Programme


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

16.00 Pre-seminar

Social networks have spread viral misinformation in elections and referendums on key issues of global democracy.

Here’s how media organizations, universities and civil society are joining forces to combat misinformation in collaborative election reporting initiatives around the world.

Tom Trewinnard
A British journalist always on the move

Thursday, August 16, 2018

09.30 – 10.00

Welcome address and information

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

10.00 – 11.00

Keynote speaker: Bernt Olufsen will be looking in to the future of (investigative) journalism.

Supporting freedom of the press through quality journalism, journalistic ethics and self-regulating media is the founding elements in a democracy and a trusting relationship with our audience.

Bernt Olufsen believes the answer is increased investments in independent and critical journalism and openness is the answer.

11.00 – 11.30

Break

11.30 – 13.00

Ethics in the news

Bernt Olufsen

Advanced research on the internet

Chasing information

Cunning use of logic and filters to locate difficult to find information online.

This module will include advanced use of search engines and online time travel in its quest.

Paul Myers

Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption

Investigating dictators, high-level officials, crooks and organized crime figures.

Internationally and home. How we do it.

Drew Sullivan and Miranda Patrucic

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.30

Practical ideas based on experience

Your attitude. Colleagues. Limit your investigation. When you get stuck. A failure is not all bad. When those in power refuse to talk. Take care of your sources.

Jan Mosander

Advanced research on the internet

People finding
Learn the techniques for finding inviduals and demographics of interest.

Learn the facts that make these people easier to spot among the crowd.

Paul Myers

Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption

Think like a criminal. The ten crimes you need to know and how they really work. Understand money laundering, embezzlement, stock fraud, and other sophisticated crime.

Drew Sullivan and Miranda Patrucic

15.30 – 16.00

Break

16.00 – 17.30

Practical ideas based on experience

“The Money That Disappeared”, “Among spies, communists and arms traders”. How did I find them and how did I get people to talk. Cases and backgrounds.

Jan Mosander

Advanced research on the internet

Advanced Social Media Research
Learn the vital esoteric techniques and operators that help you go beyond the search box and investigate individuals, groups and their relationships. This module focuses on Facebook & Twitter but includes other sites too.

Paul Myers

Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption continues

Research 101. Common public records that you need to know and how do you get them. Tools, databases. Tips and tricks.

Drew Sullivan and Miranda Patrucic

Friday, August 17, 2018

09.30 – 11.00

Visual Journalism / Tools for multimedia storytelling

An inspirational tour through the Knight Lab tools.

Ole Rode Jensen

 

Advanced research on the internet

Images and geolocation
See how images can form an important part of investigative research.

Find and work with hidden metadata.

Locate individuals with advanced reverse image searching and embedded geographic coordinates.

Paul Myers

 

Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption continues

Follow the Money. How to background a business, track offshore companies, find hidden assets.

Drew Sullivan and Miranda Patrucic

 

11.00 – 11.30

Break

11.30 – 13.00

Visual Journalism / Infographics

How to create compelling infographics without being an infographics artist.

Ole Rode Jensen

 

Advanced research on the internet

Verification
Learn the issues involved in verification,

See how professionals spot fake news, fake photos and fake social media accounts

Paul Myers

 

Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption continues

Understanding financials.
Corruption is often hidden in numbers. How to dissect a company’s financial statements and get leads for stories.

Drew Sullivan and Miranda Patrucic

 

13.00 – 14.00

Lunch

14.00 – 15.30

Visual Journalism / Interactive photo / Illustration

Adding multimedia content to illustrations or photos.

Ole Rode Jensen

 

Advanced research on the internet

Business research
Use online business databases to investigate companies and directors.
Use social media techniques to see who is behind 
a company.

Paul Myers

 

Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption continues

Starting your own investigation.
Practical advice on picking investigative projects, planning newsgathering, organizing yourself.

Drew Sullivan and Miranda Patrucic

 

15.30 – 16.00

Break

16.00 – 17.30

Visual Journalism / Visualizing data

How to create charts based on (live) data.

Ole Rode Jensen

 

Advanced research on the internet

Technical research
Use domain name and web hosting to investigate who is behind a website and what they might be hiding about their online presence.

Paul Myers

 

Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption continues

Storytelling. Our work often results in piles of data, mind-numbing statistics and a cast of unlikeable main characters. How do we turn it into a compelling narrative?

Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption continues.

19.00

Garden party at SSE Riga

Conference name tags are required for entry

Saturday, August 18, 2018

10.00 – 10.15

GIJN Resources & Opportunities for Investigative Journalists

Olga Simanovych, GIJN regional Editor

10.15 – 10.40

Leader of Lithuania’s ruling party exposed

Šarūnas Černiauskas, 15Minutes.lt

10.40 – 11.05

Swedish/Latvian scam in construction business

Isabella Iverus, Arta Ģiga

11.05 – 11.40

Forbidden stories

Arthur Bouvart, Daphne project

11.40 – 12.10

Laundromat

Paul Radu, OCCRP

12.10 – 12.40

Looking forward

Andrew Sullivan, OCCRP

12.40 – 12.50

Closing Remarks, Feedback Forms

Hans Manson, SSE Riga Centre for Media Studies

12.50

Lunch, networking