Summer School 2015

Keynote Talks

US National Security, Chelsea Manning: Getting to the Truth 
Alexa O'Brien talks about her journalistic methods and the lessons she has learned covering censored and suppressed news with particular reference to the Chelsea Manning trial.

Talks and Training

DIY Investigations: Analysing Social Media
In this session, Eliot Higgins, AKA blogger Brown Moses, explored the different ways modern conflicts can be explored using content generated on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Eliot also spoke about the creation of successful independent online-based media, created by citizen journalists.

The Looting Machine: Investigating Corruption in Africa
Mapping out the networks that link kleptocrats to middlemen, multinationals and markets is the key to understanding the dark side of the globalised economy. Tom Burgis, Financial Times investigations correspondent and author of a new book on the looting of Africa, discussed the tools required: following money trails, reporting from conflict zones, understanding the bigger context - and door-stepping Zimbabwe's secret police.

New Ways of Doing Investigation: The Bristol Cable
The Bristol Cable is redefining local journalism through challenging multimedia investigations and features, community action and co-operative ownership. Online, in print and on the street. In this session two of the co-founders, Adam Cantwell-Corn and Alon Aviram, told the story so far in the context of the decline in quality and availability of local journalism. The interactive session looked at the challenges that new media initiatives face; audience and network building, getting skilled up as citizen journalists, alternative organisational business models for public interest media and the feathers The Bristol Cable has ruffled!

Investigating Flight MH17
Cracking secrecy is a skill that can be learned. Experienced investigative journalist David Crawford reveals his strategy for uncovering the truth concerning an apparent war crime in eastern Ukraine. This session revealed tricks of the trade for conducting in-depth investigations.

Germany's New Investigative Outlet: CORRECT!V
Last year a small group of journalists turned their vision of non-profit investigative journalism into a prize-winning newsroom. David Crawford, a founding member discusses the pitfalls and opportunities the CORRECT!V team has faced and shows how creative investigations have made non-profit journalism viable in Germany.

Interactive Storytelling: an Introduction
Sandra Gaudenzi explains the concept of interactive documentaries (i-Doc, also known as WebDocs) and how they can change the way journalists tell stories through direct engagement with their audience. As an emerging genre, i-Docs are by no means a set format and give journalists and filmmakers the scope for experimentation.