The European Investigative Journalism Conference

OSINT – methods and techniques

How  do you find your way through the big wide world of data to locate the right information, be able to trust that information, and to hold those responsible and in power to account? In this masterclass, experienced open-source investigators and trainers Benjamin Strick and Reade Levinson are going to walk you through the tools, techniques and creative tips answering questions such as:

  • How do you search the web for relevant information for your investigations, research and to visualize a story?
  • How do you verify and separate this information from being dis-information or useful information?
  • How do you find the location of a person based on their social media images?
  • How can you find out where this person has been and at what time based on their social media images?
  • How can you use different satellite imagery providers to verify and map a person, group, or series of events by location, time and movement?

Are you ready for our interactive workshop? Make sure to have your Google Earth Pro ready!

Benjamin Strick is the Director of Investigations at the Centre for Information Resilience leading teams in the use of open source intelligence (OSINT) to document human rights abuses, war crimes and influence operations across the world and support journalism, civil society, governments and accountability mechanisms. Ben was previously an open source investigator with BBC Africa Eye and a Bellingcat contributor. In 2021 he was awarded Open Source Intelligence Champion of the Year for investment, commitment and contribution to the field.


Reade Levinson is visual investigations reporter for Reuters, based in London. She was part of a team that last year revealed secrets behind the Nigerian military’s long campaign to crush the nation’s Islamist insurgency: a mass abortion programme aimed at women and girls impregnated by Boko Haram fighters, and targeted killings of children. She has also written about stolen Ukrainian grain, the wealth of Burmese generals and the international trade in human body parts. Previously, she reported on U.S. immigration and policing from New York. Her work with her Reuters colleagues has received several awards, including a Selden Ring Award, a Gerald Loeb Award and a Scripps Howard Award, among others.