The Centre for Investigative Journalism’s ninth annual summer school was hailed a success by both delegates and speakers. With more strands to attend than previous years, the biggest criticism of the event was that there was just too much to choose from.
In response to the breaking story on phone hacking, a panel with David Leigh, Gavin Millar and Jeff Katz discussed the implications for investigative journalism. Radio 4's The World this Weekend attended the talk and afterwards interviewed David Leigh.
The keynote speakers were particularly popular with an animated Q&A session after Kristinn Hrafnsson’s talk about the work of Wikileaks. Delegates described both Annie Machon and Kathryn Bolkovac as inspirational Annie spoke of her experience working for MI5 and how journalists are used and stories influenced by the security services using a system of access and rewards. Kathryn, a former DynCorp officer discussed how she blew the whistle on the UN police who were guilty of sex crimes, forced prostitution and sex slavery.
As ever, the digital journalism sessions proved popular, with one delegate describing it as “some of the best IT training I’ve received!”. Both our strands – whistleblowing and taxation – were popular themes, and it was suggested that we take the whistleblowing further next year: “Whistleblowing was a great theme, would have been interested to see managerialism in the public sector - where did the money go - tiers of audit, bean counting instead of growing beans...”. The Dictators Loot was described as: “Fascinating with a knowledgeable speaker who gave substantial tips to look at corruption.” The irrepressible Andrew Jennings took the prize for the most popular and entertaining session, attracting a large crowd that included a team from Australian TV's Four Corners documentary program, who recorded the session and interviewed him afterwards.
We are always looking to improve the standard of all sessions so your feedback is extermely valuable. We have taken on board suggestions for improvement for next year. Thank you once again for your thoughts and comments.
The Saturday evening networking party offered plenty of opportunity to meet and chat with other delegates, trainers and speakers and we hope you made some valuable contacts.
Thank you to everyone who attended the CIJ Summer School this year, we hope you enjoyed it and found it a valuable three days for networking, learning new technology and hearing from top investigative journalists.
We have a selection of podcasts from the recorded sessions available to download ahead of the publishing of video on the main website. The links below will open the podcasts in your web browser. To download the files, right click the links as select ' save link as'.
Aron Pilhofer - Introduction to Document Cloud
Iain Overton - Investigative Journalism and Digital Technology
Martin Tomkinson - Understanding company accounts and using Companies House
Paul Lewis - Using Twitter to Collaborate on Investigations
Richard Orange - Student Journalism and Data Protection
Robert Palmer - How to Find a Dictators Loot
Paul Moore - The HBOS story. My experiance as a Whistleblower
Margaret Haywood, Eileen Chubb and Terry Bryan - Medical Whistleblowers Panel
More coming soon
Handouts and further reading
We also have a selection of handouts and additional information from some of the sessions which can be found next to the description on the class information page.
The cij would like to thank the Open Society Institute and the Lorana Sullivan Foundation for supporting this event.
cij is a registered charity - number 1118602.