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Summer Conference

29–30 June 2022

Wed 29 Jun
Thu 30 Jun
Wednesday 29 June
  • 29 June 2022 09.00–09.20 Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Summer Conference Event
 — Welcome

#CIJSummer 2022 – Welcome

A warm welcome from our Director James Harkin. Other speakers – TBC.
  • 29 June 2022 09.30–16.30
Summer Conference Event
 — Course

Story-Based Inquiry Method

The course sets out the Story-Based Inquiry (SBI) method, which has been successfully used by thousands of journalists, academics and NGO researchers since its publication by UNESCO in 2009. The method can be used for feature writing or documentary filmmaking as well as reportage.
  • 29 June 2022 09.30–10.30
Summer Conference Event
 — Class

An Introduction to Information Security from the Source Protection Programme

This session provides a general introduction to the broad field of information security. We will be giving some basic definitions, describing a range of the possible risks of using digital technologies, and introducing some of the available strategies and tools to improve your digital security.
  • 29 June 2022 09.30–10.30
Summer Conference Event
 — Class

Understanding Company Accounts: Getting the Most Out of Companies House

Any UK-based investigative journalist or aspiring journalist should have a working knowledge of Companies House. Companies House is the central registry for all UK registered limited or PLC companies and contains a wealth of useful information for those who know how to use the site.
  • 29 June 2022 09.30–15.20
Summer Conference Event
 — Course

Data Journalism – Google Sheets – Hands-On

This three-part hands-on express data journalism course will introduce you to the basics of data analysis in Google Sheets. Suitable for beginners.
  • 29 June 2022 10.50–11.50
Summer Conference Event
 — Talk

Ukrainian Investigative Journalism In Times of War

Before the start of the war, Ukraine had a thriving investigative journalism scene, both on the national and local level. How did the war change it? What do Ukrainian journalists investigate now, especially when many were forced out of the country by the war?
  • 29 June 2022 14.20–15.20 Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Summer Conference Event
 — Demo Tools

Data Journalism and the Rise of Green Crime

Data journalists from Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism will highlight several of the unit’s pioneering geo-journalism tools (#WildEye, #MineAlert, Rhino Court Cases and ClimaTracker) to demonstrate how journalists can incorporate environmental data into their work.
  • 29 June 2022 14.20–15.20
Summer Conference Event
 — Talk

The London Laundromat: The influence of oligarchy and the role of the UK

Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland, Butler to the World and Coda Story's Oligarchy Newsletter, will speak about Russian oligarch money and its relationship to the war in Ukraine, the role of London and other international financial centres in enabling oligarchs, money-launderers and criminals from all over the world to hide their money - and what can be done about it.
  • 29 June 2022 15.30–16.30
Summer Conference Event
 — Talk

A Scandal Worse than Thalidomide

Hear from The Sunday Times health editor on how he came to investigate a drug scandal that happened in the shadow of Thalidomide and was hidden for 40 years - leaving a generation of disabled children in its wake.
  • 29 June 2022 16.50–17.50 Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Summer Conference Event
 — Training

What Can R Do for Your Investigations?

So you’ve got the fundamentals of data journalism down. You’re interrogating spreadsheets like a pro and able to use pivot tables like the data Swiss-army-knives they are. But sooner or later you know you’ll come up against a dataset so big it’s going to crash Excel if you even try to open it.
  • 29 June 2022 16.50–17.50
Summer Conference Event
 — Class Talk

How to Hold Local Power to Account

Local councils do far more than collect our bins and look after streetlights. They spend billions of pounds of public money each year but often with very little oversight. Journalist Tom Bristow will take you through how to find out where this money is going and how to spot potential corruption and scandals.
  • 29 June 2022 16.50–17.50
Summer Conference Event
 — Demo Workshop

RuAssets: Searching for Russian and Belarusian politically exposed persons

RuAssets is a platform which uncovers affiliations of companies and people from different parts of the world with Russian and Belarusian politically exposed persons (PEPs). It can also search for ties across the former USSR countries, and highlight connections to individuals under sanctions, terrorists, and propagandists.
  • 29 June 2022 16.50–17.50
Summer Conference Event
 — Talk

Talking Sources: How to find them and get them to talk

Jane Bradley, an award-winning investigative journalist at The New York Times, has tracked down some of the world's most wanted terrorists, Russian dissidents and spies, human traffickers, shadowy business figures and whistleblowers and convinced them to talk.
  • 29 June 2022 18.00–19.00
Summer Conference Event
 — Discussion Keynote

Chris Mullin: Protect Sources!

Chris Mullin, journalist and former MP has won his fight against being forced to hand over material that would identify confidential sources relating to his investigations into the Birmingham Six. He will be joined by the veteran crime journalist Duncan Campbell and Gill Phillips, Director of Editorial Legal Services at the Guardian to discuss the case and the importance of source protection.
Thursday 30 June
  • 30 June 2022 09.00–15.40 Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Timezone: BST (UK Time)
Summer Conference Event
 — Course

Finding Stories in Data

You’ve heard people talking about data journalism, but don’t know where to start? Then this course is for you. In four workshops you will learn what data is available and how to find it, how to interrogate it and find facts or patterns in it which will lead, inform and enhance the stories you tell.
  • 30 June 2022 09.00–10.00
Summer Conference Event
 — Talk

Copy, Lie, Smear: Uncovering high-level plagiarism and dealing with the consequences

Romanian investigative journalist Emilia Șercan has won a niche reputation for uncovering plagiarism in the putative PhD theses of her country’s leading politicians. At the CIJ she talks about how she found the truth, and how to deal with the backlash; in her case, an organised, state-level campaign of intimidation and harassment.
  • 30 June 2022 09.00–11.20
Summer Conference Event
 — Course

Open Source Intelligence Gathering (OSINT)

Information and speakers – TBC
  • 30 June 2022 11.30–15.40
Summer Conference Event
 — Course Training

Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

This two-part practical course will guide you through the basics of freedom of information legislation and equip you with the skills necessary to make successful information requests and appeals.
  • 30 June 2022 13.30–14.30
Summer Conference Event
 — Keynote

Meera Devi: Writing with Fire

Meera Devi, a journalist based in Uttar Pradesh in India comes to the CIJ to deliver the annual Gavin MacFadyen Memorial lecture. She is the co-founder of the award-winning, grassroots feminist media organisation Khabar Lahariya and served as its Chief Editor from 2005 to 2019.
  • 30 June 2022 14.40–17.00
Summer Conference Event
 — Screening

Screening: NAVALNY

In August 2020, a plane travelling from Siberia to Moscow made an emergency landing. One of its passengers, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was deathly ill. Taken to a local Siberian hospital and eventually evacuated to Berlin, doctors there confirmed that he had been poisoned with Novichok, a nerve agent implicated in attacks on other opponents of the Russian government.
  • 30 June 2022 14.40–15.40
Summer Conference Event
 — Demo Tools

Trase: Investigating Deforestation in Supply Chains

Global trade in soy, beef, palm oil and other agricultural commodities is driving tropical deforestation. Governments, businesses and financial institutions have pledged to halt deforestation, but only with transparency in supply chains can these commitments be meaningfully assessed.
  • 30 June 2022 16.00–17.00
Summer Conference Event
 — Talk

Keeping it local: Inspiring regional reporters to use data journalism tools for their stories

Helena Bengtsson is Data Editor at Gota Media, Swedish publisher of 13 local titles. In this session she explains how to educate, train and work directly with local reporters to produce both title-specific data stories and projects which can be shared across the other titles.