Investigative Journalism Summer Conference
Where new tools meet traditional craft
04 – 06 July 2019

We’re busy putting together the programme for #CIJSummer 2019, but in the meantime, you can read about some of the excellent speakers already confirmed below:


Alon Aviram is a co-founder of the Bristol Cable. Aviram is an operations coordinator and investigative reporter for the citywide media cooperative. The Bristol Cable is powered by over 2000 members and is pioneering a new model for public interest local journalism. Aviram’s reporting has uncovered organised crime groups responsible for murder, protection rackets, slavery and money laundering; indiscriminate surveillance by UK police; and businesses violating worker and tenant rights.

Brigitte Alfter
 is the director of Arena for Journalism in Europe, supporting collaborative and investigative journalism in Europe. She was a Brussels correspondent for Danish daily Information from 2004-2008. Having practiced journalism for more than a decade on local, national and European level, she realised the need for cross-border collaborative journalism structures. From 2008 onwards, she developed a European support- and infrastructure for cross-border journalism at Journalismfund.eu, where she was a managing editor and developed crossborder journalism work grants and the European Investigative Journalism Conference & Dataharvest. She is the author of Cross-Border Collaborative Journalism: a step-by-step guide and combines journalism practice, networking activities and academic work. www.alfter.dk

Barry McCaffrey is a senior reporter with The Detail. He started his career in journalism as a trainee reporter in the Down Democrat in 1996 before moving to The North Belfast News in 1998. In 2001 he joined the Irish News, where he worked for 10 years. Barry has written for the Ireland on Sunday, Sunday Times, Sunday Business Post and Irish Voice. In 2013 he was awarded the overall award in the Attorney General’s Justice Media Awards. The award recognised his investigation into the use of solitary confinement in Northern Ireland’s prisons. In the same year Barry was named CIPR Digital Journalist of the Year.
In 2018 Barry and fellow journalist Trevor Birney were arrested for the suspected theft of documents from the Police Ombudsman’s Office, this was after the release of their documentary No Stone Unturned about the 1994 murder of six men in Loughinisland.

Clare Rewcastle Brown is a British journalist and the founder and editor of the website Sarawak Report. Her investigations resulted in the exposure of the 1MDB Development Fund scandal, which revealed grand kleptocracy by the Malaysian Prime Minister; rocked the global financial community; helped put the off-shore finance industry on the run and embarrassed some of the most famous figures in Hollywood, Vegas and New York.
Malaysia issued a warrant for her arrest in 2015 and requested INTERPOL place her on the international Red Notice list, however INTERPOL rejected the request and following the election of a new government in May 2018 Malaysia cancelled all charges against her.
Awards include: Fortune Magazine’s one of the World’s 50 Most Influential Figures (2016); one of Britain’s Women of the Year 2016. She is the Winner of the Guardian Award for International Fraud Reporting 2018 from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.


Crispin Dowler is a senior reporter for Unearthed, an investigative environmental journalism project funded by Greenpeace UK. He has published investigations on subjects including agriculture, pesticides, fisheries and air pollution. His stories have been picked up across the national media and internationally by publications and broadcasters including ITV, the BBC, RTL, the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Telegraph, and Le Monde. Before joining Unearthed he worked in specialist and local journalism, including as a reporter and bureau chief at the Health Service Journal. He has won awards from the Medical Journalists Association and the Periodicals Training Council, and been shortlisted for various other journalism prizes.


Éanna Kelly is responsible for writing international news features at Science|Business since 2014. He was previously a research assistant with the RAND Corporation (Brussels office). Éanna has a degree in economics and law from Dublin City University and an MSc in political science from Trinity College Dublin.


Hannah Devlin is the Guardian’s science correspondent, having previously been science editor of the Times. She has a PhD in biomedical imaging from the University of Oxford. Hannah also presents the Science Weekly podcast.


Helena Bengtsson is Editor for Data Journalism at Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national television broadcaster. She previously worked as Editor, Data Projects at the Guardian, UK between 2014-2017. In 2006 and 2007, she was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. She was awarded the Stora Journalistpriset (The Swedish Grand Prize for Journalism) in Sweden twice, in 2010 for Valpejl.se and in 2016 for innovator of the year.


Jonathan Stoneman is a freelance trainer. He previously worked for BBC World Service for many years, as a reporter, producer, later as editor and finally as Head of World Service Training at Bush House. He went freelance in 2010, discovered data in 2011 and has devoted himself to learning and sharing as much as possible since then.


Julian Sturdy is the Investigations Editor for BBC East’s Impact Hub, having previously worked as a district Chief Reporter for Eastern Daily Press; and as a district producer for BBC Radio Norfolk.
Recent projects include exposing high mortality rates at SeaLife Centres in the UK, Ryanair bouncing compensation cheques for late flights, and a long-running series of exposes on millions of pounds missing from a council loan to Northampton Town Football Club.
Awards include: an award from the Royal Television Society for his film on stammering, the Medical Journalists’ Association Healthcare Journalist of the Year. Four-times nominated in the British Journalism Awards 2017-2018.


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 trustee and 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.


Leila Haddou is data journalism editor for The Times and Sunday Times. She previously worked on investigations at the Financial Times and Guardian. She has an avid interest in how technology can aid investigative reporting and co-organises the monthly Journocoders meet up event.


Luuk Sengers is a independent investigative journalist, university teacher and media trainer/consultant. Currently he writes for the Dutch magazine De Groene Amsterdammer, about pollution and climate change. Previously he worked as a staff reporter at several newspapers and magazines in The Netherlands, like NRC Handelsblad and Intermediair, covering economic affairs.
Luuk co-authored six books about investigative reporting and he regularly speaks at IRE, GIJC, CIJ and Data Harvest conferences, the world’s leading forums for investigative journalisms best practices. He served ten years in the board of the VVOJ, the Dutch-Belgium association of investigative journalists.


Mark Lee Hunter is the only person to have won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc., the world’s leading organisation in the field, for both his investigative reports and his research on journalism. He has also won the H.L. Mencken Free Press Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for research on journalism, the National Headliners, Clarion and EFMD Awards.
His ten books include Le Journalisme d’investigation en France et aux Etats-Unis, the first cross-cultural study of investigative reporting methods. He currently teaches at INSEAD, Rotterdam School of Management and other conferences, institutes and universities on five continents. He is a founding member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network. He is also a founding member of the Stakeholder Media Project in the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, which conducts research on new forms and business models of watchdog media.


Max Harlow is a newsroom developer at the Financial Times in London. 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.


Mike Power is a British freelance investigative journalist specialising in drugs and technology.
His book Drugs 2.0 documents a new digital frontline in the war on drugs.
His reports around the emergence of so-called “legal highs” – recreational drugs manufactured in Chinese laboratories that are legal in most countries – have prompted complex policy debates in the UK and beyond. His in-depth research into the Dark Web, Tor, Bitcoin and cryptomarkets predicted accurately the explosive growth in digital drug dealing that we have witnessed in the recent years.
His “Drugs Unlimited” report for Matter.com documented an undercover mission to produce and import to the UK a new, legal drug – using only a laptop –  and won the 2014 Association of British Science Writers prize for the best investigative journalism.


Nikolas Leontopoulos is a reporter for Investigate Europe. He has also reported for 10 years for the Greek daily newspaper Eleftherotypia. Since 2010 he has been reporting on the financial and the migration crisis for the international media. He collaborated in investigations with Reuters on banks, shipping and the media, and with the New York Times in the Outlaw Ocean series (winner of the Polk award). He is the co-founder of ReportersUnited. In 2017 he made two documentaries for VICE Greece: Lobbies without Borders, based on Investigate Europe’s research, and The German Big Brother revealing that the German BND was spying on hundreds of Greek political and business targets.


Olivier van Beemen is an investigative journalist from Amsterdam and the author of the book Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed. The book is the result of six years of thorough journalistic research, not only in thirteen African countries where the Dutch multinational is operating, but also in the company’s archives and academic literature. The author has spoken to more than 400 sources within and around Heineken.
Earlier in his career, Van Beemen was correspondent in France for several leading Dutch and Belgian news media and he currently publishes in newspapers such as Le Monde, NRC Handelsblad and The Guardian. His work has been nominated for several awards in the Netherlands.


Pamela Duncan works for the Guardian’s Data Projects team, analysing and decoding data for news stories and interactive features. Her stories include front-pages on the paucity of ethnic diversity among Britain’s most powerful and analysis showing that asylum seekers are disproportionately sent to poorer parts of the UK.
She writes on a range of topics including health stories, among them an award-winning piece on an NHS data loss, consumer stories on the proportion of betting adverts carried during the World Cup and revelations of Russian trolls’ tweets cited by UK media outlets. She also contributes to the Guardian’s gender pay gap reporting. More recently she has turned her hand to coding, using Python to help create stories around the people affected by Trump’s Zero Tolerance Policy.
She is an established data journalism trainer having taught at a number of data conferences and intensive courses (including #CIJSummer Conference where her own data journey began) and as a visiting lecturer at City, University of London.


Robert Hunter is a founder of City Disabilities, a charity which supports people with disabilities in the work place. He is an experienced solicitor advocate. In the course of 30 years in the City, Robert has been a partner in a magic circle firm and is now a partner at a specialist litigation boutique. Interviewing techniques, as used by journalists, lawyers and police has been his life long interest. Robert is also profoundly deaf.


Shaun Lintern is bureau chief for the Health Service Journal. He has a national focus on patient safety, quality of care and regulation in the NHS. He leads a team of journalists looking at quality and regulation issues and he specialises in investigative journalism. Shaun has been a journalist for 17 years and winner of multiple awards including a British Journalism Award in 2016. He helped expose the Mid Staffordshire care scandal while working as a local newspaper. He attended most days of the subsequent public inquiry and gave evidence as a witness. Since then he has become an advocate for patients and has been at the forefront of reporting developments in safety policy in the UK since joining HSJ in 2012.