Summer School 2003

The CIJ Summer School 2003 took place from 18-20 July at The University of Westminster.


Speakers included:
David Leigh, award-winning investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, Pulitzer-Prize winner, and Phillip Knightley, war reporter and author.
We heard from Brant Houston, director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Martin Short and Paul Lashmar on organised crime,  Jack Lawrence, National Public Radio, and Andrew Jennings and Kevin Mousley on sport.
Bryan Appleyard, Luc Hermann, Melvyn Marckus, Robert Miller, Luther Pendragon and George Pitcher discussed the rise of the PR industry and political 'spin' culture on journalism, talks were held on investigating businesses by Jeffrey Katz and Martin Tomkinson, and Jack Ewing, Luc Hermann, Alf Jacobsen, Gunnar Lindstedt and Martin Welz discussed journalists working abroad.
Our courses this year included:
Reading company accounts and spotting rogue businesses by Raj Bairoliya, Alan Harridan on covert technology, Freedom of Information materials by Maurice Frankel and Rob Evans, media law and libel by Philip Conway, Mark Bateman and Justin Walford, as well as 'spooks and the secret state' by Duncan Campbell.
The summer school also included a class on proprietary databases (such as Lexis-Nexis) and a screening of I.F. Stone's Weekly, a documentary film on the iconoclastic and courageous American investigator. Over the three days, IRE trainers offered beginners, intermediate and advanced workshops in Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR).


Friday 18th July
09:00 Welcome and introduction (Auditorium)
09:30 Media Law – Libel and Defamation, Contempt, Qualified Privilege, Privacy Protection of Sources and Data.
Philip Conway, Mark Bateman partners Davenport Lyons and Justin Walford, Express Newspapers
13:00 Seymour Hersh - keynote (Auditorium)
Pulitzer-Prize winning investigative reporter, The New Yorker, The New York Times
14:15 Reading Accounts (and spotting rogue companies)
Raj Bairoliya, Forensic Accounting
16:00 Covert Technology
Alan Harridan, Oztex
17:30 Freedom of Information Materials
Maurice Frankel, Campaign for Freedom of Information and Rob Evans, Guardian Newspapers
19:00 I.F. Stone’s Weekly
Documentary on iconoclastic and courageous American investigator
Satuday 19th July
09:00 Business: Following the Paper Trail
Jack Ewing, Business Week and Martin Welz, NoseWeek
10:45 Business: Where are the Documents?
Jeffrey Katz, Leading Corporate Investigator and Martin Tomkinson, Business Research Specialist
12:15 Proprietary Databases (Lexis-Nexis)
13:15 How to do Quick Investigations
Brant Houston, Executive Director of IRE
14:00 Working Abroad
Jack Ewing (Germany), Luc Hermann (France), Alf Jacobsen (Norway), Gunnar Lindstedt (Sweden) and Martin Welz (South Africa).
16:00 I.F. Stone’s Weekly
Documentary on iconoclastic and courageous American investigator
17:00 Spooks and the Secret State
Duncan Campbell, writer on privacy, civil liberties and secrecy, David Leigh, The Guardian, Robin Ramsey, Lobster.
19:00 TBC
20:30pm Wrap Party
Hosted by Westminster University
Sunday 20th July
09:00 The Police Customs and Organised Crime
Martin Short, author and Paul Lashmar, The Independent
13:00 Terrorism
David Leigh, The Guardian and Mark Hosenball, Newsweek
12:30 Sport
Andrew Jennings, Sports Investigator and Kevin Mousley BBC Radio 5 Live
14:00 Spin-Meisters and the PR Menace
Bryan Appleyard, The Sunday Times, Luc Hermann, Canal+, Melvyn Marckus, The Observer, Robert Miller, The Times, George Pitcher and Luther Pendragon
16:00 How to do Quick Investigations
Brant Houston, Executive Director of IRE
17:00 War Reporting
Jack Lawrence, National Public Radio (NPR), Philip Knightley, author of The First Casualty, and Robert Fox, Evening Standard.

Talks and Training

Journalism and the Law
Including basic and advanced libel, defamation, contempt, qualified privilege privacy and protection of sources
Business Investigations
Understanding offshore jurisdictions, business filings, making sense of company accounts and following the money trail.
The First Casualty - War Reporting
Vetting and censorship vs free press and editorial independence
Working in Continental Europe
Sources, different laws explained and useful contacts
Its use as evidence for journalists and against journalists including clandestine recording, the law and public interest.
Freedom of Information
How to use it and find it in Britain on the continent and the US.
The Police, Organised Crime, the Intelligence Services and Terrorism
The problems for the media, the dos and don’ts
The last frontier for investigative journalism; the problems when journalists are fans or the publishers are owners
Star Speakers
Two evening sessions, with Q&A
This CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference and Summer School has been sponsored by the Lorana Sullivan UK Foundation, with the participation of the Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. of the University of Missouri. The summer school is the first in a series in the UK to provide international resources essential to investigative research for working journalists and researchers from all media. It will also support other organisations dedicated to the protection and defence of journalists, free speech and freedom of information. The summer school is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional practice.