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.

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 →
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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 →
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Elias Giertz

Reporter, Expressen
Royal correspondent for Expressen in Sweden.

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

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.

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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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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 →
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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.
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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.

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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

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Paul Groenewegen

project manager Money Trail, Oxfam Novib
Oxfam Novib policy advisor, previously UNDP and Netherlands Ministry of Finance. Currently project manager Money Trail.
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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 →
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Marcel Oomens

Program Manager IT, Zamaneh Media
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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

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.

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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 →

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 →
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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
Saturday, May 26

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.

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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

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.

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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 →
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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 →

Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C221 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?

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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 →

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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 →
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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

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.

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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.

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Adriana Homolova

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

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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
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.

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 →
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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 →
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 →

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