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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
Brigitte Alfter ist eine deutsch-dänische Journalistin, Geschäftsführerin für Redaktionelles bei Arena for Journalism in Europe und Dozentin Journalismus an der Universität Göteborg. Nach Jahren als Journalistin auf fallen Niveaus vom Lokaljournalismus bis zur EU-Korrespondentin... Read More →


Tuesday May 18, 2021 10:00 - 10:05 CEST
Online
 
Thursday, May 27
 

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
Brigitte Alfter ist eine deutsch-dänische Journalistin, Geschäftsführerin für Redaktionelles bei Arena for Journalism in Europe und Dozentin Journalismus an der Universität Göteborg. Nach Jahren als Journalistin auf fallen Niveaus vom Lokaljournalismus bis zur EU-Korrespondentin... 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
 
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 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 Network Coordinator, Arena for Journalism in Europe


Tuesday June 1, 2021 11:00 - 12:15 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
Brigitte Alfter ist eine deutsch-dänische Journalistin, Geschäftsführerin für Redaktionelles bei Arena for Journalism in Europe und Dozentin Journalismus an der Universität Göteborg. Nach Jahren als Journalistin auf fallen Niveaus vom Lokaljournalismus bis zur EU-Korrespondentin... 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 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

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
Brigitte Alfter ist eine deutsch-dänische Journalistin, Geschäftsführerin für Redaktionelles bei Arena for Journalism in Europe und Dozentin Journalismus an der Universität Göteborg. Nach Jahren als Journalistin auf fallen Niveaus vom Lokaljournalismus bis zur EU-Korrespondentin... Read More →
avatar for Lois Kapila

Lois Kapila

Reporter and Editor, Dublin Inquirer
Lois Kapila is co-founder, editor and reporter at Dublin Inquirer, an independent reader-funded website and newspaper, founded in 2015 and dedicated to quality public-interest local journalism. Her own reporting focuses mostly on Dublin's affordable housing crisis. She was short-listed... Read More →
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 data skills training 📊, ARENA, Follow The Money, Lost in Europe
Adriana is a freelance data journalist, trainer and public spending nerd. At Dataharvest, she coordinates the data skills training. At other times, she writes scrapers and investigates European Union for Follow The Money's Bureau Brussel and collects data on missing children in migration... Read More →
avatar for Jose Miguel Calatayud

Jose Miguel Calatayud

Freelance journalist, project director at Arena for Journalism in Europe
Jose is a freelance journalist based in Berlin since January 2020, and a project pirector at Arena, where he's been managing the Arena Housing Project, an open collaborative network for housing reporters and researchers. He launched and was the coordinator of Cities for Rent, a cross-border investigation into corporate landlords, which is currently nominated to the European Press Prize, was recognised with an honourable mention at the IJ4EU Impact Award 2022 and was nominated to the Sigma Awards for Data Journalism. Before moving to Berlin, Jose was successively based... Read More →


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
Brigitte Alfter ist eine deutsch-dänische Journalistin, Geschäftsführerin für Redaktionelles bei Arena for Journalism in Europe und Dozentin Journalismus an der Universität Göteborg. Nach Jahren als Journalistin auf fallen Niveaus vom Lokaljournalismus bis zur EU-Korrespondentin... 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
Brigitte Alfter ist eine deutsch-dänische Journalistin, Geschäftsführerin für Redaktionelles bei Arena for Journalism in Europe und Dozentin Journalismus an der Universität Göteborg. Nach Jahren als Journalistin auf fallen Niveaus vom Lokaljournalismus bis zur EU-Korrespondentin... 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
Brigitte Alfter ist eine deutsch-dänische Journalistin, Geschäftsführerin für Redaktionelles bei Arena for Journalism in Europe und Dozentin Journalismus an der Universität Göteborg. Nach Jahren als Journalistin auf fallen Niveaus vom Lokaljournalismus bis zur EU-Korrespondentin... 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
Brigitte Alfter ist eine deutsch-dänische Journalistin, Geschäftsführerin für Redaktionelles bei Arena for Journalism in Europe und Dozentin Journalismus an der Universität Göteborg. Nach Jahren als Journalistin auf fallen Niveaus vom Lokaljournalismus bis zur EU-Korrespondentin... 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
Brigitte Alfter ist eine deutsch-dänische Journalistin, Geschäftsführerin für Redaktionelles bei Arena for Journalism in Europe und Dozentin Journalismus an der Universität Göteborg. Nach Jahren als Journalistin auf fallen Niveaus vom Lokaljournalismus bis zur EU-Korrespondentin... 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
Brigitte Alfter ist eine deutsch-dänische Journalistin, Geschäftsführerin für Redaktionelles bei Arena for Journalism in Europe und Dozentin Journalismus an der Universität Göteborg. Nach Jahren als Journalistin auf fallen Niveaus vom Lokaljournalismus bis zur EU-Korrespondentin... Read More →


Thursday June 3, 2021 15:10 - 15:50 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 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 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 →
avatar for Leïla Miñano

Leïla Miñano

Investigate Europe/Disclose/Youpress
Leïla Miñano is an investigative reporter member of Investigate Europe, Disclose and Youpress. She is specialized in documenting human right violations by armed forces. She has written three books, including “La Guerre Invisible”, about sexual violence in the French military... Read More →


Friday June 4, 2021 11:15 - 12:15 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 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 journalist, web developer & trainer for web and data solutions with focus on security and privacy.
avatar for Adriana Homolová

Adriana Homolová

Proud coordinator of the data skills training 📊, ARENA, Follow The Money, Lost in Europe
Adriana is a freelance data journalist, trainer and public spending nerd. At Dataharvest, she coordinates the data skills training. At other times, she writes scrapers and investigates European Union for Follow The Money's Bureau Brussel and collects data on missing children in migration... Read More →
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 for Journalism in Europe
Jose is a freelance journalist based in Berlin since January 2020, and a project pirector at Arena, where he's been managing the Arena Housing Project, an open collaborative network for housing reporters and researchers. He launched and was the coordinator of Cities for Rent, a cross-border investigation into corporate landlords, which is currently nominated to the European Press Prize, was recognised with an honourable mention at the IJ4EU Impact Award 2022 and was nominated to the Sigma Awards for Data Journalism. Before moving to Berlin, Jose was successively based... Read More →
avatar for Jelena Prtoric

Jelena Prtoric

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

Brigitte Alfter

director, Arena for Journalism
Brigitte Alfter ist eine deutsch-dänische Journalistin, Geschäftsführerin für Redaktionelles bei Arena for Journalism in Europe und Dozentin Journalismus an der Universität Göteborg. Nach Jahren als Journalistin auf fallen Niveaus vom Lokaljournalismus bis zur EU-Korrespondentin... Read More →


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


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