2005 Conferentie Amsterdam

The third Global Investigative Journalism Conference, organized bij the VVOJ, was held in Amsterdam. Investigative journalists from all over the world gathered at De Meervaart from September 29 until October 2 2005. Below you will find a great number of workshop reports and handouts.


Main programme:
The state of investigative journalism in the USA (Transcript of the panel session “The state of investigative journalism in the USA”)
New roads in investigative journalism (Transcript of the panel session “New roads in investigative journalism”, Sunday, October 2, 2005)
The state of the States, workshop by David Boardman, The Seattle Times (includes pdf download)
Investigative journalism in Mexico and Latin America, by Pedro Enrique Armendares (includes pdf download)
New roads in investigative journalism, by Mark Shapiro
Investigative journalism in Europe, by Dick van Eijk (includes pdf download)
Investigative journalism in France, by Christophe Deloire
Investigative journalism in Russia, by Yevgenia Albats
SCOOP, by Henrik Kaufholz

Secret services, terrorism
The broken promise, by Sven Bergman, Joachim Dyfvermark and Fredrik Laurin
The case of A.Q. Khan, the father of the Pakistan nuclear bomb, by Kees van den Bosch
Irakgate, the Finnish watergate, by Pekka Ervasti
Cold case Srebrenica, by Gerard Legebeke
The secret military support of the Dutch government to Bush’s war in Iraq, by Huup Jaspers
The Dutch Secret Service during the Cold War (The stubborn and persistent making of a television documentary), by Chris Vos
How I requested and received documents From the American Secret Archives, by Alexenia Dimitrova

European Union
How to be not embedded in Brussels, by Hans-Martin Tillack
Attendance and voting in the European parliament, collecting data about the European Parliament, by Dick van Eijk (includes pdf download)
Fraud within the EU, by Marcello Faraggi

Business reporting
The mole hunt, by Tuomo Pietiläinen (includes pdf download)
The pitfalls and dangers of rich-lists, by Martin Tomkinson
Sport stinks, also in India, by Murali Krishnan


An Italian story from the Economist, by David Lane
Buying politicians, cases in India, by Harinder Baweja
The mayors’ club, social network analysis and the network of danish mayors, Kaare Gotfredsen
The Islam goes west, by Holger Stark (includes pdf download)

Public sector
School performances in Portugal, by António Granado (includes pdf download)
Comparing matriculation examination (a comparison of matriculation examination results in Finnish higher secondary schools, 2002-2005), by Hanna Ruokangas (includes pdf download)
Science reporting, by Declan Butler

Health care and the environment
Writing about the pharmaceutical industry, by Joop Bouma
Uncovering the Secrets of Seroxat, by Shelley Jofre
Investigating health care, by James B. Steele (with a tip sheet from Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele)
Media coverage of the SARS Epidemic, by Sun Yu
Reporting global pandemics, by Thomas Abraham (includes pdf download)
White fish, black catches, by Rune Ytreberg and Svein Bæren
The Irene Project: working together on water quality, by Kaare Gotfredsen (includes pdf download)

Project management
Birthing the big story, a guide to healthy deliveries of investigative projects by David Boardman (includes pdf download)
How to present it on TV: the story of a covert operation, by Fredrik Laurin and Joachim Dyfvermark, Kalla Fakta, Sweden
Organizing an investigative project, by Mark Hunter, INSEAD, France (included pdf download)

Computer assisted reporting
Basics of internet research, by Stephen Quinn, Deakin University, Australia (includes pdf download)
Hacking with Google, by Henk van Ess (includes pdf download)
Forensic surfing, by Henk van Ess (includes pdf download)
Now find that hidden web, by Henk van Ess (includes pdf download)
Mastering the web as an investigative tool, by Julian Sher
Tracing and using international archives, by Eric Hennekam
The atr of record keeping, by Fredrik Laurin (includes pdf download)

The first two global conferences were held in Copenhagen in 2001 and 2003. Hundreds of journalist from all over the world shared their knowledge, skills and experiences to become better investigators. The Dutch and Flemish participants of the 2001 conference met in afterwards and decided to found an association of investigative journalists in the low countries. Their first bi-national conference in 2002 was attended by 230 journalists.