Recap #EIJC18

A twitter recap of #EIJC18

Since its inception, the European Investigative Journalism Conference & Dataharvest has been working on bringing together two communities: investigative journalists and data specialists. The need for collaboration between these two worlds has only increased since the very first edition of the conference in 2011: this year’s eighth edition with its 470 participants from 52 countries was the most successful yet.

As is tradition, the conference started with a pre-conference Hack Day and a Teachers and Trainers workshop on Thursday. The Teachers & Trainers workshop brought together some of the most experienced data journalism trainers and lectures from Europe and the US to share their knowledge and wisdom with the participants.

On the same day,  EIJC & Dataharvest organised its first ever masterclasses. Miranda Patrucic from OCCRP gave a masterclass on how to follow the money. While Swiss investigative reporters, Serena Tinari and Catherine Riva gave a masterclass on health and medicine reporting.

Many were excited to attend.

But this person had a rather ‘journalistic’ complaint. (Journalists though 😀 SMH)

On Friday, journalist and anthropologist, Joris Luyendijk, kicked off EIJC18 & Dataharvest with his keynote speech.

After lunch, the parallel sessions started. There were over 170 sessions during the length of the conference, spread over eight different tracks. There were tracks on algorithm accountability, cross-border journalism, data journalism, entrepreneurial journalism, journo-scholar collaboration, local journalism and storytelling. Tough choice, but everyone found what they were looking for.  

Some of the sessions were held in interesting rooms. A courtesy of Thomas More University College. 

Despite the great programme, some journalists missed the conference. But this one had a pretty good excuse…  Congratulations to the newly weds.

At the end of the day, together with Finance Uncovered, Free Press Unlimited and Oxfam Novib launched the Money Trail project. The project offers working grants for mixed teams of African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Journalists will also get training courses focused on how to investigate tax abuse, money laundering and corruption plus digital safety.  

Day two started with a keynote by Matthew Caruana Galizia, journalist and son of the murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. He was interviewed by French journalist Laurent Richard, who initiated The Daphne Project.

There were many interesting presentations. 


As in previous years, EIJC & Dataharvest, had a specific CAR track full of hands-on data journalism training sessions on things like Excel, R, Python and SQL, among many others.

This year, collaborated with AlgorithmWatch on an algorithmic accountability reporting track. 

 The Algorithm Watch roundtable found a creative way to deal with the heat.

Sunday mornings had never been so inspiring. 


There was this challenge..





And before we knew it, it was already over *sad face*. But what great fun it had been! *happy face*

Luckily, because of Belgian cartoonist Pieter Fannes, we have an illustrated account of the conference! Just in case you miss it already.

See you next year! #EIJC19