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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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Friday, May 25
 

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

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

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

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

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
 
Saturday, May 26
 

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

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