Summer School 2014

Keynote Speakers

William Binney
William Binney is one of the most senior whistleblowers ever to have emerged from the shadows of the US intelligence establishment spoke about the evolution of the US surveillance state and how the government kept it hidden to avoid exposure to the main body of congress the courts and the public. He also spoke talk about the difficulty of trying to be a whistleblower in an environment where the highest levels of government were violating the founding principles of the US republic - the Constitution.

Lena Thiele: Net Wars
Lena Thiele, Europe's leading web-creator and creative director of interactive media spoke about the strategies for interactive storytelling.

New Financial Models for Investigative Journalism
Israel Mirsky (Uncoverage), Mark Watts (Exaro), Christopher Hird (The Bureau of Investigative Journalism) looked ways of making investigative journalism a viable business in this panel discussion chaired by Miranda MacLachlan.

Talks and Training

Find the Mistakes - Before it's Too Late
How do journalists avoid pitfalls and mistakes when making investigative stories? The answer is a system of pre-publication quality control. Together with his investigative team, Nils Hanson has developed a methodological approach to fact checking and bullet proofing investigative stories that is now being adopted in other newsrooms. Participants will be taught tools to avoid being the subject of investigations themselves.