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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
 

11:00 CEST

Keynote: Why Cross-Border Journalism Matters
Cross-border journalism is considered the innovative method these years. The recent Lux and Swiss Leaks stories have caused a stir and draft legal adjustments in Europe. Marina Walker from the ICIJ is the coordinator behind the tax leak stories of the recent years. She’ll make a point on why cross-border collaborative investigative journalism is necessary in our time.

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 Marina Walker Guevara

Marina Walker Guevara

Deputy Director, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Marina Walker Guevara is deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, an independent network of reporters headquartered in Washington, DC. A native of Argentina, her investigations have won and shared more than 25 national and international awards... Read More →


Friday May 8, 2015 11:00 - 12:00 CEST
1.21 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  Cross-border, Keynote

12:00 CEST

LuxLeaks and how to unveil tax havens in Europe
From LuxLeaks and onwards: the impressive and award-winning LuxLeaks revelations carried out by the ICIJ pointed out the problem of access to tax avoidance in the heart of Europe. But Luxembourg is not the only country with such provisions. Also other EU countries assist companies to avoid paying taxes in the country of activity, as recent research by Dutch think-tank SOMO shows. While LuxLeaks had a leak as starting point, SOMO started from scratch. Hear the methodology of both examples and learn how to unravel tax avoidance schemes.

Moderators
avatar for Margo Smit

Margo Smit

ombudsman, GIJN/ICIJ
Margo Smit is news ombudsman since August 1, 2015, overseeing the journalistic output of the Dutch public broadcasters at NPO since january 1, 2017.Smit has been working in journalism since 1989. She was successively a desk editor at commercial and public broadcasters, parliamentary... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mar Cabra

Mar Cabra

Member, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
Mar Cabra, is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Until last year, she was the head of the Data & Research Unit which produces the organisation's key data work and also develops tools for better collaborative investigative journalism. She... Read More →
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 Minna Knus-Galán

Minna Knus-Galán

Investigative reporter, YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company
Minna Knus-Galán investigated the global, secretive billion euro business of used clothes with trackers. The team followed used garments from recycling containers through Europe and all the way to Africa for seven months. Minna has also investigated garment factories in Bangladesh... Read More →
avatar for Katrin McGauran

Katrin McGauran

Senior Researcher, SOMO
Katrin McGauran is a member of SOMO’s Economic Justice and Production & Consumption teams and coordinates SOMO’s Tax Justice Programme. Before joining SOMO as a researcher in 2009, Katrin worked for a number of NGOs on issues ranging from human rights to EU justice and home affairs... Read More →


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

14:00 CEST

Nerves of Steel: How the EU gave carte blanche to health poisoners
European environmental rules, designed to protect EU citizens health, are largely decided by the very industries they are supposed to regulate. This is the main conclusion of an exclusive investigation conducted by a cross-border team of journalists and enriched with contributions gathered from different users through the collaborative journalism platform MobileReporter.info. The Italian daily “La Repubblica” has published the first of a series of text, multimedia and data features. This time-consuming project aims, particularly, to reveal evidence and consequences of the "law-restyling" made by the steel industry behind the scene, at the cost of citizens health and money.

http://www.journalismfund.eu/NervesOfSteel 

Speakers
avatar for Luuk Sengers

Luuk Sengers

Datajournalist, Mediatrainer, Story-Based Inquiry, Groene Amsterdammer
Luuk Sengers is an independent investigative journalist and teacher/trainer. He writes data driven stories about environment, climate and business for De Groene Amsterdammer. And he teaches investigative techniques, data journalism and interview skills to journalists, media, NGOs... Read More →
avatar for Dino Trescher

Dino Trescher

Science journalist and founder of the Constart Correspondent Network, Constart Correspondent Network
Dino Trescher is a science journalist and founder of the Constart Correspondent Network, an alliance of 29 international journalists. He is based in Berlin, reporting on knowledge-intensive and socially relevant topics at the interface of science, technology and society. His work... Read More →
avatar for Stefano Valentino

Stefano Valentino

Stefano Valentino is an awarded Italian investigative, multimedia and entrepreneurial journalist based in Brussels. He is the Founder of MobileReporter, an experimental participative content-making platform which won the Google-funded IPI News Challenge Contest 2012. He is a specialist of green economy and holds the blog “L’Ambiente è di tutti” on the Italian largest online daily Repubblica.it, where he launched a number... Read More →


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

14:00 CEST

SwissLeaks: How to turn a big leak into game-changing journalism
A collaborative investigation that exposed how the Swiss branch of one of the world’s biggest banks, HSBC, profited from doing business with tax dodgers and criminals around the world. Team members talk about how they reconstructed and mined the leaked financial data to find the patterns of wrongdoing that made headlines around the world and triggered official inquiries in several countries. Also: why the French journalists who obtained the data decided to share it with colleagues around the world rather than scoop them?

Speakers
avatar for Lars Bové

Lars Bové

Journalist, De Tijd
Lars Bové is al meer dan 15 jaar journalist bij de krant De Tijd. Als justitie- en onderzoeksjournalist legde Lars al talloze schandalen bloot, waarvoor hij meermaals bekroond werd. Bové is lid van het internationale netwerk ICIJ, dat de beste onderzoeksjournalisten van de wereld... Read More →
avatar for Mar Cabra

Mar Cabra

Member, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
Mar Cabra, is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Until last year, she was the head of the Data & Research Unit which produces the organisation's key data work and also develops tools for better collaborative investigative journalism. She... Read More →
avatar for Alexandre Léchenet

Alexandre Léchenet

Data Journalist
Journaliste spécialisé dans l'analyse de données, la réflexion sur de nouveaux formats ainsi que sur les sciences, les données personnelles et les nouvelles technologies de l'information et de la communication (réseaux sociaux, données personnelles, données publiques... Read More →
avatar for Julia Stein

Julia Stein

Editor/ Chairwoman, Netzwerk Recherche
Julia Stein ist seit September 2016 Leiterin der trimedialen Redaktion Politik und Recherche im Landesfunkhaus Schleswig-Holstein. Zuvor war sie stellvertretende Leiterin im NDR Ressort Investigation. Sie hat die internationalen Rechercheprojekte PanamaPapers, Luxleaks, Offshoreleaks... Read More →


Friday May 8, 2015 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
1.21 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  Cross-border, Panel

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

The tools of the tax leaks stories
Learn about the technical tools used for the Lux Leaks and the Swiss Leaks researches: Open documents and data from the two investigations, and private tools used by the team to communicate, coordinate and share documents.

Speakers
avatar for Mar Cabra

Mar Cabra

Member, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
Mar Cabra, is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Until last year, she was the head of the Data & Research Unit which produces the organisation's key data work and also develops tools for better collaborative investigative journalism. She... Read More →


Friday May 8, 2015 15:15 - 16:15 CEST
1.26 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  Cross-border, Workshop

16:30 CEST

The particular challenges of coordinating a cross-border team
The larger a cross-border collaboration, the more coordination, editing is needed. This is an open round table where journalists with experience in coordinating cross-border teams gather to exchange experiences. The round table is open to all interested, the aim is to further develop this aspect of cross-border journalism.

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 Mar Cabra

Mar Cabra

Member, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
Mar Cabra, is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Until last year, she was the head of the Data & Research Unit which produces the organisation's key data work and also develops tools for better collaborative investigative journalism. She... Read More →
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 →
avatar for Marina Walker Guevara

Marina Walker Guevara

Deputy Director, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Marina Walker Guevara is deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, an independent network of reporters headquartered in Washington, DC. A native of Argentina, her investigations have won and shared more than 25 national and international awards... Read More →
avatar for Nicolas Kayser-Bril

Nicolas Kayser-Bril

Data-driven journalist, trainer & author.Interested in pandas, D3, scraping, climate and the history of cooking.
avatar for Jacopo Ottaviani

Jacopo Ottaviani

acopo Ottaviani is an Italian journalist and computer scientist. He is experienced in data journalism, interactive storytelling and cross border project management. He builds visualizations and narratives around data and his works have been published by, among others, The Guardian... Read More →


Friday May 8, 2015 16:30 - 17:30 CEST
1.19 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
  Cross-border, Round Table

16:30 CEST

Tracking the problems of the European labour market
Meat slaves? Working poor? Subsidies job transfer? Klaus Buster Jensen tracks the problems of the European labour market.

http://www.zeit.de/2014/51/schlachthof-niedersachsen-fleischwirtschaft-ausbeutung-arbeiter, https://www.tanum.no/_debatt-politikk-og-samfunn/harde-tider-ingeborg-eliassen-9788243008519, http://www.fagbladet3f.dk/temaer/polsk_jobfest/8becb8cba06c4079a981524fdeb0896d-20140520-coloplast-flytter-job-til-ungarn-med-45-millioner-fra-eu, http://www.fagbladet3f.dk/temaer/polsk_jobfest/36a65636ae7e4b208878912449bb12fc-20150205-eu-forbyder-udflytning-af-job-til-skattefri-zoner

Moderators
avatar for Ingeborg Eliassen

Ingeborg Eliassen

Reporter, Stavanger Aftenblad
Ingeborg Eliassen is a journalist and has worked as a journalist for Norwegian Aftenbladet for more than 20 years, she is the author of the book “Hard Times – the new labour market in Europe”, where she analyses the reality of the labour market after the EU-enlargement and in times of economic crisis and travels the continent to compare the situations... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Klaus Buster Jensen

Klaus Buster Jensen

Fagbladet 3F


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

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

Quick Pitch: South & Central Europe
Public spending: The Profiteers of the Hungarian-Romanian Border Area. Dozens of millions were spent on building roads that lead to nowhere within the Hungary-Romania Cross-Border Co-operation Programme 2007-2013. The cost of these works were 23 million euro by low estimates, other sources put the final price tag as high as 55 million. Our project focused on the construction and communication tenders of projects financed through the HURO programme. We zoomed in these two areas because our past experience shows that these are the two areas where dodgy deals and cases of supposed corruption are most likely to happen. We sifted through more than 300 public procurements, filed FOI requests to 40 public authorities and conducted background interviews with politicians, businessmen and experts who know the programme from the inside. http://www.journalismfund.eu/borderareaprofiteers

Wolves of Europe - How Fraudsters Turn Forged Bonds Into Cash: Forged bonds worth billions of Euros harm the world economy. For example international fraudsters lease forged German-government bonds to unknowing clients. These clients then attempt to present worthless bonds as collateral for loans the banks would otherwise have declined. This fraud finds victims around the world. In the cases related to the Italian Marco Russo, CORRECT!V and its partners have found evidence of fake bonds with a volume exceeding a billion Euros. In China the Italian Marco Russo allegedly defrauded businesses for 560 million Euros in counterfeited German-government bonds. For an Austrian firm he faked bonds valued at 200 million Euros; in 2009 financing for a chemical plant in Russia collapsed when a contract for 500 million Euros in government bonds proved to be a fraud. Russo and his helpers work in Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. A few months ago Russo opened a new office in Hanover, Germany. http://espresso.repubblica.it/inchieste/2014/09/05/news/quel-genio-della-finanza-truffatore-seriale-cosi-marco-russo-falsificava-titoli-al-pc-1.178793?ref=HEF_RULLO, http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/wirtschaft/geld/Die-Finanzwoelfe-Europas/story/29411153, http://www.elconfidencial.com/espana/2014-09-05/the-wolves-of-europe-la-trama-de-brokers-que-hacia-negocio-con-obligaciones-falsas_185759/, http://www.elconfidencial.com/espana/2014-09-05/the-wolves-of-europe-la-trama-de-brokers-que-hacia-negocio-con-obligaciones-falsas_185759/, http://kredithaie.correctiv.org/, http://kredithaie.correctiv.org/

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 Ildikó Kovács

Ildikó Kovács

journalist, atlatszo.hu
avatar for Babett Oroszi

Babett Oroszi

Babett Oroszi is a Hungarian journalist living in Budapest. She works athir24.hu, (online newspaper) and RTL Klub (TV Channel).
avatar for Zoltán Sipos

Zoltán Sipos

Journalist, Átlátszó Erdély
Zoltán Sipos is a Hungarian journalist living in Romania. He works at Átlátszó Erdély, an investigative journalism nonprofit based in Transylvania.


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

10:45 CEST

If you do not want to sit around waiting for a leak before you can unveil systematic tax avoidance
Learning from other professions: Dutch Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations, short SOMO, recently unveiled how little tax a Canadian mining company paid in Greece http://www.somo.nl/publications-en/Publication_4177. In this workshop the two researches explain, how they did it, including two methods: 1) Corporate structure mapping (sources: Orbis, Dutch Chamber of Commerce, annual reports and SEC filings) and red flags of tax avoidance and 2) FDI data analysis, identifying the mailbox company percentage in bilateral investment flows (involving the Netherlands, in future this will be possible with more jurisdictions due to changing data collection rules of the OECD). They will provide a step-by-step-guide to journalists.

Speakers
avatar for Katrin McGauran

Katrin McGauran

Senior Researcher, SOMO
Katrin McGauran is a member of SOMO’s Economic Justice and Production & Consumption teams and coordinates SOMO’s Tax Justice Programme. Before joining SOMO as a researcher in 2009, Katrin worked for a number of NGOs on issues ranging from human rights to EU justice and home affairs... Read More →
avatar for Roos van Os

Roos van Os

Program Manager / Senior Researcher, SOMO
Roos van Os joined SOMO as a Researcher in 2008. She focuses on economic justice and democracy issues, fair trade and investment regulation, private sector investment, corporate accountability and human rights issues. She has extensive experience at the EU level and in the Netherlands... Read More →


Saturday May 9, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 CEST
1.06 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

10:45 CEST

Quick Pitch: Mediterranean region
Bosian mines, A Balkan-Israel Collaboration. One of the rare public supporters of Israeli during deadly shelling in Gaza has always been Republika Srpska, a Serbian entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina. But the investigation of Israeli journalist Uri Blau and Slovene journalist Blaz Zgaga reveals that political support is usually connected with shady deals. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman established good relations with Republika Srpska president Milorad Dodik and Lieberman's personal friend Anatoly Segal became one of the major competitors for privatization of one of the biggest iron ore mines in the region. Additionally, Dodik's villa in the elite part of Belgrade is rented by Israel as a residence of its ambassador to Serbia.

The Couchsurfing Rapist: How to unveil the abusers. This year-long journalistic investigation was carried out by the reporters of IRPI and is rolled out with an unprecedented collaboration on this kind of topic simultaneously by The Southern China Morning Post in Hong Kong, CBC in Canada, L’Espresso in Italy, the Guardian in the UK, Correct!v in Germany, Newsweek in Poland, the Sydney Morning Herald in Australia, Investigace in Czech Republic, TVI in Portugal. A group formed by 14 girls got in touch with IRPI reporters over a year ago. They all alleged having been drugged and possibly sexually assaulted by an Italian policeman who used the host-a-traveller website Couchsurfing.com. The man is currently jailed for having allegedly raped a 16-year-old from Australia who he hosted always through the popular platform. IRPI reconstructed the personal experience of each girl of the 14. It then contacted media from each country the alleged victims are from, providing an original angle that could represent the memories of each. All the media that embarked on this massive work put an immense amount of work, effort and passion into this and IRPI wants to thanks them all, for having believed in the potential of the story and for treating it with the maximum care and sensitivity possible. IRPI received the first hint on the story via its whistleblowing platform Irpileaks - based on Globaleaks software. https://irpi.eu/global-coverage-of-italian-policeman-using-couchsurfing-to-drug-and-assault-travellers/

The water project: Six-month data-driven investigation, The Water Fund: Spain Supplies Latin America analyzes the biggest cooperation program in Spain. The cross-border enquiry used data analysis to plan the reports on the ground in six Latin American countries. http://www.elconfidencial.com/especial/espana/fondo-agua-latam_5/

Speakers
avatar for Cecilia Anesi

Cecilia Anesi

Legal Representative, IRPI
Cecilia Anesi is a reporter with and founder of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), a centre for investigative journalism in Italy. Before creating IRPI, she co-authored the investigative journalism documentary Toxic Europe which won the Best International Organised... Read More →
avatar for Alessia Cerantola

Alessia Cerantola

reporter, IRPI (Investigative Reporting Project Italy)
Alessia Cerantola is a journalist, co-founder and reporter of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI). In 2013 she was a Transatlantic Media Fellow at the Center for Strategic  and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.. Since 2007 her reports and features from Italy, Japan, South Korea, and the US have been published and broadcast by a cross section of media including... Read More →
avatar for Jesús Escudero

Jesús Escudero

Data Journalism Team, El Confidencial
Jesús Escudero is a member of the first data journalism unit ever created in a Spanish media organization, in El Confidencial. Infogr.am Ambassador, he has also conducted several workshops... Read More →
avatar for Giulio Rubino

Giulio Rubino

Journalist, IRPI
Giulio Rubino is a freelance journalist. He studied a the Sapienza University of Rome. In 2007 he has worked as a freelance journalist in Argentina and Bolivia. He wrote for Italian papers and magazines such as Terra, Il Manifesto, Carta. In 2011 he co-authored Toxic Europe - an investigative... Read More →
avatar for Blaz Zgaga

Blaz Zgaga

freelance investigative journalist
Blaž Zgaga is a freelance investigative journalist living in Slovenia and is co-author of the trilogy In the Name of the State, which explores arms smuggling in the Balkans during the conflicts of the 1990s. He is regularly publishing in Croatian magazine Nacional. After disclosure of a US DIA secret operation in 2000, he was prosecuted for - and later cleared of charges of - revealing military secrets. I... Read More →


Saturday May 9, 2015 10:45 - 11:45 CEST
1.24 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

12:00 CEST

Cross-border journalism – step by step
Impressive stories on subjects as varied as tax avoidance, deadly bacteria or international corruption have been dug up through cross-border collaborations. But how to get started? Brigitte Alfter presents a step-by-step description of the process from idea to publication and beyond.

http://www.journalismfund.eu/, http://www.crossborderjournalism.dk/

Speakers
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 →


Saturday May 9, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
1.22 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

12:00 CEST

Mafia in Africa
The Italian mafia has established a hidden but lethal presence in Africa. Its members own diamond mines, nightclubs and land, all with the complicity of corrupt regimes. Italian anti-Mafia authorities estimate that organised crime groups earn €26 billion a year in Italy alone. But the figure only scratches the surface of its economic power.  Mafia Inc. is more than ever a global business, infiltrating legitimate economies worldwide. And the extent of the empire is unknown. An international team of reporters from the non-profit investigative journalism centres IRPI and ANCIR (with the Investigative Dashboard Africa) partnered with the data analysts of QUATTROGATTI and the production room of CORRECT!V to uncover for the first time the Italian Mafia's grip on Africa. Supported by two working grants for independent journalism, the Innovative Journalism Grant of the EJC and Journalism Fund, the work took seven months, and included trips to Sicily, Calabria, Campania, Lazio, Lombardy, in Italy and South Africa, Namibia, Senegal and Kenya, in Africa. Ten investigative reporters from six different countries, one data-journalist and a data-scientist, three editors, one cross-examiner and a bunch of lawyers joined the effort in producing in-depth research into the Mafia's involvement in 13 countries. Mafia in Africa draws a bleak picture, and highlights the need for the international community to reforms its policies, to monitor and fight the economic infiltration by criminals and prevent the dire consequences on unstable African societies.

Speakers
avatar for Cecilia Anesi

Cecilia Anesi

Legal Representative, IRPI
Cecilia Anesi is a reporter with and founder of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), a centre for investigative journalism in Italy. Before creating IRPI, she co-authored the investigative journalism documentary Toxic Europe which won the Best International Organised... Read More →
avatar for Lorenzo Bagnoli

Lorenzo Bagnoli

reporter and board member, IRPI, Italy
Lorenzo Bagnoli is an Italian journalist.
avatar for Giulio Rubino

Giulio Rubino

Journalist, IRPI
Giulio Rubino is a freelance journalist. He studied a the Sapienza University of Rome. In 2007 he has worked as a freelance journalist in Argentina and Bolivia. He wrote for Italian papers and magazines such as Terra, Il Manifesto, Carta. In 2011 he co-authored Toxic Europe - an investigative... Read More →
avatar for Craig Shaw

Craig Shaw

Craig Shaw is a British journalist and Fellow at the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London. Specialising in cross-border corruption and human rights, he previously worked for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on the global “Offshore Leaks” investigation which helped lift the veil on the secretive world of tax havens. Shaw's reports have been published in leading international news media such as The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Sydney Morning Herald, L’Espresso and Thomson Reuters Found... Read More →


Saturday May 9, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
1.25 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

12:00 CEST

TTIP – Analysing the secret deal
The trade deal between the US and the EU is a hot political issue. But it is also complex and secret and thus a particular challenge for journalists. We set up a single-subject news-website for TTIP to cover the topics in long term and in depth analysis.Our aim is to explore how to obtain information in an atmosphere where even minor minutes are kept secret. And we develop tools to explain the complex issues. We use network analyses and plagiarism software to shed light on lobby activities. We hope that our website will become the meeting point for an interested community and attract more material. TTIP is a genuinely European topic and information as well as publication should be considered in that light. In this workshop we want to share our thoughts on opportunities to break the secrecy of the deal and hope to develop a European network for journalistic collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Justus von Daniels

Justus von Daniels

Chefredakteur, Correctiv
Since 2019 Justus von Daniels is Editor-in-Chief of the non-profit newsroom CORRECTIV. Before joining CORRECTIV in 2015 as an investigative reporter, he worked for the German weekly Die ZEIT and the Tagesspiegel as a freelancer. Justus has a PhD in law and worked as a PostDoc at Princeton... Read More →


Saturday May 9, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
1.21 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

14:00 CEST

Launching CONNECTING CONTINENTS - intercontinental working grant pilot project
Speakers
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 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
1.21 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

15:15 CEST

Follow the Money
How do you track assets around the world? How can u follow illegal money and corporate cash across borders? How to uncover secrets held in tax heavens? This session will teach you how to gather, process and visualize information to shine a light on how organized crime and corrupt politicians operate.

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 9, 2015 15:15 - 16:15 CEST
1.22 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

15:15 CEST

Quick Pitch: Black Sea Region
Mapping HIV: HIV numbers are rising at a record rate in Russia and nearby countries in eastern Europe, passing an unprecedented 100,000 annual new cases. But features on this subject are dry, depressing and ignored - because no one wants to share a story on HIV. It's too miserable. Using data tools, social media and sparkling prose, how The Black Sea succeeded and failed to make HIV a headline issue in a media world resistant to tackling the drama of AIDS. http://www.theblacksea.eu/index.php?idT=88&idC=88&idRec=1192&recType=multimedia

The Ghosts of Sochi: Ghosts of Sochi is a Journalismfund.eu-supported cross-border investigation by journalists from the UK, Romania's theblacksea.eu and Novaya Gazeta in Russia. It reveals how bad oversight of subcontractors in Sochi created a climate of corruption and woeful safety practices which contributed to the deaths of hundreds of undocumented migrant workers. http://www.journalismfund.eu/ghostsofsochi

Shady deals on sports complex: The story reveals an international corruption scheme behind the planned construction of Heydar Aliyev Sports Complex in Moldova’s Gagauziya region. The governor of Gagauziya who negotiated the deal with Azerbaijan and the daughters of President Ilham Aliyev have a special interest in the project, which may not be as charitable as it looks at first glance. http://www.kyivpost.com/content/russia-and-former-soviet-union/sports-complex-stalls-in-moldovas-gagauzia-amid-shady-deals-353647.html

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 Michael Bird

Michael Bird

Editor/Reporter/Writer, www.theblacksea.eu
Michael Bird is a UK journalist based in Bucharest, working in text, photography and film - including deep investigations into drug abuse, civil war, crime, exorcism, fake news and animal cruelty. He now edits online in-depth journalism portal www.theblacksea.eu and has worked on... Read More →
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 →
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Dumitru Lazur

Dumitru Lazur is the co-founder of the online platform LaEtaj.md (Moldova). LaEtaj.md counters the lack of transparency and accountability in the construction industry and state institutions by facilitating citizen engagement. LaEtaj.md uses open and paid databases and freedom of information act to make a crucial database on construction companies’ ac... Read More →
avatar for Craig Shaw

Craig Shaw

Craig Shaw is a British journalist and Fellow at the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London. Specialising in cross-border corruption and human rights, he previously worked for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on the global “Offshore Leaks” investigation which helped lift the veil on the secretive world of tax havens. Shaw's reports have been published in leading international news media such as The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Sydney Morning Herald, L’Espresso and Thomson Reuters Found... Read More →


Saturday May 9, 2015 15:15 - 16:15 CEST
1.24 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
 
Sunday, May 10
 

09:00 CEST

Safety Net Manual – Guidelines for Journalists in Extraordinary or Emergency Situations
This manual contains definitions, advice and practical examples connected to the regular activities od media workers and media outlets in extraordinary situations, like reporting from conflict areas, during demonstrations and social unrest, about natural and other disasters, and reporting under internal and external pressures, threats and law suits. It covers basic principles of ethical journalism, including corruption and examines new challenges presented by new technologies.

Speakers
avatar for Sasa Lekovic

Sasa Lekovic

Sasa Lekovic, born in 1979, used to work as journalist and editor in Croatian print media and radio. Since 2003 he has been working as a freelance investigative reporter, lecturer and trainer in Southeastern European countries as well as director of the Investigative Reporting Center... Read More →


Sunday May 10, 2015 09:00 - 10:25 CEST
1.25 Erasmushogeschool, 70 Zespenningenstraat, 1000 Brussels, Belgium