Leaked documents, whistleblowers and trade secrets:
Journalism does and has to rely on whistleblowers, particularly when power structures – be that state power or money power – go into hiding. Our Friday key-note speaker Edouard Perrin, FR, will open this theme, which also will feature workshops with legal experts, meetings with whistleblowers and workshops on how to deal with digital security if necessary.
We have a vague assumption that algorithms do things and influence information flows, but… aren’t these algorithms really complex? And what about business secrets? The insight that algorithms bring are utterly powerful and currently largely beyond public scrutiny. Our Saturday key-note and other sessions will bring insights and give us clues on how journalists can start adressing this immense task.
Major crossborder projects have been published recently, and of course the #FootballLeaks, Investigate Europe and others will be represented. This year we will both offer presentations for inspiration and method development but also go more deeply into the nitty-gritty of crossborder collaboration with editorial tech, tool and legal considerations.
Things are moving in local journalism, fabulous work is done in many places. At the EIJC & DH this year we’re happy to introduce two projects that offer fabulous inspiration for colleagues in other countries: The Bristol Cables (tbc) and the Local Data Lab of the London Bureau of Investigative Journalism are examples of such work.
Collaborations between journalists and scholars:
Collaborative journalism between journalists and scholars makes very good sense as it enables sharing the available information and analysis with a broad public – but is it doable? Can different working rhythms, different independence considerations, different funding needs be solved – and how? We invite some of the teams who are experimenting in this field to get an insight into this new collaborative way of approaching in-depth journalism.
As every year we will present fresh datasets and/or tools for journalists to work with and take home with them! During the Dataharvest Hack Day journalists and coders will collaborate and prepare interesting material for journalists to grab and work on during the conference. The Open Knowledge Foundation has worked hard on making EU regional spending accessible, and other interesting data are currently under preparation. For all there will be good data and qualified introduction for journalists to actually take material home to work on in their own newsrooms.
Dataharvest Hack Day:
The Dataharvest Hack Day brings together journalists and data developers who work on a number of datasets and data analysis tools, which they then present during the conference itself. The Dataharvest Hack Day will be coordinated by Adriana Homolova SK/NL, Gergana Bere RO, Friedrich Lindenberg DE/BiH, Stefan Wehrmeyer DE and Victor Nitu RO.
Data journalism and CAR systematic training:
Data journalists need some technical skills, and knowing how to use software and programs for journalistic purposes needs specialised trainers. They volunteer at the conference where Crina Boros, freelance data journalist RO/UK again this year prepares a full fledged program with beginner, intermediary and advance levels for the three main process phases of journalism data gathering, cleaning and analysis.
New journalistic methods often go hand-in-hand with new funding models. This year we will offer several sessions on what to consider when supporting individual stories as well as entire projects or even more longterm revenue models.