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Tuesday, May 18
 

10:00 CEST

Welcome to the EIJC21!
A new Dataharvest Digital opens to inspire you and connect reporters across Europe. Enjoy!

Moderators
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →


Tuesday May 18, 2021 10:00 - 10:05 CEST
Online

10:05 CEST

Morning booster: Don't be numbed by numbers
A lot of data projects deliver numbers for us to put in our stories – but too many numbers or statistics will kill your audience’s interest. When it comes to using numbers in stories there are some definite things to avoid – in this interactive session, Jonathan Stoneman will go through the key things to think about when putting numbers in your stories.

Moderators
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Stoneman

Jonathan Stoneman

Data journalism trainer, Freelance (UK)


Tuesday May 18, 2021 10:05 - 10:40 CEST
Online

11:00 CEST

The Frontex Files - transparency with FOI
The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, does not meet with lobbyists from the weapons and surveillance industry, they say. On its website, Frontex includes only partial information about invitations to their meetings and doesn’t reveal who was invited or what was presented. German reporters in cooperation with the NGOs Corporate Europe Observatory and Fragdenstaat.de proved who were really at the meetings and also published the first lobbying transparency register of Frontex. Read more: How to FOI a reluctant institution

Moderators
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
VD

Vera Deleja-Hotko

Investigative Journalistin, FragDenStaat
avatar for Luisa Izuzquiza

Luisa Izuzquiza

Corporate Europe Observatory
Luisa Izuzquiza is a freedom of information activist based in Brussels, Belgium.Luisa does research, gives advice on, and litigates for access to information with a special focus on EU migration, asylum and border control policies.Luisa currently works at Corporate Europe Observatory... Read More →


Tuesday May 18, 2021 11:00 - 12:15 CEST
Online

14:00 CEST

Scraping from scratch
You may have come across acronyms like HTTP and HTML, but what does it all mean, and what does it matter? The principals that underpin the web are likely simpler than you think. Understanding these ideas can help you scrape information you need from the web, as well as comprehend how, exactly, your stories reach your readers. No technical knowledge required.

Moderators
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist

Speakers
avatar for Max Harlow

Max Harlow

Financial Times
Max Harlow works with the visual and data journalism team at the Financial Times in London. He has previously worked on investigations at the Guardian and at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He co-runs Journocoders, a group for journalists who want to develop technical ski... Read More →


Tuesday May 18, 2021 14:00 - 15:15 CEST
Online

17:00 CEST

CANCELLED: Data sprint, stage 1
Do you want to practise the data skills you have learned in a fun and interactive way? Join the Data Sprint – 3 interconnected sessions in which you will solve a series of data-driven puzzles to get your reporting team on the right story, in the right place at the right time.

Speakers
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe
avatar for Jonathan Stoneman

Jonathan Stoneman

Data journalism trainer, Freelance (UK)


Tuesday May 18, 2021 17:00 - 18:30 CEST
Online
 
Wednesday, May 19
 

10:00 CEST

Morning booster: Secure communications with Signal
Learn how to communicate securely with sources, colleagues and teams. In this hands-on workshop we dive into how journalists can use Signal on phone and desktop and other insider tips on digital security in crossborder teams.

Speakers
avatar for Fredrik Laurin

Fredrik Laurin

Editor, Swedish Television
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe


Wednesday May 19, 2021 10:00 - 10:45 CEST
Online

11:00 CEST

Open-source intelligence skills for investigative reporters
How to tell open-source intelligence stories for the news? Ben Heubl will reveal the ins and outs of how professional journalists tell open-source intelligence (OSINT) journalism stories, how they can be broken down into a few elementary steps, and how this helps your investigative research and the writing process. Read more about the session

Speakers
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe
avatar for Ben Heubl

Ben Heubl

Investigative Journalist
London-based investigative journalist, data/stats nerd, who worked previously at the Economist and the FT, OSINT enthusiast.


Wednesday May 19, 2021 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Online

14:00 CEST

No database, no problem
When and How to Create Your Own Dataset: Even if you're lucky enough to work somewhere with a strong open records law, sometimes the best data stories star with no database at all. In this class, we'll discuss when it's appropriate to build your own database out of documents or other records, and everything you'll need to consider to do the job correctly.

Moderators
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist

Speakers
avatar for Rob Gebeloff

Rob Gebeloff

Robert Gebeloff is a New Yorks Times reporter specializing in data analysis. He works on in-depth stories where numbers help augment traditional reporting.


Wednesday May 19, 2021 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
Online

17:00 CEST

Instant inspiration: The journeys our clothes make
Many donate their used clothes to charity – and then what happens? Finnish Minna Knus-Galán equipped six pieces of clothes with gps trackers, and they ended up in strange places. Her colleague Jessica Stolzmann used gps trackers to dig into what happens to the clothes we return to online stores. Do you think they go directly back to the store? Think again!
Read more about the investigations

Moderators
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Minna Knus-Galán

Minna Knus-Galán

Toimittaja, YLE, MOT
avatar for Jessica Stolzmann

Jessica Stolzmann

Journalist, YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company
Jessica Stolzmann investigated what happens to the clothes that we buy and send back to the shops. She bought clothes online and returned them with trackers. The investigation took her all the way to Northern Iraqwhere some of the clothes ended up in a landfill.Jessica has also investigated... Read More →


Wednesday May 19, 2021 17:00 - 18:30 CEST
Online
 
Thursday, May 20
 

10:00 CEST

Morning booster: Who is really, really behind a website
Websites look like they’re designed to make information available to the public. However, valuable information is hiding behind what you see in your browser. Sometimes it is important to research hidden data: to identify the individuals or companies that own a domain name or to dig up content that it once contained but that has since been removed. Learn the most important methods and tools.

Moderators
avatar for Jose Miguel Calatayud

Jose Miguel Calatayud

Freelance journalist, project director at Arena

Speakers
avatar for Laura Ranca

Laura Ranca

Project Lead -, Tactical Tech
Laura leads Tactical Tech's 'Exposing the Invisible' project which provides techniques, tools and methods of digital and non-digital investigations. Before joining Tactical Tech in January 2018, she worked as a program specialist with the investigative journalism portfolio of the... Read More →


Thursday May 20, 2021 10:00 - 10:45 CEST
Online

11:00 CEST

Bullet-proofing the investigation
You want every single detail in your investigation to be correct because your credibility relies on it. If you write that “the fence is blue”, it had better be blue and not green. But do you have a well-working systematic approach to your fact-checking?
Investigative editor Nils Hanson introduced a quality control mechanism when he became editor of the weekly investigative Swedish tv program Mission Investigate. It has several steps – from the pitch, where every possible aspect of the story is analyzed and criticized, to the final days before publishing. Then the manuscript is scrutinized from start to finish. In this line-by-line approach, every single word in the investigation is checked and crosschecked: How do we know that? Which document does that come from? Have we heard the other side of that allegation?
Nils Hanson will share his methods and give examples in this session. And what he may be too modest to mention: The method works – the program Mission Investigate got 10 international awards in the final two years with him as an editor.

Moderators
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe

Speakers

Thursday May 20, 2021 11:00 - 12:00 CEST
Online

12:00 CEST

European Journalism Training Association - Teachers' Conference
More than 100 journalism teachers from all over Europe meet to discuss how to teach data journalism. The program has been developed in close collaboration with Dataharvest - the European Investigative Journalism Conference.


Speakers
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →


Thursday May 20, 2021 12:00 - 18:30 CEST
Online

14:00 CEST

Scraping without programming
Do you love the endless copy pasting? If you do, this session is not for you. We will show you how to scrape from Google Docs and how to use the chrome extension tool "Scraper".

If you would like to follow along, please download the extension Scraper and Web scraper for your Google Chrome before the session (they only work in Chrome).You can also build the 'ImportJSON' function in your Google Sheets Here or here

Speakers
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist
avatar for Carmen Aguilar García

Carmen Aguilar García

Senior Data Journalist, Sky News
Data journalist at Sky News. Scraping, cleaning, data analysis, visual storytelling but above all JOURNALISM!


Thursday May 20, 2021 14:00 - 15:15 CEST
Online

17:00 CEST

Roundtable: Confronting the 'bad guy' - when and how?
Whoever we criticize in our investigations have a right to reply and present their side of things. But at which point do you confront ‘the bad guy’ with your findings – and how? There are many answers to this in Europe – depending on the story, on the legislation and the political and safety situation in the country. In the renowned Swedish program Mission Investigate, the journalists confront the adversary early to be sure to get the story right. In other countries you have to wait until the last minute in order not the be sued – or be in danger. Some dread the confrontation, some like it, some just take it as a part of the job. How and when do you do it? Come with your experiences!

Moderators
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Margherita Bettoni

Margherita Bettoni

freelance journalist
Margherita Bettoni is an investigative journalist based in Germany specialising in organized crime and gender-related violence. She has been investigating the Italian Mafia in Germany since 2014 and she has been working on cross-border investigations as a part of international teams... Read More →
avatar for Micael Pereira

Micael Pereira

Journalist, Expresso
Investigative journalist at Expresso, his country leading newspaper. Exposed Portugal's role in the CIA's secret rendition program after 11/9, worked on Wikileaks’s diplomatic cables leak, ICIJ's Offshore Leaks, Panama Papers, Bahama Leaks and Paradise Papers. Also collaborates... Read More →


Thursday May 20, 2021 17:00 - 18:15 CEST
Online
 
Friday, May 21
 

09:30 CEST

European Journalism Training Association - Teachers' Conference
More than 100 journalism teachers from all over Europe meet to discuss how to teach data journalism. The program has been developed in close collaboration with Dataharvest - the European Investigative Journalism Conference.


Speakers
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →


Friday May 21, 2021 09:30 - 12:30 CEST
Online

10:00 CEST

Money to burn - tracking deforestation fuelled by EU’s renewable energy policies
EU member states are expected to transition their energy supply to renewable sources. Biomass, and specifically wood pellets, has become the main source of renewable energy in the EU. In Estonia, the pellet industry, which heats the homes of thousands of Europeans, also drives deforestation in protected natural areas. Large-scale felling has disastrous consequences for both country’s biodiversity and block’s climate ambitions.

Join us to learn how the team behind the investigation combined different investigative methodologies - open source geospatial tools, close collaboration with scientists, on the ground reporting - to track the pellets from forest to furnace, follow the industry’s profits and map the deforestation and biodiversity loss in Estonia.

Money for Burn investigation was shortlisted for the European Press Prize.

Read their investigation HERE.

Moderators
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Piret Reiljan

Piret Reiljan

Freelance investigative journalist
I'm an experienced business journalist, mainly been covering topics like business crime, corruption etc.
avatar for Ties Gijzel

Ties Gijzel

Partnership Developer, VPRO
I start cross-border collaborations for Argos, the VPRO's investigative journalism platform. Co-founder of Are We Europe, a platform for border breaking stories. Talk to me about cross-border investigations, pan-European journalism and solutions journalism.
avatar for Hazel Sheffield

Hazel Sheffield

In 2020, Hazel co-ordinated the cross-border investigation Money to Burn, which revealed that Europe's renewable energy subsidies were inadvertently fuelling the destruction of ancient forests in Estonia.She will reveal the tools, technology and the tribulations of co-ordinating seven... Read More →


Friday May 21, 2021 10:00 - 11:15 CEST
Online

11:30 CEST

Black trail - How shipping pollutes the planet, avoids taxation and gets away with it
Objectives to fight the climate crisis are clear: global emissions need to be reduced, across countries and sectors. The shipping industry’s emissions are larger than those of Germany, they seriously impact our climate and are continuing to rise. Learn how a group of journalists investigated the shipping sector for over a year, what is the role of the IMO, the shipping industry's regulatory body,  and how the decarbonisation process is progressing.

We will also look into the industry's huge subsidies, and how it is saving billions through preferential tax arrangements offered by European countries.

See the documentary: https://theblacksea.eu/black-trail-project/black-trail-documentary-film/


Moderators
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Nikolas Leontopoulos

Nikolas Leontopoulos

Journalist, Reporters United
Nikolas Leontopoulos is a Greek journalist based in Athens. He is the co-founder of Reporters United, a new centre for investigative journalism and a network of reporters in Greece. Nikolas worked for ten years for the Athens daily Eleftherotypia. He collaborated in investigations with Reuters on banks, shipping and the media in Greece, and reported for the “Outlaw Ocean” New... Read More →
avatar for Craig Shaw

Craig Shaw

Journalist, theblacksea.eu / EIC.Network
Craig Shaw is a British journalist and Investigation Editor of The Black Sea, working on human rights, political corruption, financial and organised crime reporting, and transnational investigative projects.His work has appeared in leading international media outlets, The Guardian... Read More →
avatar for Zeynep Sentek

Zeynep Sentek

Journalist
Zeynep is a Turkish investigative journalist specialised in corruption, offshore structures, workers' rights and environmental investigations. She currently works as the Network Coordinator for the London-based news organisation openDemocracy. She is also the managing editor of the... Read More →


Friday May 21, 2021 11:30 - 12:45 CEST
Online

16:00 CEST

Tracking industrial emissions - from ETS data to companies' registries
The UK has pledged that by 2050, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by all the cars, homes and industry in the country will be net-zero. Manufacturing and industry - that are the drivers of the country’s economy and important job providers- often escape public scrutiny. Data-led investigation from Sky News found out that 15 firms are responsible for around a sixth of all the UK's annual greenhouse gas emissions.
In order to crunch the numbers and understand who the big companies behind specific installations are, data journalist Carmen Aguilar Garcia had to analyse the European Emission Trade system data and cross-check it with the companies’ registries. In this session, she will take us through her investigation process, and share with us tips on how to deal with the ETS data.

Read Sky News investigation HERE.

Moderators
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Aguilar García

Carmen Aguilar García

Senior Data Journalist, Sky News
Data journalist at Sky News. Scraping, cleaning, data analysis, visual storytelling but above all JOURNALISM!


Friday May 21, 2021 16:00 - 17:15 CEST
Online
 
Tuesday, May 25
 

10:00 CEST

Morning booster: What every journalist must know about GDPR
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) was put into force in May 2018. It also applies to media and journalists. Freedom of expression – including a free and independent press – are important in a healthy democracy. Media organisations must therefore be able to process personal data when producing journalistic content, where there is a public interest in doing so. Data protection laws recognise this by including specific rules that help balance the right to privacy with the right to freedom of expression. One of the most important new rights GDPR offers to individuals is a right to be forgotten (right to erasure). How does this right apply to media? In this lecture we will also discuss the jurisprudence od European courts regarding this right.

Speakers
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe
avatar for Nataša Pirc Musar

Nataša Pirc Musar

Director and partner, Law Firm Pirc Musar & Lemut Strle
Ex Information Commissioner of the Republic of Slovenia, data protection and FOI expert


Tuesday May 25, 2021 10:00 - 10:45 CEST
Online

11:00 CEST

The data state of mind: Where to get it
When looking for the data you need, it helps to have a method: Jonathan Stoneman shares his in this interactive session.

Moderators
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Stoneman

Jonathan Stoneman

Data journalism trainer, Freelance (UK)


Tuesday May 25, 2021 11:00 - 12:15 CEST
Online

14:00 CEST

How to think about data: get organised and avoid mistakes with better working practices
This session will explain concepts as well as cover tips, tricks, and traps to avoid which will make your work with spreadsheets easier and more effective. This will include wide versus tall data, separating semantics from presentation, how to name things, and data validation techniques. In short: everybody who regularly works with spreadsheets should listen in.

Moderators
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist

Speakers
avatar for Max Harlow

Max Harlow

Financial Times
Max Harlow works with the visual and data journalism team at the Financial Times in London. He has previously worked on investigations at the Guardian and at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He co-runs Journocoders, a group for journalists who want to develop technical ski... Read More →


Tuesday May 25, 2021 14:00 - 15:15 CEST
Online

17:00 CEST

CANCELLED: Data sprint, stage 2
Do you want to practise the data skills you have learned in a fun and interactive way? We continue the Data Sprint – 3 interconnected sessions in which you will solve a series of data-driven puzzles to get your reporting team on the right story, in the right place at the right time.

Moderators
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Stoneman

Jonathan Stoneman

Data journalism trainer, Freelance (UK)


Tuesday May 25, 2021 17:00 - 18:30 CEST
Online
 
Wednesday, May 26
 

10:00 CEST

Morning booster: Stalking ourselves professionally - 1
Investigating personal details is part of many stories, and we have seen presentations on what is feasible in many ways - starting with usernames, pics, phone numbers, mail addresses, names etc. But what else is feasible? When designing research challenges, Oliver and Marcus gave students some personal data to dig into. So the snapshot of a pet can lead to a home address; the combination of small details can even lead further. So we started to search for more and found personal data where we had not expected it. Old e-mail addresses we almost had forgotten etc. From there we turned the experiment into a lesson: What strategies can we develop from here?

Moderators
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Marcus Lindemann

Marcus Lindemann

managing editor, autoren(werk) GmbH & Co.KG
Marcus Lindemann ist geschäftsführender Autor von autoren(werk) und produziert seit dem Jahr 2000 mit seiner eigenen Firma Magazinstücke und Dokumentationen für ARD und ZDF, hauptsächlich zu Verbraucherthemen, gerne mit versteckter Kamera. Nach der Reihe "WISO ermittelt" ist... Read More →
avatar for Oliver Klein

Oliver Klein

Recherchetrainer
Oliver Klein works as an editor for factchecking and verification for the ZDF, Europe's largest broadcaster. Since 2008 he has been training journalists in OSINT, factchecking and verification. In addition to large media companies, universities and academies, his customers also include... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 10:00 - 10:45 CEST
Online

11:00 CEST

Automating collaboration with many partners
Russian reporters in istories.media (short for Important stories) automated some of the tasks of investigative journalism and created apps that share findings with dozens of newsrooms all across the country.

Moderators
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist

Speakers

Wednesday May 26, 2021 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Online

14:00 CEST

Data collaboration in local media
10 local newsrooms across northern and mid-Norway shared large datasets, analyzed 500.000 state payments to farmers, and exposed which farmers and areas got the most state subsidies. They also used it to expose covid19-funding, the wages to public workers, and other stories.This was done with new tools in Excel 2016, that allowed the newsrooms to do data journalism without coding. Reporter Rune Ytreberg shows how they worked and how you can do the same, no matter which platform you use.

Moderators
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist

Speakers
avatar for Rune Ytreberg

Rune Ytreberg

Journalist, iTromsø
I work as a business editor in the norwegian daily newspaper iTromso.no, covering fish, oil, crime, politics, lobbying and Arctic in (the northern part of) Norway. I teach data-, investigative and crossborder journalism at Oslomet University and The Institute of Journalism in Norway... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 14:00 - 15:15 CEST
Online

17:00 CEST

Instant inspiration: Data-driven collaboration focuses on domestic violence
In the midst of a national lockdown, already overcrowded women’s shelters throughout Germany found themselves turning away dozens - sometimes even hundreds - of women in order to meet COVID-19 restrictions. While each federal state maintains its own system for funding shelters, there was an obvious national trend: Not enough space.
From scraping to crowdsourcing, this session delves into Correctiv.Lokal’s data-driven approach to researching how women’s shelters through Germany struggle to meet the needs of survivors of domestic violence. We’ll also talk about how we worked with local newsrooms throughout the country to bring our research to a wider audience.

Moderators
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
MD

Max Donheiser

Correctiv
avatar for Jonathan Sachse

Jonathan Sachse

Leiter CORRECTIV.Lokal, Correctiv
Jonathan ist Gründungsmitglied von CORRECTIV. Als Reporter liebt er es mit möglichst unterschiedlichen Methoden zu Missständen in unserer Gesellschaft zu recherchieren und arbeitet dabei gerne in Teams.Gemeinsam mit Kollegen baute er den CrowdNewsroom auf. Eine Plattform, auf der... Read More →


Wednesday May 26, 2021 17:00 - 18:15 CEST
Online
 
Thursday, May 27
 

10:00 CEST

Morning booster: Stalking ourselves professionally - 2
Investigating personal details is part of many stories, and we have seen presentations on what is feasible in many ways - starting with usernames, pics, phone numbers, mail addresses, names etc. But what else is feasible? When designing research challenges, Oliver and Marcus gave students some personal data to dig into. So the snapshot of a pet can lead to a living address; the combination of small details can even lead further. So we started to search for more and found personal data where we had not expected it. Old e-mail addresses we almost had forgotten etc. From there we turned the experiment into a lesson: What strategies can we develop from here?

Moderators
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Marcus Lindemann

Marcus Lindemann

managing editor, autoren(werk) GmbH & Co.KG
Marcus Lindemann ist geschäftsführender Autor von autoren(werk) und produziert seit dem Jahr 2000 mit seiner eigenen Firma Magazinstücke und Dokumentationen für ARD und ZDF, hauptsächlich zu Verbraucherthemen, gerne mit versteckter Kamera. Nach der Reihe "WISO ermittelt" ist... Read More →
avatar for Oliver Klein

Oliver Klein

Recherchetrainer
Oliver Klein works as an editor for factchecking and verification for the ZDF, Europe's largest broadcaster. Since 2008 he has been training journalists in OSINT, factchecking and verification. In addition to large media companies, universities and academies, his customers also include... Read More →


Thursday May 27, 2021 10:00 - 10:40 CEST
Online

11:00 CEST

Seven ways to tell the data story
Some people struggle to find story angles in data - and some people miss fresher angles because they rely on the same approach each time. In this session Paul Bradshaw will outline the 7 most angles used when finding stories in data - and an 8th approach to using data to generate story leads - as a methodical approach to use those in ideas generation.

Moderators
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist

Speakers
avatar for Paul Bradshaw

Paul Bradshaw

Journalist and Academic, Birmingham City University
Paul Bradshaw runs the MA in Data Journalism and MA in Multiplatform and Mobile Journalism at Birmingham City University and also works as a consulting data journalist with the BBC England Data Unit. A journalist, writer and trainer, he has worked with news organisations includin... Read More →


Thursday May 27, 2021 11:00 - 12:15 CEST
Online

14:00 CEST

Joining tables in SQL
SQL is a powerful tool to join information contained in multiple datasets. When you’ve done all you can with spreadsheets but either your data are too big or you need to join tables (files), SQL (Structured Query Language) is for you.

To attend this class you need to have a basic knowledge of spreadsheets and you also need to download DB Browser, https://sqlitebrowser.org/

Moderators
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist

Speakers
avatar for Helena Bengtsson

Helena Bengtsson

Editor, Data Journalism, Sveriges Television
Helena Bengtsson is Editor for Data Journalism at Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national television broadcaster. She previously worked as Editor, Data Projects at the Guardian in London, UK between 2014-2017. In 2006 and 2007, she was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity... Read More →


Thursday May 27, 2021 14:00 - 15:15 CEST
Online

17:00 CEST

Prostitution networks crossing borders
- how we uncovered pimping networks, violence, and system failure in Poland and Denmark

Through an investigative corporation between the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and TVN in Poland, two reporters uncovered how pimps have been able to run brothel networks across Denmark, where they recruit prostitutes online and circulate them around houses and apartments to maximize earning - without anyone intervening.
These prostitution networks include a Polish brothel gang, called "Braciakow," led by three brothers. Several years before they entered the Danish brothel market, the brothers were indicted by the Polish authorities for a number of crimes including forcing women into prostitution and for abusing the women and attacking competitors. The brothers have encouraged/pushed some of their prostitutes to tattoo themselves with phrases like "Faithful bitch" and "I love my master and ruler Braciakow".
In the middle of the trial, the brothers left Poland - and started a new network of brothels in Denmark. They did so until 2017 when a Polish woman burned to death in a brothel in Aalborg, and the brothers were charged with ordering the arson. Today, four years later, the trial in Poland has just started.
The story of the brothel networks in Denmark is based on - among other things - a collection and analysis of 10,000 Danish sex ads and compared with more than 150 polish ads with job offers in Denmark. Through this, we found patterns that have made it possible to map specific brothel networks.
We go through the whole process from the initial idea, data research, collaboration, and joint research in Poland and Denmark, until final publication.

Moderators
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Patryk Szczepaniak

Patryk Szczepaniak

Reporter, TVN Discovery Poland
I am a journalist for the investigative program Superwizjer at TVN Discovery Poland. A member of GIJN member Fundacja Reporterow. I cover organized crime, national security threats, human trafficking, and social injustice in Europe. From time to time, I go undercover. I strongly believe, that constant dropping wears away a stone... Read More →
avatar for Anne Skjerning

Anne Skjerning

Investigative reporter, Danish Broadcasting Corporation
I have 10 years experience in the field of investigative reporting and currently I research and produce investigative podcast series. Special skills: Datajournalism, web scraping, radio/podcast production.


Thursday May 27, 2021 17:00 - 18:15 CEST
Online
 
Friday, May 28
 

10:00 CEST

Data Buffet: Heavy industry's Emissions Trading System (ETS) and pollution
Join us for a rich data buffet with two data scientists from the European Environmental Agency. We'll first dive into the Emission Trading System to better understand how it works, then explore the data related to industrial pollution. You will learn what sort of data related (heavy) industry EEA has in store, how it's collected and how to make the best use of it.

Speakers
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe
avatar for Javier Esparrago

Javier Esparrago

Expert - Energy and Environment at the European Environment Agency, European Environment Agency
Javier works as an expert in energy and environment at the European Environment Agency (EEA). He works on the interface of science and environmental policy and his aim is to inform EU climate and energy policies with accurate and updated data and information. He contributes to various... Read More →
avatar for Juan Calero

Juan Calero

Expert - Industry and Environment at European Environment Agency, European Environment Agency
As part of my current role, I lead assessments and policy support activities on the interface between industry and environment, and coordinate the monitoring and reporting of industrial emission data.Previously, I was a principal consultant and project manager at Wood. I have seven... Read More →


Friday May 28, 2021 10:00 - 11:00 CEST
Online

11:30 CEST

Zoom into aviation - offset schemes, state aids and science behind the emissions
How to analyse aviation’s climate ambitions? Is the UN’s aviation offsetting scheme (Corsia) in any way compatible with the EU Green Deal? Join us for a session with Jo Dardenne for Transport&Environment to learn about aviation offsetting, the economic side of the aviation industry (taxation state aids) and the role of synthetic fuels and hydrogen-based fuels in the aviation industry.





Moderators
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
JD

Jo Dardenne

Aviation Manager, Transport&Environment


Friday May 28, 2021 11:30 - 12:30 CEST
Online

13:00 CEST

Environmental OSINT - methodologies and tools to track environmental wrongdoing
Open-source satellite images and various open-source intelligence methodologies and tools can be used to track illegal and deceptive activities in the environment. Investigative journalist Ben Heubl will walk you through various examples of how you can spot and monitor illegal deforestation/fishing activities.

During this session, we are also going to announce Dataharvest environmental OSINT office hours - after the main conference program, you will have the opportunity to book "office hours" with Ben and get some one-on-one time with him to solve your environmental OSINT dilemmas.

Moderators
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Ben Heubl

Ben Heubl

Investigative Journalist
London-based investigative journalist, data/stats nerd, who worked previously at the Economist and the FT, OSINT enthusiast.


Friday May 28, 2021 13:00 - 14:00 CEST
Online
 
Tuesday, June 1
 

10:00 CEST

Morning booster: How to verify personal accounts
The Dutch investigative platform @argosonderzoekt received more than 200 accounts of survivors of organized child abuse. How do you work with traumatized sources? And how do you verify personal stories? Sanne Terlingen shares the do’s and don’ts from their two-year-long investigation.

Moderators
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Sanne Terlingen

Sanne Terlingen

Journalist, Argos & Lost in Europe
I am an investigative reporter currently working for Argos, the main investigative radio program in the Netherlands. I mostly report on migration, trafficking and (organized) sexual violence.For the past two years, I worked with more than 100 survivors of organized child abuse to... Read More →


Tuesday June 1, 2021 10:00 - 10:45 CEST
Online

11:00 CEST

#Metoo in the medical sector: investigating sexual harassment committed by doctors
How come that doctors in several European countries experience little to no professional consequences if they violate the law and ethical principles of their profession by committing acts of sexual harassment and abuse? Why do relevant institutions often fail to act and how does “the medical omertà” protect them?
A cross-border investigation is underway on the phenomenon of sexual harassment and sexualized violence in the medical sector of four European countries and at the European level. We'll share how we've done it in our countries and how we've investigated the European mechanisms so that you can do it too!
Read more about the investigation

Speakers
avatar for Cécile Debarge

Cécile Debarge

Freelance Journalist, RFI, Mediapart
Cécile Debarge is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Palermo, Italy. After two years working as an anchorwoman for the international French radio, RFI and for the Paris office of the Japanese daily newspapers Asahi Shimbun, since 2014 she extensively covered migrations... Read More →
avatar for Margherita Bettoni

Margherita Bettoni

freelance journalist
Margherita Bettoni is an investigative journalist based in Germany specialising in organized crime and gender-related violence. She has been investigating the Italian Mafia in Germany since 2014 and she has been working on cross-border investigations as a part of international teams... Read More →
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe


Tuesday June 1, 2021 11:00 - 12:15 CEST
Online

14:00 CEST

JavaScript basic in Observable
How JavaScript and its multiple libraries such as D3, Turf or lodash help us to do visual, explanatory and investigative journalism every day. With real-life examples, Adrián Blanco, Martín González and Yaryna Serkez will describe how they learned and integrated JavaScript in their day to day workflows and how anyone can learn it. Let's be clear, JavaScript is hard – so the session is going to be a very practical one where you will see and learn how to get started no matter what you want to do: data wrangling, data analysis or data visualization. We'll use Observable notebooks, so participants can follow and learn the basics to gather data, ask questions to their data and visiualize it.

Moderators
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist

Speakers
MG

Martin Gonzales

The Economist
avatar for Adrian Blanco

Adrian Blanco

Visual reporter, The Washington Post
Adrian Blanco is a Spanish data journalist currently working at The Washington Post. Data stuff, visualizations, reporting and a bit of coding.


Tuesday June 1, 2021 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
Online

17:00 CEST

CANCELLED: Data sprint, stage 3
Do you want to practise the data skills you have learned in a fun and interactive way? We wrap up the Data Sprint – 3 interconnected sessions in which you will solve a series of data-driven puzzles to get your reporting team on the right story, in the right place at the right time.

Moderators
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Stoneman

Jonathan Stoneman

Data journalism trainer, Freelance (UK)


Tuesday June 1, 2021 17:00 - 18:30 CEST
Online
 
Wednesday, June 2
 

10:00 CEST

Morning booster: How to write a good grant application
How do you get that grant that secures your next investigation? What will a jury, a funder pay attention to? Meet two experienced colleagues to gain a better understanding of how fundraising works. Stephanie Reuter is the director of a foundation explicitly dedicating support to the field of journalism, Oliver Moldenhauer is the director of Investigate Europe, a non-profit journalism team largely supported by foundations.

Hear the experts and ask your questions.

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Reuter

Stephanie Reuter

Managing Director, Rudolf Augstein Stiftung
Stephanie Reuter is director of the German Rudolf Augstein Foundation. Before joining the foundation in 2011 she headed the office of the Institute for Cultural and Media Management at the University for Music and Theatre in Hamburg. As a trained journalist and cultural manager, she... Read More →
avatar for Oliver Moldenhauer

Oliver Moldenhauer

I am a political activist and campaigner. A trained Physicist, I also am a  political activist who likes to build up things. I founded and led for 4 years the EU-wide online campaigning organisation WeMove.EU (2014-2018) and co-founded Attac in Germany (member of the national coordination... Read More →
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →


Wednesday June 2, 2021 10:00 - 10:45 CEST
Online

11:00 CEST

One, two, three, coordinate: How to manage ad hoc cross-border teams like a pro?
Do you really need a coordinator if you work in a small cross-border team? Can you both participate in an investigation as a reporter and coordinate it? How can you keep track of a team of 60 journalists from 25 countries and keep them (and yourself) sane? And what are the dos and don’ts to keep in mind when coordinating an investigation for the first time?
In this session, led by journalists Hazel Sheffield (coordinator of 'Money to Burn'), Audrey Travere and Phineas Rueckert (coordinators of the Cartel Project by Forbidden Stories), we'll explore the good practices and no-go zones in the coordination of ad-hoc cross-border investigative teams.

Moderators
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Hazel Sheffield

Hazel Sheffield

In 2020, Hazel co-ordinated the cross-border investigation Money to Burn, which revealed that Europe's renewable energy subsidies were inadvertently fuelling the destruction of ancient forests in Estonia.She will reveal the tools, technology and the tribulations of co-ordinating seven... Read More →
avatar for Phineas Rueckert

Phineas Rueckert

Journalist, Forbidden Stories
Phineas Rueckert is an investigative reporter at Forbidden Stories, a network of journalists committed to pursuing the work of threatened, imprisoned or killed journalists. Previously he covered humanitarian issues at Global Citizen in New York City, and holds a joint master’s degree... Read More →


Wednesday June 2, 2021 11:00 - 12:15 CEST
Online

14:00 CEST

How to parse anything using String Expressions and Regex
Let's face it. Not everything in the data world comes in a clean, ready-to-use CSV file. In this class,Rob Gebeloff will show you how to extract the good stuff from the big mess of a file you're working with.

Moderators
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist

Speakers
avatar for Rob Gebeloff

Rob Gebeloff

Robert Gebeloff is a New Yorks Times reporter specializing in data analysis. He works on in-depth stories where numbers help augment traditional reporting.


Wednesday June 2, 2021 14:00 - 15:00 CEST
Online

17:00 CEST

Instant inspiration: Investigating corporate landlords across Europe
High demand for flats across European cities has made housing a very attractive investment. While many people can’t find an affordable flat to live in, reports of a huge increase in investment flows into housing across Europe go hand in hand with stories of abusive practices by ‘corporate landlords’, companies that buy and rent out housing for profit.
Where is all that money coming from? Who are the companies and investors buying so much housing across Europe? How does this phenomenon affect people’s lives and homes in European cities?
During a period of more than seven months, a team of over 25 investigative and data journalists and visualisations experts from 16 European countries, have been working on the cross-border collaborative project Cities for Rent: Investigating Corporate Landlords Across Europe. The project was coordinated by the Arena for Journalism in Europe.
Hear how the project was made and how you can use the available data!

Speakers
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →
avatar for Lo Kapila

Lo Kapila

Reporter and Editor, Dublin Inquirer
avatar for Gaby Khazalová

Gaby Khazalová

reporter, Deník Referendum
reporter working for the Czech online daily Deník Referendum.
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist
avatar for Jose Miguel Calatayud

Jose Miguel Calatayud

Freelance journalist, project director at Arena


Wednesday June 2, 2021 17:00 - 18:30 CEST
Online
 
Thursday, June 3
 

12:00 CEST

The European Press Prize
The European Press Prize announces the 2020 winners! There are 4 categories: The Investigative Reporting Award, The Distinguished Reporting Award, The Opinion Award, and The Innovation Award. In some years, the jury also decides to give out a Special Award for particular excellende in a journalistic field.

Moderators
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →

Thursday June 3, 2021 12:00 - 12:30 CEST
Online

12:30 CEST

European Press Prize - The Innovation Award
Presentation of the projects that won the European Press Prizes - more information to come later

Moderators
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →

Thursday June 3, 2021 12:30 - 13:00 CEST
Online

13:00 CEST

European Press Prize - The Distinguished Reporting Award
Presentation of the projects that won the European Press Prizes - more information to come later

Speakers
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →


Thursday June 3, 2021 13:00 - 13:30 CEST
Online

14:00 CEST

European Press Prize - The Special Award
Presentation of the projects that won the European Press Prizes - more information to come later

Speakers
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →


Thursday June 3, 2021 14:00 - 14:30 CEST
Online

14:30 CEST

European Press Prize - The Investigative Reporting Award
Presentation of the projects that won the European Press Prizes - more information to come later

Speakers
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →


Thursday June 3, 2021 14:30 - 15:00 CEST
Online

15:10 CEST

European Press Prize - The Opinion Award and Panel Discussion
Presentation of the projects that won the European Press Prizes - more information to come later

Speakers
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →


Thursday June 3, 2021 15:10 - 15:50 CEST
Online

17:00 CEST

Quiztime!
Can you do advanced research with a tight deadline? Get together with a few friends (or participate alone) and get ready for Quiztime! Quiztime is a group of journalists that post an OSINT challenge on Twitter every day - today they challenge the Dataharvest participants to a Europe-wide friendly competition.

Here a few things to know before the session:
  • Please be on time, so you hear the instructions from the beginning 😊
  • Please sign on with microphone active, not only headphones
  • For the research challenges, you will work together in groups in break-out rooms. You will be allocated to a room automatically – for the following questions, please go to the same room to meet your co-quizzers again.
  • When you have the answer, please write it in the chat in the main room.
  • The break-out rooms last a defined number of minutes. They close automatically and send you back to the main room. You must allow the system to use your camera and microphone for each change – sorry for the bother.

Moderators
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Julia Bayer

Julia Bayer

Investigative Journalist & OSINT Trainer, Deutsche Welle
Julia Bayer is an investigative journalist, innovation manager and trainer at Deutsche Welle. At DW´s Investigative unit she is diving deep online collecting publicly available sources to uncover the (in)visible using OSINT. Before that she researched and verified UGC for (breaking... Read More →
avatar for Mohamed Kassab

Mohamed Kassab

News producer & Freelance online researcher
A journalist with over 10 years of experience and a passion for osint, who is passionate in uncovering and tracking disinformation. He had worked with a variety of Arab and global news outlets, fact-checking platforms, and digital forensic research organisations.
avatar for Fiete Stegers

Fiete Stegers

Wissenschaftl. Mitarbeiter / Journalist, HAW / freelance
Fiete Stegers is a research associate at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg), focusing on fostering media literacy amongst high school students and teachers, as well as a freelance journalist. Before that he worked as a technology editor for public broadcaster NDR... Read More →


Thursday June 3, 2021 17:00 - 18:30 CEST
Online
 
Friday, June 4
 

10:00 CEST

Morning booster: Lost in Transition - How the EU’s Green Deal is being greenwashed?
EU’s Green Deal is an ambitious plan to tackle climate change. But big emitters have already intensified their lobbying efforts and are trying to ride the wave of the EU’s just transition plan by presenting themselves as green businesses.

How much greenwashing has been done around the EU’s ambitious climate plan? The team of investigative journalists analysed the lobbying efforts by the gas industry that pushes for wider use of so-called blue hydrogen, which could ultimately endanger the EU’s plan to become climate neutral.

Join us for a discussion with journalists from the IRPI media to learn how they’ve investigated gas lobbyists and how you can do it in your country as well.

Read their stories on greenwashing HERE (in Italian).

Moderators
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Carlotta Indiano

Carlotta Indiano

Freelance Journalist, IRPI media
Carlotta Indiano is a freelance journalist.She studied International Cooperation and Development in Rome and Buenos Aires and obtained a master in multi-media and investigative journalism at the Lelio Basso School of Journalism in Rome.Her work is based on a cultural intersectional... Read More →
avatar for Francesca Cicculli

Francesca Cicculli

freelance journalist, Irpi Media
Francesca Cicculli is a freelance journalist based in Rome. She graduated in International Relations, she then obtained a master's degree in storytelling at the Scuola Holden in Turin and one in multi-media and investigative journalism at the Lelio Basso School of Journalism in Rome.She... Read More →
avatar for Giulio Rubino

Giulio Rubino

Journalist, IRPI media
Giulio Rubino is a freelance journalist. He studied a the Sapienza University of Rome. In 2007 he has worked as a freelance journalist in Argentina and Bolivia. He wrote for Italian papers and magazines such as Terra, Il Manifesto, Carta. In 2011 he co-authored Toxic Europe - an investigative... Read More →


Friday June 4, 2021 10:00 - 11:00 CEST
Online

11:15 CEST

The Energy Charter Treaty - how much it costs us and why it could prolong Europe's fossil age
Europe has pledged to cut almost all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. That task is already hard enough - and Energy Charter Treaty that since the 1990s, guarantees foreign investors the right to sue states before international arbitration courts, makes it even harder. Today still, this mechanism is used by European companies to sue European states for billions of euros - and getting out of it doesn’t seem to be a foreseeable option.

Investigate Europe journalists zoomed into this complicated mechanism -join us to learn about what they found and how they crunched the data.

Read their investigations HERE.

Moderators
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Nico Schmidt

Nico Schmidt

Reporter, Investigate Europe
Since 2019 working from Berlin as a reporter in the cross-border journalist team "Investigate Europ"e. Most recently, research on disinformation campaigns prior to the European Parliamentary elections, China's influence in Europe and the EU's Climate Hipocrisy. Before that he worked... Read More →


Friday June 4, 2021 11:15 - 12:15 CEST
Online

13:00 CEST

Aviation: how to analyse major airlines' offset programmes?
Major airlines have pledged to cut emissions in half but 2050. Today, they state that they can reduce their carbon footprint quickly - while not reducing their flights - by supporting forest conservation projects they can offset emissions. But a joint investigation from Source Material, The Guardian and Unearthed has revealed that these promises rely on "phantom credits." Their investigation also suggests that "the current flagship system for offsetting emissions through avoided deforestation may not be fit for purpose."

Journalists behind the investigations have analysed 10 reduced deforestation offsetting projects relied on by major airlines as part of their emissions reduction pledges and certified by Verra, the biggest issuer of carbon credits in the world; they conducted satellite analysis of deforestation in and around projects backed by major carriers, examined project documentation, interviewed multiple leading experts, and commissioned on-the-ground reporting. They'll share their findings and methodology with us. Join us if you want to learn how the carbon offsetting system works and learn how you can successfully analyse offsetting documents without being intimidated by complicated equations and bureaucratic language.










Moderators
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
LB

Luke Barratt

SourceMaterial


Friday June 4, 2021 13:00 - 14:15 CEST
Online

14:30 CEST

Ask me anything: Meet the experts on land use/deforestation and hydrogen in buildings & transportation
Are you're looking for a topic for your next big investigation? For this year's Dataharvest climate edition, we have partnered with the European Climate Foundation, to provide you with background information and an overview of timely topics of European relevance worth looking into.

Three experts will brief you on three different topics (land use and deforestation, use of hydrogen in housing and transportation); will provide you with useful information on where to find important datasets and sources and give you the opportunity to "ask them anything."


Moderators
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
SC

Stijn Carton

The European Climate Foundation
JB

Jean-Luc Blakey

Land Use Analyst, The European Climate Foundation
Jean-Luc is a researcher looking at the industrial livestock sector and its climate impacts. As an analyst, he produces briefings on major meatpackers and industry trends. Prior to this, he worked at Global Witness as a campaigner on the timber, oil and mining sectors. When he’s... Read More →
avatar for Claire Meyer

Claire Meyer

Strategic Communications Manager Transport, The European Climate Foundation
Claire is a Strategic Communications Manager leading the media and communications work of the ECF Transport Programme. Claire has more than 10 years of experience in communications on sustainable transport.
avatar for Eleonora Moschini

Eleonora Moschini

Strategic Communications, Buildings Lead, The European Climate Foundation
Eleonora is working in strategic communications at the European Climate Foundation, focusing on buildings and residential heating decarbonisation at the EU level.


Friday June 4, 2021 14:30 - 15:45 CEST
Online

15:45 CEST

Goodbye for now - Mechelen 2022!
The 3-week Dataharvest Digital is over - now await Pop-Up sessions and a series of masterclasses in the autumn. All covered in your ticket!
After 2 years online, we trust that we can meet again in Mechelen in 2022 - we will announce the dates!
And then we wish you all a nice long summer while we fight our way away from the virus.
Bring a drink and toast for journalism!

Speakers
avatar for Benedikt Hebeisen

Benedikt Hebeisen

Arena for Journalism in Europe
Benedikt Hebeisen is a freelance developer & trainer for web and data solutions with focus on security and privacy.
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the DH data training 📊, Freelance data journalist
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe
avatar for Jose Miguel Calatayud

Jose Miguel Calatayud

Freelance journalist, project director at Arena
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

Journalist / Arena Climate & Energy Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →


Friday June 4, 2021 15:45 - 16:00 CEST
Online
 
Wednesday, September 15
 

10:00 CEST

Masterclass: Safer Digital Investigations
This online workshop provided by the international NGO Tactical Tech (tacticaltech.org) will introduce you to recommended safety practices and tactics as well as useful frameworks for choosing tools meant to support your online or offline work, as well as essential safety awareness and risk mitigation techniques to help protect yourself, the people you work with and your information.
The workshop will help participants identify sources of potential risk when working with publicly available information and exploring and interacting with various data traces and sources of information.
To adapt the methods and tools in context, we will work with sources of publicly available information and explore useful digital platforms, databases, case studies and investigation scenarios. Read more on www.dataharvest.eu

Moderators
avatar for Jose Miguel Calatayud

Jose Miguel Calatayud

Freelance journalist, project director at Arena

Speakers
avatar for Wael Eskandar

Wael Eskandar

Tactical Tech
Wael Eskandar is an independent journalist, activist and creative technologist.He is part of the team that runs Exposing the Invisible, a programme of work by Berlin-based Tactical Tech, which tells the story of released data by exploring different techniques, tools and methods along... Read More →
avatar for Laura Ranca

Laura Ranca

Project Lead -, Tactical Tech
Laura leads Tactical Tech's 'Exposing the Invisible' project which provides techniques, tools and methods of digital and non-digital investigations. Before joining Tactical Tech in January 2018, she worked as a program specialist with the investigative journalism portfolio of the... Read More →


Wednesday September 15, 2021 10:00 - 16:00 CEST
Online
 
Wednesday, October 6
 

10:00 CEST

Masterclass: Researching the EU
How do you find out how your national politicians act in Brussels and hold them accountable for it? How did your national MEPs vote? How did your government act in the council? And how do you follow a national story that leads to the EU? In this masterclass, Sigrid Melchior will explain how the EU system works and show you how to research the EU institutions.
Program for the day:
10-11 What is the EU really?
11-12 EU legislation, finding sources
12-13 What, who, where, when? Journalistic tools
13-14 Lunch
14-15 Access to documents, voting data
15-16 Cross-border, journalist cooperations

Do you have a specific problem concerning your research in EU institutions? Write Sigrid Melchior before the masterclass, and she may help you find the answer during the day.

Moderators
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Sigrid Melchior

Sigrid Melchior

freelance journalist
Swedish journalist based in Brussels since forever it feels like. Reports on EU and European affairs, teaches EU journalism, does investigations with the European network http://investigate-europe.eu and has a gossipy bi-weekly podcast: https://brysselbubblan.libsyn.com... Read More →


Wednesday October 6, 2021 10:00 - 16:00 CEST
Online
 
Wednesday, October 27
 

10:00 CEST

Masterclass: Open Source Intelligence and advanced research tools
The set-out for investigative journalism is finding and verifying information – and this day is all about making that easier and more efficient. You will learn new methods and tools and also how to go deeper and more thoroughly into the sources, using the techniques you already know.
You will get new skills in your online search and get tips on new spaces to explore in the deep web or in the world of databases - for example which advanced operators work best on which search engines. And we will have a friendly test of each other’s OSINT skills.

Program:

10-12.45: The everyday OSINT toolbox: 
In this part of the masterclass you will learn and practice the use of some of the most common tools and cases to take advantage of open-source intelligence in journalism. We will show how to track vessels, planes, and people, show how to verify images/video footage, show how to track money flow or how to best employ satellite data in the most common of investigations: In show: how to use the most common OSINT frameworks and code basis that I often use in my work. Every case will be underlined by real life examples. Ben Heubl and Max Bernhard.

12:45-13:30: Lunch break

13:30-16 - Search engines debunked
Everyone uses search engines every day, mostly the one with "G". There is no valid test that proves which search engines deliver the best results.
Search engines have "operators" or simply commands that you can give them. But which ones are they exactly and where do they work best? Albrecht Ude found all the "advanced operators", then tried them out on each and every search engine to see if and how well they worked. Bing, DuckDuckGo, Ecosia, Google, Metager, Qwant, Startpage and Yandex were examined. You can now benefit from his hard work. Albrecht Ude.


Moderators
avatar for Brigitte Alfter

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism in Europe
Brigitte Alfter is a senior German-Danish journalist and director for Arena for Journalism in Europe. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. She develops... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Max Bernhard

Max Bernhard

Journalist, Researcher
Freelance journalist and OSINT researcher, who has previously worked as a reporter for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal.
avatar for Albrecht Ude

Albrecht Ude

Recherche-Trainer, Netzwerk Recherche
Albrecht Ude is based in Berlin (Germany) and Friesland, works as freelancing journalist, researcher and research-trainer (online-researches, source checking, fact checking and security issues).writes for several newspapers and magazines, print and online. focusses on structured internet... Read More →
avatar for Ben Heubl

Ben Heubl

Investigative Journalist
London-based investigative journalist, data/stats nerd, who worked previously at the Economist and the FT, OSINT enthusiast.


Wednesday October 27, 2021 10:00 - 16:00 CEST
Online
 
Wednesday, November 17
 

10:00 CET

Masterclass: Access to information in Europe
Do you plan your tactics properly when using freedom of information legislation? Do you know how to get access to documents from local, national and European public bodies?

Learn from the most experienced when applying the freedom of information legislation in the EU and from other countries. In this Freedom of Information master class you will meet some of the journalists most experienced in using the access to information rules.
Program for the day:

10.00 Welcome

10.05-10.50: FOI for journalists and for the masses – Luisa Izuzquiza, FragDenStaat (Germany)
FOI can be a great tool for journalists - if it fits your story (and if you're lucky). In this session we will talk about different FOI strategies to obtain documents and how online FOI platforms can help you with that. A special focus will be put on FOI campaigns and how cooperation with NGOs and citizens can be crucial to some topics in the area of FOI. And we will talk a bit about strategic litigation, too!

11.00 Loing local and using GDPR as a tool – Tarjei Leer-Salvesen, Fædrelandsvennen (Norway)
FOI is a great tool in local journalism. In this session you will learn about a database with metadata on documents that helps the FOI process. We will see that GDPR can be used as tool to access information. And did you know there is value also in completely redacted and seemingly destroyed pages?

12.00 Lunch break

13.00-13.50 How to beat the EU system – Stéphane Horel, Le Monde (France)
How to FOI the EU Commission and its agencies. What can you get and which rules apply? What to do when the EU FOI flow is broken, and deadlines are not respected.

14.00-14.50 The little-known environmental short-cut to FOI – Staffan Dahllöf, freelance (Denmark/Sweden)
A little known sentence in an even less known legislation can be used as a door-opener. In times of climate actions, green deals and environment on the agenda, let’s use environmental tools. Here’s what, how and a bit of why you can use the Aarhus convention as a tool.

 

Moderators
avatar for Staffan Dahllöf

Staffan Dahllöf

Freelance reporter, freelance, Denemarken
Eager to discuss any matter related to EU-reporting, especially FOI/Wobbing-issues. Have taken part in crossborder project Farmsubsidy.org, the Facebook arrests  the MEP's Project, Chlorpyrifos (the most dangerous pesticide you've never hear of), Illegal pesticide + ongoing Covid... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stéphane Horel

Stéphane Horel

Journalist, Le Monde
Stéphane Horel works as an investigative journalist for Le Monde. She is a nerd specialized in corporate lobbying and harm, in conflict of interest and the manipulation of science. Her in-depth work on the EU regulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals was short-listed for the... Read More →
avatar for Luisa Izuzquiza

Luisa Izuzquiza

Corporate Europe Observatory
Luisa Izuzquiza is a freedom of information activist based in Brussels, Belgium.Luisa does research, gives advice on, and litigates for access to information with a special focus on EU migration, asylum and border control policies.Luisa currently works at Corporate Europe Observatory... Read More →
avatar for Tarjei Leer-Salvesen

Tarjei Leer-Salvesen

Investigative journalist, Freelance
Tarjei Leer-Salvesen is a freelance journalist for newspapers and a researcher for documentary films, with background from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Dagbladet and Faedrelandsvennen.He is also a teacher in journalistic investigative methods.Among his projects now, is... Read More →


Wednesday November 17, 2021 10:00 - 15:30 CET
Online
 
Thursday, December 2
 

10:00 CET

Masterclass: Dealing with digital harassment
Many journalists experience digital harassment because of their work. It ranges from harassing comments on social media to direct threats and coordinated campaigns to intimidate the journalist. It takes its toll: Many who are affected by this feel insecurity, stress, and depression, and it may in the long run lead to self-censorship.
The International Press Institute (IPI) has developed an extensive material to meet and deal with digital harassment over the last years, and we are very happy for the cooperation to present this to the Dataharvest participants in a masterclass, aimed at both individuals, teams and newsrooms.
This masterclass will teach you how to deal with the harassment. We will look at the typical types of threats, where they come from and when and how campaigns are organised. We will talk about your possibilities as an individual – how can you approach the problem analytically, understand the nature of the threat and make an action plan. How do you get in control, and who can you turn to for assistance?
Newsrooms should also have a strategy for dealing with online harassment of their staff and be ready to counter it. This should involve both the editors, the SoMe people, the IT staff and others, so the everyday environment is safe and there is a protocol in place when the attacks come, aimed at an individual or the newsroom as such.

Program for the day:
10:00 Welcome
10.15 – 11.30 Building an action plan to mitigate the emotional and professional impact of online hate. Session hosted by Javier Luque.
In this session we will introduce some of the tactics used to silence and intimidate independent reporters and discuss the best strategies to address them. We will do so using an analytical approach that will provide both journalists and media managers with unique tools to first analyse the attack and, second, to assess the potential impact on the reporter, and finally, adopt the best approach to combat the attack based on limited resources.

11.30 – 11.45 Short break

11.45 – 13.00 Protocol for newsrooms and the Guardian’s experience. Session hosted by Becky Gardiner.
Becky Gardiner is the author of the pioneering research “The dark side of Guardian comments” and helped to develop the first guidelines to address online harassment at the Guardian, one of the first newspapers worldwide to develop such protocol. Gardiner will also present measures developed by IPI for newsrooms to tackle online harassment and disinformation campaigns targeting the credibility of the journalists and news outlets. These measures draw from interviews with more than 110 editors, journalists and community managers conducted over working visits to 40 newsrooms across Europe, as well as additional expert meetings and focus groups with legal experts, civil society representatives and academics.

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break

14.00 – 15.15 Investigating smear campaigns and disinformation targeting journalists: Case study – Daphne Caruana Galizia. Session hosted by Caroline Muscat.
One of the measures to counter smear campaigns is applying your journalistic skills to investigate coordinated attempts to discredit your work and create an atmosphere where trolls feel entitled to intimidate you. We will present the investigation that The Shift carried out in Malta into the assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, looking at how secret Facebook groups worked to dehumanise and isolate her. The research became an important evidence into the landmark Public Inquiry into Daphne’s murder finding that “the State has to shoulder responsibility for the assassination […]”

15.15 Closing remarks


Moderators
avatar for Trine Smistrup

Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Muscat

Caroline Muscat

Managing editor, The Shift News, Malta
Caroline Muscat is the founder and Managing Editor of The Shift, an online investigative news portal. She was the former News Editor of The Times of Malta and The Sunday Times of Malta. Her main area of focus is corruption. She contributed to and co-edited the book, ‘Invicta: The... Read More →
avatar for Becky Gardiner

Becky Gardiner

Goldsmith University, London
Becky Gardiner has been a journalist since 1990, working mainly as an editor in both print and digital media. She has held several senior editorial posts, most recently comment editor at the Guardian (2010-14). During her 16 years at the Guardian, she held a number of other posts... Read More →
avatar for Javier Luque Martinez

Javier Luque Martinez

Head of Digital Communications, International Press Institute (IPI)
Javier Luque is the Head of Digital Communications for the International Press Institute, where he coordinates advocacy and communication on IPI’s digital platforms. He has worked on online hate against journalists and media organisations since 2014. His research on this topic has... Read More →


Thursday December 2, 2021 10:00 - 16:00 CET
Online
 


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