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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.

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Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe

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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
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.


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Staffan Dahllöf

Freelance reporter, freelance, Denmarken
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 heared of), Illegal pesticide + ongoing Covid... Read More →

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Stéphane Horel

Journalist, Le Monde
Stéphane Horel works as an investigative journalist for Le Monde. She specializes in corporate lobbying and harm, conflict of interest and scientific disinformation. Her in-depth work on the EU regulation of endocrine disrupting chemicals was short-listed for the Albert Londres... Read More →
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Luisa Izuzquiza

Fraag den Staat
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 FragdenStaat.de, and prior... Read More →
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Tarjei Leer-Salvesen

Investigative journalist, Freelance
Tarjei Leer-Salvesen works with investigative journalism. He has a background from Fædrelandsvennen, NRK Brennpunkt, Dagbladet and Klassekampen, and has written three textbooks on method. He occasionally teaches at UiS and at SUJO at UiB, and specializes in access to public documents... Read More →

Wednesday November 17, 2021 10:00 - 15:30 CET
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

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Trine Smistrup

Program director, ARENA for Journalism in Europe

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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 →
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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 →
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Javier Luque

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

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