Tips for speakers

EIJC & Dataharvest 2017

Welcome to all speakers and panelists at EIJC & Dataharvest!

Hundreds of colleagues are coming to learn – from you! Here are some tips and practical information that may be useful for you:

Introduce yourself to the participants: Please create or update your profile on Sched – this is how we connect the speakers with the sessions. Remember that it is a presentation, and you don’t need to include your full CV. Please make the resume in English.

Planning your session:

Make the session a learning experience: Everybody hopes to leave the conference with new investigative methods and tools. They want to hear about your route rather than your results.

Be concrete, share your methods: Be as concrete as possible: talk about methods and techniques you used in your investigation and illustrate these with practical examples. Exactly HOW did you do it? How did you find the sources? Where did you get the data? Talk about your setbacks and how you solved your problems.

Get the message across: It is helpful to illustrate your points with PowerPoint slides or similar. Remember that many don’t speak English as their first language – maybe you don’t either. Please speak clearly.

If you are in a panel debate, it is a good idea to get in touch with the other panelists before the conference and find out where you have common ground and where your experiences differ.

Prepare a handout: If possible, please prepare a handout to distribute after your session. This can be a copy of your PowerPoint presentation or a conference tip sheet. Remember, that a great tip sheet can be understood without having been at the presentation. Thus, your tip sheet should have a title, a byline with your name, job title, publication, contact information, name of the conference and name of the panel.

Send a digital copy of your tip sheet to, preferably before the conference starts. She can then make it available online directly after the conference. If you want to distribute tip sheets at the conference, bring copies to your panel session.

Technical equipment: All conference rooms have a projector, that connects to your laptop. Please make sure to bring the plugs and cables, you may need.

We don’t have technicians in all rooms, and not all presentations have a moderator. Please be in the room well in advance of the starting time to make sure that your presentation runs smoothly.

Facilitate networking: If relevant, encourage people to meet in the cafeteria after the session to discuss further work on a subject and exchange contact details. Make yourself available there – it is better to meet in the cafeteria than blocking the room for the next speaker.

Travel and accommodation:

We have a budget to pay for travel and accommodation for you. We will of course waive your participation fee for the conference.

Since we’re low-budget, we ask all our speakers whether they have other means of funding for their travel and accommodation, as some employers and national associations are happy to pay for that. All money we save on this account is used to invite journalists from lower income countries or freelancers.

We try to make travel arrangements as quickly as possible, while tickets are cheap. If you need our assistance, please get in touch with our colleagues Rafael Njotea and Linda Berckmans.

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