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Thursday, October 8

15:00 CEST

Investigating Environmental Crime: Illegal logging

From the Amazon to the Transylvanian forest: What are the best ways to investigate illegal deforestation today? This panel will take you through the growing capability of satellite imagery at Skybox and other service providers, combined with and advanced "follow the money" and other reporting techniques.




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Subhra Priyadarshini

Editor, Nature India, NPG
Subhra Priyadarshini is an award winning science and environment journalist currently running Nature Publishing Group’s (NPG) India operation Nature India. A journalist for close to two decades, Subhra has covered politics, sports, fashion, films, crime, health, education and natural... Read More →

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Ana Aranha

Repórter especial e coordenadora de projetos, Repórter Brasil
Ana Aranha is an investigative reporter based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She frequently covers the Amazon, her last stories followed the impacts of large power plants, illegal logging and indigenous population. For her work Ana was awarded eleven journalism awards. She collaborates with... Read More →
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Patrick Dunagan

Strategic Partnerships Manager, Google
Patrick Dunagan is a Strategic Partnerships Manager at Google where he is working to connect real-world users with emerging technologies developing in the realm of satellite imaging and automated feature extraction. Prior to this role, he was at Skybox Imaging where he worked as a... Read More →
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Paul Radu

Exec Director, OCCRP Bucharest
Paul Radu (@IDashboard) is the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting  Project and a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard concept, of Visual investigative Scenarios visualization software and of RISE Project, a platform for investigative reporters... Read More →
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Stefano Wrobleski

Editor e jornalista de dados no InfoAmazonia, uma plataforma de geojornalismo que usa mapas e reportagens geolocalizadas para contar histórias sobre questões socioambientais na Amazônia. Também é coordenador de geojornalismo na Earth Journalism Network, da Internews.

Thursday October 8, 2015 15:00 - 16:00 CEST
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)
Friday, October 9

12:00 CEST

Play the Investigation: How to Turn your Reporting into a Game

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
Lillehammer 3 (Presentations/Panels)
Saturday, October 10

12:00 CEST

How to Investigate Disasters
Three investigative reporters presents how to investigate disasters.

Shaking Things Up - Looking at this year's Nepal earthquake reporting before, during and after disasters.

Editor Kunda Dixit in Nepali Times was in the midst of it when the earth started shaking in his hometown Kathmandu.25th of April 2015. The giant 7.8 earthquake caused catastrophic scenes in and around the city.

"An earthquake hitting Kathmandu Valley is like all-out nuclear war. If you think about it too much you’ll go mad", he wrote in his blog EastWest in January 2010. Repeatedly he had written about the threath of The Big One that was sure to hit Nepal - again.

The tsunami and the nuclear disaster

Chief investigative Correspondent at Japanese broadcaster NHK, Yoichiro Tateiwa, focuses on how his team of Nuclear Watch uncovers what’s happening in Fukushima Daiichi.  The TV station ran a story featuring the CEO of Tokyo Electric Power Company thinking that Japanese government set schedule of the decommissioning process is not realistic.

The story was followed by criticism against government in the Diet session and the government later revised the schedule. NHK also aired the story that things are far from under-control on the day Japanese prime minister made a speech at IOC meeting based on the analysis of what TEPCO disclosed.

A new start-up that intends to stay on the story - for long

Despite the financial challenges it’s facing, the mainstream media, with the help of social media, still does a great job at bringing us breaking news, and some exceptional reporting. 

But we all know its attention span can be very short.  Yet massively important things keep happening in crisis and disaster zones after the spotlight has gone – sometimes the most important things, precisely because the mainstream media has stopped watching. But how can the world address disasters without fully understanding them? 

The new start-up Coda are designing a new model of covering disasters and crises that will allow journalists to stay on the story, providing deep, intimate insight into complex events that shape our world.    

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Yohan Shanmugaratnam

Foreign news editor/board member, Klassekampen/SKUP
Yohan Shanmugaratnam is the international news editor at the Norwegian daily Klassekampen, and a SKUP board member. He started working as a journalist in 2004 and has been a Skup board member since 2012.

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Natalia Antelava

Journalist and editor, Coda Story
A co-founder of Coda, Natalia is an Emmy-nominee and award winning journalist. Natalia is originally from Tbilisi, Georgia where she is currently based. She started her career freelancing in West Africa but has since been BBC’s resident correspondent in the Caucasus, Central... Read More →
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Kunda Dixit

Editor and Publisher, Nepali Times
A former reporter for the BBC, Kunda Dixit is the founder and editor of Nepali Times, and former chairman of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Kathmandu. He has written several books, amongst them 'Dateline Earth' on environmental journalism and 'A People War', a trilogy... Read More →
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Yoi Tateiwa

Executive Editor, Seeds for News Japan
Yoichiro Tateiwa is Executive Editor of Seeds for News, a nonprofit investigative journalism in Japan. He is also the co-founder of Factcheck Initiative Japan, the first organization solely conducting fact-checking in Japan. He promoted the first fact checking project on the General... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

14:30 CEST

Investigating Environmental Crime: Pirate Fishing

For more than 100 days the Norwegian-built trawler «Thunder» has been chased across three oceans, suspected of fraud and illegal fishing. A secret Interpol mission named «Spillway» is being directed from Norway.” This was the opening lines of a Documentary, published in March this year in the Norwegian Business Daily. For more than three months reporters Eskil Engdal and Kjetil Saeter was in almost daily contact with Sea Shepherd Captain Peter Hammarstedt on the “MV Bob Barker”, who for months followed the poacher “Thunder” from the shadowlands in Antarctica to a wet grave outside West-Africa. During their investigation Engdal and Saeter found mounting evidence that the operations of the notorious poacher was directed from Galicia in Spain. After finding and analyzing hundreds of documents from countries on all continents of the world, talking to law enforcement agencies, private investigators, insurance companies, environmentalists, fishermen and locals in in a notorious fishing village in Galicia, Engdal and Saeter managed to document the history and shady dealings of “Thunder”, its crew and owners. The Longest Chase is a story about the outlaw sea, big money, tax havens, fraud, exploitation of the poor and the emptying of the seas.

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Eskil Engdal

Reporter, Dagens Næringsliv
Eskil Engdal (1964) has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter in Dagens Naeringsliv (Norwegian Business Daily). Engdal has covered wars, investigated financial crime and travelled far and wide to tell stories about the good, the bad and the crazy. He has been awarded the International... 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 →
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Kjetil Sæter

Reporter, Dagens Næringsliv
Kjetil Saeter (1974) has worked as a reporter in Aftenposten, Finansavisen and Dagens Naeringsliv, where he is currently employed. Saeter has mostly researched and written about financial crime, from small black market schemes in Oslo to dubious billion dollar transactions in international... Read More →

Saturday October 10, 2015 14:30 - 15:30 CEST
Lillehammer 3 (Presentations/Panels)