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Tuesday, May 18
 

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 Homolova

Adriana Homolova

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
 
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

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

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
 

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
 
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
 
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

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
 
Friday, May 28
 

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
 
Thursday, June 3
 

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
 

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
 
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 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
 


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