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Wednesday, October 7
 

14:00

Pre-conference Panel: New Insights into Trauma and Journalism
The old model of PTSD suggests that trauma trouble starts when a sense of overwhelming threat breaks down people’s natural defences. But the picture is more complicated. Ethics also matters. New research on journalists suggests that shame and guilt for making ill-judged approaches to sources also effects wellbeing. And are we too pessimistic about the long-term corrosive impact of trauma exposure? Studies into a phenomenon called post-traumatic growth is suggesting that trauma exposure for journalists may even carry some benefits.  This discussion will look at recent research and ask what relevance it has for working journalists.

Moderators
avatar for Trond Idås

Trond Idås

Special advisor, researcher and writer, Norwegian Union of Journalists
Trond Idås is working part time for the Norwegian Union of Journalists, giving lessons in journalism and trauma. He is also giving lessons in this subject at the schools of journalism at the Norwegian universities. He is working on a doctoral thesis in development psychology. The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cait McMahon

Cait McMahon

Managing Director, Dart Centre Asia Pacific
Cait McMahon has been Managing Director of the Dart Centre Asia Pacific www.dartcentre.org/asia-pacific  since 2004.  McMahon is a psychologist, and began working with the media in 1987.  Cait is responsible for creating and facilitating training programmes across the Asia Pacific region to promote ethical and thorough reporting of violence and disaster, as well as psychologica... Read More →
avatar for Gavin Rees

Gavin Rees

Director, Dart Centre Europe
Gavin Rees is the director of Dart Centre Europe. The Dart Centre is a project of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York and is dedicated to promoting ethical and innovative approaches to the coverage of trauma and violence. Gavin is responsible for implementing... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 14:00 - 15:30
Troll (Academic track)

16:00

Pre-conference Workshop: Spreading Trauma Awareness
 We’ll be looking at old and new approaches to spreading trauma awareness both in journalism schools and professional contexts. This will be an active session with space for all to contribute concerns and ideas.

Moderators
avatar for Trond Idås

Trond Idås

Special advisor, researcher and writer, Norwegian Union of Journalists
Trond Idås is working part time for the Norwegian Union of Journalists, giving lessons in journalism and trauma. He is also giving lessons in this subject at the schools of journalism at the Norwegian universities. He is working on a doctoral thesis in development psychology. The... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cait McMahon

Cait McMahon

Managing Director, Dart Centre Asia Pacific
Cait McMahon has been Managing Director of the Dart Centre Asia Pacific www.dartcentre.org/asia-pacific  since 2004.  McMahon is a psychologist, and began working with the media in 1987.  Cait is responsible for creating and facilitating training programmes across the Asia Pacific region to promote ethical and thorough reporting of violence and disaster, as well as psychologica... Read More →
avatar for Gavin Rees

Gavin Rees

Director, Dart Centre Europe
Gavin Rees is the director of Dart Centre Europe. The Dart Centre is a project of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York and is dedicated to promoting ethical and innovative approaches to the coverage of trauma and violence. Gavin is responsible for implementing... Read More →


Wednesday October 7, 2015 16:00 - 17:30
Troll (Academic track)
 
Thursday, October 8
 

09:30

Keynote: Investigative Journalism Under Attack
Reporting in many countries is getting more dangerous than ever. 

Journalists are increasingly harassed and arrested and independent media closed.

Even family members of reporters are being arrested, for instance in Azerbaijan and Central Asia.

In this panel, five courageous investigative reporters from four continents talk about their harrowing experiences with prosecutions, dirty tricks, and violent attacks. But more than that, they will show that intimidation does not work. All still continue to tell the stories that need to be told. From Mexico to Pakistan, Angola to Malaysia, reporters refuse to be silenced, despite facing kidnappings, death threats, beatings, imprisonment, and harassment. They will talk about their strategies for fighting back -- legally, politically, and journalistically.

And they will underline the importance of international collaboration, as in the case of Azerbaijani investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova. Detained in December 2014, Khadija was sentenced to more than seven years in prison this September, but her international colleagues at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) have continued her work.

This panel will unequivocally state that journalism is not a crime!


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 Clare Rewcastle Brown

Clare Rewcastle Brown

Investigative Journalist & Editor, Sarawak Report
Clare Rewcastle Brown is a British journalist and the founder and editor of the website Sarawak Report, which has come to prominence for challenging wide scale political corruption in Malaysia and the impacts on civil and indigenous rights as well as on the environment.Her investigations... Read More →
avatar for Umar Cheema

Umar Cheema

Speical Correspondent, The News
Umar Cheema is an investigative reporter for Pakistan's English language daily, The News International. In 2008, he won a was a Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellowship, and was the first Pearl fellow to work for The New York Times. Cheema studied at the London School of Economics under... Read More →
avatar for Rafael Marques de Morais

Rafael Marques de Morais

Founder and Director, Maka Angola
IPI member Rafael Marques de Morais is an Angolan journalist and human rights defender focused on investigating government corruption and abuses in the diamond industry. He was imprisoned for his work in 1999 for calling Angolan President Dos Santos a dictator in an article titled... Read More →
avatar for Drew Sullivan

Drew Sullivan

Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Drew Sullivan, USA, co-founded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program (OCCRP) where he now serves as editor-in-chief. He is a journalist and social entrepreneur who founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004 as well as the Journalism... Read More →
avatar for Marcela Turati

Marcela Turati

Journalist, Quinto Elemento Lab
Marcela Turati is a Mexican journalist who reports about human rights and the impact of drug violence and its victims and who is dedicated to . She is co-founder of Quinto Elemento Lab, dedicated to help journalists in their investigations and the network Periodistas de a Pie, dedicated... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 09:30 - 10:30
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

11:00

Data Track: Email Encryption 1
How do you secure your email? How does encryption work and how does it operate on your computer? This session will give you hands-on training with Mailvelope and other email clients. 

Speakers
avatar for Ola Haram

Ola Haram

Journalist, TV 2 Norway
Ola Haram is a journalist and crime reporter at TV 2, based in Oslo, Norway. He is on the board of the Norwegian Investigative Journalism Foundation (SKUP) and a member og ICIJ. He tweets as @haram... Read More →


Thursday October 8, 2015 11:00 - 12:00
Messanin (Data Hands-On)

11:00

How Can We Better Protect Investigative Journalists?

Investigative journalists experience threats and violence against themselves, their family and colleges. Several press freedom NGO's and organizations like the Council of Europe have the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity on their agendas. But what strategies are most effective? And what should we do most urgently do to ensure that their member countries stop the persecution and violence against journalists doing their jobs?   


Moderators
avatar for Vivienne Walt

Vivienne Walt

Journalist, TIME & Fortune
Vivienne Walt is this year's SABEW winner for international reporting, small and medium publications. She has written since 2003 for TIME Magazine, which she first joined as a correspondent while covering the Iraq War. She also writes for Fortune Magazine. For both, she's traveled... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Elliott

Chris Elliott

Editor, The Guardian
Chris Elliott is readers' editor at The Guardian. Starting his journalistic career in local newspapers, Chris has worked as home affairs correspondent for the Sunday Telegraph, chief reporter for the Sunday Correspondent and assistant news editor for The Times. In 1995, he joined... Read More →
avatar for Xianhong Hu

Xianhong Hu

Program specialist, UNESCO Headquarter
Ms Xianhong Hu, the program specialist at Division of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO Headquarter in Paris since 2006.   Her main responsibilities are in the areas of freedom of expression online and offline, Internet privacy... Read More →
avatar for Thorbjørn Jagland

Thorbjørn Jagland

Secretary General, Council of Europe
Thorbjørn Jagland is the secretary general of the Council of Europe since 2009. Hes a former prime minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs in Norway. Until 2015 he served as the chairman of the Nobel Peace Prize Comittee
avatar for Abeer Saady

Abeer Saady

Journalist and trainer, Freelance
Abeer Saady is an award-winning Egyptian journalist, consultant and trainer with 24 years of work in the field of media across the Arab world. Reporters Without Borders has chosen her in the "100 Heroes of Information" list as recognition of her work at the 3rd of May 2014. She... Read More →
avatar for Rana Sabbagh

Rana Sabbagh

Founder | Executive Director | Journalist, ARIJ
Rana Sabbagh is executive director at Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) – the region’s leading media support network spreading the culture of “accountability journalism” in nine Arab states since 2005.She has dedicated the last 33 years of her career as journalist, columnist and media trainer to promote free speech, independent media, “accountability journalism” and human rights.As former chief editor of the Jordan Times (1999-Jan 2002), she became the first Arab female in t... Read More →
avatar for Anna Schiller

Anna Schiller

Communications Strategist, International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF)
Anna Schiller is the IWMF’s communications strategist. She manages all aspects of the IWMF’s external communication. Prior to joining the IWMF, Schiller was a Senior Press and Public Diplomacy Officer at the German Embassy in Washington, DC. She was trained in this field at the... Read More →
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Bruce Shapiro

Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism


Thursday October 8, 2015 11:00 - 12:00
Weidemann 5 (Presentations/Panels)

15:00

Protecting Your Health While Covering Human Tragedy

It's not just war reporters who need to know about self-care on traumatic assignments. Investigative reporters who work intensively on such topics as migration, human trafficking, and sexual violence are also at risk of finding themselves in trauma trouble. Interviewing victims and witnesses, reviewing records of tragedy, viewing photos and video, and assembling the stories of traumatic events all can have a profound emotional impact. And then there is always some risk of becoming a direct target of harassment, detention or physical violence. 

This panel will look at what it takes to remain resilient on such assignments, and offer practical advice, drawing on personal experience and the latest scientific insight into self-care and trauma.  


Moderators
avatar for Gavin Rees

Gavin Rees

Director, Dart Centre Europe
Gavin Rees is the director of Dart Centre Europe. The Dart Centre is a project of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York and is dedicated to promoting ethical and innovative approaches to the coverage of trauma and violence. Gavin is responsible for implementing... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cait McMahon

Cait McMahon

Managing Director, Dart Centre Asia Pacific
Cait McMahon has been Managing Director of the Dart Centre Asia Pacific www.dartcentre.org/asia-pacific  since 2004.  McMahon is a psychologist, and began working with the media in 1987.  Cait is responsible for creating and facilitating training programmes across the Asia Pacific region to promote ethical and thorough reporting of violence and disaster, as well as psychologica... Read More →
avatar for Juliana Ruhfus

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 →


Thursday October 8, 2015 15:00 - 16:00
Weidemann 3 (Presentations/Panels)
 
Friday, October 9
 

17:30

What's Happening in Russia?
It’s the big bear in the room. Russia is one of the most powerful countries on earth and yet it is also one of the least understood. Find out from three long-time reporters from Russia exactly what is happening in that country. How much control does Putin really exercise and what are his plans for media and his neighbors? Can independent media really survive?

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

Moderators
avatar for Börge Nilsson

Börge Nilsson

Journalist, Textra/Scoop Russia
Project Coordinator for FGJ in SCOOP Russia. Also freelance journalist in Textra frilansredaktion, covering Russia, Ukraine and Eastern Europe.

Speakers
avatar for Roman Anin

Roman Anin

Head of investigative section, Novaya Gazeta
Roman Anin is the head of investigative section of Moscow based Novaya Gazeta, one of the most famous Russian newspapers in the world. He began his career in 2006 as a sports writer, but in 2008 was moved to the newspaper’s investigative section. Since 2009 Anin has been working... Read More →
avatar for Andrei Soldatov

Andrei Soldatov

Investigative journalist and editor, Agentura.ru
Andrei Soldatov is an investigative journalist and editor and co-founder of Agentura.Ru, an information hub on intelligence agencies. Soldatov regularly makes comments on terrorism and intelligence issues for Vedomosti, Radio Free Europe and the BBC. He authored a chapter on Russia’s... Read More →
avatar for Galina Timchenko

Galina Timchenko

CEO, Meduza
Galina Timchenko worked at Kommersant newspaper as an editor, from 2004 to 2014 was editor-in-chief of most popular Russian news outlet Lenta.ru. In 2014 established Meduza Project  - independent news outlet.
avatar for Mikhail Zygar

Mikhail Zygar

Editor-in-chief, Dozhd
Mikhail Zygar is the editor-in-chief of the independent Russian TV channel Dozhd. Under Zygar's leadership, Dozhd has provided an alternative to Kremlin-controlled federal TV channels by focusing on news content and giving a platform to opposition voices. The channel's coverage... Read More →


Friday October 9, 2015 17:30 - 18:30
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)
 
Saturday, October 10
 

09:00

Investigative Reporting in Repressive Regimes

Angolan investigative reporter and anti-corruption activist Rafael Marques de Morais is editor of the newssite MakaAngola  and author of the book “Blood Diamonds; Corruption and Torture in Angola.” In his book, Marques de Morais accuses some of Angolas top generals of human rights violations and corruption, an accusation that recently led to him being convicted for “defamation.” Marques de Morais has received several awards for his work, in March he received the Freedom of Expression award from the UK-based Index on Censorship.


Moderators
avatar for Patrick Butler

Patrick Butler

Vice President, International Center for Journalists
Patrick Butler is Vice President for Programs at the International Center for Journalists, a non-profit organization that works to improve the skills and standards of journalists and media around the world. He oversees the development and execution of ICFJ programs and supervises... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rafael Marques de Morais

Rafael Marques de Morais

Founder and Director, Maka Angola
IPI member Rafael Marques de Morais is an Angolan journalist and human rights defender focused on investigating government corruption and abuses in the diamond industry. He was imprisoned for his work in 1999 for calling Angolan President Dos Santos a dictator in an article titled... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 09:00 - 10:00
Lillehammer 1-2 (Keynote hall)

17:30

When Journalists Are Targets

Sami Al-Hajj knows from personal experience more than anyone would ever want to know about human rights abuses and threats to journalists.

During his six years at Guanatanmo, the Al Jazeera Cameraman was interrogated more than 200 times. His Crime? Journalism.

The Sudanese cameraman is today the director of Al Jazeera’s Public Liberties and Human Rights Centre. He joins us to speak about how Al Jazeera cover today’s conflicts in North Africa and The Middle East.

Emin Huseynov is an Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist. He was the chairman of the Institute for Reporters' Freedom and Safety. After he was forced into hiding at the Swiss embassy in Baku to avoid arrest for six months, Huseynov fled Azerbaijan and has now asked for political asylum in Switzerland.

Azerbaijan is one of the 10 most censored countries in the world, according to Committee to Protect Journalists.

 


Moderators
avatar for Erling Borgen

Erling Borgen

Journalist, Borgen Productions AS
Documentary filmmaker, journalist and author Erling Borgen is in charge of the only production house in Scandinavia, making documantaries only about human rights issues and art and culture.He is professor in investigative documentary filmmaking at the University of Lillehammer. Since... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sami Al-Haj

Sami Al-Haj

Director, Al Jazeera Public Liberties and Human Rights Centre
Sami Al-Hajj, born 1969, is originally from Sudan. He was arrested by the Pakistani Army while working for Al Jazeera in Afghanistan in 2001.After six years and seven months as a prisoner of the United States at Guanatanamo Bay, he was released as a free man.Today he heads Al Jazeera’s... Read More →
avatar for Emin Milli

Emin Milli

Chefredakteur, Meydan TV
Emin Milli (Emin Abdullayev), Azerbaijan, is a managing director of Meydan TV since 2013. Meydan TV is an independent online news media platform for Azerbaijan and a media hub for the region. Milli was imprisoned in 2009 for two and a half years for his critical views about the government... Read More →


Saturday October 10, 2015 17:30 - 18:30
Weidemann 5 (Presentations/Panels)