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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Friday, May 19

12:00 CEST

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.

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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 →
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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 CEST
Saturday, May 20

09:30 CEST

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".

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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 CEST

09:30 CEST

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/

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Peter Jeppesen

Journalist, Ekstra Bladet
Peter Jeppesen is a journalist at Ekstra Bladet.
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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 CEST
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 CEST

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.

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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 →
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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 CEST
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 CEST

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.

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Anna Alberts

Project Manager, OKFDE
OKFDE, Open Data, OpenBudgets.EU, Financial Transparency, subsidystories.eu, ESIF, EU Transparency
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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 →
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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 CEST
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 CEST

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.

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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 →
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Attila Bátorfy

head of data and visualization, Átlátszó.hu
Data journalist at Átlátszó.hu, head of visual journalism team of Átló. Master teacher of journalism and information graphics at Institute of Art Theory and Media Research of Eötvös Loránd Science University. 
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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 →
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Blanka Zöldi

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 CEST