How to convince your editor to send you to Dataharvest

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

Dear XX,

I would like to go to Dataharvest, The European Investigative Journalism Conference, on May 14-17 in Mechelen, Belgium.

Dataharvest/EIJC is the annual European gathering of 4-500 journalists, data journalists and coders, who work across borders on issues from local housing to global crime networks. There are around 120 lectures, roundtables, workshops and discussions plus a focus on networking.

Our newsroom will benefit from my attendance, because

  • I will come back with new skills – I can get training in new tools and techniques that will allow me to work more quickly and efficiently. There are 3 full tracks of CAR training!
  • I will come back with story ideas – because many sessions share experiences and methods, so others can make the same stories with impact in their own countries. And I can bring home fresh data sets as well!
  • I will learn from the experts – top investigative journalists and editors will speak at the conference and share their insights
  • I will come back with a new network – 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 send me to Dataharvest/EIJC. You can read more about the conference at

Best regards,

Your name 🙂