Summer School 2007

The fifth CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference and Summer School took place on the 20-22 July 2007. The conference concentrated on broadcast investigations, with an emphasis on the unique problems of producing investigative radio. In addition, the regular business and financial investigation workshops were refined and sharpened to allow participants to gain the most experience and guidance from our expert panels.

Speakers

Speakers included:

David Leigh, recipient of the 2007 Paul Foot Award for his investigation into corruption in some of Britain's largest defence contractors, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Lowell Bergman, and veteran journalist Seymour Hersh.

The summer school also featured talks, workshops and lectures from, amongst others, Michael Crowley, David Donald, Tommy Kaas, Philip Conway, Justin Walford, Robert Miller, Aron Pilhofer, Raj Bairoliya, Mike Davis, Ali Fadhil, Michael Walsh, Stephen Grey, Paul Radu, Mark Hunter, David Donald, Luc Hermann, Tom Mangold and Roman Shleinov.

Timetable

Friday 20 July  
08:30-08:50

Registrations, tea and coffee

09:00-09:10

Welcome
Sue Robertson, Dean, School of Arts, City University, London and Gavin MacFadyen, Director of the CIJ

09:15-10:15

Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR): A Story from Start to Finish
Heather Brooke and Aron Pilhofer

  Talk 1
Room LG 002
Talk 2
Room LG 003
Computer Lab 1
Room 1001
Computer Lab 2
Room 2001
10:30-11:30

Covert Recording
Michael Cowley

No Talk

Excel 1: Formulas, Calculations (B hands-on)
David Donald

Internet Searching: Google and Beyond (B hands-on) Tommy Kaas

11:45-13:00

Libel and Privacy Laws
Philip Conway and Justin Walford (starts at 11.30)

No Talk

Excel 2: Sorting, Filtering and Other Tools (B hands-on)
David Donald

Web Detective (B hands-on) Tommy Kaas

13:00-14:00
Lunch
14:00-15:15
Whistleblowers and Confidential Sources (keynote)
Lowell Bergman
 
 

Room LG002

Room LG003

Room 1001

Room 2001

15:00-16:10

Understanding Company Accounts 1. Company Documents 2. Company Information from Outside the UK
Robert Miller

No Talk

Access 1: Understanding Databases (B hands-on)
Aron Pilhofer

Data Mining (B hands-on) Tommy Kaas

16:25-17:35

Understanding Company Accounts 3. A Company Balance Sheet 4. A Profit and Loss Statement
Raj Bairoliya

No Talk

Access 2: Needle in the Haystack (B hands-on)
David Donald

Excel 1: Formulas; Calculations (B hands-on)
David Donald

 
Saturday 21 July  
  Room LG002 Room LG003 Room 1001 Room 2001
09:15-10:15

Understanding Company Accounts 5. The Small Print 6. Questions and Answers
Raj Bairoliya

A Covert Investigation: Illegal Logging
Mike Davis

Excel 2: Sorting, Filtering Other Tools (B hands-on)
David Donald

Internet Searching: Google and Beyond (A demo)
Tommy Kaas

10:30-11:45

Working in Iraq
Ali Fadhil

White Slavery: Unearthing Historical Secrets
Don Jordan and Michael Walsh

Access 1: Understanding Databases (B hands-on)
Aron Pilhofer

Web Detective (B hands-on) Tommy Kaas

12:00-13:00

Writing Up Your Investigation Mark Hunter

White Slavery: Unearthing Historical Secrets
Don Jordan and Michael Walsh

Access 2: Needle in the Haystack; Summarising (B hands-on)
Aron Pilhofer

Web Detective (B hands-on) Tommy Kaas

13:00-14:00
Lunch

14:00-15:30

Main session in the Auditorium (keynote)
Seymour Hersh
  Room LG002 Room LG003 Room 1001 Room 2001
15:45-16:45

International Stories: Building Networks of Journalists
Stephen Grey and Paul Radu

Where is Investigative Journalism Going
Mark Hunter

Data Mining (B hands-on) Tommy Kaas

Using Stats for Stories (A demo)
David Donald

17:00-18:00

Investigating the Multinationals
Lowell Bergman, Luc Hermann and Tom Mangold

No Talk

Web 2.0: Tools for the Newsroom (A demo)
Aron Pilhofer

Excel 3: Statistics (A hands-on)
David Donald

19:00-21:00
Drinks Party
 
Sunday 22 July  
  Room LG002 Room LG003 Room 1001 Room 2001
09:00-10:15

A Murder Investigation: the Death of Anna Politkovskaya
Roman Shleinov

No Talk

Web Detective (B hands-on)
Tommy Kaas

Mapping for Stories (A demo)
David Donald

10:30-11:45

Interviewing for Television and Radio
Tom Mangold and Jenny Chryss

Reporting Sport: Beyond Goals, Gossip and Groin Strains
Kevin Mousley

Access 3: Joins and Deeper Analysis (A hands-on)
Aron Pilhofer

Social Network Analysis (A demo)
Tommy Kaas

12:00-13:00

Working Undercover
Audrius Lelkaitis and Allan Little

Record Keeping and Project Managements (free software)
Luuk Sengers

No Class

Analysts Notebook (A demo)
Tommy Kaas

13:00-14:00
Lunch

14:00-15:15

BAE Files: A UK Corruption Story (keynote)
David Leigh
  Room LG002 Room LG003 Room 1001 Room 2001
15:30-16:45

Making FOIA Work for You
Heather Brooke and David Banisar

Security and Investigative Journalism
Simos Xenitellis

Internet Seaching: Google and Beyond
Tommy Kaas

Web 2.0: Tools for the Newsroom (demo)
Aron Pilhofer

17:00-17:45

What do editors want?
Luc Hermann and Sharon Tiller

17:45-18:00
Final Announcements and Thanks
Adrian Monck, Head of Journalism, City University, London and Gavin MacFadyen, Director of the CIJ

Talks and Training

BAE Files: A UK Corruption Story
David Leigh tells the CIJ about his award-winning investigation into corruption among one of Britain's largest defense contractors.

Whistleblowers and Confidential Sources
Lowell Bergman on the growing threats to whistleblowers' rights and the importance of individuals speaking out against the actions of their industries.

Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR): A Story From Start To Finish
Heather Brooke and Aron Pilhofer discuss the development of CAR and new methods of data journalism.

International Stories: Building Networks of Journalists
Stephen Grey and Paul Radu on the internationalisation of investigative reporting and developing contacts across the globe.

A Murder Investigation: the Death of Anna Politkovskaya
Roman Shleinov talks about the circumstances surrounding the sudden death of Anna Politkovskaya, Russian investigative reporter, human rights activist and speaker at the 2006 CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference and Summer School.