cross-border journalism

Conference networking cook book

In Projects on November 14, 2011 at 7:42 am

At the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Kiev in October 2011, more than 500 journalists from all over the world gathered. This was the 7th conference of its kind, and the overall idea is, of course, to find colleagues for cross-border inspiration and possibly cooperation.

Yet as the years go it can be difficult for newcomers to get in and actually find the contacts, we all are looking for. After observing this at previous conferences, Nicky Hager from New Zealand and I tried to develop a model for the Kiev conference, to facilitate contacts – breaking up country groups, allowing space and time to talk about certain subjects and so forth.

We had many good reactions and several participants mentioned, they wanted to include systematic networking into their conferences.

So we prepared a “GIJC Conference networking cook book – by Brigitte Alfter and Nicky Hager” – a practical check list of what we did this time. But our networking was only a first go at this. We hope this inspires organisors at other conferences to develop it much, much further.

We also added all network related comments from the evaluation, and some of these comments may be helpful, for further development.

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