena Bengtsson is Editor for Data Journalism at Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national television broadcaster. She previously worked as Editor, Data Projects at the Guardian in London, UK between 2014-2017. In 2006 and 2007, she was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity... Read More →
avatar for Karlijn Kuijpers

Karlijn Kuijpers

investigative journalist, Platform Investico
I am a freelance investigative journalist, working for several Dutch media. I'm interested in finance, economics, privacy and tech and environmental issues.
avatar for Maxime Vaudano

Maxime Vaudano

Datajournalist, Le Monde - Les Décodeurs
I use code and spreadsheets as much as words in my reporting for Le Monde (France). In my daily life, I write explainers and produce visualisations on the general news for a section called Les Décodeurs. But I am also secretly in love with on French politics, international trade... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
Auditorium 2 (Aula 2) Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

2:45pm CEST

The tech that helped unveil the ParadisePapers
The Paradise Papers investigation revealed the offshore holdings and connections of dozens of politicians and prominent public figures around the world and led to high-profile resignations, police raids and official investigations. Almost 400 journalists --coordinated by the ICIJ and Süddeutsche Zeitung-- had to sift through 1.4 TB using homemade tools. Pierre Romera, CTO of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), will discuss how the collaboration happened and how technology made it all possible.

Speakers
avatar for Pierre Romera

Pierre Romera

Chief Technology Officer, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
Pierre Romera has been Chief Technology Officer at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) since 2017. He manages a team of programmers working on the platforms that enabled more than 300 journalists to collaborate on the Paradise Papers and Panama Papers... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
Auditorium 1 (Aula 1) Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

4:30pm CEST

Launch Money Trail Project: new grant and training programme supporting cross-border collaboration between African, Asian & European journalists
Are you a journalist concerned about financial flows, tax avoidance and money laundering? Join us for the launch of the new Money Trail project offering journalism research grants for cross-border collaborations involving Europe, Africa and Asia via the Journalismfund.eu grant giving model and journalism training via Finance Uncovered and Free Press Unlimited. Money Trail is a collaborative project between three highly regarded journalism and training organizations – Finance Uncovered, Free Press Unlimited, Journalismfund.eu – and Oxfam Novib. It offers training and grants to investigative journalists in Asia, Africa and Europe. The launch includes a reception. Learn more

Speakers
avatar for Paul Groenewegen

Paul Groenewegen

project manager Money Trail, Oxfam Novib
Oxfam Novib policy advisor, previously UNDP and Netherlands Ministry of Finance. Currently project manager Money Trail.
avatar for Lisa Akinyi May

Lisa Akinyi May

Grant Coordinator, Journalismfund.eu
Lisa Akinyi May is in charge of Journalismfund.eu’s communications. She also coordinates the Money Trail Grants. Lisa studied Journalism at Thomas More University College, majoring in television broadcasting.She's a multimedia journalist with experience in television and online media. Her areas of strength include news production, researching, and work experience in the Belgian media. As a... Read More →
avatar for Marcel Oomens

Marcel Oomens

Program Manager IT, Zamaneh Media
avatar for George Turner

George Turner

Finance Uncovered
George is an investigative journalist and one of the founders of Finance Uncovered. George has a wide variety of interests. Before entering the world of journalism he worked for a senior politician in the UK, and wrote a paper on how the murky world of offshore finance in the UK water... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm CEST
Auditorium 2 (Aula 2) Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

4:30pm CEST

Dangerous dependency - the Microsoft dilemma
The Wanna Cry virus was a wake-up call: In May 2017 the cyber-attack with the blackmailing virus affected hundreds of thousands of computers in more than 100 countries. Hospitals, public administrations, businesses, even secret services were affected - how was this possible? The answer was proprietary software prone to attacks, provided by one company. The research by Harald Schumann and the Investigate Europe team indicates that EU public tender legislation is bypassed, public authorities are vulnerable to cyber-attacks and technical development is slowed down. The documentary has been aired on German tv ARD and is presented in an English language version. Harald Schumann of Investigate Europe will be present and introduce the film. http://www.daserste.de/information/reportage-dokumentation

Speakers
avatar for Harald Schumann

Harald Schumann

Journalist, Investigate Europe
Journalist since 1984 with - „tageszeitung“ (2 years),- „Der Spiegel“ (18 years) -- "Tagesspiegel" (since 2004) andInvestigate Europe (since 2016)several books, e.g. The Global Trap, 1996(Co-Author Hans-Peter Martin), published in 24 languagesAwards- Bruno-Kreisky-Preis für... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C228

4:30pm CEST

How to improve project management for cross-border teams – and which traps to avoid
Yes, we do it, coordinate crossborder teams. The journalism side of things works – now let’s get professional on the underlying project management. A recent Reuters’ Institute anthology strongly indicated a need for professionalization of project management in crossborder teams. Meet several crossborder and data journalism team coordinators and project managers sharing their experience.

Moderators
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Anne-Lise Bouyer

Anne-Lise Bouyer

Tech & data team lead, CORRECTIV
Anne-Lise heads the technical & data team at the nonprofit investigative newsroom CORRECTIV . Prior to that, she co-founded Journalism++, an agency for data-driven storytelling where she where she worked for 4 years as a project manager and coordinated the Migrants' Files project... Read More →
avatar for Elisa Simantke

Elisa Simantke

Journalist/Editorial Director, Investigate Europe
Elisa Simantke is the Editorial Director of "Investigate Europe" - an investigative cross-border team with members from all over Europe. IE publishes investigative reports with media partners in up to 18 countries europe-wide. The team is mainly funded through several European foundations... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C221 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

4:30pm CEST

Royal Networks across borders
Would you like to do a journalistic investigation on the money going in and out of European royal houses? To find out how they exercise formal and informal power in politics and business? Meet colleagues from around the continent and discuss strategies, methods and a possible cross-boarder journalistic project.

Speakers
avatar for Eiliv Frich Flydal

Eiliv Frich Flydal

Journalist, Dagbladet
Flydal has worked as a journalist with the daily newspaper Dagbladet in Norway since 2006. He covers several topics, such as politics, public spending and crime. In 2016-2018 investigated the royal house, uncovering mismanagement of public funds within the kings Royal court. The project... Read More →
avatar for Ana Romero Galán

Ana Romero Galán

Independent writer and journalist
I write and talk about politics and institutions, such as the Royal House in Spain with the King as the head of the State. In my last two books- for the first time in the country- I have reported on the Crown without fear or favor, trying to avoid the veil of secrecy that continues... Read More →
avatar for Elias Giertz

Elias Giertz

Reporter, Expressen
Royal correspondent for Expressen in Sweden.


Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C125
 
Saturday, May 26
 

9:00am CEST

Follow the EU money
EU finances and EU regulated spending can appear complex. But once you understand the model, it's your starting point for covering European politics and the EU as well as large parts of national spending in a meaningful way. Sigrid Melchior is a Brussels correspondent for Swedish media and author of a handbook on covering the EU. She will give you an introduction to where the EU budget gets its money from. But also - and prominently - an understanding of the structures of EU's own spending, EU-spending via member states and EU-regulated spending of national funds - for example via public tender legislation.

Speakers
avatar for Sigrid Melchior

Sigrid Melchior

freelance journalist
Swedish journalist based in Brussels since forever it feels like. Reports on EU and European affairs, teaches EU journalism, does investigations with the European network http://investigate-europe.eu and has a gossipy bi-weekly podcast: https://brysselbubblan.libsyn... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CEST
C125

9:00am CEST

Mafia Files, digital archives on organised crime
Data Buffet: Mafia knows no borders, and reporters must be ahead of the game if they want to cover it. Mafia Files is first digital archive of court documents focused on organised crime cases involving the mafia. It is meant to be a tool for reporters and researchers who need to store documents and, most importantly, share information about cases and develop cross-border investigations. It is initiated and made by Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI) and out in beta. Sara Menafra, the coordinator of the project, shows the possibilities and encourages to use it for more collaborative journalism and cross-border investigations.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Menafra

Sara Menafra

Deputy investigative editor, Il Messaggero / Irpi
At Il Messaggero, I lead a group of journalist specialised in court chronicle and investigative reporting. At Irpi, some colleagues and I are building a digital archive about Italian organized crime (mafia, 'ndrangheta, camorra)


Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CEST
C318 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

9:00am CEST

Transnational journalism in Spain, a bridge between Latin America and Europe
How to find a Spanish or Latin American network? Many Spanish journalists already have it and word cross-ocean! Let's get together, those who would like to find Spanish-speaking or Latin American partners, and the Spanish-speaking conference participants - we'll shoot some ideas and see which collaborations result!

Speakers
avatar for Marcos Garcia Rey

Marcos Garcia Rey

Investigation Editor, El Confidencial
Marcos García Rey, Spain, is an Investigation Editor with El Confidencial and university researcher and professor.To date he has participated in six major investigations with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) including the Pulitzer Prize awarded project... Read More →
avatar for Pilar Velasco

Pilar Velasco

Investigative Journalist Cadena SER (Prisa Group) Spain (ES)
Pilar Velasco is a Spanish journalist currently working at Cadena SER (Prisa Group), the radio network leader in Spain. Specializing in investigative and data journalism, she has exposed political and economic malpractices in Spain and uncovered high profile international corruption... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CEST
C127

1:00pm CEST

Behind the scenes of the Daphne Project
When a journalist loses his or her life in the pursuit of a story and for the free flow of information, other journalists committed to the same ideals need to help that story reach the public. This is the philosophy of Forbidden Stories, a new non-profit journalism newsroom which made headlines this April when publishing a crossborder investigative series of articles about the networks of tax avoidance that the killed journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia had been working on. Laurent Richard, the founder of the project, will take you behind the scenes on how the research was planned and coordinated following the killing.

Speakers
avatar for Laurent Richard

Laurent Richard

Founder, Executive Director, Forbidden Stories
Laurent Richard is a French award-winning investigative journalist and 2017 Knight-Wallace fellow. He is co-founder of the highly reputed inquiry magazine Cash Investigation broadcast on French public television.Among others stories, Richard oversaw for Premières Lignes Television... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C113 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

1:00pm CEST

Cross-border journalism - the necessary tools
Every cross-border team needs digital tools to coordinate, communicate, share documents and so forth. What are the tasks, what are the options? And what should journalists know about tech to find the best solutions? Meet coordinators responsible for tech solutions from the OCCRP, the EIC and the ICIJ networks.

Moderators
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Stefan Candea

Stefan Candea

Founder, Co-ordinator, European Investigative Collaborators
Stefan Candea, Romania, is an investigative journalist and co-founder of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism (CRJI), a nonprofit registered in Bucharest, Romania. His cross-border investigative stories on organized crime won several international awards.He will be working... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Grey

Stephen Grey

Reporter, Reuters
Stephen Grey is special correspondent on the global investigative team at Reuters. He has previously worked as a foreign correspondent and head of investigations at the Sunday Times in London, and has reported and made both films and broadcasts for the New York Times, Guardian, BBC... Read More →
avatar for Friedrich Lindenberg

Friedrich Lindenberg

Tech Coordinator, OCCRP
Friedrich Lindenberg is a coder and data journalist working on web technology for new narrative and investigative techniques. He was an 2014 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow with Code for Africa, and a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at Spiegel Online. Previously, he... Read More →
avatar for Cécile Schillis-Gallego

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 →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C229 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

1:00pm CEST

Dirty dictatorship dollars for European politicians
Eva Jung (Berlingske) and Miranda Patrucic (OCCRP) will guide you through the Azerbaijani Laundromat where the dictatorial regime in Azerbaijan systematically siphoned billions of US dollars via Denmark’s biggest lender to a group of high ranking European politicians. You will also hear about tracking the Putin family, FSB and Magnitsky money whilst Danske Bank ignored warning after warning. Expect to learn more about how to track dirty money in a maze of offshores around the world, how to recruit sources and how to build an international cooperation that works.

Speakers
avatar for Eva Jung

Eva Jung

Investigative Journalist, Berlingske
Eva Jung has been working as an investigative journalist since 2011 with daily Berlingske, Denmark. Since 2017 also based in Brussels as EU correspondent. Through 2017 and 2018 investigated the 200 bn euro money laundering scandal at Danske Bank. Jung and colleagues have been awarded... Read More →
avatar for Miranda Patrucic

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 →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C221 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

1:00pm CEST

Legal challenges in crossborder journalism
An injunction against publication in one country, while the same story from the same crossborder team is accessible online in another. An injunction against an entire team. A whistleblower to be protected. Libel tourism. Crossborder journalism with shared material and publication in different countries is a novel way to do journalism and is likely to stay. So are the legal challenges. But so far very little legal practice is available. The focus in this session will be on the freedom of expression aspects and on what journalists in a crossborder team should bear in mind. You will meet some of the journalists who have been confronted with legal questions in the course of their publications. And you will meet an international freedom of expression litigation lawyer assessing the situation. NOTE: There will be a round table focusing on crossborder journalism and legal questions after this session.

Moderators
avatar for Jörg Schmitt

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan McCully

Jonathan McCully

Legal Adviser, Digital Freedom Fund
Jonathan McCully is Legal Adviser at the Digital Freedom Fund, an organisation that supports partners in Europe to advance digital rights through strategic litigation, and Editor of Columbia Global Freedom of Expression's case law database. He was formerly Senior Legal Officer at... Read More →
avatar for Nicola Naber

Nicola Naber

Research & Fact Checking, DER SPIEGEL
Works for SPIEGEL in Hamburg since 2007. Focused on economics and financial crimes. During the last three years part of SPIEGEL's Football Leaks team.
avatar for Micael Pereira

Micael Pereira

Journalist, Expresso
Investigative journalist at Expresso, his country leading newspaper. Exposed Portugal's role in the CIA's secret rendition program after 11/9, worked on Wikileaks’s diplomatic cables leak, ICIJ's Offshore Leaks, Panama Papers, Bahama Leaks and Paradise Papers. Also collaborates... Read More →
avatar for Craig Shaw

Craig Shaw

Journalist, theblacksea.eu / EIC.Network
Craig Shaw is a British journalist, specialising in corruption, human rights and cross-border investigations. His reporting has been published in leading international media, such as the Guardian, Sunday Times, Der Spiegel, L'Espresso, Expresso, De Correspondent, Le Soir and many... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
Auditorium 2 (Aula 2) Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

1:00pm CEST

Mining Medicines procurement: Let's talk about pharma & public tenders
When national health services buy medicines, there are huge amounts of money at stake - and Europe's citizens' health! Meet some of the journalists who have investigated in the field and will bring examples on methodologies and actual cases. This is large scale public procurement. Meet Spanish data journalism initiative Civio, public tender specialist Adriana Homolova and cross-border health reporting specialist Serena Tinari – and let’s get together to establish good contacts on this topic.

Speakers
avatar for Serena Tinari

Serena Tinari

Founder, Re-Check
I’m an investigative journalist interested in health, human rights and cyber security. Along with fellow Catherine Riva I founded www.re-check.ch.We are two experienced Swiss muckrakers that like to scoop in the backstage of public health: Re-Check specializes in investigating and... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C201 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

2:45pm CEST

Can journalism networks help investigations under authoritarian regimes? The case of Turkey
Investigative journalism in Turkey is dangerous. Publishing public interest stories from the outside can be a lifeline for the Turkish press. There are opportunities to transform the way in-depth, Turkey-related investigations are done. But diaspora media, too, have their own challenges. How much hope should we place in regional – as well as interorganisational – collaborations as holding the key to quality investigative reporting where there is heavy state repression? How do the experiences, methods and tools differ among Turkish journalists living in and outside of the country? And what should non-Turkish journalists consider when they look for collaboration with Turkish colleagues?

Moderators
avatar for Craig Shaw

Craig Shaw

Journalist, theblacksea.eu / EIC.Network
Craig Shaw is a British journalist, specialising in corruption, human rights and cross-border investigations. His reporting has been published in leading international media, such as the Guardian, Sunday Times, Der Spiegel, L'Espresso, Expresso, De Correspondent, Le Soir and many... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sebnem Arsu

Sebnem Arsu

Reporter, Freelance
Sebnem Arsu is a veteran journalist who has been covering Turkey and its region for over 20 years.  She opened the Turkey bureau for the Associated Press Television in Istanbul in 1996 before she joined Reuters News Television as a senior producer in 1998. Her career in print journalism... Read More →
avatar for Efe Kerem Sözeri

Efe Kerem Sözeri

researcher, freelance
Efe Kerem Sözeri is a Turkish researcher who currently lives in the Netherlands. After studying political science at Bogazici University (Istanbul) and sociology at VU Amsterdam, he is writing a PhD dissertation on the effects of migration on political behaviour.Next to his acad... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C125

2:45pm CEST

Cross border investigations into corruption and illicit finance.
Money Trail: Introducing Finance Uncovered and our investigation into the Rift Valley Railway.
Finance Uncovered was established in 2016 with the goal of improving the quality and quantity of investigative reporting into illicit financial flows, including money laundering, corruption, tax avoidance and tax evasion. Every year we run a training week in London for investigative journalists from all over the world.​ Among our attendees have been prominent ICIJ and OCCRP reporters.​ Our next training will be held on 17 September at City University, London. Following attendance on our course, journalists frequently work with staff from Finance Uncovered and other network members to develop cross border investigations. ​​

In this session, George Turner, one of the founders of Finance Uncovered, introduces the organisation and how they work, showcasing an investigation Finance Uncovered co-ordinated on the Rift Valley Railway. RVR is a historic railroad linking the port of Mombassa in Kenya to Lake Victoria. Following our course, Patrick Mayoyo from Kenya received a tip off that the railroad was hitting the buffers. George worked with Patrick and Berber Verpoest from Flanders to uncover a major scandal on the railway involving hundreds of millions of euros in aid money. The investigation was supported via a Flanders Connects Continents grant administered by the Journalismfund.eu.

Speakers
avatar for George Turner

George Turner

Finance Uncovered
George is an investigative journalist and one of the founders of Finance Uncovered. George has a wide variety of interests. Before entering the world of journalism he worked for a senior politician in the UK, and wrote a paper on how the murky world of offshore finance in the UK water... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C223

2:45pm CEST

How to deal with security in high risk cross-border teams - the example of the Daphne Project
A journalist is killed, and a crossborder team of journalists sets out to finalise the story, she was working on. Obviously everyone is aware of digital security – but what about the physical threats? What to consider in order to work as securely as possible in a high risk crossborder team.

Speakers
avatar for Anuška Delic

Anuška Delic

founder & editor-in-chief, Oštro
An award-winning investigative and data journalist from Slovenia. A rookie in the exciting, yet rocky world of non-profit independent media in the European Union.In 2018 she left the main daily newspaper in Slovenia and established Oštro, Center for investigative journalism in the... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Grey

Stephen Grey

Reporter, Reuters
Stephen Grey is special correspondent on the global investigative team at Reuters. He has previously worked as a foreign correspondent and head of investigations at the Sunday Times in London, and has reported and made both films and broadcasts for the New York Times, Guardian, BBC... Read More →
avatar for Laurent Richard

Laurent Richard

Founder, Executive Director, Forbidden Stories
Laurent Richard is a French award-winning investigative journalist and 2017 Knight-Wallace fellow. He is co-founder of the highly reputed inquiry magazine Cash Investigation broadcast on French public television.Among others stories, Richard oversaw for Premières Lignes Television... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C113 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

2:45pm CEST

Legal challenges in crossborder journalism (round table)
Crossborder journalism with shared research material and publications in different jurisdictions brings new legal challenges and possible chances. The purpose of this round table is to establish contacts between journalists who have experienced legal challenges or chances in connection with crossborder journalism work.

Moderators
avatar for Jörg Schmitt

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Stefan Candea

Stefan Candea

Founder, Co-ordinator, European Investigative Collaborators
Stefan Candea, Romania, is an investigative journalist and co-founder of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism (CRJI), a nonprofit registered in Bucharest, Romania. His cross-border investigative stories on organized crime won several international awards.He will be working... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan McCully

Jonathan McCully

Legal Adviser, Digital Freedom Fund
Jonathan McCully is Legal Adviser at the Digital Freedom Fund, an organisation that supports partners in Europe to advance digital rights through strategic litigation, and Editor of Columbia Global Freedom of Expression's case law database. He was formerly Senior Legal Officer at... Read More →
avatar for Nicola Naber

Nicola Naber

Research & Fact Checking, DER SPIEGEL
Works for SPIEGEL in Hamburg since 2007. Focused on economics and financial crimes. During the last three years part of SPIEGEL's Football Leaks team.
avatar for Micael Pereira

Micael Pereira

Journalist, Expresso
Investigative journalist at Expresso, his country leading newspaper. Exposed Portugal's role in the CIA's secret rendition program after 11/9, worked on Wikileaks’s diplomatic cables leak, ICIJ's Offshore Leaks, Panama Papers, Bahama Leaks and Paradise Papers. Also collaborates... Read More →
avatar for Craig Shaw

Craig Shaw

Journalist, theblacksea.eu / EIC.Network
Craig Shaw is a British journalist, specialising in corruption, human rights and cross-border investigations. His reporting has been published in leading international media, such as the Guardian, Sunday Times, Der Spiegel, L'Espresso, Expresso, De Correspondent, Le Soir and many... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C201 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

2:45pm CEST

Public tenders round table
Public tenders under European regulation are European by design - coverage frequently needs to go beyond national borders too. In this roundtable session journalists interested in covering the field gather. The purpose is to connect the dots between already published stories and ponder potential collaboration for future research.

Speakers
avatar for Adriana Homolova

Adriana Homolova

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist
avatar for Friedrich Lindenberg

Friedrich Lindenberg

Tech Coordinator, OCCRP
Friedrich Lindenberg is a coder and data journalist working on web technology for new narrative and investigative techniques. He was an 2014 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow with Code for Africa, and a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at Spiegel Online. Previously, he... Read More →
avatar for Victor Nitu

Victor Nitu

Software Developer, Datopian
Victor Nițu is currently a software developer at Datopian, an open data solutions provider spun off from Open Knowledge.Victor is also one of the developers of Elvis, a public tenders visualisation platform that aims to visually expose patterns of corruption in the EU and beyond.In... Read More →
avatar for Bence Tóth

Bence Tóth

Researcher, Government Transparency Institute
Bence Toth is a senior researcher at the Government Transparency Institute and a PhD Candidate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (UCL - SSEES). He has been working on "The Digital Whistleblower. Fiscal Transparency, Risk Assessment and Impact of Good Governance Policies... Read More →
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Stefan Wehrmeyer

Open Knowledge Foundation
Stefan Wehrmeyer ist investigativer Softwareentwickler. Er startete 2011 das Informationsfreiheits-Portal FragDenStaat.de und arbeitete von 2014-2017 beim gemeinnützigen Recherchezentrum correctiv.org an datenjournalistischen Projekten. Momentan kämpft er für mehr Informationsfreiheit... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C221 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

4:30pm CEST

Investigating the 'sharing economy' - roundtable
The so-called sharing economy is entering and altering our lives, the activity is local but the regulation needs to be European or global. At this roundtable you'll meet Stijn Debrouwere who was part of the crossborder research into AirBnB. Come and share your experiences covering the 'sharing economy', what are the opportunities, what are the difficulties and how can journalists address this field.

Speakers
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Stijn Debrouwere

datajournalist, De Tijd
Stijn Debrouwere is a statistician and data scientist at Belgian newspaper De Tijd. He's worked for The Guardian, Fusion and many other news organizations. In 2013, he was a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews fellow. He blogs about computer code and the future of journalism... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C125

4:30pm CEST

Networking the networks - how journalists meet across borders
In networked societies, infrastructure and hubs are crucial. Some of them have grown over years, others are established as journalism methods are mainstreamed. Meet Tabea Grzeczyk & Hostwriter, meet Brant Houston & the NICAR mailinglist, meet Anne Koch from the Global Investigative Journalism Network and meet Gian Paolo Accardo from the European Data Journalism Net.

Speakers
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Gian-Paolo Accardo

Executive editor, VoxEurop
Gian Paolo Accardo is editor of the multilingual European news and debate website VoxEurop. He also contributes to Internazionale. He was previously deputy news editor of Courrier international and correspondent for the press agency TMNews. He lives between Brussels and Paris... Read More →
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Tabea Grzeszyk

Journalist and Founder, Hostwriter
Tabea Grzeszyk is a freelance journalist (German National Radio) and co-founder & CEO of Hostwriter.org, an open-source network that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders. The platform connects more than 5,400 colleagues from 150+ countries for mutual support and... Read More →
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Brant Houston

Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting, University of Illinois
Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois where he teaches and works on projects and research involving the use of data analysis in journalism. He is co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Institute for Nonprofit... Read More →
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Anne Koch

Program Director, GIJN, UK
Anne Koch is the Program Director at the Global Investigative Journalism Network, an international association of journalism organizations that support the training and sharing of information among investigative and data journalists. Previously Anne worked as a broadcast journalist... Read More →
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Adam Thomas

Director, European Journalism Centre
Adam Thomas is the Director of the European Journalism Centre, an independent European non-profit connecting journalists with new ideas.In his previous role as Chief Product Officer at Storyful, he led five teams of developers and designers, creating products for world’s biggest... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
Auditorium 2 (Aula 2) Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

4:30pm CEST

Tenders across borders - how we unveiled Italian corruption among bidders to Denmark’s next big bridge
In this presentation, two Danish journalists share their experience on working with cross-border tenders and explain why both the EU and national rules fail to protect public funds from falling into the hands of dubious companies. On behalf of a Danish trade union magazine they started digging into a multimillion euro tender for a new bridge in Denmark only to discover companies involved in corruption charges and in bad economic shape. At the end those very companies did get the bid because they were much cheaper than other bidders.

Moderators
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Adriana Homolova

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist

Speakers
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David Rebouh

Journalist, Fagbladet 3F
Investigative and digital journalist. Working for the union paper Fagbladet 3F. Specialising in labor market questions. Special interest in the construction industry, European tenders, working conditions and crossborder questions.


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C221 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

4:30pm CEST

Uncharted territory - how to solve the competition problem with cross-border networks
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.

Moderators
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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 →

Speakers
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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
 
Sunday, May 27
 

9:30am CEST

One research - many ways to tell
Cross-border teams can research together and then present their findings to a variety of audiences with each their storytelling tradition, national or local political agenda and context. When presenting journalism, one must take into account the literary and cultural traditions of communication, ongoing political discourse and societal context. Meet two journalists with experience of working in cross-border teams and presenting sometimes complex material and a journalist who has studied how the storytelling traditions vary in different cultures.

Speakers
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Stefan Candea

Founder, Co-ordinator, European Investigative Collaborators
Stefan Candea, Romania, is an investigative journalist and co-founder of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism (CRJI), a nonprofit registered in Bucharest, Romania. His cross-border investigative stories on organized crime won several international awards.He will be working... Read More →
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Ingeborg Eliassen

Reporter, Investigate Europe
Ingeborg is a freelance reporter and part of Investigate Europe, a crossborder team of nine journalists in eight countries. She has specialized in labour issues after the euro crisis. Until 2015, she reported internationally for Stavanger Aftenblad, often on military conflicts, forced... Read More →
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Tabea Grzeszyk

Journalist and Founder, Hostwriter
Tabea Grzeszyk is a freelance journalist (German National Radio) and co-founder & CEO of Hostwriter.org, an open-source network that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders. The platform connects more than 5,400 colleagues from 150+ countries for mutual support and... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am CEST
C113 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

11:15am CEST

Cross-border journalism for all - step by step
Cross-border journalism is not only just for the star journalists at the major media or in existing networks, cross-border journalism is a mindset. Everyone can learn the method by understanding the process. Brigitte Alfter, the author of the Handbook on Cross-border Journalism, will give her step-by-step introduction to the method and develop potential story ideas based upon datasets presented during the conference. You are welcome to bring story ideas to discuss in this workshop.

Moderators
avatar for Tabea Grzeszyk

Tabea Grzeszyk

Journalist and Founder, Hostwriter
Tabea Grzeszyk is a freelance journalist (German National Radio) and co-founder & CEO of Hostwriter.org, an open-source network that helps journalists to easily collaborate across borders. The platform connects more than 5,400 colleagues from 150+ countries for mutual support and... Read More →

Speakers
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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 →


Sunday May 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm CEST
C113 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

11:15am CEST

Get started with project management for teams of journalists
We know that we need it, but how do we get started? Meet Project Management pro Anne-Lise Bouyer, who has long experience of managing data and crossborder journalism projects. Since 2017 she works with German non-profit journalism centre Correctiv, before she worked at Journalism++, the European data journalism entrepreneurs in their Berlin-Paris unit. Anne-Lise will introduce to the AGILE method for project management.

Speakers
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Anne-Lise Bouyer

Tech & data team lead, CORRECTIV
Anne-Lise heads the technical & data team at the nonprofit investigative newsroom CORRECTIV . Prior to that, she co-founded Journalism++, an agency for data-driven storytelling where she where she worked for 4 years as a project manager and coordinated the Migrants' Files project... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm CEST
C201 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

11:15am CEST

Health and care round table
Healthcare of the public is indispensible, and huge amounts of money are allocated. What are the most pressuring research topics on European, national, local level? How can journalists best represent the health interests of the citizens? How can journalists in Europe best network to improve health coverage for all?

Moderators
avatar for Serena Tinari

Serena Tinari

Founder, Re-Check
I’m an investigative journalist interested in health, human rights and cyber security. Along with fellow Catherine Riva I founded www.re-check.ch.We are two experienced Swiss muckrakers that like to scoop in the backstage of public health: Re-Check specializes in investigating and... Read More →

Speakers
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Hristio Boytchev

Science and health reporter, Berlin
Investigative science journalist based in Berlin. Formerly at Correctiv. Focus on data and medical journalism.


Sunday May 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm CEST
C123

11:15am CEST

Transnational journalism in French – bridging the gap
Does your investigation take you towards DR Congo, Martinique or maybe Québec, but you don’t know French? Or a you a French investigative journalist who wants to contribute to cross border investigations, also with your language skills? French is an official language in 29 countries, and stories are waiting. Let’s get together, shoot some ideas and get some francophone collaborations going.

Speakers
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Leila Minano

journalist, Youpress/Investigate Europe
Leïla is a member of Youpress, a free-lance collective based in Paris covering international news around the world. She has reported for several medias such as Vanity Fair, Mediapart, Libération, Marianne, Le Parisien Magazine, Le Figaro Magazine. She has written two books : La... Read More →
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Delphine Reuter

Data journalist and researcher, ICIJ


Sunday May 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm CEST
C201 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen