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Thursday, October 8 • 16:30 - 17:30
How To Investigate Development Issues

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In times of shrinking newsrooms and slashed budgets for in-depth reporting, development journalism is at risk. Media outlets tend to resort to "quick fix" stories, with little background on how crises or conflicts came about. How can we reinvigorate investigative reporting on international development topics?

In this panel, three grantees of the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme of the European Journalism Centre (EJC) discuss how their investigations came about. What challenges do investigative journalists face in covering development and how to overcome these? The journalists also touch upon the innovative aspects of their projects and explain why they moved away from traditional, linear storytelling. 

This session is held in cooperation with the European Journalism Centre and the Innovation in Development Reporting Grant Programme (Journalismgrants.org).


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Diana Lungu

Project Manager, European Journalism Cente
Diana Lungu is a former journalist. She currently works at the European Journalism Centre (EJC) in the Netherlands where she manages the Innovation in Development Reporting (IDR) Grant Programme, a Bill and Melinda Gates media-funding project aimed at enabling a better coverage of international development issues. Since 2013, the IDR Grant Programme has funded around 70 innovative development journalism projects. At the EJC Diana also organises... Read More →

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Eva Belmonte

Project Manager, Civio Foundation
Eva Belmonte (Spain, 1982) is a journalist specialised in public data analysis. She is a Project Manager at Fundación Civio, a non-profit based in Madrid, where she designs, develops and supervises data journalism projects such as medicamentalia.org (comparing the prices of essential drugs around the world), quienmanda.es (the map of Spanish power networks), elindultometro.es (analyzing governmental pardons) and elboenuestrodecadadia.com... Read More →
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Gilles van Kote

Deputy chief editor, Le Monde
Aged 52, Gilles van Kote, is the deputy chief editor of Le Monde, the most influential French daily newspaper. He was a sports writer for almost twenty years (he covered, among other things, the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics), before becoming an environmental journalist in 2006. He also wrote on food security issues and took part in the Ecocide project in 2014, an investigation of Le Monde on environmental traffics and crimes, funded by the... Read More →
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Stefano Liberti

Journalist & filmmaker
Stefano Liberti is an award-winning journalist, documentary-maker and film director specialized in international migrations and global food markets. He has directed the documentary L'inferno dei bimbi stregoni (winner of the 2010 Premio L'Anello Debole), co-directed the award-winning film Mare chiuso (2012) and the film Container 158 (2013). He is the author of the books: A sud di Lampedusa. Cinque anni di viaggi sulle rotte dei migranti (2008... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2015 16:30 - 17:30
Weidemann 5 (Presentations/Panels)

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