Programme

Our trademark is to go in-depth on selected topics. When media is under pressure, and even openly attacked, the importance of journalistic ethics and solid facts journalism grows. When corruption is poisoning our society journalist must fight back. Our seminars will help you do all that. 

 

A presentation of the “the best from around the Baltic region” will inspire us what can be done by hard work.

The day before the official opening of the Summer School we will have a pre seminar dealing with some current issues.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

17.00 Talk by Elena Milashina - an award winning investigative journalist for Novaya Gazeta, Russia’s most prominent independent newspaper. Despite Russia’s attempts to silence its critics and hide abuses, Milashina remains outspoken, exposes the truth about human rights abuses, government’s crackdown on civil society and gross human rights abuses in Chechnya, the Northern Caucasus and beyond.

Following on the killing of her colleague and mentor, Anna Politkovskaya in 2006, Milashina became the key source of truth of grave rights abuses in Chechnya. She investigates and brings to attention accounts of enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial executions, torture, and persecution of relatives of alleged insurgents, women’s rights in Chechnya and other republics of Russia’s turbulent North Caucasus. She also plays a key role in the independent investigation into the murder of Natalia Estemirova, a leading Chechen human rights defender abducted and killed in 2009. Milashina was the one who exposed a major crackdown on gay men in Chechnya in spring 2017, has investigated the notorious catastrophe on the military submarine «Kursk», hostage crises in Moscow (Nord-Ost) and Beslan (2004). She has documented atrocities committed by both sides during the 2008 Russia-Georgia conflict in South Ossetia and pressed for an end to impunity. Milashina is a recipient of 2008 Andrey Saharov's award, 2009/2010 Human Rights Watch's Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism, 2009 Moscow Helsinki Group Award, 2014 International Woman of courage Award, 2017 Free Media Award. She has repeatedly received death threats from the Chechen authorities and was attacked near her home in Moscow’s outskirt Balashikha in April 2012.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome address and information.
Hans Månson, Programme Director at the Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga
10.00 – 11.00 Keynote speaker: David E. Kaplan, Executive Director, Global Investigative Journalism Network
11.00 – 11.30 Break
11.30 – 13.00 A guided tour through the GIJN Help Desk, a space designed to help investigative journalists around the world. Get access to hundreds of tip sheets and experts worldwide.
David E. Kaplan
The Ethics of Investigative Journalism.
1.Controversial methods.
“The end justifies the means” is a principle sometimes used by investigative journalists. Outright lies, hidden camera and even violation of law can be justified. But look out! If you go too far you risk to dig your own grave.
Nils Hanson
Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption - How to do an investigative project. Practical advice on picking investigative projects, planning newsgathering, organizing yourself.
Drew Sullivan and Miranda Patrucic
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Investigations with limited resources
You don’t have to be rich, skilled and blessed with time to tackle big stories. How to investigate big time on small-time budgets.
Rosemary Armao
The Ethics of Investigative Journalism.
2. Treatment of people.
To get sources, open or secret, you have to treat people with care. People who take risks to support the investigation should be able to trust you. Even “the bad guy” should be treated with respect. Better to be fair than to demonize.
Nils Hanson
Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption.
Research 101.
Common public records that you need to know. What records are available and how do you get them.
Drew Sullivan and Miranda Patrucic
15.30 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 17.30 Investigations with limited resources continues.
Rosemary Armao
The Ethics of Investigative Journalism.
3. Quality control.
Thanks to social media any mistake and any attempt to take shortcuts can be expected to be revealed. To make sure you don´t end up being the bad guy yourself you need a system for quality control. It is not only a question of fact checking, you also have to make sure you haven´t been trapped by tunnel vision
Nils Hanson
Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption continues.
How to background a business including finding who owns a business and who is behind offshores. How to find out a company’s assets and business relationships. Understanding important business documents.
Drew Sullivan and Miranda Patrucic

Friday, August 18, 2017

09.30 – 11.00 The data story: Data stories usually begin with an idea or tip from there you have to find the right data. We’ll discuss how to conceptualize a story and how to get the data.
Jennifer LaFleur
Interviewing
The best questions, script and strategies when interviewing. A how-to with examples and role play.
Rosemary Armao
Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption continues.
Advanced business records. How to read dissect a company’s financial statements and understanding what is really happening with a business.
Drew Sullivan and Miranda Patrucic
11.00 – 11.30 Break
11.30 – 13.00 Vetting the data: All data has problems. We’ll talk about ways to identify and fix them.
Jennifer LaFleur
Interviewing continued
Rosemary Armao
Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption continues.
Proving the story. How do you prove your story? Advanced techniques in investigative reporting.
Drew Sullivan and Miranda Patrucic
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 Analysing the data and telling the story: Once the data is in good shape, you need to think about a methodology and then execute it. Most stories don’t end with the data. You need to tell a compelling story and make the data understandable to readers, viewers and listeners.
Jennifer LaFleur
Writing longer stories. Spinning compelling and understandable investigative stories from your dry and complicated reporting notes.
Rosemary Armao
Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption continues. The ten crimes you need to know and how they really work. Understand how money laundering, stock fraud, embezzlement and other sophisticated crime and how to identify and report on them.
Drew Sullivan and Miranda Patrucic
15.30 – 16.00 Break
16.00 – 17.30 Continue: Analysing the data and telling the story: Once the data is in good shape, you need to think about a methodology and then execute it. Most stories don’t end with the data. You need to tell a compelling story and make the data understandable to readers, viewers and listeners.
Jennifer LaFleur
Writing longer stories continued
Rosemary Armao
Reporting on Organized Crime and Corruption continues.
Surveillance and counter surveillance. Basic rules and how to find out if you are under surveillance and what to do about it if you are.
Drew Sullivan and Miranda Patrucic

Garden party at SSE Riga
(Conference nametags are required for entry.)

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Best of journalism around the Baltics

In memoriam and in duty
10.00 Who killed Pavel? How digital sleuths helped unearth evidence in the unresolved killing of popular journalist Pavel Sheremet
Anna Babinec, OCCRP, slidstvo.info, UKRAINE
At home
10.30 Say cheese: how a tiny lie about the origin of produce ended in the biggest political scandal in Estonia in 2017
Erik Moora, Editor in Chief, Eesti Ekspress, ESTONIA
10.50 Gone with the wind: the prefered way of Lithuanian MP and MEPs to get the kickbacks in 2016
Dovidas Pancerovas, Šarūnas Černiauskas, 15min.lt, LITHUANIA
11.10 Coffee break
Near abroad
11.30 Fancy a bear? How to find Russian hackers and end up in fight with New York Times about them
Daniil Turovsky, medusa.io, RUSSIA
11.50 What you get is not what you see: who and how produces fake news in Baltic Russian internet
Inga Sprinģe, Re:Baltica, LATVIA
12.10 David vs Goliath: how investigative journalism NGO took upon them to check fake news on German Facebook before elections
Jacques Pezet, Correctiv! and Desintox, GERMANY
12.30 Coffee break
Gone global
12.45 Working undercover: in hospitals and in dieting industry
Anna Basen, SWEDEN
13.05 The Divide: how to make international bestseller about social inequality into film for Netflix
Katharine Round, UNITED KINGDOM
13.30 Thank you, lunch, networking