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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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