Summer School 2011

Kristinn Hrafnsson at the Summer School              Annie Machon speaks at the Summer School              Kathryn Bolkovac speaks at the Summer School

The Centre for Investigative Journalism’s ninth annual summer school was hailed a success by both delegates and speakers. With more strands to attend than previous years, the biggest criticism of the event was that there was just too much to choose from.

In response to the breaking story on phone hacking, a panel with David Leigh, Gavin Millar and Jeff Katz discussed the implications for investigative journalism. Radio 4's The World this Weekend attended the talk and afterwards interviewed David Leigh.

The keynote speakers were particularly popular with an animated Q&A session after Kristinn Hrafnsson’s talk about the work of Wikileaks. Delegates described both Annie Machon and Kathryn Bolkovac as inspirational Annie spoke of her experience working for MI5 and how journalists are used and stories influenced by the security services using a system of access and rewards. Kathryn, a former DynCorp officer discussed how she blew the whistle on the UN police who were guilty of sex crimes, forced prostitution and sex slavery. 

As ever, the digital journalism sessions proved popular, with one delegate describing it as “some of the best IT training I’ve received!”. Both our strands – whistleblowing and taxation – were popular themes, and it was suggested that we take the whistleblowing further next year: “Whistleblowing was a great theme, would have been interested to see managerialism in the public sector - where did the money go - tiers of audit, bean counting instead of growing beans...”. The Dictators Loot was described as: “Fascinating with a knowledgeable speaker who gave substantial tips to look at corruption.” The irrepressible Andrew Jennings took the prize for the most popular and entertaining session, attracting a large crowd that included a team from Australian TV's Four Corners documentary program, who recorded the session and interviewed him afterwards.

We are always looking to improve the standard of all sessions so your feedback is extremely valuable.

Delegates at the networking party

We have taken on board suggestions for improvement for next year. Thank you once again for your thoughts and comments.The Saturday evening networking party offered plenty of opportunity to meet and chat with other delegates, trainers and speakers and we hope you made some valuable contacts.

Thank you to everyone who attended the CIJ Summer School this year, we hope you enjoyed it and found it a valuable three days for networking, learning new technology and hearing from top investigative journalists.


Keynote Speakers

Phone Hacking – Panel Discussion
Veteran Journalist David Leigh, Lawyer Gavin Millar and Jeff Katz discuss the the revelations concerning phone hacking and the impact of the scandal on the British media and political landscape.

Kristinn Hrafnsson is the spokesperson for Wikileaks and brings a close working knowledge of the plans, methods and structures of the organisation.

The Secret State and its Control of the Media
Former MI5 intelligence officer Annie Machon looks at how the security services use and manipulate the press.

Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors and One Woman’s Fight For Justice
Former DynCorp officer and US policewoman Kathryn Bolkovac blew the whistle on the UN police who were guilty of sex crimes, forced prostitution and sex slavery.

Talks and Training

Libel and Privacy Issues
Andrew Bousfield and Justin Walford discuss libel, privacy and the Press Complaints Commission, looking at how recent cases have affected the law.

Medical Whistleblowers
A panel discussion with Margaret Haywood, Eileen Chubb and Terry Bryan who talk about what it means to be a whistleblower in the medical profession.

Investigative Journalism and Digital Technology
Iain Overton, editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism looks at how digital media has impacted the field of investigative journalism.

Tame Your Documents with DocumentCloud
DocumentCloud is a free online service that provides a set of tools designed to help journalists analyse and share source documents. In this talk Aron Pilhofer talks you through its core features.

Student Journalists and Data Protection
This workshop, with Richard Orange, provides an easy-to-follow overview data protection legislation, an understanding of the obligations facing ‘data controllers’.

Mapping and Visualisation for Story Gathering
James Ball shows how free software Tableau can be used to make visualisations a research tool as well as a way of presenting interactive visualisations on any website.

Understanding Company Accounts
In this talk, Martin Tomkinson shows you how to get the best out of the official Companies House website as well as pointing out what can’t be found here.

The Role of NGOs in Investigative Journalism
A panel discussion that asks whether NGOs and other campaigning organisations are becoming a new home for investigative journalism. And if so what practical and ethical issues does this raise?

Finding a Dictators Loot: How to Find Hidden Assets
Robert Palmer looks at how dictators and corrupt politicians use the global financial system to loot government coffers accept bribes and spend the proceeds of corruption on a life of luxury.

Using Twitter and Other Social Media
Paul Lewis, special projects editor at the Guardian reveals how he has used Twitter and other techniques to collaborate in hard-hitting investigations.

Whistleblowing and the Law
Gavin Millar QC and Dr Andrew Scott explain the law surrounding whistleblowing, looking at issues facing journalists pre-publication as well as the legal proceedings which may follow.

Whistleblowing and the EU
Hans Martin Tillack looks at problems faced by whistleblowers working inside EU institutions. He examines difficulties that journalists who work with these whistleblowers might face and considers the options for overcoming them.