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Thursday, October 8
 

16:30

Workshop: The Magic and Power of Audio Storytelling
Is audio now a required component of your projects? A podcast? an audio slideshow? Are you new to radio documentaries? Eager to learn how radio professionals get those great interviews that are personal and revealing?

Here's how to take your audience on a radio journey -- how to structure and write a compelling radio story.

Sandra Bartlett and Huub Jaspers will give you the tools you need to produce an audio version of your print or video investigation or to produce radio and podcast stories.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Bartlett

Sandra Bartlett

Journalist, Room Sound Productions
Sandra Bartlett is a producer and reporter with more than 20 years experience in radio news, documentaries and investigations.  She has worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto and at National Public Radio in Washington where she collaborated on projects with PBS... Read More →
avatar for Huub Jaspers

Huub Jaspers

Editor in Chief Argos, VPRO Radio
Huub Jaspers specializes in security and defense issues. Since 1996 he works for the radio program Argos, since 2008 as deputy editor-in-chief.He also works for television. Together with Bart Nijpels he made the 60 minute documentary ‘Why Srebrenica had to fall’, broadcasted prime... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 16:30 - 17:30
Troll (Academic track)
 
Friday, October 9
 

10:30

Working with Whistleblowers
Whistle Blowers are becoming increasingly important sources for investigative journalists. But protection by journalists and esteem in society for whistleblowers do not reflect that importance. Journalists often thrive and build a reputation based on material coming from whistleblowers. But in many cases whistleblowers, when identified, lead miserable lives after they have performed their duty for society. Loss of job opportunities, endless litigation, financial depravation, depression and disrupted family life, leading to isolation or even divorce. These are common "rewards" for whistleblowers.

The relationship between journalist and whistleblower is a sensitive one. Journalists need to be professional and skeptical with whistleblowers, yet many whistleblowers come away unhappy in their dealings with the media.

What is the realm of responsibility that journalists have for source protection? Throughout the world, anonymous whistle-blowing platforms are being established to better protect the whistleblower. Does this help to facilitate better cooperation between journalist and whistleblower? How can we improve the fate of whistleblowers? Those are some of the questions this panel will address.

Moderators
avatar for Leon Willems

Leon Willems

Director, Free Press Unlimited
Leon Willems, Netherlands, is the Director of Free Press Unlimited, a leading press freedom organisation active in more than 30 countries and focusing on conflict reporting, safety for journalists, investigative journalism, gender and youth and media. He is also member of the Steering... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Daniel Lizárraga

Daniel Lizárraga

Investigations Coordinator, Aristegui Noticias
Investigations coordinator of Aristegui Noticias in Mexico. Former deputy director of the Animal Politico portal. He has worked for the daily El Universal and Reforma and Proceso magazine. Author of the book La Corrupción Azul (Blue Corruption). Since 2005 he has taught workshops... Read More →
avatar for Yasmine Motarjemi

Yasmine Motarjemi

Human rights and public health advocate
Yasmine Motarjemi is a human rights and public health advocate. From 2000 to 2010, she held the position of Assistant Vice President in Nestlé and worked as the Corporate Food Safety Manager. In this capacity, she, among others, developed the Nestlé Food Safety Management system... Read More →
avatar for Anna Myers

Anna Myers

Director, Whistleblowing International Network
Anna Myers is Director of the Whistleblowing International Network (WIN). Founded by the world’s leading whistleblower protection experts, WIN connects and strengthens civil society organizations that defend and support whistleblowers. Anna is a lawyer with over 15 years’ experience... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 10:30 - 11:30
Lillehammer 3 (Presentations/Panels)

12:00

How To Handle Documents

Documents have long been a mainstay of the best investigative reporting around the world. This session will explore how to find obscure reports and documents on persons, institutions, companies and programs – valuable information that is often otherwise unattainable. It will also offer practical guidelines on how to analyze documents and reports to unleash their full investigative power.


Moderators
avatar for Mark Horvit

Mark Horvit

Executive Director, Investigative Reporters & Editors
Mark Horvit is the executive director of Investigative Reporters & Editors. He oversees training, conferences and services for more than 4.300 members worldwide, and for programs including the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) and DocumentCloud. Horvit also... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for James B. Steele

James B. Steele

Contributing editor, Vanity Fair
James B. Steele is an american investigative journalist and contributing editor of Vanity Fair. Together with his collaborator Donald L. Barlett hes the most awarded journalist in US history. Steele and Barlett have won more than 50 national journalism awards, among them two Pulitzers... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 12:00 - 13:00
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

16:00

How Other Investigators Do It
Journalists are part of a larger ecosystem of investigators who track and document wrongdoing. We’re familiar with the investigative journalist’s toolkit. But how do other investigators prove wrongdoing? And can journalists learn from them? Learn from Joe Davidson, a former FBI Supervisory Special Agent, Jim Mintz will share tips from the world of private investigators and Anne Koch Director of Europe And Central Asia for Transparency International. 

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 Joe Davidson

Joe Davidson

Advisor, U.S. Department of Justice International Criminal Training Assistance Program
Joe Davidson is s former FBI Supervisory Special Agent with 30 years of experience with the FBI in management, investigations, and training. He is currently an advisor assigned to the U.S. Department of Justice International Criminal Training Assistance Program, through which he has... Read More →
avatar for Anne Koch

Anne Koch

Director, Europe And Central Asia, Transparency International
Director for Europe and Central Asia for Transparency International, where she is responsible for supporting the work of 45 autonomous chapters and leading a team at TI in Berlin. The anti-corruption work includes public advocacy, good governance, public sector reforms, international... Read More →
avatar for Jim Mintz

Jim Mintz

CEO, Mintz Group
Jim Mintz, Founder and President of the Mintz Group, has spent more than thirty years conducting investigations all over the world, primarily for law firms and general counsel. Jim helped pioneer the use of sophisticated resources by law firms in the 1970s as an in-house investigator... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 16:00 - 17:00
Lillehammer 3 (Presentations/Panels)
 
Saturday, October 10
 

10:30

Fact Check Your Story -- Before It's Too Late

How do journalists avoid pitfalls and mistakes when making investigative stories? The answer is a system of pre-publication quality control.

Together with his investigative team, Nils Hanson has developed a methodological approach to fact-checking and "bullet-proofing" investigative stories that is now being adopted in other newsrooms. Participants will be taught tools to avoid becoming the target of investigations themselves.


Moderators
avatar for Fernando Rodrigues

Fernando Rodrigues

Reporter/Columnist, UOL/Jovem Pan
Fernando Rodrigues, 52, is a Brazilian investigative journalist. Rodrigues is based in Brasília (Brazil’s capital). He has been with the news portal UOL since the year 2000. UOL (www.uol.com.br) is a leading Internet portal in Brazil with 50 million unique visitors traffic (July/2015).   As a print media journalist, Rodrigues worked 27 years for "Folha de S.Paulo” as Economics Editor in São Paulo and foreign correspondent in New York, Tokyo and Washington, D.C.    Rodrigues... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Nils Hanson

Nils Hanson

Investigative, Swedish Television
Nils Hanson was between 2003-2018 the editor-in-chief of Mission Investigate at the public service TV company Swedish Television (SVT). The investigative TV show is aired prime time one hour a week, 39 times a year. The program, produced by 35 people in the newsroom, makes stories... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 10:30 - 11:30
Lillehammer 3 (Presentations/Panels)

12:00

The ABCs of Investigative Journalism

From idea to publishing – this classic session gives you important tips on how to make sure your investigative project becomes a success.
It will give you important tips on how to examine your own idea, how to convince human sources to cooperate with you, how to get the evidence you need, how to demand accountability and how to make sure that everything you publish is accurate, fair and relevant.


Moderators
avatar for Terje Carlsson

Terje Carlsson

Journalist/Chairman, Association for Investigative Journalism in Sweden
Terje Carlsson is the chairman of the Swedish investigative journalism network FGJ.

Speakers
avatar for Nils Hanson

Nils Hanson

Investigative, Swedish Television
Nils Hanson was between 2003-2018 the editor-in-chief of Mission Investigate at the public service TV company Swedish Television (SVT). The investigative TV show is aired prime time one hour a week, 39 times a year. The program, produced by 35 people in the newsroom, makes stories... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 12:00 - 13:00
Lillehammer 3 (Presentations/Panels)

16:00

Using Hypotheses: The Core of the Investigative Method
In Story-Based Inquiry, the hypothesis accounts for the principal event. But something must have happened first, to make that event possible. And after the event occurs, there will be further events and consequences.

In this session participants will learn how to use their imaginations to construct a hypothetical chain of events (timeline), which can be used to guide investigators toward sources and documents with a high degree of accuracy.In Story-Based Inquiry, the hypothesis accounts for the principal event. But something must have happened first, to make that event possible.

And after the event occurs, there will be further events and consequences. In this session participants will learn how to use their imaginations to construct a hypothetical chain of events (timeline), which can be used to guide investigators toward sources and documents with a high degree of accuracy.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Lee Hunter

Mark Lee Hunter

Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow, INSEAD
Dr. Mark Lee Hunter is an investigative journalism and scholar, based in the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre. His awards include IRE prizes for international reporting and research. He is a founding member of Story-Based Inquiry Associates and the lead author of Story-Based Inquiry... Read More →
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 →


Saturday October 10, 2015 16:00 - 17:00
Weidemann 3 (Presentations/Panels)

17:30

Knowledge Management
Reporters are good at collecting data -- both paper and digital -- and some even know how to scrape or access databases. But then what do you do? Most let their data sit idle and rarely use it to their full potential. Find out how you can better manage your information. Learn what some organizations are doing to better use their data. Discuss how your organizations can structure a system in which they can access all their data safely and easily. 

This session is done in collaboration with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

Moderators
avatar for Jonathan Stray

Jonathan Stray

Journalist and a computer scientist, Freelance
Jonathan Stray is a freelance journalist and a computer scientist. He teaches computational journalism  at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, and leads the Overview Project, an open source visualization system to help investigative journalists make sense... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Friedrich Lindenberg

Friedrich Lindenberg

Coder and data journalist, OCCRP
Friedrich Lindenberg is a coder and data journalist working on web technology for new narrative and investigative techniques. He was an 2014 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow with Code for Africa, and a 2013 Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at Spiegel Online. Previously, he... Read More →
avatar for Smari McCarthy

Smari McCarthy

Chief technologist, OCCRP
Smári McCarthy is chief technologist at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. He lives at the intersection between politics and technology, working and writing on free software, information security, privacy, free speech, transparency and other related issues. He... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 17:30 - 18:30
Troll (Academic track)

17:30

Mastering Timelines: The Road to a Successful Project
In Story-Based Inquiry, an investigation begins with a hypothesis, which accounts for an event. But something must have happened first, to make the event possible. And after the event occurs, there will be further events and consequences. In this session, participants will learn how to use their imaginations to construct a hypothetical chain of events, which can be used to guide investigators toward sources and documents with a good degree of accuracy.  

Speakers
avatar for Mark Lee Hunter

Mark Lee Hunter

Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Fellow, INSEAD
Dr. Mark Lee Hunter is an investigative journalism and scholar, based in the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre. His awards include IRE prizes for international reporting and research. He is a founding member of Story-Based Inquiry Associates and the lead author of Story-Based Inquiry... Read More →
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 →


Saturday October 10, 2015 17:30 - 18:30
Weidemann 3 (Presentations/Panels)