Agenda

August 20 – 26, 2017

Arrival: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Venue: 
 Hotel Astarea, Mlini, Croatia

21:00 Welcome and Introductory Dinner – Lead trainer Blake Morrison, investigative projects editor at Reuters and Christian Spahr director for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Media Program South East Europe and Gordana Igric, BIRN Regional Network Director

DAY 1

Monday, 21 August

  • 9:00 – 9:30
    Opening and Introduction with Outline of The Training Programme– Blake Morrison, investigative editor at Thomson Reuters, Introduction of trainers and participants; Presentation of training agenda; What participants should expect and what is expected of them
  • 9:30 – 11:00
    Imagining the story –Blake Morrison, lead trainer
  • 11:00 – 11:30
    Coffee break
  • 11:30 – 13:00
    Researching with open sources– Christiaan Triebert, Bellingcat
    Case study: Turkish Coup Whats App Investigation
    Digital research and verification, using of digital forensics to uncover corruption and crime
  • 13:00 – 14:00
    Working lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:30
    Advanced Internet Research 1: How to Check Stuff – Henk van Ess 
    In this session, you will learn how to go fast and furious with stuff that seems impossible to validate. In an anthology of his work with European media and Bellingcat, Henk will share the power of logical thinking. How do you find the hidden friends in Facebook of a suspect in the Manchester bombing case? Who is behind the mysterious note of an IS-warrior? What is the full name of that anonymous YouTuber?  What is the secret address of the CEO of Novartis? Experience some amazing Houdini-acts, inspired by harsh deadlines. When you’re done with this roller coaster session, you leave will with plenty of inside tips to validate stuff
  • 15:30- 15:45
    Coffee break
  • 15:45 – 17:00  
    Option 1: Practical session with Blake Morrison
  • 15:45 – 17:00
    Option 2: Practical session The Geolocation Method: Finding Exact Places and Working with Satellite Imagery with Christiaan Triebert
  • 15:45 – 17:00
    Option 3: Storytelling, Distribution and Revenue – practical session
  • 20:00
    Dinner at Hotel

DAY 2: Social Media day

Tuesday, 22 August

  • 9:30 – 10:30
    The burden of proof: An interactive exercise that explores the difference between supposition and proof – Blake Morrison
  • 10:30 – 10:45
    Coffee
  • 10:45 – 12:00
    The burden of proof: An interactive exercise that explores the difference between supposition and proof – Blake Morrison
  • 12.00 – 13.30
    Verification and open source research  – Christiaan Triebert, Bellingcat
    Case study: The Al-Jinah Mosque Complex Bombing
  • 13: 30 – 14:30
    Working lunch
  • 14:30- 16:00
    Advanced Internet Research : Facebook Extravaganza – Henk van Ess
    In this session, you will learn how to data mine Facebook: how to find hard to find people by looking at secret IDs, how to find closed groups, how to find people that work for NATO, but don’t mention their employer in their profile, how to find secret friends and how to search over two trillion Facebook postings in a clever way.
  • 16:00 – 16:15
    Coffee
  • 16:15 – 17:45
    Award winning databases: BIRN Macedonia, Ana Petruseva and KRIK, Pavle Petrovic
  • 16:15 – 17:45
    Option 1: Practical session with Blake Morrison
  • 16:15 – 17:45
    Option 2: Storytelling, Distribution and Revenue – practical session
  • 16:15 – 17:45
    Option 3: Practical session The Geolocation Method: Finding Exact Places and Working with Satellite Imagery with Christiaan Triebert
  • 20:00
    Dinner at Hotel

DAY 3

Wednesday, 23 August

  • 9:00 – 10:15
    The Art and Craft of Getting People to Talk – Blake Morrison
  • 10:15 – 10:30
    Coffee
  • 10:30 – 12:00
    Advanced Internet Research – Investigating Jihadists – Henk van Ess
    The news breaks that Jihadi John, IS-executer, is Mohammed Emwazi who lived in a normal house in London. How do you find his family? How do you find videos from inside his house? How do you prove that his brother has ties to extremists? And how do you do this all in two hours? It seems impossible. But if you know how to ‘digitalize’ the three fundamental questions in journalism: who, what, when you really can give it a try. Based on research for UK newspapers.
  • 12:00 – 13:30
    Panama Papers investigations – Miranda Patrucic, OCCPR
    A unique inside look of how to investigate offshore industry
  • 13:30 – 14:30
    Working lunch
  • 14:30 – 15:15
    Excel: getting started and beyond : Anuska Delic, Delo
    Dip your toes into navigating spreadsheets, analyzing data, and playing around with numbers.
  • 15 – 16.00
    PDF scraping: Anuska Delic, Delo
    Release tables from PDFs, clean the data, give it wings to fly.
  • 16:00 – 16:15
    Coffee
  • 16:15 – 17:45
    Option 1: Practical session with Blake Morrison or Miranda Patrucic
  • 16:15 – 17:45
    Option 2: OpenRefine, Anuska Delic
    This rather clunky tool is to dirty data what a sponge is to spilled milk
  • 16:15 – 17:45
    Option 3: Practical session Storytelling, Distribution and Revenue
  • 20:00
    Dinner at Hotel

DAY 4: How to Scale Up Investigation

Thursday, 24 August

  • 9:30 – 11:00
    Tracking arms: How to use open data to open up the underworld, Lawrence Marzouk
  • 11:00 – 11:30
    Coffee
  • 11:30 – 13:00
    Financial reports – how to interpret and use the most of them, Miranda Patrucic
  • 13:00 – 14:00
    Working lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:30
    Pitching your idea. How to get buy-in without over promising, Conceiving and organizing an investigative project – Blake Morrison
  • 15:30 – 20:00
    Free time
  • 20:00
    Dinner at Hotel

DAY 5: Workshops

Friday, 25 August

  • 9:30 – 13:00
    Workshop: Story Proposals
    Groups present their story ideas; participants critique and discuss the story proposals in terms of: relevance, significance, feasibility, methodological rigor and public interest.
  • 13:00 – 13:30
    Lunch
  • 14:00 – 19:00
    Boat trip along the Dubrovnik coast
  • 20:00– 23:00
    Farewell dinner and award ceremony

DAY 6

Saturday, 26 August

  • 10:00
    Departures