Programme


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

16.00 Pre-seminar: The return of History: dismantling Democracy

Thirty years ago, the Future of Europe seemed to be bright, and so even more after the first extension of the European Union 2004. Today the picture is different: a new nationalism as well as new authoritarian regimes have emerged on the political scenes. During the pre-seminar we will look at what kind of undemocratic instruments are being used in several countries in today’s Europe in order to dismantle the liberal democracy and what role media and independent journalism play in defending democracy.

Peter Johnsson, Swedish historian, journalist and writer

Soros Auditorium

 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

09.30 – 10.00

Welcome address and information

Hans Månson, Programme Director, Centre for Media Studies, SSE Riga

Sabine Sile-Eglite, Director, Centre for Media Studies, SSE Riga

10.00 – 11.00

Keynote address

Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian, Observer

Emma and a whistleblower disclosed two manipulated election campaigns in support of Brexit and Donald Trump.  The Cambridge Analytica scandal demonstrated how democracy can be manipulated.  How can this be combated in future?

Soros Auditorium

11.00 – 11.30

Break

11.30 – 13.00

Podcasting investigations 1: format

The US podcast Serial launched a fashion of serialised investigative reporting.  We’ll look at what makes a good serialised podcast and at other ways of telling investigative stories.

Innes Bowen

Room 303

Searching for information and finding people

Google: How logic and language can focus your search on the best sites.  Searching on specific sources, government sites and regional sites.

Time travel:  Find information from the past through historical satellite photos and street views. Retrieve deleted tweets and bring lost Websites back to life.

Paul Myers

Soros Auditorium

Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption

Investigating dictators, high-ranking officials, crooks and organised crime figures internationally and at home: How we do it.

Miranda Patrucic and Stevan Dojčinović

W32 Auditorium

 

Management

What you need for success

Top-notch investigative journalism needs a quality control system.  Editors must create a structure for reporters from the beginning to the end of the investigative project.

Nils Hanson

Room 311

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.30

Podcasting investigations 2: practicalities

How to turn your investigation into a podcast: kit, collaboration and finance.

Innes Bowen

Room 303

People search

Find someone’s E-mail address and phone number, and use these in a search.

Social networks: How to go beyond the search box and investigate individuals, groups and their relationships.

Instagram is not just photos of pizza.  Investigators use image-based networks to trace people, find witnesses and discover evidence.

LinkedIn: Use of the most popular social network in the business community.

Paul Myers

Soros Auditorium

Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption

Think like a criminal.  The 10 crimes you need to understand.  Comprehend money laundering, embezzlement, drugs smuggling, weapons trafficking and other sophisticated crimes.

Stevan Dojčinović and Miranda Patrucic

W32 Auditorium

 

Management

My 10 biggest mistakes

Mistakes teach you more than successes do.  Nils Hanson has been the editor-in-chief of the “Mission Investigate” TV programme for 15 years and is open to talk about failure.  Why he made mistakes and how he dealt with them.

Nils Hanson

Room 311

15.30 – 16.00

Break

16.00 – 17.30

Podcasting investigations 3: workshop

Bring in your story ideas, and we’ll brainstorm the best way to investigate it and present it in a podcast.

Innes Bowen

Room 303

Searching Twitter with hidden tools.

Searching for people, pages, groups and stories on Facebook.  Advanced Facebook Graph searching.  Using cleverly formulated Web addresses to discover people, their likes, photos and comments.  Finding obscure demographics and people in interesting locations.  Analysing friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter and finding the people and evidence that you are looking for.

Paul Myers

Soros Auditorium

Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption continues

Research 101:  Common public records and how to access them.  Tools, databases, tips and tricks

Miranda Patrucic and Dragana Peco

W32 Auditorium

 

Management

Becoming a winning investigative team.  Conflicts and co-operation between reporter and boss, as well as frequent mistakes when conducting an investigation.  Understand how these can be resolved and how you can work together for success.

Gunilla Ericson and Marcus Derland

Room 311

Friday, August 16, 2019

09.30 – 11.00

Finding your audience

Visual Creating multi-platform media

How we choose platforms for broadcasting — principles, rules, restrictions, problems, mistakes and cases.  How we develop media brands in a multi-platform world.

Ivan Kolpakov and Galina Timchenko

Room 303

Business research

Use business research databases to find companies, directors and shareholders across the world.  See how leaks provide clues to shell and shelf companies and their owners.  Learn how the social media can be used to investigate businesses.

Images and investigation:  Learn skills in image-based research via image databases, reverse image searches, reverse analysis and scanning servers for images.

Paul Myers

Soros Auditorium

 

 

Reporting on organized crime and corruption

Follow the money: How to background a business, track offshore companies and find hidden assets.

Miranda Patrucic and Dragana Peco

W32 Auditorium

Management

Newsroom safety

Simple newsroom procedures, the role of reporters, the role of editors, crises in a newsroom and planning ahead.

Vlad Lavrov

Room 311

11.00 – 11.30

Break

11.30 – 13.00

Find your audience

Visual Language

Reinventing formats

Why we reinvent formats, how to invent anything, how we make our editorial team more creative, primacy of topic over format, co-habitation of traditional genres and new formats, rules and experiments.

Ivan Kolpakov and Galina Timchenko

Room 303

 

 

Geo-search, metadata, maps, satellites, post locations. 

Learn how to use various resources to find evidence linked to a region.  Use mapping and satellite sites, and use metadata to trace social media posts and see where photos were taken.

Paul Myers

Soros Auditorium

 

Reporting on organized crime and corruption

Understanding financials:  Corruption often hides behind numbers.  How to dissect a company’s financial statements and find the lead for your story.

Miranda Patrucic and Stevan Dojčinović

W32 Auditorium

 

 

Management

Report safety

Danger signs, situational awareness, safety hygiene and fundamentals of counter-surveillance.

Vlad Lavrov

Room 311

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.30

Find your audience

Visual

Management

Editorial efficiency

Key performance indicators for the editorial team, traditional and innovative team structures, interaction among media company departments.

Ivan Kolpakov and Galina Timchenko

Room 303

 

 

Verification

Learn how to spot factors that can compromise the integrity and reliability of your research.  See how evidence can be altered with Photoshop.  Learn about techniques that can save your story.

Paul Myers

Soros Auditorium

 

 

Reporting on organized crime and corruption

Launching investigations, developing sources, interviewing criminal figures, practical advice on selecting projects, planning news-gathering, getting organised, finding sources and conducting interviews.

Stevan Dojčinović and Miranda Patrucic

W32 Auditorium

Management

Together with Find your audience

15.30 – 16.00

Break

16.00 – 17.30

Find your audience

Visual

Analysis

Researching statistics

Statistics as the most relevant instrument for a media manager, reading metrics, statistics not just for management, threats and risks revealed with the help of statistics, growing points and challenges.

Ivan Kolpakov and Galina Timchenko

Room 303

 

 

Technical tools

Specialised technologies to trace Website owners, analyse Web servers and trace people through an Internet connection or mobile device.

Digital security:  Various issues can betray your investigation.  Some of this involves social interaction, but there is a big threat from technologies such as IP address tracing and malware.  Learn to protect yourself, your sources and your work.

Paul Myers

Soros Auditorium

 

 

Reporting on organized crime and corruption

Role playing: Journalist versus criminal group.  Experience real life situations faced by journalists who investigate organised crime.

Stevan Dojčinović and Miranda Patrucic

W32 Auditorium

Management

Together with Find your audience

19.00

Garden party at SSE Riga

Conference name tags are required for entry

Saturday, August 17, 2019

10:00 - 15:00 with Lunch 12:00 - 13:00

Scandinavian banks and money laundering

Three Scandinavian banks have  been caught laundering money through the Baltic States. Joachim Dyfvermark, Linda Larsson Kakuli, Axel Gordh Humlesjö and Nils Hansson, who worked on the Swedbank scandal, will all be present, as well as Miranda Patrucic, Dragana Pesco and Steven Dojčinović who have uncovered various money laundering schemes via Baltics.

The sessions will cover all the steps from being in touch with a whistle-blower to presenting the final product, including methods that are of use for all kinds of investigations, such as:

  • receiving leaks, building trust;
  • handling whistle-blowers and ensuring secure communications;
  • evaluating materials, watching out for fake leaks, distortion and planted leaks;
  • managing huge files, making them searchable;
  • finding and adding relevant sources from the Panama and Paradise papers to the OCCRP Investigative Dashboard;
  • searching business and property records;
  • managing cross-country investigations.

Soros Auditorium