Summer School 2010
With Julian Assange, (editor of Wikileaks) Dr Ben Goldacre (author of Bad Science) and P Sainath, (Rural Affairs Editor for The Hindu, India) Raj Bairoliya, James Ball, Heather Brooke, David Donald, Sally Gainsbury, Mark Hunter, David McCandless, Dr Vivek Muthu, Cynthia O'Murchu, Luuk Sengers, Dr Alicia White and more.
In addition to our regular sessions, this year the school focused on investigating scientific and pseudo-scientific claims made by the pharmaceuticals, academics, governments and NGOs on issues ranging from health to climate change, from GM crops to nuclear energy. The science strand looked at what lies beneath the spin around health, climate, and nuclear issues and the ways journalists can provide publicly available tools in sourcing arguments and counter-arguments, and evaluate the evidence.
Other topics covered included: - private and public finance - protecting sources - using the Freedom of Information Act - Computer Assisted Reporting techniques - advanced internet research including security and anonymity - undercover reporting - libel and privacy law - data visualisations and statistics
Julian Assange: Wikileaks
Julian Assange is the main architect of the remarkably successful public interest project Wikileaks. In this talk he explains how this web-based platform for whistleblowers offers a secure place to publish internal and often secret documents that disclose injustice, corruption and murder, in the public interest.
When Famers Die: Inequality, the Agrarian Crisis and the Media
In 2006-08, Maharashtra in India saw 12, 493 farm suicides – the worst three-year period for any State, any time. P.Sainath has researched extensively into why this is happening and talks about his work, as well as how this story is reported by the media.
The Inside Story of Trafigura – Old and New Methods
How a combination methods – parliamentary privilege (old-fashioned), cross-border co-operation (innovative) and the internet (new-fangled) – were used to defeat cover-ups by lobbyists and lawyers, and expose the scientific facts with David Leigh and Paul Farrelly MP.
Talks and Training
Paul Moreira talks about how he found and pursued his leads to find his story about corruption in Afghanistan. He also discusses working in dangerous places.
Investigating Roma Issues
The panelists - Georgia Lacatus (Romania), Laszlo Ligeti (Hungary) and Kristina Magdolenova (Slovakia) - look at the issues and challenges faced as journalists from minority communities in this discussion chaired by Jake Bowers
Practical Communication Security and Privacy
How do you marry information and communication technology with the need for security and privacy? Wojtek Bogusz gives practical advice on how to use your computer securely.
Visualising News Based Data in Real Time
Data is everywhere, not least in news, where a range of events are spawning real-time data sets that benefit from visualisation. Julian Burgess and Jonathan Richards show how to put together the pieces: capture and clean a live, updating data set, merge data from different sources, and visualise them.
P.Sainath discusses his approach to reporting on hunger, migration, and farmer suicides in rural areas.
Story Based Investigation: Scene Setting and Source Mapping
This talk shows you how to compose a story that hits hard and fast, and builds to a powerful end. The components of an investigative report aren’t quite the same as classic news reportage, and Luuk Sengers considers those differences and how to use them.
Statistics for Journalists
Too few journalists know where to find the data they need, or how to avoid being taken in by artful spinners. This talk, by Nigel Hawkes, is not a guide to statistics but a lesson in becoming street-savvy.
Reporting Nuclear Issues
Experts Harold Bolter and Paul Brown look at the pros and cons of nuclear energy in a discussion chaired by Damian Carrington.
Understanding Companies House
Robert Miller looks at how to get the best out of Companies House official website; the central registry for all UK registered limited or plc companies.