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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. 

The conference hashtag is #EIJC18. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook  for the latest news and updates.
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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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Investigative Journalism [clear filter]
Thursday, May 24
 

9:30am CEST

Masterclass I: Follow the Money
How do you find fortunes hidden in tax havens? Where do you track assets, that a local business tycoon has in other countries? How can you use public records and online business databases to get closer to the answers? How do you get leads for your stories in company accounts?
Miranda Patrucic knows the answers – or some of them. And in this whole-day masterclass, she shares them with you. During the day, you will learn to understand and work with:
- Exposing Crime and Corruption: How They Operate
- The Research Process: Investigating People and Companies
- Understanding Public Records
- Online Business Databases
- Tracking Offshore Companies (Bring your own laptops)
- Reading Financial Statements

Miranda Patrucic is the regional editor in Sarajevo, Bosnia, for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, uncovering hidden assets of Azerbaijan's and Montenegro's ruling elites, the €1.2 billion arms trade between Europe and Gulf fueling conflicts in the Middle East, and ties between organised crime, government and business in Montenegro.
She is the recipient of the Knight International Journalism Award, the Global Shining Light Award, the IRE Tom Renner Award, the Daniel Pearl Award and the European Press Prize. She is much in demand worldwide for training journalists on how to investigate and uncover corruption, money laundering and how to follow the money.

Speakers
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 →


Thursday May 24, 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm CEST
C229 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

9:30am CEST

Masterclass II: Be a Better Health and Medicine Reporter
“Early cancer diagnosis always increases the chances of survival”; “prevention is better than cure”, the newest therapies are the most effective.” How many times did you hear such claims? Did you maybe use these assumptions in your work as a journalist? Here is the bad news: These are three examples of NOT-evidence based statements. And here is the good news: Everybody can become a good reporter in this field, following and applying the best ethics and standards. This masterclass is a good place to start! In this one-day seminar you will learn:
- Who the “bad guys” are, and why reality is more complicated than you think;
- Why a study is not just a study, and how to critically appraise its significance;
- How to assess the quality of the best available evidence;
- Tools and tricks to identify the stakeholders and their agendas;
- How to find and document conflicts of interest, and why it is relevant;
How to get the numbers straight applying Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) to journalism.
The masterclass is taught by Re-Check, a cooperation by two experienced Swiss investigative reporters, Serena Tinari and Catherine Riva. Re-Check specialises in investigating and mapping public health affairs from the position that information on health and medicine is flawed, influenced by conflicts of interest and not evidence-based assumptions.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Riva

Catherine Riva

Founder, Re-Check
I’m an investigative journalist interested in health affairs, evidence-based medicine (EBM), design and methodology of clinical trials. Along with fellow Serena Tinari I founded www.re-check.ch.We are two experienced Swiss muckrakers that like to scoop in the backstage of public... Read More →
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 →


Thursday May 24, 2018 9:30am - 12:00pm CEST
C230 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

1:00pm CEST

Masterclass I: Follow the Money
How do you find fortunes hidden in tax havens? Where do you track assets, that a local business tycoon has in other countries? How can you use public records and online business databases to get closer to the answers? How do you get leads for your stories in company accounts?
Miranda Patrucic knows the answers – or some of them. And in this whole-day masterclass, she shares them with you. During the day, you will learn to understand and work with:
- Exposing Crime and Corruption: How They Operate
- The Research Process: Investigating People and Companies
- Understanding Public Records
- Online Business Databases
- Tracking Offshore Companies (Bring your own laptops)
- Reading Financial Statements

Miranda Patrucic is the regional editor in Sarajevo, Bosnia, for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, uncovering hidden assets of Azerbaijan's and Montenegro's ruling elites, the €1.2 billion arms trade between Europe and Gulf fueling conflicts in the Middle East, and ties between organised crime, government and business in Montenegro.
She is the recipient of the Knight International Journalism Award, the Global Shining Light Award, the IRE Tom Renner Award, the Daniel Pearl Award and the European Press Prize. She is much in demand worldwide for training journalists on how to investigate and uncover corruption, money laundering and how to follow the money.
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Speakers
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 →


Thursday May 24, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm CEST
C229 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

1:00pm CEST

Masterclass II: Be a Better Health and Medicine Reporter
“Early cancer diagnosis always increases the chances of survival”; “prevention is better than cure”, the newest therapies are the most effective.” How many times did you hear such claims? Did you maybe use these assumptions in your work as a journalist? Here is the bad news: These are three examples of NOT-evidence based statements. And here is the good news: Everybody can become a good reporter in this field, following and applying the best ethics and standards. This masterclass is a good place to start! In this one-day seminar you will learn:
- Who the “bad guys” are, and why reality is more complicated than you think;
- Why a study is not just a study, and how to critically appraise its significance;
- How to assess the quality of the best available evidence;
- Tools and tricks to identify the stakeholders and their agendas;
- How to find and document conflicts of interest, and why it is relevant;
How to get the numbers straight applying Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) to journalism.
The masterclass is taught by Re-Check, a cooperation by two experienced Swiss investigative reporters, Serena Tinari and Catherine Riva. Re-Check specialises in investigating and mapping public health affairs from the position that information on health and medicine is flawed, influenced by conflicts of interest and not evidence-based assumptions.

Speakers
avatar for Catherine Riva

Catherine Riva

Founder, Re-Check
I’m an investigative journalist interested in health affairs, evidence-based medicine (EBM), design and methodology of clinical trials. Along with fellow Serena Tinari I founded www.re-check.ch.We are two experienced Swiss muckrakers that like to scoop in the backstage of public... Read More →
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 →


Thursday May 24, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm CEST
C230 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen
 
Friday, May 25
 

11:00am CEST

KEYNOTE speaker Joris Luyendijk: bringing journalism to a new era
Investigative journalism is getting ever more professional. But very often little or no political action is taken to solve the problems, we unveil. Does this leave citizens with a sense of being particularly powerless? Is investigative journalism – without leading to significant changes – thus indirectly fuelling anger and drive citizens towards protest parties? Dutch anthropologist and journalist Joris Luyendijk has investigated the financial sector for the Guardian’s Banking Blog; he has mapped the ’clans’ of politicians, officials, lobbyists and journalists in the government buildings of his native Netherlands, and in his most recent large project he has taken the time to listen to people who had turned to Dutch protest parties asking but one question: ”Could we talk, please?”.
Now he asks the big question for our profession in this era: How can we adapt our profession and our professionalism to this new reality?

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 Joris Luyendijk

Joris Luyendijk

Joris Luyendijk is a journalist, author and anthropologist.
Joris Luyendijk is a journalist, author and anthropologist running The Guardian's banking blog. He worked as a correspondent in the Middle East for Dutch Volkskrant, Radio 1, NRC Handelsblad and NOS from 1998 to 2003. In 2003 Luyendijk returned to the Netherlands, before joining The... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm CEST
Auditorium 2 (Aula 2) Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

1:00pm CEST

Access to EU documents - Using the Ombudsman’s fast-track procedure
FOI: Requesting access to EU documents can be a cumbersome process - and waiting for complaints to be answered can take years. The European Ombudsman has introduced a fast-track procedure for complaints about access to documents, aiming for a decision to be taken within two months. Fergal O'Regan, high-ranking legal expert in the European Ombudsman's office, will explain the ins and outs of the procedure.

Speakers
avatar for Fergal O'Regan

Fergal O'Regan

Fergal O'Regan is Head of Inquiry Coordination at the European Ombudsman. In the ten years he has been with the Ombudsman, he has been responsible for managing more than 1000 Ombudsman inquiries. His present role is to ensure that all current inquiries by the Ombudsman reflect the... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C221 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

1:00pm CEST

Digital security I: Self defence basics
Digital Security: How do I protect my equipment, my communication, my research and my material? Get started with digital self defence for journalists and learn how to protect yourself and your sources against digital attacks and mass surveillance at this workshop. Participants learn how to include security considerations in their journalistic project and to get a good baseline security for everyday practice. The workshop also covers how to create strong pass phrases and protect yourself from phishing mails and other attacks.

Speakers
avatar for Aslak Ransby

Aslak Ransby

Programmer and security trainer.
I'm @aslakransby on twitter.
avatar for Freja Wedenborg

Freja Wedenborg

Journalist
Danish journalist and author of Cryptoguide for journalists. Teaching journalism and digital self defence atVallekilde Folk High School and the Danish School of Media and Journalism and freelancing investigative journalism. Also a board member in The Danish Union of Journalists. @FrejaWedenborg... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C223

1:00pm CEST

GDPR the new data protection legislation in Europe: What's up, what's down and what is unnecessary panic?
FOI: The EU's legislation on data protection, GDPR, comes into force during the #EIJC18! There is no legal practice yet, some hope for clearer rules allowing for more transparency, others on the contrary fear a clampdown on transparency and a limitation of data journalism. Around this table we wish to gather everybody interested in the field, carve out important questions to follow and possibly a plan on when and how to keep each other informed until next year's conference. All participants can use the Dataharvest mailing list. Sign up via http://lists.journalismfund.eu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/dataharvest --> add your email address, select a password. You'll get an automatic email; just reply to it without changing anything and there you go.

Moderators
avatar for Tania Röttger

Tania Röttger

Reporterin, Correctiv
Tania Röttger ist Reporterin bei CORRECT!V und dort für Auskunftsrechte zuständig. Sie hat unter anderem mit David Schraven die Datenbank mit Urteilen zum Auskunftsanspruch der Presse erstellt und mit Daniel Drepper das CORRECT!V-eBook zu den Auskunftsrechten geschrieben.

Speakers
avatar for Tove Carlén

Tove Carlén

Legal Advisor, Swedish Union of Journalists
Legal expert on freedom of expression and access to information. Here to talk about how GDPR effects the principle of public access to official records in Sweden. Former financial journalist.
avatar for Staffan Dahllöf

Staffan Dahllöf

Freelance reporter, freelance, Denemarken
Eager to discuss any matter related to EU-reporting, especially FOI/Wobbing-issues. Have taken part in crossborder project Farmsubsidy.org, the Facebook arrests  the MEP's Project, Chlorpyrifos (the most dangerous pesticide you've never hear of), Illegal pesticide + ongoing Covid... 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 Eva Meesterberends

Eva Meesterberends

Journalist, Bureau voor Lokale Zaken


Friday May 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C227

1:00pm CEST

How to spot and trace victims of police vloggers (and other social media)
The Dutch police has invested heavily in social media. A few thousand Twitter accounts, several Snapchat-cops and even 2 police vloggers. They want to be transparent about their daily work and difficult choices, but forget one thing: the privacy of suspects and victims. During a one-hour workshop we teach you how to spot and trace privacy concerns in social media messages of the police or other authorities. Some specific skills, that you can pick up during this workshop, are setting up your own database, geolocate the addresses of suspects and victims, and how to consider those privacy issues during your storytelling.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Mulder

Thomas Mulder

Open Source Investigator, Pointer (KRO-NCRV)
Thomas is a datajournalist and art director for Dutch public broadcaster KRO-NCRV.
avatar for René Sommer

René Sommer

Editor-in-Chief, KRO-NCRV
René Sommer werkte als journalist voor het Rotterdams Dagblad en RTL Nieuws. Het vak van eindredacteur leerde hij bij de talkshow Barend & Van Dorp, waar hij werkte tot 2004. Daarna ging hij aan de slag als documentairemaker en schrijvend journalist. Later werkte hij nog als eindverantwoordelijke... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C228

1:00pm CEST

The Coercion protocols
A young woman had spent most of two years tied down in a bed at a psychiatric hospital in Oslo. How unique was her story? Investigative journalists Synnove Asebo and Mona Norman from Norwegian daily VG spent months and FOI laws to gain public access to the handwritten protocols where each incident of coercion was registered. By digitizing thousands of handwritten notes, building their own tool to make digital logs and analyzing the material, VG could expose new and groundbreaking statistics on unlawful use of physical coercion against psychiatric patients. The material was presented in interactive digital graphics, longreads and a video documentary – to visualize the use of coercion in a field were the patient’s stories had to be anonymous. The project has won several prizes for investigative journalism and data journalism.

Speakers
avatar for Mona Grivi Norman

Mona Grivi Norman

Investigative reporter, VG
Member of the investigative team in VG, Norway. Recent stories on social issues, health, weapons and foreign affairs. Winner of investigative awards in Norway and Europe.
avatar for Synnøve Åsebø

Synnøve Åsebø

Investigative reporter, VG
Investigative reporter at Norwegian daily VG - and vice chairwoman of SKUP. Has won several awards for her investigations.


Friday May 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C229 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

1:00pm CEST

When European weapons exports get into the wrong hands
European weapons are used in conflicts, civil wars and human rights violations. Which are the routes they take, and how does this trade circumvent international law? Three teams of journalists have investigated this shady trade with a combination of data journalism, open source research and old-fashioned journalism and share their methods.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Silvia Battaglia

Laura Silvia Battaglia

independent, Freelancer
Yemeni expert. Videomaker. War correspondent. Middle Eastern citizen. Arab speaker. Investigative journalist.
avatar for Kristof Clerix

Kristof Clerix

Journalist, Knack
Kristof Clerix (*1978), Belgium, works as a reporter for the Belgian weekly news magzine Knack . He is specialized in security reporting and long term investigative projects. As member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), he collaborated on LuxLeaks, SwissLeaks, Evicted&Abandoned, the Panama Papers, Bahamas Leaks, the Paradise Papers and th... Read More →
avatar for Ludo Hekman

Ludo Hekman

Journalist, Lighthouse Reports
Ludo Hekman is a freelance journalist, specialized in translating complex issues into thought provoking concepts and stories alike. He worked for print, online and TV in countries like Iran, Irak and Afghanistan.He is one of the founders of Lighthouse Reports, a journalistic production... Read More →
avatar for Sonja Peterandel

Sonja Peterandel

Senior Editor, Wired Germany
Sonja Peteranderl is an investigative journalist and co-founder of BuzzingCities Lab, a think tank focusing on digitalization and security in informal settlements such as the favelas in Brazil or townships in South Africa. She covers global politics, tech trends, security, justice... Read More →
avatar for Hans-Martin Tillack

Hans-Martin Tillack

Investigative reporter, stern
Hans-Martin Tillack is working as an investigative reporter in the Berlin office of the German weekly magazine stern. From 1999 to 2004 he was the EU correspondent for stern in Brussels, Belgium. He is also the author of three books, on the EU, on corruption and on lobbyists and their... Read More →
avatar for Jerry Vermanen

Jerry Vermanen

Data journalist, Pointer (KRO-NCRV)
Data and investigative journalist at Pointer (KRO-NCRV).


Friday May 25, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C230 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

2:45pm CEST

Digital security II: Secure messaging
Digital Security: How do I communicate securely with sources on my phone, and how do I make sure no one is tracking my movements through it? What’s the difference between Signal, WhatsApp and other secure messaging apps? Get a security check up for your smartphone and learn how to install and use simple tools for secure communication with sources, colleagues and others.

Speakers
avatar for Aslak Ransby

Aslak Ransby

Programmer and security trainer.
I'm @aslakransby on twitter.
avatar for Freja Wedenborg

Freja Wedenborg

Journalist
Danish journalist and author of Cryptoguide for journalists. Teaching journalism and digital self defence atVallekilde Folk High School and the Danish School of Media and Journalism and freelancing investigative journalism. Also a board member in The Danish Union of Journalists. @FrejaWedenborg... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C223

2:45pm CEST

Finding personal information online
Get new tips and tricks to find the person, you are looking for! We start off with clever googling for personal information online, from there go to search patterns that help you go from nickname to full name and vice versa. Leading to tools that use e-mail-addresses, nicknames or other personal information as a starting point. You will never have a guarantee that your search will be successful, but if you use these tools, you can be pretty sure that you did your best. Moreover, be sure to start with the most effective tools. Pictures come in very handy here. Marcus Lindemann is training German police and fraud detectives on this and will show examples on how he identified fraudsters, that meant to hide themselves online. Journalistic examples include identifying people who do not have their full name in the media yet (crime cases etc.).

Speakers
avatar for Marcus Lindemann

Marcus Lindemann

managing editor, autoren(werk) GmbH & Co.KG
Marcus Lindemann ist geschäftsführender Autor von autoren(werk) und produziert seit dem Jahr 2000 mit seiner eigenen Firma Magazinstücke und Dokumentationen für ARD und ZDF, hauptsächlich zu Verbraucherthemen, gerne mit versteckter Kamera. Nach der Reihe "WISO ermittelt" ist... Read More →



Friday May 25, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C229 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

2:45pm CEST

Freedom of information - come and get started using this powerful tool
FOI: Afraid that freedom of information requests are complex and nerdy? Come and get started here! This training session will provide you with examples and an inspiring introduction on how to use the laws. You'll learn to understand the general structure of freedom of information laws, which will enable you to dive deeper in the national or European legislation and use it in your country or in collaboration with colleagues.

Speakers
avatar for Marlies de Brouwer

Marlies de Brouwer

FOIA expert - Researcher, de Volkskrant
My name is Marlies de Brouwer and I am 27 years old. For nearly 5 years I have been working as a researcher for the biggest quality newspaper in the Netherlands: de Volkskrant. During my first year I investigated the remunerations of CEOs in the Netherlands. de Volkskrant wanted one... Read More →
avatar for Tania Röttger

Tania Röttger

Reporterin, Correctiv
Tania Röttger ist Reporterin bei CORRECT!V und dort für Auskunftsrechte zuständig. Sie hat unter anderem mit David Schraven die Datenbank mit Urteilen zum Auskunftsanspruch der Presse erstellt und mit Daniel Drepper das CORRECT!V-eBook zu den Auskunftsrechten geschrieben.


Friday May 25, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C227

2:45pm CEST

Learn from the lobby-watchers 1: Investigating corporate influence via the transparency registry
Investigating corporate influence in European decision-making. Datacrunching to expose the gas industry's lobbying firepower and influence, among other examples. Pascoe Sabido from Corporate Europe Observatory shows you where to look for data on industry lobbying and how to use such data.

Speakers
avatar for Pascoe Sabido

Pascoe Sabido

Researcher and Campaigner, Corporate Europe Observatory
Pascoe is a researcher and campaigner at Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), where he has spent the last five years exposing the lobbying tactics of big business, particularly within the climate and energy sector. This has meant exposing what the gas industry has been doing in Brussels... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C221 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

2:45pm CEST

When European weapons exports get into the wrong hands - workshop
How do you track your country’s arms production to find out, whether weapons are sold to repressive regimes or find their way into wars and human rights abuses? Three teams of journalists have found out and share their tools with you, so you can investigate on your own turf. Meet others who are interested in forming a network on this shady business.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Silvia Battaglia

Laura Silvia Battaglia

independent, Freelancer
Yemeni expert. Videomaker. War correspondent. Middle Eastern citizen. Arab speaker. Investigative journalist.
avatar for Ludo Hekman

Ludo Hekman

Journalist, Lighthouse Reports
Ludo Hekman is a freelance journalist, specialized in translating complex issues into thought provoking concepts and stories alike. He worked for print, online and TV in countries like Iran, Irak and Afghanistan.He is one of the founders of Lighthouse Reports, a journalistic production... Read More →
avatar for Hans-Martin Tillack

Hans-Martin Tillack

Investigative reporter, stern
Hans-Martin Tillack is working as an investigative reporter in the Berlin office of the German weekly magazine stern. From 1999 to 2004 he was the EU correspondent for stern in Brussels, Belgium. He is also the author of three books, on the EU, on corruption and on lobbyists and their... Read More →
avatar for Jerry Vermanen

Jerry Vermanen

Data journalist, Pointer (KRO-NCRV)
Data and investigative journalist at Pointer (KRO-NCRV).


Friday May 25, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C230 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

4:30pm CEST

Can freedom of information laws limit access to information, even turn into a security concern?
FOI: When Slovak reporter Jan Kuciak was killed this winter, his colleagues in the OCCRP network found out that an FOI request may have given his killers a lead. Until this moment, using the FOI was a comparably safe journalistic method, unlike for example leaks, after which journalists' homes and newsrooms have been raided in the search for the whistleblower’s identity. Does the Slovak case teach us something different? In Hungary journalists experience how FOI laws narrow the possibilities of the press as requesters are asked to pay for getting information, which many particularly small and independent media cannot afford.

Speakers
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 →
avatar for András Pethő

András Pethő

Co-Founder and Editor, Direkt 36
Co-founder and editor of investigative reporting center Direkt36. Previously, András was a senior editor at the news site Origo, which he left in protest against political pressure in 2014. András also worked for the BBC World Service and the investigative unit of The Washington... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C230 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

4:30pm CEST

Digital security III: Threat Assessment
Digital Security: How to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet Again. Learning how to asses your adversaries, assets and threat situation is essential in order to pick the right security tools. In this workshop, Henrik Chulu will go through the mental models and digital literacy requirement needed for making the digital security decisions that allow journalists to achieve their goals. Because for a journalist, the goal is not having absolute impenetrable security against all adversaries, but to get the story out while making sure their sources stay safe.

Speakers
HC

Henrik Chulu

Independent researcher, writer, speaker, and trainer on digital literacy and safety. I focus on infrastructural literacy as a core skill set and will help you make sense of your digital environment in order for you to make better decisions about the safety and effectiveness of you... Read More →


Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C223

4:30pm CEST

Freedom of information in the EU
FOI: Filling access to documents requests with EU institutions is not as complex as it sounds. Get a step-by-step introduction on how to do it: Procedures, tactics, do's and dont's.

Speakers
avatar for Staffan Dahllöf

Staffan Dahllöf

Freelance reporter, freelance, Denemarken
Eager to discuss any matter related to EU-reporting, especially FOI/Wobbing-issues. Have taken part in crossborder project Farmsubsidy.org, the Facebook arrests  the MEP's Project, Chlorpyrifos (the most dangerous pesticide you've never hear of), Illegal pesticide + ongoing Covid... Read More →
avatar for Tania Röttger

Tania Röttger

Reporterin, Correctiv
Tania Röttger ist Reporterin bei CORRECT!V und dort für Auskunftsrechte zuständig. Sie hat unter anderem mit David Schraven die Datenbank mit Urteilen zum Auskunftsanspruch der Presse erstellt und mit Daniel Drepper das CORRECT!V-eBook zu den Auskunftsrechten geschrieben.


Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C227

4:30pm CEST

Gadgets and other unusual research tools
Look at gadgets with a creative eye and see how you can use them in your investigations. Marcus Lindemann and his team have worked with hidden cameras in various settings since the year 2000, then they started playing with other gadgets. While their first GPS tracking project on bike theft failed completely (the bike was gone with all the gadgets and only a video of the theft was kept), they later used GPS tracking for a consumer story on parcel services to show why some parcels were not delivered. In other stories they used DNA analysis to document fraud in restaurants, infrared-cameras to find public buildings with a bad heating, and a time-lapse camera to monitor price changes at petrol stations. Currently they are working on a long-term project using newer and cheaper GPS tools. Marcus will present the tools and video footage in this session.

Speakers
avatar for Marcus Lindemann

Marcus Lindemann

managing editor, autoren(werk) GmbH & Co.KG
Marcus Lindemann ist geschäftsführender Autor von autoren(werk) und produziert seit dem Jahr 2000 mit seiner eigenen Firma Magazinstücke und Dokumentationen für ARD und ZDF, hauptsächlich zu Verbraucherthemen, gerne mit versteckter Kamera. Nach der Reihe "WISO ermittelt" ist... Read More →



Friday May 25, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C229 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen
 
Saturday, May 26
 

9:00am CEST

Detecting Fake News - Checking Sources and Facts
"Fake news" is as old as journalism. Journalists are facing lies every day. New is the amount and the spread of false news on the Internet, especially in the social networks. In this training, tools and methods to recognise fake news as such are shown. The event is specifically aimed at freelance journalists who do not have a verification team.

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 →


Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CEST
C229 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

9:00am CEST

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

Speakers
avatar for Leif Uwe Vogelsang

Leif Uwe Vogelsang

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

Rune Ytreberg

Journalist, Dagens Næringsliv
I work as a journalist in the norwegian daily business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv, covering fish, oil, crime, politics, lobbying and Arctic in (the northern part of) Norway. I teach investigative journalism at the Journalism education at Oslomet University and have written about... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CEST
C228

9:00am CEST

Digital security IV: Get your PGP right - send your mails with encryption
Digital Security: Much maligned for its complicated setup and use, PGP encryption nonetheless continues to be the best way to send confidential information by email. In this session we will get set up with PGP encryption and start to exchange encrypted email. We will discuss the basics of public key cryptography, key management, and look at some of the recent advances in usability that will hopefully lead to more widespread adoption of email encryption.. Attendants MUST bring their computers to get in: This is a hands-on workshop.

Speakers

Saturday May 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:15am CEST
C230 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

10:00am CEST

Security Café
Digital Security:We are there for you! Come and get help with your digital security problems. We will help you install the programs, that are mentioned in the security workshops (among others Signal, PGP, ToR and Full Disk Encryption), and do our best to solve other security worries and problems.

Speakers
HC

Henrik Chulu

Independent researcher, writer, speaker, and trainer on digital literacy and safety. I focus on infrastructural literacy as a core skill set and will help you make sense of your digital environment in order for you to make better decisions about the safety and effectiveness of you... Read More →
avatar for Marcel Oomens

Marcel Oomens

Program Manager IT, Zamaneh Media
avatar for Aslak Ransby

Aslak Ransby

Programmer and security trainer.
I'm @aslakransby on twitter.
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 →
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 →
avatar for Freja Wedenborg

Freja Wedenborg

Journalist
Danish journalist and author of Cryptoguide for journalists. Teaching journalism and digital self defence atVallekilde Folk High School and the Danish School of Media and Journalism and freelancing investigative journalism. Also a board member in The Danish Union of Journalists. @FrejaWedenborg... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 10:00am - 5:00pm CEST
Cafeteria Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

10:45am CEST

Saturday keynote - to be announced on the spot
Moderators
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 10:45am - 12:00pm CEST
Auditorium 2 (Aula 2) Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

1:00pm CEST

Covering Global Business in 21st Century – raise the right questions
Modern business is complex and chaotic, and international conglomerates bypass national borders and legislation. We need to rethink the way we cover these structures, maybe stop looking for the one rotten apple and rather focus on mapping and questioning the underlying patterns. Sometimes raising the right questions may be more important than finding the definitive answers. Join the discussion on the challenges – and on a tip sheet for new methods for covering global business. See the tip sheet here http://data.kaasogmulvad.dk/unv/2018/DataHarvest/GlobalBusiness21.pdf

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 →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C227

1:00pm CEST

Finding stories in large datasets: The neglected bridges
More than 17,000 bridges connect the road network throughout Norway. Using public information laws, VG gained access to 90,000 PDF-pages of inspection data and made the first publicly available national database of bridge safety. The analysis showed that rules of inspections were broken for more than half of the bridges. The past decade, insufficient bridge railings have been a decisive factor in 37 fatal accidents. The journalists used big data analysis and travelled across the country visiting 104 bridges in 15 counties. The project has won several prices for investigative journalism and innovation in storytelling.

Speakers
avatar for Øyvind Engan

Øyvind Engan

newsroom developer, VG
Reporter gone developer. Talk to me about road bridges, train delays, election systems – or anything equally funny!
avatar for Mona Grivi Norman

Mona Grivi Norman

Investigative reporter, VG
Member of the investigative team in VG, Norway. Recent stories on social issues, health, weapons and foreign affairs. Winner of investigative awards in Norway and Europe.


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C230 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

1:00pm CEST

Get started with statistics
Should you use the mean or the median? How should you interpret the 'margins of error' of polling result? And what does 'correlation doesn't mean causation' mean exactly? In this session, Maarten Lambrechts will explain these and other statistical concepts (without formulas!). You'll learn how to spot errors and misinterpretations of statistics in the news, and you'll learn how to improve your own reporting on numbers.

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 →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C223

1:00pm CEST

How to make a strategy for your freedom of information requests
FOI: Being well prepared before filing your freedom of information request includes strategic planning on what to request when and where. Meet two experienced journalists both specialising in freedom of information requests and legislation including strategic requests across borders in Europe.

Speakers
avatar for Staffan Dahllöf

Staffan Dahllöf

Freelance reporter, freelance, Denemarken
Eager to discuss any matter related to EU-reporting, especially FOI/Wobbing-issues. Have taken part in crossborder project Farmsubsidy.org, the Facebook arrests  the MEP's Project, Chlorpyrifos (the most dangerous pesticide you've never hear of), Illegal pesticide + ongoing Covid... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 1:00pm - 2:15pm CEST
C228

2:00pm CEST

Get advice for your application budget
Money Trail: Do you find it difficult to make your budget for the grant application? Are you in doubt what you can include and what is not supported? Journalismfund.eu's financial manager Linda Berckmans is available for advice sessions of 20-30 minutes, Please book your time slot at the front desk.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Berckmans

Linda Berckmans

Financial Manager, Journalismfund.eu
Linda Berckmans is the financial manager of Journalismfund.eu.
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm CEST
C207

2:45pm CEST

Implementing security in the newsroom: the approach at Le Soir
After starting the whistleblowing platform Source sûre with seven other French speaking medias in Belgium, France and Switzerland, Le Soir realized that they had to rethink their security practices from the ground to preserve the chain of trust initiated on the platform. In this session, Alain Jennotte explains the incremental approach of this relation between security and a newsroom. From basic daily practices like dealing with passwords or networked printers to PGP trainings and metadata awareness, it's a work in progress, trying hard to overcome technical hurdles and to be convincing that this cultural change is imperative.

Speakers
VB

Vincent Breitmoser

Confidential Technologies
I'm a software engineer and consultant with a focus on security, usability and mobile applications. For the past four years I have been working on email encryption and mobile application security, especially the de facto OpenPGP implementation for Android, OpenKeychain.In 2016 I was... Read More →
avatar for Alain Jennotte

Alain Jennotte

Journalist, Le Soir
Journalist at Le Soir (Brussels)
avatar for Marcel Oomens

Marcel Oomens

Program Manager IT, Zamaneh Media


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
Auditorium 2 (Aula 2) Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

2:45pm CEST

My Top Ten Tools
Investigative veteran and a queen of following the money over borders, Miranda Patrucic from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, shares her favorite tools and programs.

Speakers
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 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C229 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

2:45pm CEST

Travel OpSec for journalists
Digital Security: How do I prevent authorities from searching my equipment when crossing borders, and should I use the hotel wifi? This workshop covers the essential digital security considerations you need as a travelling journalist or photographer. Participants learn how to make a security plan before, during and after travelling.

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 →
avatar for Freja Wedenborg

Freja Wedenborg

Journalist
Danish journalist and author of Cryptoguide for journalists. Teaching journalism and digital self defence atVallekilde Folk High School and the Danish School of Media and Journalism and freelancing investigative journalism. Also a board member in The Danish Union of Journalists. @FrejaWedenborg... Read More →


Saturday May 26, 2018 2:45pm - 4:00pm CEST
C228

4:30pm CEST

Leading the investigative newsroom
What is your job as a leader and editor in the investigative newsroom? Three experienced editors share their ideas on how to manage the resources, the ideas and the stories. How do you help the staff do their best work, how do you assess and develop ideas, and how do you plan for both a steady production, the big stories and the necessary follow-ups? Get tips and tools from Stephen Grey (UK), Marcos García-Rey (Spain) and Nils Hanson (Sweden).

Speakers
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 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 →


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C127

4:30pm CEST

Learn from the lobby-watchers 2: How to use FOI to expose undue lobbying influence.
Olivier Hoedeman from Corporate Europe Observatory shows you how to get access to internal EU documents, correspondence with lobbyists, notes from meetings with lobbyists, etc. CEO uses FOI as a key part of its investigations into the role of lobbying in EU decision-making, with recent examples including the Brexit talks, the EU's ePrivacy directive, tobacco legislation, etc.

Speakers
avatar for Olivier Hoedemann

Olivier Hoedemann

Research and Campaign Coordinator, Corporate Europe Observatory
Olivier Hoedeman is research and campaign coordinator at Corporate Europe Observatory - exposing the power of corporate lobbying in the EU.


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C223

4:30pm CEST

Structure your Internet Research
Everybody searches the internet, day by day. Mostly, however, the level is (too) low. This is because most people do not understand the different 'areas' of the Internet, each of them with special tools and methods for research. This event shows how research in the Internet can be improved easily by structuring searches.

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 →


Saturday May 26, 2018 4:30pm - 5:45pm CEST
C113 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen
 
Sunday, May 27
 

9:30am CEST

Editing for Accuracy
The last thing you want to be is to be wrong. A small inaccuracy can cast a shadow on the whole investigation. In this workshop, Nils Hanson explains the line-by-line method and other quality measures developed at Swedish TV’s investigative flagship “Mission Investigate”. Nils Hanson recently stepped down as editor of the programme after 14 years, during which the programme received many international awards (a total of 10 in 2016 and 2017!).

Speakers

Sunday May 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am CEST
C221 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen

9:30am CEST

FILM SCREENING The Daphne Project - about the woman who knew too much
The Daphne Project set out to follow up on the work of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who was killed by a car bomb in 2017. This documentary, previously broadcast on French tv, tells the story of the project. Introduction and afterwards Q&A by Laurent Richard, the driving force behind the project.

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 →


Sunday May 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am CEST
C223

9:30am CEST

What makes a whistleblower platform tick?
Digital Security: Whistleblower platforms come in many shapes and sizes. Some aim to provide information and support for whistleblowers, while others provide digital channels to connect prospective whistleblowers to investigative journalists. Examples of the first are Public Concern at Work in the United Kingdom and House for Whistleblowers in the Netherlands, examples of the second Filtrala in Spain and Publeaks in the Netherlands. What makes these platforms successful, and which consideration should go into developing whistleblower platforms?

Speakers
avatar for Stéphane M. Grueso

Stéphane M. Grueso

Coordinator, Associated Whistleblowing Press / Fíltrala
Coordinator of Fíltrala, the Associated Whistleblowin Press' secure and anonymous whistleblowing platform in Spain.------Filmmaker and social activist. I lived and worked in Spain and Germany. I worked in Berlin for TVE (Spanish Public Broadcaster). I directed and produced several... Read More →
avatar for Marcel Oomens

Marcel Oomens

Program Manager IT, Zamaneh Media


Sunday May 27, 2018 9:30am - 10:45am CEST
C227

11:15am CEST

State of source/whistleblower protection in the EU
Digital Security: The European Commission will soon publish its proposal for an EU-wide protection mechanism for whistleblowers, and in the Parliament the EPA/Greens are pushing the agenda around this topic. What is the current state of whistleblower protection and legislation around Europe? The non-profit Blueprint for Free Speech has just published its findings into the legal frameworks of each EU member state and will present it in this session. The European Federation of Journalists will join the panel to provide a journalist's view of the state of whistleblower protection in the EU.

Moderators
avatar for Freja Wedenborg

Freja Wedenborg

Journalist
Danish journalist and author of Cryptoguide for journalists. Teaching journalism and digital self defence atVallekilde Folk High School and the Danish School of Media and Journalism and freelancing investigative journalism. Also a board member in The Danish Union of Journalists. @FrejaWedenborg... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nick Aiossa

Nick Aiossa

TI EU Interim Director, TI EU
avatar for Ricardo Gutiérrez

Ricardo Gutiérrez

General Secretary, The European Federation of Journalists
General Secretary of the European Federation of Journalists @EFJEUROPE - Member of @DeontoloJ & the Executive Committee of @etuc_ces - Docent @ULBruxelles... Read More →
avatar for Anna Myers

Anna Myers

Director, Whistleblowing International Network
Anna Myers is Director of the Whistleblowing International Network (WIN). Founded by the world’s leading whistleblower protection experts, WIN connects and strengthens civil society organizations that defend and support whistleblowers. Anna is a lawyer with over 15 years’ experience... Read More →
avatar for Veronika Nad

Veronika Nad

Project Manager Germany, Blueprint for Free Speech
Trained anthropologist and philosopher, now campaigning in anti-corruption, freedom of information and whistleblower protection.Interested in solutions and frameworks to protect sources, especially in the context of national security, and culturally conditioned elements thereof.


Sunday May 27, 2018 11:15am - 12:30pm CEST
C221 Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen