Our Speakers

The following people have spoken or trained for the CIJ, either at one of our summer schools or at the courses and public talks we hold throughout the year.

Abdulwahab Tahhan is a researcher at Airwars. Abdulwahab was raised in Aleppo, Syria. In 2016, with the assistance of the Refugee Journalism Project, Abdulwahab became an intern with Airwars — a body that monitors and assesses civilian casualties from international airstrikes. He now works for Airwars as a full-time researcher. 

Adam Cantwell-Corn works as a waiter. Since graduating in 2012, he has done a raft of other precarious jobs, and gained (mostly unpaid) human rights law experience.

Adam turned down law school in 2014 to co-found The Bristol Cable; a start-up media co-operative created, owned and produced by people in the city. Through dozens of free workshops and events plus multimedia and print publications, The Bristol Cable has worked hard to cultivate contacts and engage communities online, in print and on the streets.

Can this present a real and direct alternative to redefine journalism and public accountability on the local level and beyond?


Alan Cowell is a long-time journalist for The New York Times who has served in Nairobi, Johannesburg, Athens, Cairo, Rome, Berlin, Paris and London. He is the author of, most recently,  The Paris Correspondent -- a novel concerning the switch to digital news, and The Terminal Spy covering the life and death of Alexander V. Litvinenko, a former KGB officer poisoned with radio-active polonium 210 in London in 2006. He currently writes Letter from Europe, a column in The International New York Times.

Before joining The New York Times, Cowell, a British citizen, worked for provincial British newspapers, a Swiss radio station and as a Reuters correspondent based in Germany, Turkey, Lebanon, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Alastair Dant is the lead interactive technologist with Guardian News and Media.


Since joining the Guardian, Alastair has played games with the UK budget, created one of Steve Jobs’ favourite iPad apps and visualised the Wikileaks war logs.


In the last year, he assembled a small, interdisciplinary team, led an award-winning academic collaboration and instigated the Miso Project – open-source software for developing interactive content.

Alastair Reid is a social media journalist at the Press Association, the UK's oldest news agency, specialising in finding and verifying newsworthy material on social media for news organisations across the UK. Before this he was managing editor at First Draft, a non-profit organisation aiming to raise skills and awareness in social newsgathering, digital verification, journalistic ethics and investigating online misinformation.

Alex Campbell is the deputy UK investigations editor for BuzzFeed News, and has been with BuzzFeed's investigative reporting unit since its inception, working out of both New York and London. His work has exposed lengthy prison sentences for domestic violence victims, failures in police rape investigations, and jail terms for truant teens and people too poor to pay their traffic tickets. In 2014 he won a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Before joining BuzzFeed he was an investigative reporter for The Indianapolis Star.

Alex Plough is a data journalist at the Thomson Reuters Foundation where he covers corruption, human rights and environmental issues. He has a background in data-driven investigative reporting and worked on the award winning Iraq War Logs for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.



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Alexa O'Brien is an investigative journalist. Her work has been published in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, the Guardian UK, Salon, The Daily Beast, and featured on the BBC, PBS Frontline, On The Media, Democracy Now! and Public Radio International.
In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in the UK.
Since 2012, Alexa has provided an extensive archive of the only available transcripts of Chelsea Manning's closed trial.

Ali Haidar is an IT security and forensic consultant. He has 12 years' experience in the field during which he has consulted for a wide variety of clients that include: USAID, Institute of War and Peace Reporting (IWPR), The Lebanese army and counter terrorist division, and Saudi Telecom. He is currently working with USAID on setting up and managing offices in conflict zones. Part of his responsibilities is conducting penetration testing on sites to expose any computer security holes that might have been overlooked.
Apart from his work with the USAID he also helped in setting up the Cyber-Arabs program that is run by the IWPR. The program provides digital security training to activists, human rights defenders and journalists across the Arab world. Prior to working as a security consultant Ali was a certified Microsoft, Cisco and EC-Council trainer where he taught a wide variety of courses.

Alice Ross is a reporter at the Guardian. She formerly worked at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, specialising in investigating national security issues and drone warfare. 

Allan Harraden is the company director of Oztex Services. He is a specialist in covert filming techniques and has over 25 years' experience working with specialist cameras.

Alon Aviram is interested in merging the principles of democratic ownership with investigative and engaging reporting.
He is a cook (to pay the rent!), freelance writer, and co-founder of The Bristol Cable media co-op. The Bristol Cable is interested in linking the local to the global: from sneaking around hotels gathering testimonies on Bristol's exploitative catering sector, to uncovering links between Bristol City Council contractors and labour abuse in Qatar. With over 350 paying members, the Bristol Cable aims to demonstrate a reimagined local media platform that investigates and holds power to account.


Ana Naomi de Sousa manages media production and produces films for Forensic Architecture. She was an in-house producer for Al Jazeera English (2010 – 2014) before going freelance to work as an independent journalist and filmmaker. She is the director of the documentary films The Architecture of Violence, Angola Birth of a Movement, Guerrilla Architect and Hacking Madrid. She writes for the Guardian and Al Jazeera English, among others.

Anabel Hernández is an award winning Mexican investigative journalist and author, whose work focuses on corruption and the narco trade in Mexico. After the publication of her book Los Señores del Narco in 2010 (published in English under the title Narcoland) she received death threats from the officials and drug barons she investigated. Anabel Hernández will be delivering the inaugural Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Lecture. You will be able to buy her books Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers (in co-authorship with Roberto Saviano) and The Sorrows of Mexico by Lydia Cacho, Anabel Hernández, Juan Villoro et al.

Andrew Bousfield writes for Private Eye in cases involving whistleblowers.


He wrote a special investigation with Dr Phil Hammond on NHS whistleblowers entitled 'Shoot the Messenger: How NHS Whistleblowers are Silenced and Sacked' in July 2011 for Private Eye, which was runner up for the 2012 Martha Gellhorn Award.



Andrew Jennings goes looking for stories that scream to be covered but are avoided by respectable reporters. He dug into who controls the International Olympic Committee and then spent a dozen years digging into FIFA. He chases people down the streets for BBC Panorama programmes and did the same on the World In Action team at Granada TV and, over more years than he might admit, learned his tradecraft at the Burnley Evening Star (defunct) and subbing on the launch team of the Daily Star (not what it was). That was preparation for moving to Radio 4 and then reporting for Nationwide. He has freelanced for the Sunday Times Insight since 1968, all the tabloids, a popular fortnightly magazine, American and German TV investigation programmes and everybody else around the planet.

He has published five books, translated into 15 languages, in subjects ranging from corruption at Scotland Yard, to racketeering at the IOC and FIFA. He has reported from Beirut, Palermo, Nicaragua, Chechnya and other places long bombed and forgotten. Eventually he will write No Press Release, No Story, a less than kindly look at how sports reporters avoid the gangster stories. You can read his stories on his website: Transparency in Sport

Anne-Lise Bouyer is the COO of Journalism++, an agency for data-driven storytelling. After studying computer engineering, she worked for 3 years as a project manager in a web agency and for OWNI.fr. She's specialised in user experience and committed to applying her skills to innovative journalism. Her technical expertise and her marketing and customer management skills enable her to have a 360-degree vision of all Journalism++ projects.


Arjen Kamphuis is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Gendo since 2005. Previously he worked for IBM as IT architect, trainer and IT strategy advisor.
As CTO of Gendo he advises several national governments, non-profits and Fortune-500 companies on technology-policy. Since 2009 Arjen has been training journalists, politicians, lawyers, human rights workers and whistleblowers to defend their communications and data from government or corporate intrusions or manipulation.



Arnaud Dressen. Prior to co‐founding Honkytonk Films in 2007, Arnaud worked with award‐winning  producer and journalist Patrice Barrat on several international documentary productions with broadcasters such as NYT Television, CBC Canada, or ITVS and participated in pionnering the agency's early experiments in participatory journalism.
At Honkytonk Films, Arnaud has been leading the company original approach to webdocumentaries, gathering both journalists, photographers and creative coders to explore new narrative formats to cover current affairs and environmental issues.
Based on this experience, he designed Klynt as a creative tool to edit interactive stories. It is now used by hundreds of journalists and NGOs across Europe.

Aron Pilhofer is the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University. In addition to teaching, his work is focused on new business models, digital transformation and innovation in news. Before joining Temple, Pilhofer was executive editor, digital, and interim chief digital officer at the Guardian in London. There, he led the Guardian's 200-person product and technology teams as well as heading visual journalism — including pictures, graphics, interactive and data journalism. Before coming to the Guardian, Aron was associate managing editor for digital strategy and editor of interactive news at The New York Times. He also was a reporter at Gannett newspapers in New Jersey and Delaware, headed data journalism at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington and trained staff at the Investigative Reporters and Editors. Outside the newsroom, Aron co-founded two news-related start-ups: DocumentCloud.org and Hacks & Hackers.

Bastian Obermayer is deputy head of the investigative unit of the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung. Together with his colleague Frederik Obermaier he first broke the story of the Panama Papers. Their same-named book, an international bestseller, is published in the UK by Oneworld Publications and translated in 14 languages
Obermayer worked from 2005 until 2012 for the magazine of Sueddeutsche Zeitung, specializing in long form and investigations. His topics included Nazi war criminals, serial killers and sexual abuse in Catholic boarding schools. In 2012-2013 he moved to the newspaper itself and coordinated the work of the Offshore Leaks team of Sueddeutsche Zeitung. He has received numerous honors for his work, including the Theodor-Wolff-Preis in 2009, the Henri-Nannen-Preis in 2010, the Helmut-Schmidt-Preis in 2013 & 2014 and the Waechterpreis in 2015.


Betsy Reed is editor-in-chief of The Intercept, an investigative digital publication dedicated to providing uncompromising, often adversarial, reporting on big business, government and the ways they intersect. Previously, she served as executive editor of The Nation, where she led the magazine’s award-winning investigative coverage. Since joining The Intercept, the organization has won numerous distinctions, including a National Magazine Award and Reed's inclusion among the "2016 Good 100”, a list of world-changers published by Good Magazine, which called The Intercept, "a last bastion of the fourth estate.”
As a book editor, Reed has many credits, including two international bestsellers by Jeremy Scahill, Blackwater and Dirty Wars. Reed also co-edited the New York Times bestseller Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare with Richard Kim.

Brendan Montague is a co-founder and Executive Director of Request Initiative.


Brendan is an investigative journalist with more than a decade of experience having worked for The Sunday Times, The Mail on Sunday and The Daily Mail. Brendan is described by The Times as a “Freedom of Information expert”. 


Caelainn Barr is a reporter on the data projects team at the Guardian.

When working for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, she used data analysis to uncover the misuse of expenses by the European Commission and human rights abuses in Ethiopia. She has also worked at the Wall Street Journal, the Irish Times and Bloomberg.

She is a graduate of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School in New York.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Lewis has founded four non-profit enterprises in Washington, including the Center for Public Integrity.

A national investigative journalist since 1977, Lewis left a successful career at ABC News and the CBS programme 60 Minutes to begin the Center for Public Integrity from his home. Under his leadership, the Center published roughly 300 investigative reports, including 14 books, from 1989 through 2004, and has been honoured more than 30 times by national journalism organisations.
Lewis also founded the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the world’s first global website devoted to international exposes.
In 2005, Lewis co-founded Global Integrity, and has also served as founding president of the Fund for Independence in Journalism in Washington.  He has been a consultant on access to information issues to the Carter Center in Atlanta, a Ferris Professor at Princeton University, and a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University.


Charles Glass is a broadcaster, journalist and writer, who began his journalistic career in 1973 at the ABC News Beirut bureau with Peter Jennings.
He covered the October Arab-Israeli War on the Egyptian and Syrian fronts. He also covered civil war in Lebanon, where artillery fire wounded him in 1976. He was ABC News Chief Middle East correspondent from 1983 to 1993.
Since 1993, he has been a freelance writer in Paris, Tuscany, Venice and London, regularly covering the Middle East, the Balkans, south east Asia and the Mediterranean region.
He has also published books, short stories, essays and articles in the United States and Europe. His most recent book is Syria Burning: ISIS and the Death of the Arab Spring

Charlotte Harris is a partner in Mishcon Private.


She is a highly regarded media law specialist, with extensive experience across areas such as pre and post publication advice, injunctions, defamation, privacy, harassment and unlawful interceptions into the telephones and correspondence of those in the public eye.

Her client base includes MPs, celebrities, PRs, sports agents, sportspeople and individuals subject to media attention. Charlotte has been fundamental in the exposure of the phone hacking scandal and has spent four years pursuing hacking claims. She continues to act for many clients and high-profile victims in relation to this issue. Notable cases include Max Clifford v NGN and Glenn Mulcaire, Donald v N'tuli (C of A) and Perroncel v NGN.
Charlotte joined the Firm in March 2011 from JMW where she was Head of Media.

She regularly contributes to the national debate on media law, for example on Question Time, Newsnight and the Today Programme. Charlotte contributes to the various Select Committees in respect of media standards and privacy during this time of development of the law in this area.

Chris Blackhurst is editor of The Independent and group editorial director of The Independent and Evening Standard.


He joined the paper in July 2011. Previously, he was city editor of the Evening Standard for nine years. A journalist since 1984, his previous posts include: deputy editor at the Independent and Independent on Sunday and Daily Express, and Westminster correspondent for the Independent.


He has written for Management Today for the past 15 years and has contributed to numerous other magazines and publications, as well as appearing regularly on TV and radio and making public speeches. He has received several awards from the British Press Awards and the London Press Club as well as TSB Financial Journalist of the Year. Most recently he received the London Press Club award for Business Journalist of the Year, 2011.


Twice married, he has five children and lives in Kingston. He enjoys playing tennis and golf, watching football and rugby, and going to the cinema and theatre.



Chris Woods is an investigative journalist and leader of the Airwars project. A conflict specialist, he worked for the BBC’s Newsnight and Panorama as a senior producer for many years. Chris also set up and ran the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s award-winning Drones Project. His book, Sudden Justice charts the history of armed drone use in Iraq and elsewhere since 9/11.  

Christina Varvia is an architect, researcher and the project coordinator at Forensic Architecture. She has previously worked for architecture and construction practices and been a member of the AA School of Architecture and the Unknown Fields Division. Christina joined the Forensic Architecture team in 2014, and is currently developing methodologies and undertakes analysis through time based media that leads to work such as Rafah: Black Friday report.

Christine England lost several jobs for whistleblowing. She led Hammersmith Hospital whistleblowers through three inquiries, to the still undisclosed Cameron Report. Working later in residential autism support and dementia care she reported abuse herself, and was also a union rep for whistleblowing colleagues. After being forced out of work for this, she became self-employed and now campaigns for Edna's Law,  Christine will publish Care Home Secrets in 2016.

Christopher Hird is the Managing Editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, based at City University, London. After working in the finance sector for four years, Christopher became a journalist, in which capacity his jobs included Deputy Editor of the New Statesman and Editor of Insight on The Sunday Times. After leaving The Sunday Times, he worked as a television reporter and producer for more than twenty years before founding the documentary company Dartmouth Films in 2008. Christopher is also a trustee of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, The Wincott Foundation, The Grierson Trust and One World Media.

Claire Provost is a Bertha Fellow at the Centre for Investigative Journalism. Previously she worked as a staff writer at the Guardian, including as a data journalist, following the money in foreign aid and global development.
She has degrees from Harvard and Columbia universities and has reported on human rights, development, and the impacts of multinational corporations from more than a dozen countries, from El Salvador to Ukraine.

Clare Sambrook is a freelance investigative journalist and Co-Editor at OurKingdom (the UK arm of openDemocracy), where she runs the Shine a Light project. A former financial reporter, Clare co-founded End Child Detention Now, and won the Paul Foot Award and the Bevins Prize for outstanding investigative journalism in 2010. Her first novel, Hide & Seek, published in thirteen languages, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice.

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Clare Wilson is an award-winning medical reporter at New Scientist, the world’s leading science and technology magazine and website. She has been a writer and editor at the magazine for 15 years. Before that, she wrote for a doctor's weekly newspaper called Hospital Doctor, and a newsletter for the pharmaceutical industry, called Scrip. At New Scientist, Clare reports on everything life-science-related, from Ageing to Zika. Her exploits include watching brain surgery close-up, having her pain threshold tested while lying in a brain scanner and a trip in the European Space Agency’s vomit comet.
Craig Shaw is a British journalist and Bertha Fellow at the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London.  Specialising in cross-border corruption and human rights, he previously worked for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on the global “Offshore Leaks” investigation into the secretive world of tax havens. He also worked with several international investigative non-profits, the latest being for Mafia in Africa, a cross-border investigation into the mafia's influence in African countries, and a series of stories on child labour deaths in Turkey.  His reports have been published in international news media such as The Guardian, The Sunday Times, Sydney Morning Herald, L’Espresso, Correct!v, der Freitag, and theblacksea.eu.


Crina Boroş is an investigative journalist reporting on HSBC leaks, UK and offshore money-laundering, Afghan victims’ compensation, women’s rights, EU lobbying, workers’ abuse, civil service transparency and accountability. She specialises in data journalism / CAR, cross-border, freedom of information and undercover reporting. She has produced front-page headline-generating features, statistical analysis and watchdog reporting. She is a CAR trainer and member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).


Cynthia O'Murchu is an investigative reporter for the Financial Times. She was part of the team that produced Europe's Hidden Billions in conjuction with The Bureau for Investigative Journalism. The project created a database tracking every penny distributed through the EU's structural funds to date.

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Daan Louter is a Dutch designer and developer at the Guardian Visuals team, where he combines his design and coding skills to find new and innovative ways of telling stories. Daan started studying journalism in 2008, but decided to switch to study interaction design. Immediately after his studies, he joined The Guardian to apply his design skills in a journalistic environment.

Daan's work at The Guardian has been recognised with various awards, such as an SND and Walkley award. His graduation project 'News Interactives', which helps journalists to come up with new ways of telling stories, was awarded the best graduation project of 2012/2013 by Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.



Damien Spleeters is a freelance journalist from Belgium. He is covering armed conflicts, and investigating the proliferation of Belgian small arms
and the activities of Belgian arms brokers. 
More informaion about Damien: http://about.me/damienspleeters and about his work: http://damspleet.com


Dana Priest is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The Washington Post whose work focuses on intelligence and counterterrorism. In her 28 years at the paper, she has worked on the Metro, Foreign and National staffs. Dana covered the Pentagon for six years and the intelligence agencies for five. She is the author of numerous award-winning series, including The Proconsuls: A Four Star Foreign Policy?; The CIA’s Secret War; The Other Walter Reed, Careless Detention: Medical Care in Immigration Prisons and Top Secret America, and has written two best-selling books, The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military and Top Secret America: The Rise of the National Security State.


David Crawford is a Senior Reporter at CORRECT!V.
David has reported on West German spy services, the Stasi and Al-Qaida as a freelance journalist. He worked for the Wall Street Journal as a freelancer from 2001 and an investigative correspondent from 2004.
David has longstanding experience with data journalism. With the help of the Chaos Computer Club he decoded the sensitive data of the so-called “Stasi List” which was published in Taz in 1990. He later went on to report on corruption in international business. He was able to uncover dubious payments made by Dresdner Bank to the current President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. He received the “Business Journalist of the Year Award” for his coverage of the Siemens bribery scandal. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Daniel Pearl Award for his research on the dismantling of democracy in Russia.

David Donald is Data Journalist in Residence in the School of Communication and Data Editor in the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University, where he organises the data journalism teaching and leads the data analysis for IRW’s investigations.  

Previously, David was Data Editor at the Center for Public Integrity and served as Training Director for Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting.

His work ranges from investigations into the top sub-prime lenders behind the financial meltdown to the under-reporting of campus sexual assaults to the fraudulent billing practices of doctors and hospitals in the US.

His work has been honoured with the Philip Meyer Award, the IRE Renner Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.


David Leigh is one of Britain’s best-known investigative journalists, who in 2015 led the Guardian team which exposed the tax evasion activities of the HSBC bank, in collaboration with BBC Panorama, the Washington DC-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), and Le Monde in Paris. He is currently the Anthony Sampson Professor of Reporting at City University London, and was full-time Investigations Editor of the Guardian newspaper 2000-2013. He is one of the founder members of the ICIJ and a former trustee of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London.
He handled the Guardian’s publication in 2010 of the ground-breaking Manning/Wikileaks disclosures and co-wrote a book about it with Luke Harding. He then worked with the Guardian to manage the mass NSA-GCHQ intelligence leaks obtained from Edward Snowden.  He has written several other books and won numerous UK and international journalism awards over a 40-year career.


Dr Yemisi Akinbobola is an award-winning journalist, academic and media entrepreneur. She is the founder and publisher of IQ4News, and a freelance writer for the United Nations Africa Renewal magazine. She is also a visiting lecturer and researcher in media and journalism at Birmingham City University, with an interest in digital journalism and African feminism. For her doctoral thesis, she conducted a comparative analysis of the relationship between the media and the state in Nigeria and South Africa. She has also worked in the charity sector where she has several years’ experience in communication management.

Dr. Richard Stallman launched the free software movement in 1983 and started the development of the GNU operating system in 1984. GNU is free software: everyone has the freedom to copy it and redistribute it, with or without changes.
The GNU/Linux system, basically the GNU operating system with Linux added, is used on tens of millions of computers today. Richard has received the ACM Grace Hopper Award, a MacArthur Foundation fellowship, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Pioneer Award, and the Takeda Award for Social/Economic Betterment, as well as several doctorates honoris causa, and has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

Dr Richard Stallman President, Free Software Foundation (gnu.org, fsf.org)
Internet Hall-of-Fame
Skype: No way! See stallman.org/skype.html

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Duncan Campbell is an investigative journalist, author, consultant and television producer specialising in privacy, civil liberties and surveillance issues. His best-known investigations led to major legal clashes with successive British governments.  
Campbell now also works and is recognised as a forensic expert witness on computers and communications data.  He has providing specialist testimony in over a hundred criminal and civil cases and has given evidence to the House of Commons and the European Parliament on surveillance legislation.

Ed Swires-Hennessy is a Chartered Statistician with a degree in Economics and Statistics.


He is the author of A Guide to Presenting Data  published by the Local Government Data Unit – Wales. For over 20 years he was the general editor of statistical publications at the then Welsh Office. He developed an interest in the presentation of statistics on the web and has become an institution in terms of his reviews.

In 2003 he was awarded the inaugural JH West medal by the Royal Statistical Society for ‘outstanding contribution and influence on the dissemination of official statistics, notably his contribution to the development of electronic dissemination of statistics in Wales, his longstanding commitment to the teaching of official statisticians nationally and internationally, and his international advisory role on the usability of statistical websites’. Ed’s blog: http://surfingwithed.wordpress.com/
Ehsan Masood is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for 2017/18 where he is investigating the impact of the McCarthy purge on US academics and universities. Ehsan has written widely on science and higher education policy around the world and has also made documentary programmes for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. His most recent outing was a programme called Science: Right or Left, which explored why centre-right audiences are losing trust in the scientific consensus. From 2009-2017 Ehsan was the Editor of the science policy magazine, Research Fortnight and before that worked as a writer and editor on the staff of Nature and New Scientist. He is the author of a number of books, most recently The Great Invention (Pegasus, 2016) which tells the story of how GDP became the world’s economic indicator of choice. 
Ehsan Masood is a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT for 2017/18 where he is investigating the impact of the McCarthy purge on US academics and universities. Ehsan has written widely on science and higher education policy around the world and has also made documentary programmes for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service. His most recent outing was a programme called Science: Right or Left, which explored why centre-right audiences are losing trust in the scientific consensus. From 2009-2017 Ehsan was the Editor of the science policy magazine, Research Fortnight and before that worked as a writer and editor on the staff of Nature and New Scientist. He is the author of a number of books, most recently The Great Invention (Pegasus, 2016) which tells the story of how GDP became the world’s economic indicator of choice. 

Eileen Chubb is one of the 'Bupa 7' whistleblowers, which was the first whistleblowing legal case. She is founder of the charity Compassion in Care and co-founder of The Whistler.
Author of Beyond the Façade and contributor to the book Here we Stand. She has campaigned to expose abuse in care settings and has been in over 300 homes across the UK. Compassion in Care has helped hundreds of whistleblowers that made contact through the helpline. She works closely with the media, a recent BBC Panorama programme was a result of whistleblowers from the Old Deanery Care home. Eileen has campaigned for whistleblowers to be protected by law and has published comprehensive evidence on whistleblowing and what happens to those who speak out. Compassion in Care has submitted evidence to the NUJ in support of journalists' sources being protected.

Elena Egawhary studied to be a human rights lawyer and ended up as an investigative journalist.


Whilst working as a legal reporter, she won a bursary from the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation to study for an MSc in Financial Regulation and Corporate and Financial Crime at the London School of Economics.


Elena’s writing has been published in the Guardian, The New Statesman and the Independent. She teaches data journalism, and believes the most effective investigative journalism combines many skills (it’s not just data crunching). She is grateful to the brave people who choose to speak out, without whom there would be no story.



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Eliot Higgins is an award winning investigative journalist, and founder of the Brown Moses Blog and Bellingcat. He publishes the work of an international alliance of fellow investigators using freely available online information. He has helped inaugurate open-source and social media investigations by trawling through vast amounts of data uploaded constantly on to the web and social media sites. His inquiries have revealed extraordinary findings on subjects such as the downing of flight MH17 in Ukraine and the August 21st 2013 Sarin Attacks in Damascus.

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Ernst-Jan Pfauth is co-Founder and publisher of daily online newsmedium De Correspondent. Ernst-Jan is obsessed with innovation in the media. His weekly newsletter on the topic is read by some 1600 media colleagues. Formerly head of internet at the well-respected Dutch Daily NRC Handelsblad and editor-in-chief of the tech news website the Next Web. Ernst-Jan has also written two books about blogging.


Florian Ramseger is a Tableau product specialist; he helps people see and understand their data using Tableau Public. He has a background in economics, statistics and data visualisation. Prior to joining Tableau, he worked for international organisations and in academia.

Francesca Panetta is multimedia special projects editor at the Guardian. Before joining in December 2006, she worked at BBC Radio 3 and 4. Specialising in feature-making, she's picked up awards from the New York Festivals, Sony Radio Academy Awards, Webby Awards and the Radio Production Awards.

Frederik Obermaier is reporter for the investigative unit of the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung. His work focuses largely on investigative research worldwide. Together with his colleague Bastian Obermayer he first broke the story of the Panama Papers. Their same-named book, an international bestseller, was published in English, Spanish, French and several further languages. Obermaier has received numerous honors for his work, including the CNN-Award, the renowned Waechterpreis and the Helmut-Schmidt-Preis.

Gavin Millar QC is founder member of the leading human rights practice, Doughty Street Chambers.


He is a practising barrister and a part-time judge. He specialises in media law, representing media organisations and journalists.


He is the co-author of Media Law and Human Rights. He has appeared in a number of high-profile cases resisting applications for source and document disclosure and contempt of court.


Gavin Sheridan is the co-founder of thestory.ie

thestory.ie is a blog dedicated to obtaining and sharing documents and data obtained
through FOI and scraping.


The blog is an experiment in tactical FOI requests, seeking to push the boundaries of access to information in



Guy Lynn is an award-winning British investigative reporter for the BBC. He has won three Royal Television Society Reporter of the Year Awards, three BBC Ruby Television Awards and an Amnesty International Media Award for reporting on human rights. Guy currently oversees hard-hitting TV investigations at BBC London TV and is also a contributing author of Investigative Journalism, Dead or Alive published by Abramis. He regularly runs courses and seminars for journalists both within and outside the BBC focusing on investigative techniques, particularly secret filming and undercover work. Guy's work has resulted in the jailing of criminals and the changing of UK law. His recent exposé of estate agents blocking black tenants from seeing homes won “Best Exclusive/Investigation” at the 2014 BBC Ruby Television Awards and the CIRCOM Prize for “Investigative Journalism”.

Hajo Seppelt worked as a sports reporter for Germany’s premier public broadcaster ARD since 1985. He also worked for the Berlin public broadcaster Sender Freies Berlin and its 2003 successor Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg. After working for many years as a live commentary for swimming events for ARD, he was stripped of this duty in the early summer of 2006. Seppelt claims that this was in reaction to a private email, in which he criticized ARD’s uncritical reporting on doping, becoming public. Since 2006, he has worked as a freelance journalist for ARD and has made a number of reports and documentary films about doping.

Hal Hodson is technology correspondent at The Economist. Previously, he worked at New Scientist for three years in Boston and one year in London. At New Scientist, Hal wrote about internet policy and economics, robotics, artificial intelligence, infrastructure and biotechnology. He has reported from abroad, including Bolivia, Mexico, South Korea and Finland. Hal graduated in 2010 from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in astrophysics.

Hanène Zbiss started her career 12 years ago as an economic journalist. After the Tunisian Revolution Hanène became a specialist on political affairs.


She is one of the first investigative journalists in Tunisia, and in 2012, her work was recognised with an award from Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ). Hanène is also an activist for the freedom of the press with the National Union of Tunisian Journalists. She holds a master’s degree in Media Science and Technologies from the Mediterranean School for Advanced Studies, University of Pavia (Italy).


Hazel Healy joined New Internationalist magazine as a co-editor in 2011. She's worked as a journalist for the past 10 years, specialising in international stories on social justice themes - such as land grabs, climate change and life after Ebola - for outlets including the BBC, LA Times, Agencia EFE and the Guardian.

Heidi Blake is UK Investigations Editor of BuzzFeed News and was previously Assistant Editor of The Sunday Times, attached to the Insight Investigations Team. She is the co-author with Jonathan Calvert of The Ugly Game, a devastating account of the Qatari plot to buy the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup based on a cache of hundreds of millions of leaked documents. Her scoops have made waves in politics, sport, business, defence, health and security and she has won twelve national journalism awards, including Scoop of the Year, Investigation of the Year and the Paul Foot Award for Campaigning and Investigative Journalism.
Heidi Blake is an Audience Choice speaker. 

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Helena Bengtsson is the editor, data projects at the Guardian in London. She previously worked as the database editor at Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national television broadcaster. In 2006 and 2007, she was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC. In 2010, she was awarded the Stora Journalistpriset (Great Journalism Award) for Valpejl.se, a website profiling every candidate in that season’s Swedish elections.

Henk van Ess is obsessed by finding news in data.  European media houses, like Axel Springer, Persgroep, the European Broadcasting Union and Schibsted love his literal and lateral thinking and hire Henk on a regular basis to spill his secrets. He rarely appears at public conferences, so this is your chance to find out the best tricks in internet research. Henk is a member of the investigation team at Bellingcat.

Ian Cobain has been a journalist for 30 years and is currently an investigative reporter with the Guardian.


His inquiries into the UK's involvement in rendition and torture since 9/11 have won a number of major awards, including the Martha Gellhorn Prize, the Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism, and a human rights award from Liberty.


He has also won a number of Amnesty International media awards. His book, Cruel Britannia, A Secret History of Torture, won the Debut Political Book of the Year award at the 2013 political book awards.

Ian Hislop is a writer, journalist and broadcaster. He has been editor of Private Eye since 1986.


He has a working knowledge of defamation and privacy law, although his record in the courts suggests he is not an expert. He is probably best known for his role as a regular team captain on the BBC show Have I Got News for You.


He has been a columnist for The Listener and The Sunday Telegraph, and television critic for The Spectator. He has written and presented documentaries for television and radio about various subjects including the History of Tax, female Hymn Writers, Dr Beeching, Victorian Philanthropists and most recently The Stiff Upper Lip.


Ian has received numerous awards, including a BAFTA Award for Have I Got News for You in 1991; Editors’ Editor, British Society of Magazine Editors in 1991; Magazine of the Year, What the Papers Say in 1991; Editor of the Year, British Society of Magazine Editors, in 1998; Channel 4 Political Awards, for Political Satire in 2004; and a Channel 4 Political Award, for Political Comedy in 2006, a Liberty Human Rights Award for Private Eye in 2011 and Trip Advisors Travellers’ Choice in 2012.

Ioan Grillo is an investigative journalist covering organized crime and drugs in Latin America.
Grillo has been based in Mexico since 2000 working for media including Time Magazine, CNN, the Sunday Telegraph, Reuters, the Houston Chronicle, PBS NewsHour, the Associated Press, Al Jazeera English and many others. Grillo's first book El Narco: The Bloody Rise of Mexican Drug Cartels was a finalist at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, longlisted for the Orwell Prize and a BBC Radio 4 book of the week. 
Grillo specializes in covering Mexico's drug cartels, which have morphed from their origins as peasant smugglers to clandestine armies wielding Kalashnikovs, grenades and car bombs and left tens of thousands of corpses. He has also covered the other major issues of Latin America, including the government of Hugo Chavez, the earthquake in Haiti and coup in Honduras. 

Israel Mirsky is a technologist and entrepreneur with a passion for protecting the role of journalism in free society. He also serves as Global Managing Director of Performance and Social Solutions at Annalect Group, a leading data focused advertising firm on Madison Avenue. Israel is using his technical and strategic expertise to help journalism evolve and meet today's evolving challenges, through founding Uncoverage, a platform for the public to help journalists make news.

Uncoverage is designed for the public to help journalists make serious news happen. Users can support journalists or topics on an ongoing basis, making news happen on the topics they care about. Journalists can use our rich profiles and offsite fundraising technologies as persuasive byline links, enabling journalists to collect subscribing supporters for their work wherever their journalism travels across the Web.


Ivan Oransky is an MD, although he doesn’t have quite enough psychiatric training to diagnose why someone would leave medicine for journalism. A cofounder of Retraction Watch, a blog about scientific retractions, Ivan is also distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Arthur Carter Journalism Institute. He has held positions at MedPage Today, Reuters Health, Scientific American, The Scientist, and the sadly defunct Praxis Post.

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Jack Serle is a data journalist working on the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s Covert Drone War team.
He joined the Bureau in 2012 and was part of the team that won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in 2013 for their work on drones and the US covert war on terror. He graduated in 2010 and then studied an MA in science journalism at City University London.

James B. Steele is an American investigative journalist and contributing editor of Vanity Fair. Together with his collaborator Donald L. Barlett,  he is one of the most awarded journalists in US history. Steele and Barlett have won more than 50 national journalism awards, among them two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Magazine Awards. The pair have pioneered the use of computers to analyse data on crucial public issues. Steele’s most recent article, “A Wing and A Prayer” about the outsourcing of airline maintenance,  appeared in the December 2015 Vanity Fair.

James Oliver is an award winning television producer and investigative journalist for Panorama, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme. 
His films include investigations into corporate tax dodging, corruption in UK law enforcement, international organisations, organised crime and bribery in world sport. 
Jane Bradley is an investigations correspondent at BuzzFeed News with nine years experience in digital and broadcast journalism. She began her career on the BBC Journalism Trainee Scheme before becoming one of the BBC's youngest senior broadcast journalists and going on to work as a producer for Panorama. She has also freelanced for Channel 4 Dispatches, PBS Frontline, The New York Times
An award-winning journalist with a strong track record of agenda-setting scoops, Jane unmasked the identities of two of the world’s most wanted ISIS executioners the ‘Beatles’, revealed that hundreds of Britain’s homeless slaves are being exploited by trafficking gangs in the UK and exposed suspected money laundering by the Conservative Party’s biggest corporate donor. 
Jasper Jackson has been a media and tech journalist since starting his career in 2009, covering the way in which digital disruption has challenged established organisations and opened up new opportunities.
Most recently he has been the assistant media editor at the Guardian, overseeing and writing extensive coverage of the UK and international media industries, with a particular focus on new models and strategies for adapting to change and how journalism has evolved to take advantage of digital structures and new technology.

Jean Francois Tanda is a leading investigative journalist in Switzerlald, editor of Handelszeitung, a weekly Swiss business newspaper.


He specialises in investigating economic crimes, corruption and money laundering. He is known internationally for stories about corruption in FIFA and involvement with the BBC Panorama and would go the extra mile to gain firsthand account of the facts.



Jeff Katz started his working life as a copy boy at The New York Times.


Following service in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War, he worked on a variety of publications in the UK and US, eventually becoming deputy editor of an English provincial newspaper.


In 1987 he was invited to join the American investigation company Kroll Associates in London and in 1995 was appointed the company's Director of European Operations. He left Kroll in 1998 and became Chief Executive of the Bishop Group, overseeing investigations around the world.



Jenna Corderoy is a journalist at Finance Uncovered, a global reporting and training project focused on illicit finance, helping journalists to investigate tax abuse, money laundering and corruption. She also advises MySociety developers on the design of a new toolkit, WhatDoTheyKnow Pro, that helps journalists submit freedom of information requests. Previously, she was an information law researcher for Request Initiative, sending Freedom of Information, and Environmental Information Regulation requests on behalf of NGOs. Jenna has written and researched for VICE News, and is the co-author of the Centre for Investigative Journalism's handbook DPA without the Lawyer, a guide on how to make Subject Access Requests.   


Jennifer LaFleur is the director for computer-assisted reporting at ProPublica.


She was previously the computer-assisted reporting editor for The Dallas Morning News, where she worked on the investigative team.


She has directed CAR at the San Jose Mercury News and at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and was Investigative Reporters and Editors' (IRE) first training director.

She has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. Jennifer is the co-author of IRE's Mapping for Stories: A Computer-Assisted Reporting Guide.

Jessikka Aro is a Bonnier Award winning investigative reporter with the Finnish Broadcasting Company's social media project Yle Kioski. Aro became the target of hate speech while revealing pro-Kremlin social media trolls in her series of articles. Aro is currently writing an investigative book about Russia's information warfare.

Jim Nichol is a Solicitor Advocate known for his miscarriage of justice and civil liberties cases. He frequently works with investigative journalists and was responsible with the late Paul Foot for the investigation that led to the quashing of the convictions of the Bridgewater 4. He represented the families of the miners killed at Marikana, seeking justice at the Marikana Commission.

Jodi Upton is a Knight Chair in Data and Explanatory Journalism Professor at the Newhouse School. Before that she was a senior database editor at USA Today. She and her team worked on data-driven coverage of topics including veterans' administration hospitals, new economy jobs, mass killings and college football coaches' salaries.
Upton and her team won numerous awards, including Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) Philip Meyer Awards, Associated Press Sports Editors Awards, a World Media Summit Innovation Award, Best of USA Today Awards and the Iris Molotsky Award for Excellence in Coverage of Higher Education.
Upton was previously an investigative/data reporter for The Detroit News, and worked as a freelancer for Agence France-Presse and other publications. She is a regular speaker with IRE.

Joe Plomin is one of the best-known producers of covert television documentaries. He has led some of Britain's most high-profile undercover investigations. He was the undercover producer of the celebrated BBC documentary exposing the abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View private hospital in 2011.

John Christensen trained as a forensic investigator and economist.  He has worked in offshore finance, and for 11 years was economic adviser to the government of Jersey. Since 2004 he has directed the work of the Tax Justice Network and has become what the Guardian has described as “the unlikely figurehead of a worldwide campaign against tax avoidance.”

John Pilger is a world-renowned journalist, author and documentary filmmaker who has twice been named journalist of the year.


Among a number of other awards, he has been International Reporter of the Year and winner of the UN Association Media Peace Prize. He made his name as foreign correspondent and a front-line war reporter, most notably from the conflicts in Vietnam, Cambodia and East Timor.


Over decades he has made more than 60 campaigning documentaries for ITV, which have won Academy Awards in Britain and the United States. His latest book, Freedom Next Time, and feature-length film, The War On Democracy, were released in 2007.



Jonathan Stoneman worked for the BBC for 20 years as researcher, producer, reporter, editor and finally head of training for the World Service. Specialising mainly in central and eastern Europe, Jonathan reported for the World Service from virtually every country of the former Warsaw Pact in the 1990s, before moving on to run the Macedonian and then the Croatian language services. Since 2010 Jonathan has worked as a freelance trainer – mostly with data and the Open Data Movement. Tracking the use of open data and learning new techniques to make the most of it has become something between a hobby and an obsession.  
Joseph O'Leary is Full Fact’s senior factchecker. He specialises in data and the presentation of statistics. He has been a factchecker at Full Fact since 2011 and produced their internal graphs style guide which, in turn, contributed to GSS guidance. He leads Full Fact's consulting work in this field, which has included controlling the production of all graphs for Sky News’s 2014 party conference coverage. He represents Full Fact at events and on the media, including briefing the Jeremy Vine show and speaking at the Government Statistical Service Presentation and Dissemination Conference. 

Joseph Trevithick is a freelance 'punk' journalist for @thewarzonewire and War is Boring. He is a historian and military analyst. 

Julian Assange is an activist, journalist, and the editor of WikiLeaks.

Australian by birth, he has lived, worked and been, arrested, bugged, censored and unsuccessfully sued in many countries, including China, Iran, Australia, the US and the UK.
He is the winner of the 2009 Amnesty International media award (New Media) for exposing extra-judicial assassinations, and the 2008 Economist Index on Censorship award. He studied physics and medicine.
Juliana Ruhfus is the senior reporter for Al Jazeera’s People & Power investigative strand where she has worked since 2006 when her film on Liberian ex-combatants launched the Al Jazeera English’s programming content. Nearly 40 films later she has gone undercover in Turkmenistan and in Cambodian orphanages, produced the five part Corporations on Trial series, and her investigation into the trafficking of Nigerian women into the Italian sex-trade is one of the most-watched People & Power shows ever.
In 2010 her work was awarded with the Ochberg Fellowship and in 2011 Juliana received a scholarship for Havard’s Global Trauma Program. Last year saw the launch of her groundbreaking, interactive, gamified Pirate Fishing investigation which is currently on the festival circuit and won a series of digital media awards.
In 2003 and again in 2007/08 Juliana has also worked as an expert consultant for the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee monitoring violations of the arms embargo on Somalia.  
Juliana Ruhfus is an Audience Choice speaker. 

Justin Walford is the former legal manager for The Daily Express and The Sunday Express newspapers. He works now as an editorial lawyer on The Sun.

Karrie Kehoe wrangles data at the RTÉ Investigations Unit. Before RTÉ she worked at The Times, The Sunday Times, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Karrie has used data analysis to investigate compensation payments in Afghanistan, court judgements in Ireland and waste and corruption in the public sector.

Katerina Cizek is an Emmy-winning documentary-maker working across many media platforms.


Her work has documented the Digital Revolution, and has itself become part of the movement. Currently, she is the director of the National Film Board of Canada's HIGHRISE project and for five years, she was the NFB’s Filmmaker-in-Residence (2008 Webby Award). Her previous award-winning films include Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News (2002, co-directed with Peter Wintonick). Her documentaries have instigated criminal investigations, changed UN policies, and have screened as evidence at the International Criminal Tribunal. Cizek teaches and presents around the world about her innovative approach to the documentary genre.

Kathryn Torney is senior reporter at The Detail, an investigative news website in Belfast.

After graduating from University College Dublin, she started her journalism career as a graduate trainee with the Belfast Telegraph in 1996. She was appointed the newspaper’s education correspondent in 1999 and held this post until the end of 2010.
She has a special interest in data journalism and Freedom of Information. She has won several awards for her journalism including being shortlisted and receiving an honourary mention in the international Data Journalism Awards 2012 for her work on ambulance response times in Northern Ireland.
Kathryn attended the CIJ’s Data Journalism Bootcamp in October 2011 which was led by David Donald.
Kevin McConway retired in 2016 after teaching and researching in statistics for many years at the Open University. He was academic adviser to the BBC Radio Four programme More or Less for eleven years, and has worked with journalists and press officers in other contexts, including through the Science Media Centre where he is now a member of the Advisory Committee. He enjoys talking about statistics in the media, particularly statistics about health or the environment, to pretty well any audience who will have him.

Laura Galante directs FireEye's global intelligence programs and threat intelligence production. Her team focuses on intelligence gathering and analysis, advanced cyber threats, and the intersection of cybersecurity and political, military, and economic issues.

Ms. Galante has discussed FireEye’s research and analysis on NBC Nightly News, PBS NewsHour, Bloomberg TV, CNBC Squawk Box Asia, NPR The Diane Rehm Show, Morning Edition, Lou Dobbs Tonight, Al-Jazeera America, and BBC News. She has been interviewed and cited by The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Reuters, the Associated Press and other newspapers, magazines, and security publications.

Laura Ranca is a programme specialist with the investigative journalism portfolio of the Independent Journalism Programme at the Open Society Foundation in London. Before joining the programme in early 2016, she worked as a researcher and reporter with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and with RISE Project, a community of investigative journalists, programmers, graphic artists and activists from Romania who investigate cross-border corruption and organised crime, and develop advanced data research and visualisation tools. 
Leila Haddou is data journalist for the Times and the Sunday Times. She formerly worked for the Financial Times investigations team exposing corporate fiddles to dump pensions, the dark side of China’s corporate embrace in Cambodia, and in-depth business profiles of political heavyweights including Philip Hammond. She previously worked for the Guardian covering offshore tax leaks, corporate land banking and issues surrounding social justice. She has an avid interest in the use of technology for data-led investigations.
Lena Thiele is a creative director and writer who has designed and produced media in the format of films, online, mobile and games since 2003. Lena has worked on international cross-media productions in the fields of documentary and fiction since 2010 and co-founded a Berlin-based games studio in 2008. Her interactive web documentary (WebDoc) Farewell Comrades! Interactive, has been awarded the 2012 Focal International Award and nominated for international awards including the Deutsch-Französischer Journalistenpeis and PrixEuropa. 
In 2012 Lena Thiele joined the Berlin-based studio for digital media, Miiqo Studios UG. In addition she works as a lecturer and trainer at international programs and universities like the International Film School Cologne, Torino Film Lab, NetLab, iDOCS or HFF MÜNCHEN and as consultant for the media industry.
Lena holds a Master of Arts Degree from the Berlin University of the Arts. Over the last years she was juror for the International Digital Emmy Award (Non-Fiction Category).

Lindsay Poulton is an award-winning producer/director, who is passionate about innovation in digital storytelling and new platforms. Since joining the Guardian eight years ago, she has produced a wide range of documentaries and multimedia interactives.
Recent work includes: The New Cold War about oil drilling in the Arctic, The Shirt on Your Back interactive documentary about the Rana Plaza disaster and the garment industry in Bangladesh; A Global Guide to the First World War a brief history of the conflict and its effects from a global perspective, in eight languages.

Lowell Bergman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and TV producer.


He is the founder of the Center of Investigative Reporting, America’s oldest non-profit investigative news organisation, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Group, which was formed in 1976 as response to the slaying of an Arizona journalist.


For more than 35 years Lowell Bergman has worked in print and television, first in the alternative press at the San Diego Free Press, which became the San Diego Street Journal, then at ABC News and, finally, at CBS, where he was a producer for the television programme, 60 Minutes, for 16 years. The story of his investigation of the tobacco industry for 60 minutes was chronicled in the Academy Award nominated feature film ‘The Insider’.


In 2006 he was named the ‘David and Reva Logan Distinguished Professor of Investigative Reporting’ at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he is the Director of the Investigative Reporting Programme.


He continues to teach at the journalism school, while also working as a correspondent for The New York Times and as a producer/correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline, integrating graduate students into the research and reporting.



French investigative journalist, Luc Hermann is co-director and executive producer of Premieres Lignes, a French independent television news agency, producing investigative documentaries for the major French networks and international distribution.


He has produced numerous stories on the pharmaceutical industry, including the controversy surrounding the availability of generic anti-HIV/Aids drugs in developing countries and the dangers of antidepressants. He has covered and investigated the war in Kosovo and Iraq and specialises in investigative documentaries on spin doctors working for politicians or major corporations

Lucas Amin is a journalist and consultant who cofounded the public-interest information-law organisation Request Initiative. He has published two handbooks with the CIJ and submitted more than a thousand Freedom of Information Act requests in eight jurisdictions. He now works on investigations for NGOs and writes for the Guardian.

Luuk Sengers is a freelance investigative data journalist, currently working for the Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer. He also teaches at universities and in news rooms: investigative project management, interviewing and data journalism (Excel, SQL and R). Luuk trained and advised campaigners of nonprofits like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. Together with Mark Lee Hunter he developed the critically acclaimed Story-Based Inquiry method. Luuk has worked as a staff economy reporter for several national newspapers and magazines and was a board member of the Dutch-Flemish association of investigative journalists, the VVOJ. He co-authored five books about investigative reporting, two of them Logan handbooks for the CIJ. His recent investigations looked into the effects of big businesses on climate change and pollution. www.luuksengers.nl

Maria Cheng has been the Associated Press’ Europe medical writer since 2006. In recent years, she has focused on investigative work, including covering the World Health Organization’s botched responses to outbreaks of Ebola and yellow fever and an examination of poor medical practices at the Vatican’s children’s hospital. Cheng and colleagues have twice won the best investigative journalism award from the Association of British Science Writers. She is a native of Canada and a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York.

Mariia Zhdanova is a social media and audience engagmenet editor at StopFake. The project is focused on debunking Kremlin propaganda, focusing on verification and fact-checking the stories about current issues in Ukraine. The project was launched in 2014 and became a pioneer in this field. Mariia's expertise involved social media as a journalistic tool for search, verification and promotion. She has over five years of experience working in media (Football TV Channel, Ukraine TV Channel, Hromadske International, Vogue UA). In 2014 she worked as a community manager for Storyful at Open Elections Ukraine project. She is also a guest lecturer of the New Media course at Mohyla School of Journalism in Ukraine.  

Mark Lee Hunter is the principal author of Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists (UNESCO 2009), the most widely-distributed reference work in the history of the profession. He and Luuk Sengers are the founding members of Story-Based Inquiry Associates. At INSEAD, the global business school where he is an adjunct professor, he co-founded The Stakeholder Media Project. This year the project published the free e-book Power is Everywhere: How stakeholder-driven media build the future of watchdog news. Hunter is among the founding members of the MEPs Project, which this year revealed the 'ghost offices' of the European Parliament. He is the author of over 100 other investigative reports and nine books, including (along with Luuk Sengers) The Hidden Scenario and The Story Tells the Facts, as well as scholarly research on media development. He is the only person to have won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. for both for his investigative reports and for his research on journalism. He has also won the H.L. Mencken, Clarion, National Headliners, Society of Professional Journalists and EFMD awards for features and research.

Mark Schapiro has been a long-time correspondent at the Center for Investigative Reporting specializing in international environmental stories. His work appears in magazines such as Harpers, The Atlantic, Yale 360 and Mother Jones and on television, including public television newsmagazine shows FRONTLINE/World, PBS NewsHour and KQED (San Francisco. He is currently writing a book (publication 2014) on the global struggle over assigning a price to carbon. His previous book, EXPOSED: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What’s at Stake for American Power revealed the health and economic implications for the United States of the tightening of environmental standards by the European Union. He has received numerous awards, including a Sigma Delta Chi from the Society of Professional Journalists, a DuPont, an Emmy and a Kurt Schork Award for International reporting. 

Mark Watts is the Editor-in-Chief of the investigative website Exaro. He is a journalist, author and television presenter, as well as being the co-founder of the FOIA Centre, which specialises in research using ‘open-access’ laws, such as the Freedom of Information Act.

Mark ran the investigations unit at Sunday Business, and has worked as a reporter on several national newspapers, including The Sunday Times, The Independent on Sunday, The Sunday Telegraph, and Sunday Express. He also worked on Grenada Television's World in Action and other current-affairs television programmes. Mark’s book, The Fleet Street Sewer Rat, published in 2005, exposed some of the ‘dark arts’ of British newspapers years before the phone-hacking scandal brought down the News of the World.

Mark Willians-Thomas is a former police detective turned investigative journalist and TV presenter. Mark is the journalist behind ITV Exposure: The other side of Jimmy Saville.


As an award winning investigative reporter he has worked on programmes for ITV Exposure, ITV Tonight and BBC Newsnight. He is the presenter of the ITV series 'On the Run'.


In his previous career with the police serivce, Mark specialised in major crime and child protection, he has also covered and been an advisor in high-profile crimes over the past five years, including the death of Baby Peter, the murder of Joanna Yates, the Nursery Paedophile investigation and the Ipswich serial killer Steve Wright.

Martin Tomkinson is a veteran investigative financial journalist and corporate researcher. He was a financial researcher for The Mail on Sunday's 'Rich List' from 2000-2004 and has worked on The Sunday Times' 'Rich List' since 2005.

Martin has written for all the UK’s major newspapers. He started work with Private Eye in 1972 and has worked as a freelance since 1981. He is the author of two books, Nothing to Declare: The Political Corruptions of John Poulson (with Michael Gillard) and The Pornbrokers: The Rise of the Soho Sex Barons.


Matt Fowler is a freelance application developer and programmer. He currently works for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists as part of the #offshoreleaks data team.  He wrote the code for an online searchable database that allowed dozens of journalists all over the world to access 260GB of leaked offshore records.  He is also a key member of the sister project, the public Offshore Database.  Matt will be explaining his role in the project and how programmers can help journalists understand and use big data. 

Matt Kennard is a Bertha Fellow at the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London. He is the author of Irregular Army (2012) and The Racket (2015) and has worked as a staff writer for the Financial Times in London, New York and Washington, DC. He has written for the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Guardian. He graduated as a Stabile Investigative fellow from the Columbia Journalism School.

Matthew Caruana Galizia is a journalist and software engineer. With two other ICIJ employees he founded ICIJ's Data & Research Unit in 2014 and was a lead engineer on six major investigations: Offshore Leaks, Swiss Leaks, Luxembourg Leaks, Fatal Extraction, Panama Papers and Paradise Papers. The Unit's core work on the Panama Papers, which supported the investigations of hundreds of journalists worldwide, led to ICIJ winning the Pulitzer prize for explanatory reporting in 2017. He left the organisation in 2018 to continue working on the case around the assassination of his mother, Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Max Harlow is a senior newsroom developer at the Financial Times. He has previously worked on investigations at the Guardian and at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He co-runs Journocoders, a group for journalists who want to develop technical skills for use in their reporting.
Max Metzger has recently completed his Masters in investigative journalism where he had the good fortune to be taught by the likes of David Leigh and Heather Brooke.
By-lines have appeared in Vice and Newsweek as well as other, smaller publications. His most recent work has been with Andrew Jennings, investigating corruption in the European Games. He needs a job.

Melanie McFadyean teaches part time in the journalism department at City University.


She has written or co written four books variously on Northern ireland, Margaret Thatcher, drugs and a book of short stories.She worked as an agony aunt at Just Seventeen magazine for three years in the early 1980s, at the Guardian on features for five years and has since freelanced with pieces for The Guardian, Independent, Sunday Times, Marie Claire, Elle, the LRB, Granta and many others.


She did several interviews for the CIJ Whistleblower project. She regularly does interviews for The Oldie, with people minimum age 70. She has also worked in TV and radio and recently completed a novel (and has no idea what will become of it.)


Michael Rogers is a researcher and software developer working on secure communication tools for activists and journalists. He holds a PhD in computer science from University College London.

Michelle Ye Hee Lee is a reporter on The Washington Post's Fact Checker, where she has been since November 2014. Her fact-checking is focused on the Trump administration, Congress and other national US political issues. Previously, Michelle was an investigative reporter at The Arizona Republic, covering public money, regulatory loopholes, and state and local politics. Outside of the newsroom, she is senior vice president of Asian American Journalists Association, a non-profit that works to train and develop journalists of diversity. 

Mike Wendling is editor of BBC Trending, a specialist unit which investigates social media stories and provides in-depth coverage of trends via a weekly World Service podcast/radio programme, the BBC News, and BBC TV and radio outlets.

Prior to his current role he was a radio producer making, among many other things, the Radio 4 series The Secret History of Social Networking.

More recently he was part of the BBC team covering the 2016 US presidential election and is the author of the forthcoming book Alt-Right: From 4chan to the White House.

Miles Goslett has been a freelance journalist since 2010. Previously he was a news reporter on the Mail on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph. He began in journalism working on the Londoner's Diary column of the Evening Standard. In May 2013 he was awarded the Scoop of the Year award by the London Press Club for revealing that the BBC suppressed an investigation into Jimmy Savile's sex abuse by two of its own journalists. Seven national newspapers had turned down this story before The Oldie magazine, edited by Richard Ingrams, published it.

The Oldie Magazine's article.
Miles Goslet's piece in The Spectator about his attempts to publish the story. 

Miranda McLachlan is a lecturer in journalism, new media and politics - and the new convenor of Goldsmiths' MA/MSc Digital Journalism, which is jointly run by the Media and Computing departments. Miranda has worked for print/online news groups and broadcasters for over 20 years, most recently working as a journalist/news editor for The Times in 2006-12. She has also written for The Sunday Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, Daily Express, Wall Street Journal and Australian Financial Review. Miranda specialises in international business, legal and political investigations.


Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo.She is regional editor for OCCRP focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, uncovering hidden assets of Azerbaijan's and Montenegro's ruling elites, the €1.2 billion arms trade between Europe and Gulf fueling conflicts in the Middle East, and ties between organized crime, government and business in Montenegro. She collaborated with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on a project involving tobacco smuggling, the US$ 4 billion black market in endangered bluefin tuna, Swiss Leaks and Panama Papers. She is the recipient of the Knight International Journalism Award, the Global Shining Light Award, the IRE Tom Renner Award, the Daniel Pearl Award and the European Press Prize

Murray Dick is a lecturer in multimedia journalism at Newcastle University.
He came to academia as a practioner; having developed and taught various skills in online journalism in industry since 2004. These include: forensic (online) search, verifying online resources, newsgathering (online), writing for the web, search engine optimisation.
His approach to teaching while at the BBC (2004-2008) was informed by observing the organisational and professional pressures placed on journalists. During this time he built a body of knowledge around the seeking and retrieval of information towards solving journalistic research problems online - this knowledge formed the basis of his early research, and especially his book Search: Theory and Practice in Journalism Online.
His current research is bound up with data journalism and data visualisation; he is currently preparing a critical history of infographics in UK news.

Natalia Antelava is a journalist, a co-founder and editor-in-chief of Coda Story, an award-winning, New York based single subject news platform. Originally from Tbilisi, Georgia she started her journalism career freelancing in West Africa before becoming BBC’s resident correspondent first in the Caucasus, then Central Asia, Middle East, Washington DC and most recently India. She has reported undercover from Myanmar, Yemen and Uzbekistan and her investigations into human rights abuses in Central Asia, Iraq and the United States have won her numerous awards, including an Emmy nomination. Natalia has most recently reported for the BBC on the war in eastern Ukraine and has also written for the Guardian, Forbes magazine and the New Yorker among others.

Natalia Viana is a founder and director of Publica, Brazil's first non-profit investigative journalism centre.


She was a partner of WikiLeaks in Brazil, coordinating the release of the US embassy cables and has collaborated with various domestic and international media outlets including: Pacifica Network, PBS (US), the BBC, the Guardian, the Independent (UK), Folha de S√£o Paulo, O Globo, and Carta Capital (Brazil).


She was an assistant producer for investigative documentaries and is the author of three books about current-day political assassinations and old-time censorship and repression during the military regime. In 2005, she won the Vladimir Herzog Award for Human Rights Reporting and in 2011 the Woman Press Award for online reporting.

Natalie Sedletska is an investigative journalist in Ukraine who is fulfilling her Fellowship with RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Language Service. Natalie is investigator and coordinator of the YanukovychLeaks initiative.

From 2012-2013, Natalie produced and anchored Tender News, a hard-hitting programme on corruption and public procurement on Kyiv’s TVi channel.  From 2009-2012 she was a special correspondent for another investigative programme on TVi.  She began working as a journalist in 2005, covering Ukrainian parliament, politics, social and youth issues for several television and online outlets. Sedletska has won top awards for her reporting. She is a member of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community and the Stop Censorship journalism movement in Ukraine. She has a master's degree from the Institute of Journalism at Kyiv National University.

Radio Svoboda

Natasha Loder is The Economist's Health-care correspondent. She covers medical science, the pharmaceutical industry and technology. Between 2011 and 2014 she worked as a foreign correspondent in Chicago, covering the Midwest, American education and agriculture. She has worked at the paper for 18 years, and spent over a decade as the Science and technology correspondent. She has won a wide range of awards for her work, including the Science Commentator of the Year and Science Feature Writer of the year from the Association of British Science Writers. Her work frequently appears on the cover of The Economist. In her spare time she draws cartoons.   
Neil Smith served over 10 years as a police officer in a major UK police force and time spent working as a counter-fraud specialist for a government department. 
He then worked as a fraud investigator for insurance companies. For the last 10 years Neil has worked as a full time investigative researcher for clients who range from from insurance companies to law enforcement agencies.
For the last eight years he has taught many hundreds of investigators, mostly from law enforcement, in the art of using the internet as an investigative tool. These courses have taken him all around the UK and Europe.

Nick Davies is an investigative journalist, writer and documentary maker.

He has made documentaries for ITV's World in Action and written numerous books on the subject of politics and journalism, including Flat Earth News, which attracted considerable controversy as an exposé of journalistic malpractice in the UK and across the globe. As a reporter for the Guardian, Davies was responsible for uncovering the News of the World phone hacking affair, including the July 2011 revelations of hacking into the mobile phone voicemail of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

Nick Mathiason joined the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in 2011 as a reporter. He has reported extensively on party political funding, the financial lobby, commodities, asset recovery and the supply of affordable housing. He has been nominated five times for major newspaper awards.
Nick has presented packages for BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight and regularly appears on television and radio. He previously worked at the Observer, the Guardian and the Big Issue. Nick is also director of the Illicit Finance Journalism Programme – a training and mentoring project aimed at increasing the reporting of tax abuse and corruption stories in the media.

Nils Hanson is the Editor-in-Chief of Uppdrag Granskning (Mission Investigate) at the public service television company Swedish Television (SVT). The investigative one-hour television programme is aired primetime once a week, 45 times a year. Nils, a former investigative reporter, has 36 people working with him to produce the show. The programme makes stories with great impact on Swedish society and has also won a series of international awards since it started in 2001, including The Daniel Pearl Award last year for "Outstanding International Reporting".

Nils regularly teaches investigative methods at conferences for investigative journalism in Sweden and abroad and has written a book on the subject.


Oleg Khomenok is a Senior Media Advisor of Internews Network, co-ordinator of SCOOP project in Ukraine, and has 20 years of experience in journalism, media education, and managing investigative reporting and media support projects in the post-Soviet media environment. Oleg has eight years of experience working as a reporter investigating political campaigns and ethnic minority issues in the Crimea.

He has been involved in establishing SCOOP activities in Ukraine and Belarus since 2003, and has extensive experience consulting, coordinating and networking investigative reporters. Oleg is also a co-founder of the Crimean Information and Press Center and Regional Press Development Institute, two Ukrainian NGOs membering the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). During the past decade Oleg helped teach investigative journalism techniques and strategies for investigative reporters in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova and other countries of Caucasus and Central Asia.

Oleg's blog

Omar Mohammed is better known under the pseudonym Mosul Eye, is a history student who has written and catalogued on his blog the atrocities of the Islamic State in the Iraqi city of Mosul. For almost two years, he secretly documented life in his city, talking to people on the streets, to shopkeepers and to ISIS soldiers, witnessing public executions and everyday violence. He informed the world how extremism was changing the face of Mosul, writing its present, erasing its past and putting at risk the future of all its inhabitants. No one, not even his mother, knew what Omar was doing. In 2015, he left Iraq and, passing through Turkey, fled to Europe where he is today and from where he continues his work of historical reconstruction following the liberation of Mosul
In November 2017 he revealed his identity publicly for the first time in an interview with The Associated Press, in which he renewed his commitment to help rebuild his city.

P. Sainath is the Rural Affairs Editor of The Hindu, India.


He has won over 35 global and national awards for his reporting (but has turned down others). His reporting on hunger, migrations, distress and farmer suicides, has played a key role in the development of public policy and government programmes in rural areas.


Since 2001, an exhibition of his photographs -Visible Work, Invisible Women: Women and Work in Rural India - has toured India and beyond. We hope to have this exhibition at the summer school.

Paul Askew is the director at Speaking Data. His work involves providing consultancy services in strategy, performance and data analysis.

Paul Bradshaw runs the MA in Data Journalism and MA in Multiplatform and Mibile Journalism at Birmingham City University and also works as a consulting data journalist with the BBC England Data Unit. A journalist, writer and trainer, he has worked with news organisations including The Guardian, Telegraph, Mirror, Der Tagesspiegel and The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He publishes the Online Journalism Blog, is the co-founder of the award-winning investigative journalism network HelpMeInvestigate.com, and has been listed on both Journalism.co.uk's list of leading innovators in media, and the US Poynter Institute's list of the 35 most influential people in social media. In 2016 he won the CNN MultiChoice award for an investigation into player trafficking in Nigeria.

Paul's books include Finding Stories in Spreadsheets, Scraping for Journalists, The Data Journalism Heist, Snapchat for Journalists and the Online Journalism Handbook.

Paul Cheston is the Courts Correspondent of the Evening Standard.
He covered his first court case for the Diss Express and, after training on the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, came to Fleet Street to work for the Press Association in 1982. Paul joined the short-lived London Daily News in 1987 and was reporting on the final day of the Jeffrey Archer libel trial when owner Robert Maxwell closed the paper down.
After brief work for the Daily Star and Sunday Express he joined the Evening Standard as a general news reporter. He was appointed Courts Correspondent in 1993 and is co-author of two books, Brothers in Blood and Court Scenes.

Paul Connew is the former editor of the Sunday Mirror 


During his career Paul has served as editor of the Sunday Mirror, deputy editor of the Daily Mirror as well as the News of the World and head of the US Bureau of Mirror Group Newspapers.


He is an award winning foreign correpsondent who is now widely known as a media commentator, used by the BBC, Sky, Al-Jazeera, CNN and Australian/Canadian/US & Russian broadcasters. He now also works as a PR adviser to various corporate, celebrity & charity clients.


After submitting written testimony to the Leveson Inquiry, he co-authored the book 'After Leveson' - a collection of views from both sides in the Leveson debate.

Labour MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, Paul Farrelly is a member of the House of Commons Culture and served on the Media and Sport Select Committee since 2005.


He was recently an instigator of a report on 'Press Standards, Privacy and Libel' and parliamentary questions over Trafigura and super-injunctions.


He was the City Editor at The Observer from 1997 to 2001 and prior to this, worked for The Independent on Sunday and Reuters. He has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St Edmund Hall, Oxford.

Paul Francis is the Political Editor of The KM Group, Kent’s leading media company, where he is responsible for political coverage of the county at local and national level. He is an award-winning journalist and has been named Kent Journalist of The Year three times. He was also named as Weekly Newspaper Reporter of the Year in the national Regional Press Awards in 2011.
Paul is acknowledged as a leading writer on local government affairs and as an expert in Freedom of Information. He has worked for the KM Group since 1995 and began his career in local newspapers in north London. He has written for the Guardian, The Sunday Times and various local government magazines during his career. He writes a regular blog for the KM Group and lectures on public affairs at the Centre for Journalism at the University of Kent. He is a member of the NCTJ Public Affairs board.
Paul's blog

Paul Lashmar is the subject leader for Journalism@Brunel, he is an award winning investigative journalist and now a research academic.
As a multimedia journalist he covered many of the major stories of the last 30 years. Among his many credits he is identified as the 'original pioneer' of data journalism in the UK in the 1990s.
Paul has a number of academic successes under his belt including a substantial grant bid with Innovate UK, investigator status, REF submitted and is recently co-author of well regarded journalism text book.

Paul Lewis is Special Projects Editor for the Guardian, managing teams of journalists working on a range of investigations.


He recently led Reading the Riots, a major research project into the causes and consequences of the England riots, in collaboration with the London School of Economics. Paul lectures across Europe about the use of social media in journalism and teaches a masterclass in investigative reporting. You can watch his TED talk Crowdsourcing the News.


In 2012 he was nominated for both Reporter of the Year and the Orwell Prize for Journalism. He was named Reporter of the Year at the British Press Awards 2010 and won the 2009 Bevins Prize for outstanding investigative journalism. He previously worked at the Washington Post as the Stern Fellow.

Paul May chaired the London-based campaign for the Birmingham Six from 1985 until the men’s release in 1991.


He has chaired successful campaigns for other wrongly convicted prisoners including Judith Ward, the Bridgewater Four, the East Ham Two and Danny McNamee (whose case was the first to be referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission).


From 2006, he led the campaign for Sam Hallam who was freed by the Court of Appeal in May 2012.  

Paul Myers joined the BBC in 1995 as a news information researcher.


After moving to the corporation's training division in 1999, he coined the term "blended learning" and developed unique approaches to training and research methodology.


Having worked with computers since 1976, Paul has successfully introduced many technical tools into the world of journalism. He has also helped shape BBC editorial policy on internet research..


Away from training, he has produced online chatrooms, presented items for Watchdog and Click Online and has provided assistance to Panorama, Radio Five Live and many other news, current affairs and consumer programmes.

Paul Radu is the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard and of visual investigative scenarios visualisation software vis.occrp.org. He is a co-founder of the RISE Project, a platform for investigative reporters and hackers in Romania. He has held a number of fellowships including the 2008 Knight International Journalism fellowship with the International Center for Journalists as well as a 2009-2010 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship. He is the recipient of numerous awards including in 2004, the Knight International Journalism Award and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, in 2007, the Global Shining Light Award, the Tom Renner Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, the 2011 the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and a 2015 European Press Prize. Paul is a board member for the Global Investigative Journalism Network. Paul has also worked on the Panama Papers and the Russian Laundromat.

Paul Samrai has been filming undercover using Allan Harraden's covert cameras for the last 20 years. Working for the BBC, Channel Four, Channel Five, ITV, Sky, The Sun, Sunday Times, Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday. He will be happy to pass on secrets of the trade and will teach through role playing, as well as discussing how to deal with the psychological aspects of going undercover. 


Peter Geoghegan is an Irish writer and journalist based in Glasgow. He is co-director of The Ferret, a co-operative investigative journalism online project based in Scotland. Since launching in 2015, the Ferret has published dozens of stories including lengthy investigations into subjects such as fracking, asylum and domestic violence that were subsequently picked up by broadcast and print media. The Ferret was shortlisted for a British journalism award last year and has several hundred paying subscribers. Peter is also an assistant producer at Firecrest Films making investigative TV, predominantly for Channel 4's Dispatches strand, and the author of a number of books including The People's Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again (shortlisted for Saltire Society prize in 2015).

Dr Phil Hammond is a GP, writer, broadcaster and possibly the only comedian to appear at a public inquiry.

As Private Eye’s medical correspondent he broke the story of the Bristol heart scandal in 1992, which lead to the largest public inquiry in British history seven years later.
In 2009, he broke allegations of serious errors in pathology reporting in Bristol, which lead to an inquiry in just seven days.
Hammond still works part time as a GP and lecturer, but is better known for his TV work: he has survived Ruby Wax, Have I Got News For You, The News Quiz, The Now Show, and being reported to the General Medical Council by William Hague’s Press Secretary. He was also the only doctor to appear for the prosecution on Channel 4’s Doctors on Trial. He presented five series of Trust Me, I’m a Doctor on BBC2, exposing wide variations in care across the NHS and co-wrote the sitcom, Doctors and Nurses, broadcast on BBC1 in 2004. 
Dr Phil Hammond and Andrew Bousfield's special report in the Private Eye 'Shoot the Messenger: How NHS Whistleblowers are Silenced and Sacked' was nominated for the prestigious Martha Gellhorn Prize which is given in honour of one of the 20th century’s greatest reporters and is awarded to a journalist ‘whose work has penetrated the established version of events and told an unpalatable truth that exposes establishment propaganda, or “official drivel”, as Martha Gellhorn called it’.
You can watch Dr Phil Hammond's talk at the 2012 summer school here
Phoebe Arnold is head of communications and impact at Full Fact. She manages the follow up work that emerges from individual fact checks, including corrections requests, freedom of information requests, parliamentary work and publicity. She managed Full Fact’s submission to the BBC Trust’s Impartiality Review, and has delivered training to Chequeado, Argentina's fact checking organisation, on how to achieve impact with fact checks. She is responsible for Full Fact’s interventions into patterns of inaccuracy, ranging from submissions to select committees or referring a case to the UK Statistics Authority to working with statisticians in government departments to improve specific statistical releases. 

Pieter Jooste has been a medical practitioner for the past 25 years.


He has been fortunate to sufficiently explore the diverse branches of medicine, psychiatry and surgery, to enable him to perform minor surgery and offer psychotherapy on almost a daily basis for many years.


In 1987 his duties took him to the frontline in the Angolan war. This and the subsequent treatment of soldiers, police and civilians either exposed through being recipients or perpetrators of psychological trauma, kindled a lasting interest.


In 2006 in the UK, he was introduced to Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which proved the holy grail in the management of complex and severe psychological trauma by addressing primitive, reflexive and inappropriate survival responses through midbrain stimulation. Besides continuing to see traumatised individuals, he is also involved with assisting them in their quest for legal remedies.

Rachel Hamada is a freelance journalist based in Edinburgh specialising in social justice and human rights, with a particular interest in Africa and neo-colonialism. She has won awards in the UK and Tanzania for human rights reporting and digital innovation.
She has worked for Scottish political magazine Holyrood as assistant editor and for the Economist Group and Scotsman Publications, as well as This is Africa. She also works part-time for a Scottish human rights organisation. Rachel is a journalist director at The Ferret.
Raj Bairoliya is a well-known forensic accountant and has been teaching How to Read Company Accounts at the CIJ for over 10 years. Raj also holds a number of intensive weekend courses for the CIJ, as well as frequently helping journalists and broadcasters to decipher the accounting/business aspect of their stories.
Raj has specialised in forensic accounting investigations for nearly 25 years and has investigated many of the high-profile accounting failures over this period. He is retained by law firms as well as law enforcement and regulatory agencies. In 2000, he set up Forensic Accounting LLP, an independent specialist forensic accounting firm. The firm, having grown to be the biggest independent forensic firm in the UK, was acquired by a US-listed firm in 2008. Raj left in August 2012 and he is once again an independent forensic accountant and the managing director of Expert Forensic Accountants Limited. He also runs Dawai Dost, a charitable pharmaceutical project in India. 
Rana Ayyub is a prominent independent Indian journalist and writer. In a decade long career in political and investigative  journalism Rana worked in with various publications including Tehelka. Among her many achievements, her breakthrough investigation sent the first serving Home Minister of India behind bars. She also reported on the anti-Muslim pogrom of Gujarat, a province in India in 2002, extra judicial killings by the state, insurgency and authored an international bestseller titled Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a Cover Up which exposes the complicity of two strongmen in India, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.
Rana Ayyub was awarded the Sanskriti award for integrity and excellence in journalism by the former President of India among many other laurels. Her investigation on extra judicial murders by the state was listed as the twenty biggest investigations of all time across the globe by Outlook magazine. In November 2017, she was honoured with the Global Shining Light award in Johannesburg.
Rana is this year's Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Lecturer. 

Richard Brooks is a reporter with Private Eye magazine, writing mainly for the In the Back section.


In 2008 he won the Paul Foot award for work on a privatisation scandal at Britain's international development fund, CDC.He is a former tax inspector and has exposed tax avoidance at some of Britain's biggest companies, including the Vodafone scheme that sparked the UK Uncut protests.


He was a member of the Guardian's Tax Gap team in 2009 and also co-authored a report with ActionAid on tax avoidance in the developing world by British brewing company SABMiller.Richard recently wrote a book on Britain's tax avoidance epidemic and the government's complicity in it, The Great Tax Robbery.

Richard Holmes is an investigative reporter at BuzzFeed News. He started his career freelancing for Vice and The Independent before joining the investigations team at BuzzFeed under Heidi Blake as an editorial assistant.
He has reported on corruption within UK prisons, revealed the identities of two of the world’s most wanted ISIS executioners the ‘Beatles’, exposed how RBS systematically crushed British businesses for profit and reported on suspected money laundering by the Conservative Party’s biggest corporate donor.

Richard Orange is managing director of Orchard News Bureau Ltd, (ONB) a media consultancy company specialising in local government/police authority affairs and media law.


He is a senior lecturer at the Lincoln School of Journalism, an external examiner at the Cardiff School of Journalism and a visiting lecturer at the Nottingham Centre for Broadcasting and Journalism. He has worked for a variety of regional and national newspapers and magazines.


Richard Whittell works for Corporate Watch, a not-for-profit co-operative that provides critical information on the social and environmental impact of corporations. He wrote their Investigating Companies: A Do-it-Yourself Handbook and has done a number of investigations into dodgy companies, most recently home care providers not paying the minimum wage.

Rob Evans has won awards for his work both on corruption scandals and for promoting freedom of information.


He has been a journalist with the Guardian newspaper since 1999 where he uses freedom of information laws to get stories for the paper.


His book - Gassed, British Chemical Warfare Experiments on Humans at Porton Down - was published in 2000. He has worked for the Financial Times, the Sunday Telegraph and has also worked on television documentaries.

Photo by Bas Losekoot / De Correspondent

Rob Wijnberg is a philosopher and the founder and editor-in-chief of the daily online newsmedium De Correspondent. Previously Rob was editor-in-chief for the Dutch daily newspaper nrc.next. Rob wrote six books. His most recent book, The Newsfabric (2013), is written as the manifest of De Correspondent, and contains his ideas about the future of journalism.

Robert Miller is the business night editor at The Times.  He is a former co-presenter for BBC Radio Five Live's Wake Up to Money programme and previously a presenter for Telegraph TV and Telegraph Talk. He was senior business correspondent at The Daily Telegraph, Associate Editor of Sunday Business, City editor-in-chief of The Daily Express and banking correspondent at The Times. Previously he was personal finance correspondent at The Observer.
Robert was also a former adviser to the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) Foresight Panel on business, a member of Lautro, the old unit trust and life office regulator and pension fund trustee at News International.


Robert Palmer is a policy analyst and campaigner working to curb the role that the financial system plays in facilitating corruption and entrenching poverty in the developing world.


Robert investigates major banks which have done business with corrupt politicians and develops practical policy solutions to prevent such abuses of the financial system. Recently he exposed which financial institutions were managing the assets of the $65bn Libyan Investment Authority.

Roddy Mansfield produces investigations for Sky News and has been using covert cameras since 1994. He has secretly filmed the rescue of a kidnapped bride in Pakistan, exposed illegal exports of electronic waste to West Africa and purchased machine guns from underworld armourers.
His investigations have convicted computer hackers, immigration fraudsters, gun dealers and internet predators. Roddy is interested in the ways journalists are applying new technology to obtain evidence for their investigations.
He was previously a video activist with the alternative news service Undercurrents, which provided support to NGOs working on social justice and environment issues.

Sally Adee is an award-winning science and technology writer and editor. She was a technology features and news editor at New Scientist for seven years, writing and commissioning articles about medical technology, artificial intelligence, and the Venn diagram of the human mind and the machines we create. Before that she was on the microchips beat at IEEE Spectrum magazine in New York. She has received awards from the National Press Club and BT, and has reported from China, DARPA headquarters, and the Estonian cloud. In her spare time Sally writes speculative fiction and nonfiction at The Last Word on Nothing, an independent science blog dubbed a “must follow” by Wired. She is also supposedly working on a book.

Sally Gainsbury works on the investigations team at the Financial Times.


She has a background in UK public policy and has specialised on the NHS. She does crunch data, but believes so-called 'data journalism' should be seen as a routine day part of the news reporter’s set of skills – along with making contacts and interviewing people.

Sandra Gaudenzi started her career as a television producer and then moved into interactive television, to finally specialise in the field of digital interactive narrative. She taught interactive media theory at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) for thirteen years and is now Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West of England. She co-convenes the i-Docs conference and is Creative Director of its website. Sandra also mentors projects, organises trainings, curates conferences, blogs, and researches and runs a meet-up in London about factual interactive narrative.
Her latest adventure is to be Head of Studies of !F Lab  a Creative Europe training geared at integrating storytelling skills and interactive practices of production such as user experience and design by code. 

Sarah Harrison is a journalist, legal researcher and WikiLeaks section editor. She works with the WikiLeaks Legal Defense and is Julian Assange's closest advisor.

Seymour M. Hersh is a regular contributor to The New Yorker. His journalism and publishing awards include a Pulitzer Prize, five George Polk Awards, two National Magazine Awards, and more than a dozen other prizes for investigative reporting. As a staff writer of The New Yorker, Hersh won a National Magazine Award for Public Interest for his 2003 articles “Lunch with the Chairman,” “Selective Intelligence,” and “The Stovepipe.” In 2004, Hersh exposed the Abu Ghraib prison scandal in a series of pieces in the magazine; in 2005, he again received a National Magazine Award for Public Interest, an Overseas Press Club award, the National Press Foundation’s Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism award, and his fifth George Polk Award, making him that award’s most honored laureate.

Shaun Lintern is a UK-based health journalist specialising in investigations related to the NHS and specifically patient safety and workforce at the independent Health Service Journal. Shaun was instrumental in helping families and patients expose poor car at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust hospital and campaigned for a public inquiry which reported its findings in 2013. In 2016 he exposed leaked WhatsApp messages from the British Medical Association’s junior doctors committee at the height of their dispute with government and his investigations led to the resignations of the health ombudsman and her deputy.

Sheila Coronel is director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Toni Stabile Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University in New York.


She began her reporting career during the dying days of the Marcos dictatorship. She was on the staff of or the Philippine Panorama and later joined the Manila Times; she also wrote for the Manila Chronicle. In 1989, Coronel co-founded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism  to promote investigative reporting and groundbreaking reporting on major social issues, including the military, poverty, and corruption.


She is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including “Coups, Cults and Cannibals, The Rule-makers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress,” and “Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines”. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Journalism in 2003.

Sid Ryan is a media-coordinator with The Bristol Cable and Freedom of Information Act specialist. Starting out at the non-profit Request Initiative, sending requests on behalf of charities and NGOs, he progressed to joining the Centre for Investigative Journalism on the Bertha Foundation Fellowship Programme. Over that period, he investigated widespread fire safety defects in Private Finance Initiative hospitals and co-founded the pressure group People vs PFI to campaign for a resolution to a failed policy that most people seem to have forgotten about. Representing himself, he has brought three cases to the Information Rights Tribunal, trying to expand journalists reach into the inner workings of failing private sector contractors.

Silkie Carlo is the co-author of the CIJ handbook, Information Security for Journalists. She has previously worked as a campaigner
for intelligence whistleblowers for The Courage Foundation, written features on whistleblowers for Vice, and carried out psychological
research on how audiences receive (Wiki)leaks at Cambridge University.

Silkie Carlo is a policy officer at Liberty, specialising in technology and surveillance. Since joining Liberty in November 2015, she has focused on the investigatory powers bill, contributing to the legal, policy and technical analysis and promoting surveillance powers that are human rights compliant.
Previously, Silkie provided technical training to journalists and lawyers at risk and worked for Edward Snowden’s official defence fund. The CIJ's handbook, which Silkie co-authored, can be accessed for free: Information Security for Journalists.

Simon Rogers is editor of the guardian.co.uk/data, www.twitter.com/datastore, an online data resource which publishes hundreds of raw datasets and encourages its users to visualise and analyse them.


He is also a news editor on the Guardian, working with the graphics team to visualise and interpret huge datasets. He was closely involved in the Guardian's exercise to crowdsource 450,000 MP expenses records and the organisation's coverage of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wikileaks war logs.


He has edited two Guardian books and, in 2010, received a special commendation from the Royal Statistical Society in its awards for journalistic excellence.


His Factfile UK series of supplements won a silver at the Malofiej 2011 infographics award and the Datablog won the Newspaper Awards prize for Best Use of New Media, 2011. In 2011, Simon was named Best UK Internet Journalist by the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University.

Simon White is a research statistician for the Medical Research Council Biostatistics Unit. His work primarily focuses on developing Bayesian methodology for application to medical research.

Sophie Sparkes is a data analyst at Tableau with the Tableau Public team. She helps European journalists and bloggers visualise their data to tell insightful stories. She has a background in analytics and government. You can see some of her personal data visualisation work on her Tableau public profile.


Phillip Knightley is an award-winning journalist, distinguished author and visiting Professor of Journalism at the University of Lincoln.


He was born in Australia but in 1954 moved to Britain where he has spent most of his working life. He was a special correspondent for The Sunday Times (1965-85) and one of the leaders of its Insight Investigative Team. He was British Press Awards Journalist of the Year (1980 and 1988) – one of only two journalists to have won it twice.


He is the author of ten non-fiction books including The First Casualty (on war reporting and propaganda), which has been published in eight languages.


He has lectured on journalism, law, war and espionage at the City University London, Manchester University, the University of Duesseldorf, Penn State, UCLA, Stanford, the Inner Temple, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and at the RMA Sandhurst.


He was on the management committee of The Society of Authors, London, for six years and is the European representative of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in Washington.


He was awarded the Order of Australia in 2005 for services to journalism and as an author. He has an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Sydney University and the City University, London. He is currently Visiting Professor of Journalism at Lincoln University, England.


Journalist and author, Stephen Grey is the former editor of the Insight Team and foreign correspondent for the Sunday Times.


He continues to write for the Sunday Times, and also contributes to the New York Times, the Times, and the Guardian. He has reported for Channel 4’s Dispatches, BBC Newsnight and Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.


He has previously worked as the home affairs correspondent for the Daily Express, as well as presenter/reporter for BBC Radio Four’s File on Four and a consultant to CBS 60 Minutes and ABC News, New York.


In 2000, as the Sunday Times’ Europe Correspondent, he helped found a team of international journalists whose investigations into the European Commission led to the unprecedented resignation of all its members. He is best known for his world exclusive revelations about the CIA’s rendition programme – in which Stephen tracked the CIA’s secret airline across the world as it carried prisoners to Middle Eastern countries, where torture is routine.


He is the author of two books: Ghost Plane (2006), about the CIA programme, and the just-released Operation Snakebite (2009), an investigation into the war in Helmand, Afghanistan. In 2007, Ghost Plane was awarded the Overseas Press Club of America’s Joe and Laurie Dine award for best international reporting on human rights in any medium.


In 2006 he was shortlisted for the Paul Foot award for investigative and campaigning journalism. He won the 2005 Amnesty International ‘Best periodical article’ award for America’s Gulag, which was also voted runner up ‘Story of the Year’ by the Foreign Press Association in 2004.


His five-part Sunday Times Insight investigation into background to the September 11 attacks was a finalist in the “outstanding international investigative journalism” award from the Center for Public Integrity in 2002. In 1999, he was a member of British Press Awards “Team of the Year” from the Sunday Times for coverage of the Kosovo war.


Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist.


In her latest book Stolen Harvest she tracks the impact of global, corporate agriculture on small farmers, the environment and the quality of the food we eat. Before becoming an activist she was one of India’s leading physicists

Paul Moreira is a French investigative reporter and founder of Premières Lignes, a French independent television news agency producing investigative documentaries for French networks and international distribution.


His investigative documentary "Iraq, a Nation’s Agony", received awards including best documentary at Monte Carlo's International Television Festival.

In 2009, he produced and directed "Afghanistan: on the Dollar Trail", the documentary received best investigative award at the FIGRA international film festival and was broadcast on networks in Europe, USA, Australia and Japan.

Kathryn Bolkovac is a former police investigator from Nebraska who served as an international police task force human rights investigator in Bosnia.


She cooperated with Human Rights Watch to expose the misconduct and human rights abuses committed against young girls, forced into prostitution and used as sex slaves by US military contractors such as DynCorp and other UN-related police and international organisations.


She is the author of The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice and a film based on her experiences, The Whistleblower, staring Rachel Weisz was released in 2010. And can read the documents from Kathryn's Employee Tribunal.

Kristinn Hrafnsson is the spokesperson for WikiLeaks.


He is an experienced, three time award winning investigative television reporter who, along with his entire crew, was sacked from Icelandic television for exposing the secret connections between the Kaupthing Bank and leading businessmen.


Active in training journalists in Iceland, Kristinn has spoken in a hundred venues in Europe, South America, and Australia.

Ted Jeory joined the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in January 2015 as Deputy Editor.
He started his career as an accountant. His move into journalism began at the East Anglian Daily Times, then the East London Advertiser where he became deputy editor and was the Press Gazette Reporter of the Year in 2008.
He then spent six years at The Sunday Express as Whitehall Editor and Home Affairs Editor, was responsible for the paper’s award-winning mental health campaign in 2012, and was latterly the Digital News Director for both The Sunday Express and The Daily Express.
In his spare time Ted writes the Trial by Jeory blog on the politics of Tower Hamlets in east London. He was nominated for the Paul Foot Award for his blogging work in 2013. BBC’s Panorama came knocking next and it screened a documentary into the borough and its mayor, Lutfur Rahman, in March 2014. Allegations centring on the council’s grants process prompted Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to send in emergency auditors four days after the programme was aired.

Timothy Sawa is an investigative producer at CBC News. 

Tom Burgis is investigations correspondent at the Financial Times, formerly the newspaper’s Johannesburg correspondent and West Africa correspondent. He has reported on Africa since 2006 and is one of the only foreign journalists to have done back-to-back postings in southern and western Africa.
He has been nominated for Young Journalist of the Year and in 2013 won the RSL Jerwood Award for a first work of non-fiction in progress and the prestigious Financial Times Jones-Mauthner prize for ‘his superb reporting and exposé of corruption in mineral-rich Angola and Guinea’.
He frequently appears on radio and television.  
Tom Warren is an investigations correspondent at BuzzFeed News. Since joining in 2015, Tom revealed systemic failings at the National Crime Agency and told the inside story of one of the world's dirtiest banks, FBME. He also worked on stories exposing 14 deaths on British soil with clear connections to the Kremlin, and an award winning report on how RBS routinely crushed British firms for its own gain. Prior to joining BuzzFeed, Tom won New Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards and worked at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism


Victoria Gill is a science correspondent at BBC News, working across TV, radio and online, where she’s covered stories from the world’s most powerful rocket to microplastic pollution in waterways. This year, Victoria won the AAAS Kavli science journalism award for her radio documentary on the remarkable world of post-menopausal killer whales. She worked in science journalism for more than a decade and prior to joining the BBC, for Chemistry World magazine, where she was highly commended in the new journalist of the year awards for her work investigating the nvironmental implications of deep sea mining and the science behind cosmetic companies’ anti-ageing claims.
Vivienne Francis is the course leader for the BA (Hons) Journalism at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London. Prior to joining academia, she spent a decade at the BBC in Current Affairs and Documentaries. Vivienne combines lecturing with project managing collaborative initiatives with external partners. 
Wes Grubbs is the founder of data visualization studio Pitch Interactive, co-organizer of @eyeofestival, data artist, traveler, marveler, provocateur. 

Will Franklin is a developer and data journalist on the Guardian visuals team.

William Binney is one of the most senior whistleblowers ever to have emerged from the shadows of the US intelligence establishment. In 2012 he estimated that the NSA has intercepted 20 trillion communications including phone calls, emails and other data.

He served four years (1965–1969) at the Army Security Agency before going to the NSA in 1970. Binney was a Russia specialist and worked in the operations side of intelligence, starting as an analyst before becoming a geopolitical world technical director. Having expertise in intelligence analysis, traffic analysis, systems analysis, knowledge management, and mathematics (including set theory, number theory, and probability), Binney has been described as one of the best analysts and code breakers in the NSA's history

Binney broke with the NSA in 2002 on the issue of waste and incompetence and particularly the extended mass surveillance of US citizens saying, the NSA spying was “better than anything that the KGB, the Stasi or the Gestapo and SS every had.”

In 2007 armed FBI agents surrounded his house and one pointed his gun at Binney, while he was coming out of the shower. Having charged that NSA activities with “purposefully violating the Constitution,” his reports were ignored by most mainstream media and only were accepted after Edward Snowden brought out the documents, which proved Binney’s charges.


Wojtek Bogusz is a digital security consultant, providing training and advice to human rights activists on how to increase the privacy and freedom of communication in repressive environments.


He currently works for the Dublin-based Front Line, an international foundation for the protection of human rights defenders. He is the co-author and project leader of Security in a Box - a toolkit of software and guides for improving computer security and privacy.