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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
 

1:00pm CEST

What we dug out at the Hack Day
Come and get acquainted with public spending stories we found in the tender data during this years Hack Day!

Moderators
avatar for Stefan Wehrmeyer

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 →

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 →


Friday May 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
Auditorium 2 (Aula 2) Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

2:45pm CEST

Fast and free: Maarten Lambrechts' favourite data tools for freelancers and small newsrooms
Smaller newsrooms don't always have the means to hire coders or buy expensive software to work with data. In this session Maarten Lambrechts shows some easy to use (no coding required), fast and free tools to gather, transform, analyse and visualise data. Think Import.io, Open Refine, Carto, Chartbuilder and Datawrapper.

Speakers
avatar for Maarten Lambrechts

Maarten Lambrechts

Data journalist & visualisation consultant, Self employed
Maarten Lambrechts is a freelance data journalist and datavisualisation expert. After working some years as a data journalist at Belgian newspaper De Tijd, he now works as a freelancer. He designs and develops data visualisations, builds tools to visualise data and gives trainings... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C127

4:30pm CEST

Farming and pollution: What merged data sets could tell
Combine Farm Subsidy data and Pollutant Release and Transfer Registry (PRTR) data to find subsidised polluters all over the EU. Based upon experience from Germany, Stefan Wehrmeyer - formerly Correctiv, now Open Knowledge Foundation - presents his mapping model.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Lee Hunter

Mark Lee Hunter

Story-based Inquiry
Mark is the only person to have won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., the world’s leading organization in the field, for both his investigative reports and his research on journalism. He has also won the H.L. Mencken Free Press Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award... Read More →
avatar for Nils Mulvad

Nils Mulvad

Investigative Reporting Denmark
Nils Mulvad is a co-founder of the Global Network for  Investigative Journalism and other international networks such as  Farmsubsidy.org. He was CEO for the Danish International Center for  Analytical Reporting 2001-2006, European journalist of the year in 2006,  and he also... Read More →
avatar for Stefan Wehrmeyer

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 →


Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C127

4:30pm CEST

Researching the "Deep Web" - Finding and Using Databases
Search engines cover only a small part of the Internet, the Surface Web. The much larger part of the network is the so-called deep Internet (Deep Web/Hidden Web): millions of closed forums and databases. But you can't use them before you find them. Strategies helpful for this will be shown in this training. Also, some basic databases will be shown.

Speakers
avatar for Albrecht Ude

Albrecht Ude

Recherche-Trainer, Netzwerk Recherche
Albrecht Ude is based in Berlin (Germany) and Friesland, works as freelancing journalist, researcher and research-trainer (online-researches, source checking, fact checking and security issues).writes for several newspapers and magazines, print and online. focusses on structured internet... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C113 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen
 
Saturday, May 26
 

9:00am CEST

Everything You Need to Know to Become A World Class Data Journalist -- In One Fabulous Session
How often do people say: "I want to become a data journalist. What do I need to learn?" This talk will lay out a complete, detailed blueprint that will turn any beginner into a CAR virtuoso in no time, or perhaps, in twenty years time, depending on their skill level.

Speakers
avatar for Rob Gebeloff

Rob Gebeloff

Robert Gebeloff is a New Yorks Times reporter specializing in data analysis. He works on in-depth stories where numbers help augment traditional reporting.


Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CEST
Auditorium 2 (Aula 2) Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

9:00am CEST

Health care to French women dropping – documented with persistent data journalism
Difficulties to find a gynaecologist? And an affordable one? And to find out which methods are applied in your hospital when you are to give birth? Le Monde data journalist Laura Motet set out to investigate these daily health questions and found answers through persistent requests, source work, scraping and data analysis. Learn how to ask this type of data questions and how to obtain, compile and analyse the data.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Motet

Laura Motet

(Data-)Journalist, Le Monde
I'm a (data-)journalist working at the French newspaper Le Monde. When investigating topics, I like to use osint methods and Python scraping.


Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CEST
C227

9:00am CEST

Journo's choice, coder's choice
How much tech is too much tech? When we dig into data-driven investigations we must choose the right approach: should we scrape a whole web site? Build a database? Or just spend the afternoon in Excel to find some insight? In this session Helena (the pragmatist) and Friedrich (the techmatist) will go through some cases they’ve worked on and show different approaches - some more technical, some more journalistic. Traditionally, they will end up shouting at each other in disagreement on how to do things.

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 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 →


Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CEST
C221 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

2:45pm CEST

Scraping the sharing economy
Airbnb, Uber and Deliveroo are changing the way we live and work, but the statistics they publish can't be trusted and you can't send them a freedom of information request. Lucky for us, these platforms only work by putting information online for people to see, and what can be seen can be scraped and studied. This talk will discuss the making of Airbnb Unlocked, the international investigation into Airbnb by De Tijd (Belgium), Trouw (Netherlands), Le Monde (France) and Süddeutsche Zeitung (Germany). We will talk about how to keep large scraping projects manageable, how to cover your tracks, how to analyze huge amounts of data and how and why to collaborate with other newsrooms. We'll keep things mostly non-technical – anyone can attend and learn something. NOTE: There is also a round table on covering the 'sharing economy'.

Speakers
avatar for Stijn Debrouwere

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 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C227

4:30pm CEST

Euros for docs and follow the grant: Making funding transparent in science and medicine
Scientists and medical doctors are often sponsored by industry, in some cases leading to bias. This sponsoring is hardly transparent for journalists and citizens alike. Here we present and discuss two approaches to address that problem.

Pharmaceutical companies are regularly sponsoring medical doctors, and thereby potentially influencing their decisions. As part of a self-regulatory initiative, the European pharmaceutical companies are now publishing the donations they have given medical doctors. These publications are voluntary and incomplete. Still, by mining them, important insights into the influencing of doctors by pharmaceutical industry can be gained.

Another approach uses scientific papers as data source. In many journals, scientists are required to state any industry funding they have received. "Follow the grant" is an ongoing project to build a database of these statements of conflicts of interest and funding. Its aim is to help journalists, experts and citizens to systematically look for who is sponsoring research.

Speakers
avatar for Hristio Boytchev

Hristio Boytchev

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

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 →
avatar for Simon Wörpel

Simon Wörpel

data journalist, Correctiv
Simon works as data journalist and newsroom developer at CORRECTIV, an investigative not for profit newsroom. he is specialized in data wrangling and documents processing and works on tools that empower computer assisted investigative reporting like the https://cumex-files.com & https://grand-theft-europe.com... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C228

4:30pm CEST

Latest trends in data journalism - learnings from projects shortlisted for the GEN Data Journalism Awards 2018
What has the international data journalism community been up to this past year? What are the latest trends, technologies, and topics hitting data teams these days? Marianne Bouchart, manager of the Data Journalism Awards competition, will try and answer these questions by analysing some of the best projects of the past year, coming from Europe and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Marianne Bouchart

Marianne Bouchart

Data Journalism Awards
Marianne Bouchart is the founder and director of HEI-DA, a nonprofit organisation promoting news innovation, the future of data journalism and open data. She runs data journalism programmes in various regions around the world as well as HEI-DA's Sensor Journalism Toolkit project and... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C201 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen
 
Sunday, May 27
 

9:30am CEST

Don't fear the robots: five reasons we should welcome our new automated newsroom tools
Is automation in journalism something to fear? Is a robot going to take your job? Possibly, but there are reasons to be cheerful. With some news organisations now breaking live automated stories, these advances in technology provide real opportunities for investigations. This talk will explain the ways automation is already being used in newsrooms, why we don’t believe the coming wave of automation is a threat, and how we can embrace this new technology to improve the quality of investigative reporting at a time of shrinking newsroom resources. We’ll highlight what we think are the five main opportunities.

Speakers
avatar for Leila Haddou

Leila Haddou

Data Journalism Editor, The Times and the Sunday Times
Leila Haddou is the data journalism editor for The Times and the Sunday Times in London. She has previously worked on investigations for the Financial Times and The Guardian. She has an avid interest in how technology can be used by journalists to assist with data-led reporting.@... Read More →
avatar for Max Harlow

Max Harlow

Financial Times
Max Harlow works with the visual and data journalism team at the Financial Times in London. He has previously worked on investigations at the Guardian and at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He co-runs Journocoders, a group for journalists who want to develop technical ski... Read More →


Sunday May 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am CEST
C201 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

11:15am CEST

Discrimination in the housing market - making the data test
People with foreign names are discriminated against in the German market for rental housing. If you have a foreign name and you are looking for an apartment, it is significantly less likely for you to be invited to an apartment viewing than an applicant with a German sounding name. We found statistical evidence for this kind of discrimination, sending out more than 20,000 applications and evaluation approximately 8,000 responses to apartment advertisements, using fictional German and non-German candidate profiles with identical income, age and other information. In this session we would like to talk about the methodology behind this massive project: The difficulties of web scraping online platforms, sending out thousands of e-mails and reviewing and classifying more than 8,000 responses.

Speakers
avatar for Steffen Kühne

Steffen Kühne

Interactive News Developer, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Data journalist and interactive developer, specialized in data analysis, visualization and storytelling.



Sunday May 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm CEST
C125

11:15am CEST

Lightning Talks presented by Adriana Homolova and Jonathan Stoneman
Get inspiration galore in the EIJC & Dataharvest Lightning Talks - prepared and presented by two sparkling journalists!

Speakers
avatar for Adriana Homolova

Adriana Homolova

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist
avatar for Jonathan Stoneman

Jonathan Stoneman

Data journalism trainer, Freelance (UK)


Sunday May 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm CEST
Auditorium 2 (Aula 2) Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen