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Dataharvest/EIJC, the European Investigative and Data Journalism Conference organised by Journalismfund.eu, is the most relevant networking event for investigative and data journalists in Europe. Dataharvest/EIJC15 will take place on Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday morning 10 May 2015, with a pre-conference Hackaton on Thursday 7 May. Like the previous years, the conference will take place in the centre of Brussels.

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Friday, May 8
 

12:00 CEST

Collaborate and Visualise – keeping track of news about corruption
Want to track who writes what about corruption? See the new tool developed by Transparency International. Collaboration and the use of technology are undeniably leading a revival in investigative journalism; however other external trends are also playing their part. In a world where people, money, and businesses can quickly and freely move across borders it means that crime and corruption are also going global. Investigating international corruption cases, following illicit flows of money across borders or just swathing through huge amounts of data files takes cooperation, technological expertise and many other skill sets. The European Corruption Observatory will not only provide a database of corruption stories but will provide a platform for exchange and networking among journalists, hackers, civil society, corruption experts and policy makers. This will help encourage further collaboration and assist users in finding key partners around the EU to further their investigations into corruption.

This seminar is organised by Transparency International and Journalismfund.eu, and financed by the European Commission.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Coleman

Alison Coleman

Project Coordinator, Transparency International EU Liaison Office
Alison is the Project Coordinator for the European Corruption Observatory, an online database of media reports on corruption and a meeting point for journalists, hackers, experts and all those interested in corruption.


Friday May 8, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
1.21 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  Data, Presentation

14:00 CEST

The Political Economy of the Hungarian Media and Advertising Industry under the Second Orbán Administration
How did the Viktor Orbán - Lajos Simicska media empire function? The extensive study summarizes one of the primary elements of what can be called the “state capture” of the Hungarian media market between 2010 and 2014. Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party and his cooperation with construction and media entrepreneur Lajos Simicska, a long-time college friend, recently breaking ranks. This resulted in a public/state advertisement and media monopoly favoring Fidesz’s rule. Assessing a bulk of approximately 80,000 public procurement and state advertising data entries (public and bought data based on Hungarian Public Procurement Database, Kantar Media’s data and company registry data), the article establishes how this process unfolded creating the governing party associate media empire, identifies key players operating the empire itself and presents the beneficiaries of public advertising tenders. The analysis then goes on to explain the post-2010 redistribution system of state advertisements identifying the greatest winners, and concludes with a range of suggestions concerning a way out from the present situation. http://www.kreativ.hu/databanya/cikk/how_did_the_orban_simicska_media_empire_functionhttp://www.kreativ.hu/databanya/cikk/how_did_the_orban_simicska_media_empire_function

Speakers
avatar for Attila Bátorfy

Attila Bátorfy

head of data and visualization, Átlátszó.hu
Data journalist at Átlátszó.hu, head of visual journalism team of Átló. Master teacher of journalism and information graphics at Institute of Art Theory and Media Research of Eötvös Loránd Science University. 


Friday May 8, 2015 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
1.26 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

15:15 CEST

Kremlin Money: the money trail from taxpayer to Putin friends
Stephen Grey and Roman Anin and their Reuters Team investigated Russian money flows. They will tell about the experience with their collaboration on the cases of Putin’s Palace and the Russian Railways.

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/section/comrade-capitalism/ http://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/comrade-capitalism-about-the-series/

Moderators
avatar for Stefan Candea

Stefan Candea

Founder, Co-ordinator, European Investigative Collaborators
Stefan Candea, Romania, is an investigative journalist and co-founder of the Romanian Centre for Investigative Journalism (CRJI), a nonprofit registered in Bucharest, Romania. His cross-border investigative stories on organized crime won several international awards.He will be working... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Roman Anin

Roman Anin

Editor, Novaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta. Until 2008 Roman worked in the sport section, specialising on sport investigations (fixed matches, corruption etc.). In August 2008 he was sent to cover the war in South Ossetia, and once back from the war he was offered to move to the investigative section of the... Read More →
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 →


Friday May 8, 2015 15:15 - 16:15 CEST
1.19 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

15:15 CEST

How to spend it: Following public spending in Hungary
Do Western tax payers support the inner circle of Hungarian prime minister Orban? Does his son-in-law win public tenders without competitors? Andras Pethö from Hungarian online start-up Direkt36 will talk about the details of their research into the spending of EU money in Hungary and into Hungarian public tenders according to EU legislation. Both data sets – EU spending and national spending according to EU tender legislation – apply to all EU member states and several of its partners and neighbours.

http://www.direkt36.hu/

Moderators
avatar for Ides Debruyne

Ides Debruyne

Managing Director, Journalismfund.eu
Ides Debruyne is co-founder and Managing Director of Journalismfund.eu, the first independent non-profit organisation established in 1998 by citizens to facilitate independent investigative journalism in order to promote democracy by connecting donors and journalists.(Photo © Hadeer Mahmoud... Read More →

Speakers
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 8, 2015 15:15 - 16:15 CEST
1.22 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  Data, Presentation

16:30 CEST

Using Customs records to track money – and how to push for more openness
Stephen Grey and Roman Anin used customs records to track down intermediaries and offshore profits – which they’ll explain on the example of medical equipment and of Dmitry Firtash – Ukraine gas. At the round table we’ll discuss how we can push for more openness generally on custom records.

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/section/comrade-capitalism/

Speakers
avatar for Roman Anin

Roman Anin

Editor, Novaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta. Until 2008 Roman worked in the sport section, specialising on sport investigations (fixed matches, corruption etc.). In August 2008 he was sent to cover the war in South Ossetia, and once back from the war he was offered to move to the investigative section of the... Read More →
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 →


Friday May 8, 2015 16:30 - 17:30 CEST
1.24 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
 
Saturday, May 9
 

09:30 CEST

Crowdfunding – new examples
Crowdfunding has been praised as a new revelation to fund independent, thorough journalism. Sometimes it works. Hear about recent projects: what worked, what did not work – and what went splendidly.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Drepper

Daniel Drepper

Senior Reporter, Correctiv
Daniel Drepper is co-founder of and senior reporter at CORRECTIV. Until May 2014, Daniel was a Fellow at the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and a Scholar at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia University in New York City. Between 2010 and 2013, Daniel... 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 →
avatar for Katharine Round

Katharine Round

Documentary maker


Saturday May 9, 2015 09:30 - 10:30 CEST
1.25 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

14:00 CEST

Greece and Germany – The corruption portfolio
Kicking off a new cross-border project. Corruption is a financial and political problem in Greece. Since the beginning of the euro-crisis there has been a lot of criticism - especially from Germany. But in a strikingly high number of cases detected so far German companies are involved. Mapping of cases, industries, briberies and money flows - combining data journalism with an investigative approach.

With the input of data based on judicial files and criminal investigations in both countries, the project will address a series of queries with the ambition to challenge wide-spread perceptions:

What is the role of the banks? If they are the “circulatory system” of bribery schemes, where is this system physically located? Can it be mapped and visualized?
What have been the legal and the real world consequences for companies and individuals from both countries implicated in the bribery cases?
Bribery has routinely been treated as a purely financial transaction but what about the political factor?
Can we establish a correlation between Greece’s debt and deals involving bribery?
What about companies from other countries?
Programmers, Web-Developers or Journalists with ideas to expand the data with their own research welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Nikolas Leontopoulos

Nikolas Leontopoulos

Nikolas Leontopoulos is an Athens-based freelance journalist. Since 2009 he has been covering the Greek crisis for outlets such as the New York Times (as contributing reporter) and Reuters (as a member of the investigative team that published a series of special reports on Greece’s... Read More →
avatar for Elisa Simantke

Elisa Simantke

Elisa Simantke lives in Berlin and works as a political reporter for Tagesspiegel covering EU politics. She is a studied economist and likes to focus on the economical backround of politics. In 2014 she published the cross border report "Europoly - Privatisation under the Troika" about the severe consequences of the creditors' demands for the EU-crisis countries (Ireland, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal... Read More →


Saturday May 9, 2015 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
1.22 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

15:15 CEST

Collaborate and Visualise – advancing the European Corruption Observatory
Transparency International prepares a tool to follow media publications covering journalism. This project is supported by the European Commission. ECO is a new media monitoring tool that will focus solely on corruption related stories. The database will collate media stories about corruption across the 28 member states. The content will then be tagged which will allow for users to search the database for media stories by country, named individual (and variants), named company, sectors and type of corruption (bribery, fraud, undue influence etc. and combinations of these). This will help facilitate the analysis and identification of trends in corruption across the EU as well as assist in the identification of cross-border cases of corruption. Sitting alongside this media monitoring tool will be ECO match – a “dating website” for all those interested in investigating corruption. This online portal will create a network of journalists, hackers, civil society, corruption experts, policy makers and law enforcement agencies across all of the member states. This will help encourage further collaboration among the network and assist users in finding key partners around the EU to further their investigations into corruption. Dataharvest participants are invited to comment on the tool.

This seminar is organised by Transparency International and Journalismfund.eu, and financed by the European Commission.

Speakers
avatar for Alison Coleman

Alison Coleman

Project Coordinator, Transparency International EU Liaison Office
Alison is the Project Coordinator for the European Corruption Observatory, an online database of media reports on corruption and a meeting point for journalists, hackers, experts and all those interested in corruption.
avatar for Ides Debruyne

Ides Debruyne

Managing Director, Journalismfund.eu
Ides Debruyne is co-founder and Managing Director of Journalismfund.eu, the first independent non-profit organisation established in 1998 by citizens to facilitate independent investigative journalism in order to promote democracy by connecting donors and journalists.(Photo © Hadeer Mahmoud... Read More →


Saturday May 9, 2015 15:15 - 16:15 CEST
1.25 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  Data, Round Table