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Tuesday, May 18
 

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
 

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
 
Thursday, May 20
 

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
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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
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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
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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
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