The VVOJ Conference on Investigative Journalism 2010 has a distinctive international feel to it. Even though the VVOJ is an association aimed at Dutch-Flemish (investigative) journalists, we strive to look and learn across borders, be it our countries’ or our professional borders.
Throughout the conference program, you find a large number of panel and training sessions in English, and thus accessible to non-Dutch speaking journalists. Trainers and speakers come from the United States of America, Great-Britain, Norway, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Arteveldehogeschool, Campus Kantienberg, Voetweg 66, Ghent (Belgium)
Panel and training sessions in English include:
Thursday, November 18
• 19.30 – 22.00 ‘Free media, bad media?’, panel discussion on the future of free content with Paul Lewis (special projects editor The Guardian, UK), George Brock (City University London, UK)
• 10.00 – 17.00 Data journalism bootcamp with Elena Egawahry (freelance, UK) and David Donald (Center for Public Integrity, USA)
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Friday, November 19
• 10.30-11.10 key note session by Vadim Lavrusik (Mashable, USA) on the use of social media to the investigative journalist
• 11.25 – 12.05 key note session by Stephen Engelberg (Pro Publica, USA) on the increasing influence of non-profit investigative reporting organisations
• 14.00 – 15.15 Paul Lewis (The Guardian) and Stephen Engelberg (Pro Publica) discuss running an investigative project at management level
• 15.45 – 17.00 Paul Bradshaw (onlinejournalismblog.com) shows the latest and most advanced techniques on crowd sourcing, using the public’s knowledge, for investigative reporting
• 15.45 – 17.00 David Donald (Center for Public Integrity) teaches a hands-on class on SQL, a technique to work with large amounts of data
• 15.45 – 17.00 Deborah Cohen (British Medical Journal, UK) shows how the use of FOIA laws (freedom of information laws) helped her uncover the dangerous side effects of diabetes medication
• 15.45 – 17.00 Vadim Lavrusik teaches a hands-on class on the use of social media to find stories and develop sources
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Saturday, November 20
JOIN OUR SPECIAL TRAINING ON HOW TO USE THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
• 9.00 – 10.15 Starters in data analyses join Elena Egawahry for a quick course in all the Excel basics
• 10.45 – 12.00 Wikileaks publishes 92.000 documents and you need to grasp their content in a day’s time? John Bones (Verdens Gang, Norway) has the solution: text mining!
• 14.00 – 15.15 David Donald answers questions on data analysis. Bring your bag of troubles, and let him help.
• 14.00 – 15.15 How to handle tips from readers and viewers so they keep bringing you new story ideas? John Bones shows the successful model his newspaper, Verdens Gang, developed over time.
• 15.45 – 17.00 Battle of the brains. In the closing key note of the conference, search experts Paul Myers (BBC) and Henk van Ess (Voelspriet) clash and unite in a battle to unearth the latest ánd most fruitful search techniques.
Participation is open to journalists and journalism students and teachers. VVOJ-member fee € 195, non-VVOJ member fee € 390 (including all sessions, receptions, lunches and Friday night dinner). You can apply here or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions on how to apply.
We are organizing an intensive master class on finding, validating and processing footage. Never before has the Washington Post given such an insight into its own methodology.