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The European Investigative Journalism and Dataharvest Conference organised by Journalismfund.eu, is the most relevant networking event for investigative and data journalists in Europe. Dataharvest EIJC17 will take place on Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday morning 21 May 2017, with a pre-conference Hack Day on Thursday 18 May.

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Tax & Finance [clear filter]
Friday, May 19
 

12:00

Master class: Follow the money I
You don't always need the Panama Papers to get Panama Papers. In fact, a share of the records used in the historic groundbreaking investigation was actually gathered from offshore public record depositories around the world. In this session, you will learn how to access the records from tax heavens that seem impossible to get.

Case Study
Exposing Crime and Corruption: How Do They Operate
Research Process: Investigating People and Companies
Understanding Public Records
Online Business Databases
Tracking Offshore Companies - (Bring your own laptops)

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Patrucic

Miranda Patrucic

Regional Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo. She is regional editor for Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP ), focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
C2.27

12:00

Ponzi schemes - Norway, Estonia, and your country?
International Ponzi schemes: Businesses running Ponzi schemes in Norway, Estonia ... and your country? Meet the team behind the story and hear the methodology of researching business scam. The team focuses on one of the many new mlm-companies Ultimate Business World (ubwglobal.com), which has/had huge international ambitions, but started to have many problems after stories published in Estonia and Norway. NOTE: This presentation is followed by a networking round table, where cross-border collaboration with the data unearthed by Piret Reiljan and Rune Ytreberg and potentially other data will be discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Piret Reiljan

Piret Reiljan

Head of investigative desk, Estonian business daily Äripäev
Piret Reiljan is an Estonian investigative journalist. She has been working as a journalist for the Estonian business daily Äripäev since 2006 and since 2017 she is head of investigative desk. She covers a wide range of topics, including tax frauds, investment frauds and corruption... Read More →
avatar for Rune Ytreberg

Rune Ytreberg

Journalist, Dagens Næringsliv
I work as a journalist in the norwegian daily business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv, covering fish, oil, crime, politics, lobbying and Arctic in (the northern part of) Norway. I teach investigative journalism at the Journalism education at Oslomet University and have written about... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 12:00 - 13:00
Z3/11

14:00

EU spending for beginners
EU finances and EU regulated spending can appear complex. But once you understand the model, it's your starting point for covering European politics and EU as well as large parts of national spending in a meaningful way. In this introduction course Sigrid Melchior, Brussels correspondent for Swedish media and author to two handbooks on covering the EU, will give you an introduction in where the EU budget gets its money from. But also - and prominently - an understanding of the structures of EU's own spending, EU-spending via member states and EU-regulated spending of national funds - for example via public tender legislation. NOTE: Sigrid will also provide a workshop on the working of the EU, it is recommended to attend both.

Speakers

Friday May 19, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
Z3/04

14:00

Master class: Follow the money II
You don't always need the Panama Papers to get Panama Papers. In fact, a share of the records used in the historic groundbreaking investigation was actually gathered from offshore public record depositories around the world. In this session, you will learn how to access the records from tax heavens that seem impossible to get.

Case Study
Exposing Crime and Corruption: How Do They Operate
Research Process: Investigating People and Companies
Understanding Public Records
Online Business Databases
Tracking Offshore Companies - (Bring your own laptops)

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Patrucic

Miranda Patrucic

Regional Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo. She is regional editor for Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP ), focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 14:00 - 15:00
C2.27

15:15

Master class: Follow the money III
You don't always need the Panama Papers to get Panama Papers. In fact, a share of the records used in the historic groundbreaking investigation was actually gathered from offshore public record depositories around the world. In this session, you will learn how to access the records from tax heavens that seem impossible to get.

Case Study
Exposing Crime and Corruption: How Do They Operate
Research Process: Investigating People and Companies
Understanding Public Records
Online Business Databases
Tracking Offshore Companies - (Bring your own laptops)

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Patrucic

Miranda Patrucic

Regional Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo. She is regional editor for Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP ), focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 15:15 - 16:15
C2.27

15:15

Uncovering international economic crime with cross-border collaboration / networking
Businesses running Ponzi schemes in Norway, Estonia ... and your country? Whitewashing of money via your country? Anne Skjerning has followed international whitewashing of money and will open with a short presentation. Skjerning, Ytreberg and Reiljan are looking forward to meet journalists interested in networking on economic crime across borders. NOTE: This networking round table is an obvious follow-up of the presentation by Piret Reiljan and Rune Ytreberg describing their reent investigation into crossborder ponzi-schemes.

Speakers
avatar for Piret Reiljan

Piret Reiljan

Head of investigative desk, Estonian business daily Äripäev
Piret Reiljan is an Estonian investigative journalist. She has been working as a journalist for the Estonian business daily Äripäev since 2006 and since 2017 she is head of investigative desk. She covers a wide range of topics, including tax frauds, investment frauds and corruption... Read More →
avatar for Rune Ytreberg

Rune Ytreberg

Journalist, Dagens Næringsliv
I work as a journalist in the norwegian daily business newspaper Dagens Næringsliv, covering fish, oil, crime, politics, lobbying and Arctic in (the northern part of) Norway. I teach investigative journalism at the Journalism education at Oslomet University and have written about... Read More →


Friday May 19, 2017 15:15 - 16:15
Z3/04

16:30

Telling the Story Through a Game
Public budget data is hard to understand and to communicate. Nevertheless, to better address corruption and misuse of public money, it is necessary to gain a better understanding of the topic.
The Good, The Bad and The Accountant is an interactive, game-like experience, where users play the role of a fictional general manager in a large European city and have to take a series of decisions that show the complexity of corruption and cronyism in the public administration.
Throughout the game, hints are given to users so that they understand how corruption and mismanagement occur and how they can spot it in real life.
Journalism++ presents the making-of of this serious game, the impacts and the lessons learned on gamification.

Speakers
avatar for Anne-Lise Bouyer

Anne-Lise Bouyer

Tech & data team lead, CORRECTIV
Anne-Lise heads the technical & data team at the nonprofit investigative newsroom CORRECTIV . Prior to that, she co-founded Journalism++, an agency for data-driven storytelling where she where she worked for 4 years as a project manager and coordinated the Migrants' Files project... Read More →
avatar for Nicolas Kayser-Bril

Nicolas Kayser-Bril

Data-driven journalist, trainer & author.Interested in pandas, D3, scraping, climate and the history of cooking.


Friday May 19, 2017 16:30 - 17:30
C2.27
 
Saturday, May 20
 

09:30

Covering Finance - introduction
Finance Uncovered trains journalists and campaigners to investigate tax avoidance, money laundering and corruption and then supports its trained network to get complex, cross-border stories into the public domain. The team also conducts finance reporting itself. In this presentatoin the director of the training organisation, a journalist himself, will give an introduction to how transnational corporations, major infrastructure projects and sanction busting billionaire tycoons do "business".

Speakers
avatar for Nick Mathiason

Nick Mathiason

Director, Finance Uncovered
Nick founded and now jointly runs Finance Uncovered - a London-based organisation which trains journalists and activists to investigate tax abuse, money laundering and corruption and then works with participants to nail stories. For ten years, he was business correspondent at The... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2017 09:30 - 10:30
C2.30

09:30

Misuse of EU funds - how MEPs channelled money via their own foundations
Follow the money - A Danish journalist found indications of abuse of funds to European parties via a foundation set up by MEPs. But also MEPs from other countries were involved so he established contacts to journalists in the relevant. Together they unveiled misuse of EU funds dedicated to European parties and MEPS had to repay the money. Meet two of the team members, Peter Jeppesen from Denmark and Sarunas Cerniauskas from Lithuania. And read the work report by the Polish team member Wojtek Ciesla http://www.investigate-europe.eu/en/poland-eu-money-fraud-scandal/

Speakers
avatar for Peter Jeppesen

Peter Jeppesen

Journalist, Ekstra Bladet
Peter Jeppesen is a journalist at Ekstra Bladet.
avatar for Šarūnas Černiauskas

Šarūnas Černiauskas

Editor at the Investigative Journalism Department, 15min.lt
One of the leading investigative journalists in Lithuanian, specializing in politics, corruption and data journalism. Awarded for pieces that disclosed major corruption and fraud cases. Former politics' reporter at delfi.lt, currently - head of the Investigative Journalism Department... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2017 09:30 - 10:30
C2.23 Thomas More journalism school at the Campus De Ham, Raghenoplein 21, 2800 Mechelen & Campus De Vest, Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen, BELGIUM

10:45

Tracking criminals' and billionaires' money
Many criminals and billionaires hide their money from authorities and channel it through fake companies to tax shelters. Hear two examples of how it is still possible to investigate the cases and follow the money.

Speakers
avatar for Matteo Civillini

Matteo Civillini

Freelance journalist, IRPI.eu
Matteo Civillini is a freelance journalist and member of Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), a centre for investigative journalism based in Italy. After obtaining an MA in Investigative Journalism from City University London, he joined the Italian bureau of VICE News. In 2015 he completed an investigation into the conflict of interest of arms procurement in Botswan... Read More →
avatar for Blaz Zgaga

Blaz Zgaga

freelance investigative journalist
Blaž Zgaga is a freelance investigative journalist living in Slovenia and is co-author of the trilogy In the Name of the State, which explores arms smuggling in the Balkans during the conflicts of the 1990s. He is regularly publishing in Croatian magazine Nacional. After disclosure of a US DIA secret operation in 2000, he was prosecuted for - and later cleared of charges of - revealing military secrets. I... Read More →


Saturday May 20, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
C2.23 Thomas More journalism school at the Campus De Ham, Raghenoplein 21, 2800 Mechelen & Campus De Vest, Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen, BELGIUM
 
Sunday, May 21
 

09:30

SubsidyStories.eu: the European Structural Investment Funds uncovered I
Follow the money: Close to 500 billion of EU subsidies flow back into the member states through a complex system of subsidies, grants and regional funds. Information on who receives these funds is scattered over a web of regional and national data portals.Up to now, we could not compare projects and spending across member states and regions. Subsidystories has changed that. We brought the data from the regional and national EU funding portal together in one place. We standardize it so that it can be made comparable, visualized and analyzed. In this presentation, we will show how we have traced the EU funds and give the audience insights in the data and start the conversation on how to uncover stories in the data, and hear different local and national angles to the leads and stories that we have found so far. This project was started last year at the hackday of DataHarvest and in February of this year we finally had the data together and launched in March. We will also address with the audience how we - as an Open Data NGO - tried to cater to journalists and worked with freelancers and volunteers throughout the project. We struggled with open data vs. embargoed data and eventually decided to set up a group of hunch hunters to work with the data in the open, but try to find exclusive stories. In the session we will first demonstrate the platform, discuss the data, the process and our findings. We will ask the audience for their local or national angle on the stories and leads that we have found so far. In the second part, we will discuss how we can better cater to journalists in the future, if volunteers and hunch hunters work, and how to balance open data and exclusivity. NOTE: THIS PRESENTATION IS FOLLOWED BY A HANDS-ON WORKSHOP AND NETWORKING ROUND TABLE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO DIG INTO THE DATA IMMEDIATELY AND MAYBE FORM TEAMS OF JOURNALISTS.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Alberts

Anna Alberts

Project Manager, OKFDE
OKFDE, Open Data, OpenBudgets.EU, Financial Transparency, subsidystories.eu, ESIF, EU Transparency
avatar for Christian Jørgensen

Christian Jørgensen

Photojournalist, EUP-Berlin GbR
Christian Jørgensen is a photo journalist from Denmark with base in Berlin, who with Follow the Subsidies www.followthesubsidies.eu has been working on collecting and publishing all EU-Subsidies since april 2016 and now together with the Hungarian programmer Balazs Kirch tries to... Read More →
avatar for Michael Peters

Michael Peters

Data Scientist, Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland
Michael joined OKF Germany as Data Scientist for the projects: EU Subsidy Stories, OpenBudgets.eu and OffenerHaushalt.de. He studied Public Economics and advocates Transparency of Fiscal Data. His main tasks are Data Mining and Data Analysis.


Sunday May 21, 2017 09:30 - 10:30
C2.23 Thomas More journalism school at the Campus De Ham, Raghenoplein 21, 2800 Mechelen & Campus De Vest, Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen, BELGIUM

10:45

Following EU Money Through Hungary
Hungarian journalists have a special knack for following EU money – hear about their tools and methods. Investigative center Átlátszó has built a data-based map of EU funds for tracking corruption, wrongdoings and misuse of European public money, while Direct36 followed EU money through data and on the road to disclose prime minister Orbán family's hidden involvement in public projects.

Speakers
avatar for Tamás Bodoky

Tamás Bodoky

Executive director, Átlátszó
Tamás Bodoky is an investigative journalist and editor, and nonprofit executive based in Budapest, Hungary. Bodoky has been a journalist since 1996: before joining Index.hu, where he spent 9 years in different journalistic and editorial positions, he was science and technology journalist... Read More →
avatar for Attila Bátorfy

Attila Bátorfy

head of data and visualization, Átlátszó.hu
Journalist at Átlátszó.hu, head of Atlo
avatar for Andras Pethö

Andras Pethö

Co-Founder, Direkt36 Hungary
András Pethő is a co-founder and editor of Direkt36, a nonprofit investigative newsroom based in Budapest. Pethő spent much of his 16-year-long journalism career at Origo, once a leading online news site in Hungary. He also worked for the BBC World Service and was a visiting reporter... Read More →
avatar for Blanka Zöldi

Blanka Zöldi

Direkt36
Blanka Zöldi is a journalist at Direkt36, a non-profit investigative journalism centre based in Budapest, Hungary. Direkt36 was launched in 2015 with the mission to expose wrongdoings, corruption, and abuse of power. Most recently she has been covering how companies of PM Viktor... Read More →


Sunday May 21, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
C2.30

10:45

SubsidyStories.eu: the European Structural Investment Funds uncovered II
Follow the money - hands-on workshop – finding your way through the data. In the hands-on session we will use the subsidy-story dataset to show how to start finding stories from a dataset that is over 2 million lines big. Participants will learn about the dataset itself, as well as acquire skills to quickly get to know a dataset that is beyond the size of a normal spreadsheet program, running basic statistics and validation strategies that we used. We will first demonstrate the work we did on the hack day for inspiration. This will show what tools can be used to work through a 2 million-line datasets, such as jupiter notebooks, SQL, and the Open Spending toolbox. Starting with the OpenSpending toolbox, we provide a guided tour through the data, adding different filters and answering simple questions by trying different visualisations, and sorting options. In the second part, we already go into advanced mode and take the participants through the SQL-data-miner that is linked to the Open Spending repository and runs on our datasets. We will run basic statistics and some tailored queries together to show how to easily get to know a dataset of this size. Finally, we show how we validated our dataset, walking the participants through different validation strategies we used from comparing it to raw data, to making sure certain variables are always present etc.

Speakers
avatar for Anna Alberts

Anna Alberts

Project Manager, OKFDE
OKFDE, Open Data, OpenBudgets.EU, Financial Transparency, subsidystories.eu, ESIF, EU Transparency
avatar for Adrian Blanco

Adrian Blanco

Data Journalist, El Confidencial
Adrian Blanco is a Spanish data journalist currently working at El Confidencial.Data stuff, visualizations, reporting and a bit of coding. He runs Journocoders Madrid.He was part of the project "The right to be forgotten", funded by Journalismfund.eu... Read More →
avatar for Christian Jørgensen

Christian Jørgensen

Photojournalist, EUP-Berlin GbR
Christian Jørgensen is a photo journalist from Denmark with base in Berlin, who with Follow the Subsidies www.followthesubsidies.eu has been working on collecting and publishing all EU-Subsidies since april 2016 and now together with the Hungarian programmer Balazs Kirch tries to... Read More →
avatar for Michael Peters

Michael Peters

Data Scientist, Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland
Michael joined OKF Germany as Data Scientist for the projects: EU Subsidy Stories, OpenBudgets.eu and OffenerHaushalt.de. He studied Public Economics and advocates Transparency of Fiscal Data. His main tasks are Data Mining and Data Analysis.
avatar for Marta Rey

Marta Rey

Freelance journalist
I am a freelance journalist and Digital Marketing specialist. Currently, I am a distance student of Data Driven Journalism Postgraduate at the University of Vic. I am a data analyst volunteer for the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany for the Subsidy Stories project.


Sunday May 21, 2017 10:45 - 11:45
C2.23 Thomas More journalism school at the Campus De Ham, Raghenoplein 21, 2800 Mechelen & Campus De Vest, Zandpoortvest 60, 2800 Mechelen, BELGIUM