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.
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. There, he led the Guardian’s product and technology teams as well as heading visual journalism. Before coming to the Guardian, Aron was associate managing editor for digital strategy and editor of interactive news at The New York Times. Outside the newsroom, Aron co-founded two news-related startups: DocumentCloud.org and Hacks & Hackers.
Brigitte Alfter is the director of Arena for Journalism in Europe, supporting collaborative and investigative
journalism in Europe and running the annual European Investigative Journalism Conference (Dataharvest).
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
infrastructure for cross-border journalism at Journalismfund.eu, where she was a managing editor and
developed cross-border journalism work grants. She is the author of Cross-Border Collaborative Journalism:
a step-by-step guide and combines journalism practice, networking activities and academic work.
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.
Bastian Obermayer is a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter and the head of the investigative department of Süddeutsche Zeitung. With his partner in crime Frederik Obermaier he received the Panama Papers leak. After seven years at Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazine, Obermayer joined the investigative team 2011 and worked on projects like Lux-Leaks, Offshore-Leaks and Swiss leaks. His latest work – the publication of the Strache-Video – brought down the Austrian government in May 2019. Obermayer has received numerous national and international awards for his work, among them the Pulitzer Prize, the George-Polk-Award, the Henri Nannen Prize, the Theodor Wolff Prize and the German Reporter Award. He is the author of a number of books, most notably, again with Obermaier, the international bestseller “Panama Papers”.
Christo Grozev writes for Bellingcat since 2015, focusing on Russia-related security threats and the the weaponisation of information. Based in Vienna, he authored or co-authored many of Bellingcat’s landmark investigations including identifying the three Skripal poisoning suspects in 2018 for which he was awarded the European Press Price for Investigative Journalism.
When he is not doing investigative work for Bellingcat, Christo runs radio stations in the Netherlands and Ukraine, and is senior researcher in the area of cyber warfare and weaponisation of information, at the Risk Management Lab at the New Bulgarian University.
Claire Newell is the Telegraph‘s Investigations Editor. Since joining the paper, she has exposed greed and corruption in English football, “Politicians for Hire” and Britain’s #MeToo scandal. Her team’s revelations about English football won digital scoop of the year at the Press Awards and she has been shortlisted for several Paul Foot awards. Her work has prompted parliamentary inquiries, police investigations and numerous resignations.
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.
Crina Boros is an award-winning investigative reporter who crunches data and gathers forensic evidence in parallel with field reporting. A freelance, she has been published by the BBC, Reuters, openDemocracy and Unearthed among many. She co-authored two journalism manuals, has sued the European Parliament, teaches data journalism internationally and can be found posting on crinaboros.tumblr.com
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.
Cynthia O‘Murchu is an investigative reporter for the Financial Times, where she focuses on stories that “follow-the-money”, from unpeeling the layers of Brexit funder Arron Banks’ finances, to reporting on the fall of Hanergy, formerly the world’s largest solar company, to delving into the dark side of the art market. She was previously deputy editor of the interactive team, where she specialised in multi-media and using data to find stories.
Dr David Dunkley Gyimah is the first Brit to win the coveted (US) Knight Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism. He’s also an international award winning video journalist and former artist in residence at the Southbank Centre. As a journalist and producer, he’s worked for the likes of the BBC, Channel 4 News and ABC News (South Africa) and start-ups spanning almost thirty years. An academic, creative and technologist he’s behind the Cinema Journalism & Digital LAB movement. He’s the Asper Visiting Professor for Journalism at UBC (2018), and is currently at the Cardiff School of Journalism. He publishes viewmagazine.tv
Duncan Campbell is a former Guardian crime correspondent and chairman of the Crime Reporters’ Association. He is the author of a number or books on crime, including Underworld, an updated history of organised crime in Britain, which is published this July; We’ll All Be Murdered in Our Beds!, a history of crime reporting; That Was Business, This Is Personal; and the novel, If It Bleeds. He was a consultant on the recent film, King of Thieves, about the Hatton Garden burglary.
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.
Emma Stoye is a senior science correspondent at Chemistry World magazine, where she writes and edits news on cutting edge research as well as issues affecting the scientific community. Her work has also featured in Scientific American, and on the BBC radio show The Naked Scientists. She is currently Vice Chair of the Association of British Science Writers.
Fiona Gabbert is a Professor of Applied Psychology, and Director of the Forensic Psychology Unit at Goldsmiths University of London. She also chairs the Scientific Committee of the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG). Fiona has an international reputation for her research in the field of investigative interviewing, that has a strong focus on improving the usability, credibility, and reliability of evidence from victims and witnesses. Her work has had an international impact on police operational procedure and policy including the introduction of new evidence-based investigative interview tools and training resources to the field.
Fiona Hamilton is Crime and Security Editor at The Times.
Geoffrey Livolsi is a co-funder of Disclose, the first non-profit investigative newsroom in France. He worked as an investigative journalist specialising in corruption and tax evasion, working with Mediapart, France Inter, Envoyé Spécial on channel France 2. He has also directed a number of TV documentaries.
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.
Henk Van Ess is an assessor of Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network and a member of Bellingcat. He is obsessed with finding stories in (big) data. His specialisations include social media and data journalism. As an author, he has published books in Dutch, French, German, English and Italian about Google, data journalism, web research, and fantastic Facebook formulas.
Holly Else is a reporter with Nature in London. She writes about the ways that scientists conduct research and communicate their findings. Before joining Nature in 2018, she wrote about research policy and universities for Times Higher Education, and she has experience reporting on engineering, infectious diseases and public health. She studied biomedical science at the University of Sheffield and has a master’s degree in science communication from Imperial College London.
Jane Bradley is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and award-winning investigative correspondent at BuzzFeed News where she writes on abuses of power, dirty money and national security. Her work has led to criminal convictions, government inquiries, and police investigations.
Jenna Corderoy is a freelance journalist who is currently working with openDemocracy’s investigations team. She also researches for the Good Law Project, which brings strategic legal cases to drive law change. Previously, she advised mySociety developers on the design of a new toolkit, WhatDoTheyKnow Pro, which helps journalists submit freedom of information requests. Jenna has written and researched for VICE News and Finance Uncovered. She was also an information law researcher for Request Initiative, sending FOI requests and Environmental Information Regulation requests on behalf of NGOs.
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.
Joshua Howgego is a features editor at New Scientist magazine. He covers physical science in every possible guide, from stories on reinventing the address to loop quantum gravity. Before joining the magazine in 2015, he was a deputy editor at SciDev.Net.
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.
Justin Walford is the former legal manager for The Daily Express and The Sunday Express newspapers. He works now as Senior editorial legal counsel for the Sun.
Katie Baker is an award-winning investigative reporter on institutional injustice and abuses of power at BuzzFeed News. Her work has changed state law, prompted nationwide legislation, launched internal government and corporate inquiries and helped put sex abusers in jail.
Katie Riley – is the in-house Data Journalist at Flourish, where she builds visualisations, blogs about new templates and features, and supports newsroom users. She was previously a Google News Fellow at the Financial Times, an Editorial Fellow at The Atlantic, and a Teaching Assistant at the Goldsmiths Department of Media and Communications. Katie has a BA in History from University College London and an MSc in Digital Journalism from Goldsmiths, University of London.
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.
Lois Kapila is an editor and reporter with Dublin Inquirer, an independent reader-funded newspaper in Ireland’s capital. She covers mainly covers stories around housing and land. She previously worked for The Statesman in Kolkata.
Luuk Sengers is a freelance investigative business and environment reporter for the Dutch weekly De Groene Amsterdammer and a trainer and consultant in the field of investigative journalism, data journalism and interviewing for media and NGO’s. He co-developed Story-Based Inquiry a benchmark method for investigative reporting, and co-authored several books about investigative journalism, including two Logan Handbooks. Luuk teaches frequently together with Mark Lee Hunter, Jonathan Stoneman and Winny de Jong, three other speakers at this conference.
Maeve McClenaghan is an award-winning investigative journalist and founder of the critically-acclaimed podcast The Tip Off. Working at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism as part of the new Bureau Local project, Maeve has led nationwide, collaborative investigations on issues including cuts to domestic violence refuges, politicians use of Facebook “dark ads” and homeless deaths. Her latest investigation, a year-long project counting homeless deaths, prompted widespread debate, influenced national and local policy and caused the Office for National Statistics to start counting when and how people are dying homeless in the UK. She is now looking forward to investigating the UK housing market and the inequities impacting the most vulnerable in society.
Mark Lee Hunter is lead author of Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists and the founding academic director of the Future Media Management Programme at Stockholm School of Economics Riga. With Luk N. Van Wassenhove and Maria Besiou, he authored Power is Everywhere: How stakeholder-driven media build the future of watchdog news (Stakeholder Media Project, 2017). His books The Hidden Scenario and The Story Tells the Facts, co-authored with Luuk Sengers, focus on conceiving, structuring and composing fact-based narratives. In 2018 he led an eight-country investigation of the Common Agricultural Policy. In 2019 his guide for IJ teachers, Modern Investigative Journalism: A Comprehensive Curriculum, was published by Atab Reporters for Investigative Journalism. He has won Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards for reporting and research on journalism, along with the Sigma Delta Chi, H.L. Mencken Free Press, National Headliners and Clarion Awards.
Story-Based Inquiry CIJ Logan Handbooks
#CIJSummer 2017 video Stakeholder Media
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.
Martin is a CIJ board member.
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.
Niamh McIntyre is a journalist on the Guardian’s data projects team, working on data-driven investigations and news stories. Recent stories include an investigation into schools using crowdfunding websites and coverage of the UK’s gender pay gap. She has taught data journalism at Westminster and City University.
Nicholas Masterton works at Forensic Architecture, focusing on the spatialisation of video and other open source media. He has studied Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture and the Architectural Association (AA), where he carried out research into the nature of digital labour through the orchestration of crowdsourced tasks. He graduated from the AA in 2015 with RIBA Part II.
He currently teaches a digital skills workshop at the AA for Diploma Unit 3. Prior to joining the team in 2017 Nicholas worked at Wilkinson Eyre Architects and KTB Architecture.
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. For this investigation, Van Beemen won a Tegel, the most prestigious award in Dutch journalism. 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 Follow the Money.
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.
Paul Bradshaw runs the MA in Data Journalism and the MA Multiplatform and Mobile 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, and his awards include the CNN MultiChoice Award for an investigation into people trafficking in football. 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.
His books include Scraping for Journalists, Finding Stories in Spreadsheets, the Data Journalism Heist, Snapchat for Journalists, the Online Journalism Handbook and most recently Mobile-First Journalism with Steve Hill.
Paul Samrai has worked for every major U.K. and various international broadcasters over last 25 years. His covert filming skills have been featured in many a Panorama, Dispatches, C4 News, Sky News, BBC News among many others. He has worked with leading investigative reporters such Donal and Darragh MacIntyre, Paul Kenyon, Fergal Keane and Stuart Ramsay.
His award winning undercover work has covered a diverse range of subjects including organised crime, child sacrifice, trafficking of drugs, arms, humans and organs, child labour and sports corruption. He was there at the beginning when covert filming for broadcast was at its infancy and involved, rather crudely, strapping a camcorder under one armpit and a huge battery pack in the other……and he’s still at the forefront now when all the equipment you need is smaller than a packet of cigarettes.
Raj Bairoliya is a well-known expert forensic accountant and has been teaching Understanding Company Accounts at the CIJ for 15 years. Raj frequently helps journalists and broadcasters to decipher the accounting/business aspects of the story. He is the author of the CIJ handbook The Investigative Journalist’s Guide to Company Accounts. He is also a founder of a charity Dawai Dost, which helps people in Jharkhand, India, afford medicines.
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.
Robert Miller is the Business Night Editor at The Times. Formerly: broadcaster for BBC Radio Five Live on Wake Up to Money; presenter for Telegraph TV and Telegraph Talk; senior business correspondent at the Telegraph; associate editor of Sunday Business; city editor-in-chief of the Express and banking correspondent of The Times. Previously personal finance correspondent at The Observer and former adviser to the DTI’s Foresight Panel on business, a member of Lautro, the old unit trust and life office regulator and pension fund trustee at News International.
Robert Trafford works at Forensic Architecture on open source research, data mining and analysis, as well as writing and editing for scripts and exhibitions, and occasional reporting. He is also a project coordinator.
Before joining Forensic Architecture, Robert was a freelance journalist, including reporting on the refugee crisis from France and Greece. His work has appeared among others in The Intercept, The Times and the Independent.
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.
Shiv Malik is a former investigative journalist who along with reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan, also worked for the Guardian for five years breaking exclusive front page stories on everything from UK government social policy to international terrorism. He’s the author of two books including the 2010 cult book, Jilted Generation, and is a co-founder of the think-tank, the Intergenerational Foundation. He’s now a full time contributor to the crypto-technology project Streamr, where he evanglises about digital ethics and a new data economy. His latest book, The Messenger, is an intrepid personal tale about a relationship with a terrorist and is published by Faber.
Silkie Carlo is the Director of UK civil liberties NGO Big Brother Watch. She was previously the Senior Advocacy Officer at Liberty where she led a programme on Technology and Human Rights and launched a legal challenge to the Investigatory Powers Act. Prior to Liberty, she worked for Edward Snowden’s official defence fund and whistleblowers at risk.
She is a passionate campaigner for the protection of liberties, particularly in the context of new and emerging technologies. She has worked to uphold rights in the fields of state surveillance, policing technologies, big data, artificial intelligence and free expression online. Silkie is also an information security trainer and organises Cryptoparty London. She is the co-author of Information Security for Journalists.
Tom Bristow is the investigations editor for regional publisher Archant. His stories, mainly published in the Eastern Daily Press, have been shortlisted for numerous awards including the British Journalism Awards and The Orwell Prize. He looks at how national issues impact locally in the east of England. His investigations have covered everything from crime to housing.
Wendy M. Grossman covers the intersection of computers, freedom, and privacy and is a longtime member of the executive board of the Association of British Science Writers. Her Friday net.wars column has appeared continuously since 2001. She has been a regular contributor to New Scientist, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, and Scientific American, and is author or editor of several books. She was the 2013 winner of the BT Information Security Journalism Enigma Award.
Winny de Jong is data journalist at the Dutch national broadcast NOS. According to some she is a ‘workaholic’, and ’strategist’ who gives ‘EPIC presentations’. Winny usually speaks about the importance of data literacy, how to develop ideas, and her data journalistic workflow. She has presented before for organizations like TEDx, Brussels News Summit, and several journalism colleges. Visit her online at datajournalistiek.nl/en.