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#Dataharvest13 upcoming! Join us

In Blog news, Projects on March 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm


Want to meet the director of the European Ombudsman (half of the cases there concern transparency) – and want to meet two lawyers, who are among those who win cases for more transparency at the European Court of Justice?

Then come to Brussels to the Dataharvest.

Of course you can also meet investigative journalisms grand old in Europe, David Leigh, investigative editor at the Guardian. He recently got an –  indirect – award for his work: The OECD experts praised his and his colleagues’ work in their big report about tax evasion Adressing Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (page 13).

And then there will be lots of fresh data and good coders to help you make stories out of them. For example the award winning journalist Nils Mulvad @nmulvad (European journalist of the year 2006) will help with fresh Farmsubsidy data, and Friedrich Lindenberg from the Open Knowledge Foundation/Der Spiegel @pudo.

Interested in research in social media? Meet Paul Myers, researcher at the BBC and excellent speaker and trainer @researchclinik. Interested in combining a lot of new research methods? Meet Paul Bradshaw from Birmingham University @paulbradshaw. Meet Per Anders Johansen from Norway, who makes a living on wobbing for excellent stories.

And many, many others! Have a look at the program (as of today – to be updated further).

There will be four tracks:

  • Farmsubsidy – EU spending on agricultural policy @farmsubsidy
  • Crossborder – reporting following the story, not the national borders
  • Wobbing – using freedom of information legislation to get good, original information for journalistic work  @wobbing_europe
  • Data – cooperating with coders to make better journalism

Much looking forward to seeing you there!

Talking about impact

In Blog news, Projects on November 25, 2011 at 7:35 am

Journalists love to do research. They are happy and proud, when the story comes out. And then they move on to the next story. In other words: We rarely check the impact. Did our reporting actually lead to change?

Last year I was part of a team by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists looking into the black market in bluefin tuna – in Europe and globally. Story was quoted widely – a selection gathered at my Danish Crossborder blog at the magazine Journalisten.

One of the key findings at the time was, that yes, governments and whoever responsible had a lot of nice promises for systems to control the greedy tuna industry – but they didn’t work. One of the problems was an archaic control system.

This past weekend the fishing nations behind the agreement changed their mind – and the system!

Read more in the sum up on impact by the leading reporters of last year’s team, Kate Willson and Marina Walker.

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.