Masterclass I & II #EIJC18

Dataharvest 2017
©2017 Hande Öztürk

Two masterclasses will take place a day before the conference officially begins. You can choose one of the two masterclasses to follow the whole day on Thursday May 24, 2018, 9.30-16.30 at Thomas More Journalism School, Mechelen, Belgium.

Participation price: €30

Masterclass I: Follow the Money

How do you find fortunes hidden in tax havens? Where do you track assets, that a local business tycoon has in other countries? How can you use public records and online business databases to get closer to the answers? How do you get leads for your stories in company accounts?

Miranda Patrucic knows the answers – or some of them. And in this whole-day masterclass, she shares them with you. During the day, you will learn to understand and work with:

  • Exposing Crime and Corruption: How They Operate
  • The Research Process: Investigating People and Companies
  • Understanding Public Records
  • Online Business Databases
  • Tracking Offshore Companies (Bring your own laptops)
  • Reading Financial Statements

Miranda Patrucic is the regional editor in Sarajevo, Bosnia, for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, uncovering hidden assets of Azerbaijan’s and Montenegro’s ruling elites, the €1.2 billion arms trade between Europe and Gulf fueling conflicts in the Middle East, and ties between organized crime, government and business in Montenegro.

She is the recipient of the Knight International Journalism Award, the Global Shining Light Award, the IRE Tom Renner Award, the Daniel Pearl Award and the European Press Prize. She is much in demand worldwide for training journalists on how to investigate and uncover corruption, money laundering and how to follow the money.

Masterclass II: Be a Better Health and Medicine Reporter

“Early cancer diagnosis always increases the chances of survival”; “prevention is better than cure”, the newest therapies are the most effective.”

How many times did you hear such claims? Did you maybe use these assumptions in your work as a journalist?

Here is the bad news: These are three examples of NOT-evidence based statements. And here is the good news: Everybody can become a good reporter in this field, following and applying the best ethics and standards.

This masterclass is a good place to start!

In this one-day seminar you will learn:

  • Who the “bad guys” are, and why reality is more complicated than you think;
  • Why a study is not just a study, and how to critically appraise its significance;
  • How to assess the quality of the best available evidence;
  • Tools and tricks to identify the stakeholders and their agendas;
  • How to find and document conflicts of interest, and why it is relevant;
  • How to get the numbers straight applying Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM) to journalism.

The masterclass is taught by Re-Check, a cooperation by two experienced Swiss investigative reporters, Serena Tinari and Catherine Riva. Re-Check specialises in investigating and mapping public health affairs from the position that information on health and medicine is flawed, influenced by conflicts of interest and not evidence-based assumptions.

Catherine Riva (1969) is a freelance journalist, specialising in public health and pharmaceuticals with focus on regulatory affairs, conflict of interest, EBM, clinical study design and methodology. She is a speaker and lecturer (Geneva University, Swiss Network of Investigative Reporters) and has received several awards.

Serena Tinari (1972) is a journalist, specialising in investigative documentaries on controversial issues and public health affairs. She co-authored the international documentary “The Tamiflu Saga – a Pandemic Business”, which won a Daniel Pearl Special Award. She is an ICIJ member and chairs.


Will you be attending the conference as well? Register & pay here.