The European Investigative Journalism Conference

How to convince your editor to send you to Dataharvest

You want to participate in the Dataharvest conference, but don’t really know how to ask your boss to pay for it? Here is what you can say or write to convince him/her that it is worth the investment!:

Dear editor,

I would like to participate in Dataharvest, The European Investigative Journalism Conference, that takes place 19-22 of May, 2022.

Dataharvest/EIJC is an annual gathering of 4-500 journalists, data journalists and coders, who work across borders on issues from local housing to global crime networks. The conference consists of sessions, lectures, roundtables, workshops and discussions, and journalists from across Europe sit down together to develop new ideas.

Our newsroom will benefit from my attendance, because:

  • I will get new skills – I can get training in new tools and techniques that will allow me to work more quickly and efficiently. There is demonstration, instruction and lots of data skills training!
  • I will get story ideas – because many sessions share experiences and methods, so others can make the same stories with impact in their own countries. And I will get fresh data sets as well!
  • I will learn from the experts – top investigative journalists and editors will speak in the sessions and share their insights
  • I hope to start a new network in the social gatherings – international contacts will mean that we can make a new type of stories for our readers.

I hope that you think it is worth the investment to let me participate in Dataharvest. You can read more about the conference at Maybe you want to join me yourself sometime in Mechelen, Belgium!

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