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Friday, October 9 • 12:00 - 13:00
Play the Investigation: How to Turn your Reporting into a Game

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Pirate Fishing is a groundbreaking interactive web game that allows users to act as journalists exposing the multi-million dollar illegal fishing trade affecting West Africa’s poorest people. Developed by Italy’s Altera Studio team and Al Jazeera, the project is set in Sierra Leone, where journalists film South Korean trawlers fishing illegally in protected areas and stealing fish from local fishermen. 

By watching clips, the user follows the process of evidence gathering: destroyed nets, photos of ships with hidden names, and snapshots of crew members. At the end of each clip the user must enter the evidence into the right section of the notebook to score points and to advance in status. There are several virtual environments where the user can decide how to proceed and convince officials to act. 

You can watch panelist Juliana Ruhfus' original Pirate Fishing documentary, on which the game is based, here (Part One and Two) and the print report here.   

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Reg Chua

Chief Operating Officer, Reuters News
Reg Chua has been a journalist for more than a quarter of a century, working in print, electronic media, television and radio. He’s currently Chief Operating Officer, Reuters News at Thomson Reuters, based in New York. From July 2009 to March 2011, he was Editor-in-Chief of th... Read More →


Ivan Giordano

Creative director and founder, Alterastudio
Started his career as film critic, then he has been working as director, assistant, cameraman and editor for documentaries that have participated in major festivals. In 2011 he founded Altera Studio, a digital production company that is a creative factory where technicians and producers... Read More →
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Juliana Ruhfus

Senior presenter, Al Jazeera
Juliana Ruhfus is the senior reporter for Al Jazeera’s “People & Power” investigative and current affairs strand where she has worked since 2006 when her film on Liberian ex-combatants launched the channel’s programming content. Nearly 40 films later she has gone undercover... Read More →

Friday October 9, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
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