August 14 - 17, 2019

About the Summer School on Investigative Reporting

The Summer School on Investigative Reporting 2019 offers and amazing and expanded programme.  Two days will be focused on the needs of editors. Two days to deal with presentations on the radio or a podcast, as well as visual aspects of reporting.  There will, of course, also be seminars on corruption, organised crime and Internet research.

Saturday’s Show & Tell event will focus on “Scandinavian banks and the laundering of dirty money”.

The Anne-Marie and Gustaf Ander Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga invites you to share in the best practices and experiences of our presenters, as well as to learn about the latest tools.

Hard work can make a difference, and training can be fun!



The keynote speaker this year will be Carole Cadwalladr, who was the reporter to break open the Cambridge Analytical scandal.  Carole will talk about data secretly harvested from Facebook were used to secretly support the leave side in the Brexit referendum, as well as, later, the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.


This year’s speakers

Presentations this year will involve speakers from Great Britain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Serbia, Russia and Sweden, though some of them live and work in other countries.

By popular demand, Paul Myers is returning to our event.  Most journalists have no idea about the vast scope of information that is available on the Internet, but Paul knows.  Over the course of two days he will talk about how journalists can improve their skills.  Never mind if you have heard him in the past.  Paul always has something new to share.

Miranda Patrucic has been part of our summer school from the very beginning.  Her core focus is on organised crime and corruption, and the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has been our partner.  Miranda has taken part in massive international investigations and has won more awards for her work than can be listed here.  She loves to teach and help others.

Vlad Lavrov from Ukraine was an economics reporter when rioting broke out in Kyiv in 2013.  He covered the uprising and was a leader in the infamous Yanukovych leaks campaign.  Since then Vlad has worked on numerous stories that require a particular focus on safety and security.  These are experiences that are becoming increasingly important for all reporters and editors.

Nils Hanson is perhaps Sweden’s most experienced editor when it comes to investigative stories.  He was responsible for the “Mission Investigate” programme on Swedish Publish Television for 15 years.  Nils will talk about mistakes that he has made and the lessons that he has learned about them.  He is never shy when talking about his own misfortunes and how he dealt with them.  There is a great deal to learn from him.

Stevan Dojčinović is an experienced reporter who focuses on organised crime and corruption.  He is editor-in-chief for KRIK, which is an investigative journalism organisation in Serbia.  Stevan is also a regional OCCRP editor for the Balkan region.  He particularly specialises in collecting and analysing business data and property records.

Dragana Peco is an investigative journalist at KRIK and the OCCRP and a staff researcher for the Investigative Dashboard platform online.  Dragana offers training in data journalism, data visualisation and business research worldwide.

Gunilla Ericson is the managing editor of Dagens Arbete, which is a monthly magazine in Sweden.  She is responsible for investigative reporting for the magazine, and has received the Golden Dynamo, which is Sweden’s most respected prize for editing and supervising investigations.

Marcus Derland has worked with Gunilla Ericson on many projects, writing about the illegal use of asbestosis, the shady waste management industry and the exploitation of undocumented migrants in the laundry industry.  Marcus and Gunilla will talk about the ups and downs of investigations.

Galina Timchenko is CEO of the Meduza media organization in Rīga. In 2004, she became editor-in-chief for the news website, which was the most widely referenced source of news among Russian-language websites. Galina was sacked when the owner appointed a new editor-in-chief with direct links to the Kremlin. In October 2014, Galina and other former employees of set up the Meduza organization.

Ivan Kolpakov is the editor-in-chief of He began his journalistic career in 2001 in the city of Perm, where he worked for local political and business newspapers. In 2010, Ivan launched his own project, “Salt,” which was a political and satirical media outlet focusing on Russia. In 2012, Ivan moved to Moscow to head up the department of special reporters at He left together with the rest of the team after the sacking of editor-in-chief Galina Timchenko.

Team Mission Investigate

The Swedish team that investigated money laundering at Baltic branches of Swedbank will be appearing on Saturday.  Nils Hanson (above) was the editor, Linda Larsson Kakuli served as a researcher and has, in the past, worked on major global stories such as the Panama Papers and the Paradise Papers, Joachim Dyfvermark has two decades of experience as an investigative reporter on TV4 and public television, with a focus on international stories and cross-border co-operation in areas such as the bribes paid by the Swedish telecoms company Telia Sonera in Uzbekistan, and Alex Gordh Humlesjö is a producer and investigative journalist who specialises in right-wing extremism, organised crime and digital research.

When & Where


The Summer School will take place from
August 15 – 17, 2019.

The pre-seminar will take place the day before August 14, 2019.

The registration deadline is June 21, 2019.

The Stockholm School of Economics in Riga
Strelnieku 4a, Riga, Latvia
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