WORKSHOP  • Department / Unit Eurovision News Media

Investigative Journalism Workshop

Join leading investigative reporters from all over Europe for discussions about better cooperation within the newly established EBU Investigative Network.

Why cooperate in investigative journalism?

We live in a world, where democracy is under attack in many places, where climate change is challenging our civilization, and where terrorism and international crime are growing threats. Therefore, there is a great need for investigative reporters from Europe’s public media companies to join forces to expose the wrongdoings of those in power or others threatening our existence and our lifestyle.

The envisaged model of cooperation in investigative journalism will give your team access to skills and topics that are hard to find as a single unit. It will provide a network of resources that has already proven very helpful in reporting difficult transnational stories and will help give your publication a wider international audience.

Investigative journalism is a core task for all public service media. And in a time when our companies often get questioned, joining forces in this field can provide better value for audiences.

The Workshop

The EBU workshop for investigative reporting is available to all EBU members who have agreed or will agree to be part of a Network for investigative reporting.

Being a part of the Network gives access to an updated contact list for investigative reporters all over Europe. The contacts in the list should always be managers/editors/producers with direct access to that organization’s prime investigative team.

The Network can be used to get fast access to investigative reporters/producers in various countries who are willing to cooperate on international stories.

The workshop will be a kick off point and the official launch of the Network. The workshop will be led by Daniel Ohman, award-winning, investigative reporter at the Swedish Radio and current project manager for the EBU Investigative Project Group (more info below).

Who can participate in the workshop?

Producers/reporters/editors directly involved in the production of quality investigative reporting. Every participant should also provide a short resume of their investigative work including special skills, and preferences for future fields of cooperation.

It is possible to send more than one producer /reporter to the workshop.

For those organizations who are not yet a member of the EBU Investigative Network, a point of contact for Network members should also be provided. (name, email, direct telephone number). For more info on the Network, please contact daniel.ohman@sr.se or Justyna Kurczabinska at the EBU (kurczabinska@eurovision.net).

What are the conditions to participate?

In order to make the workshop concrete and productive, every participant must bring at least one project that he/she is working on or plan to start working on in the near future that would benefit from collaboration with one, or several other countries.

Everyone should provide a short synopsis/pitch and list which countries they most keenly want to cooperate with.

  It does not have to be a massive investigation; it could well be a smaller project that could benefit from international cooperation. It is also possible, to bring stories already published nationally that could be of interest and could benefit from international follow-ups. It is allowed to bring several pitches.

Please send pitches and CVs to Daniel.ohman@sr.se or for sensitive topics use encrypted Signal (desktop version) and send to +46730567026.

In the workshop there will be a possibility to pitch the idea for all participants but also for hands-on networking with relevant participants based on the needs for different pitches.

A schedule for the networking sessions will be provided before the workshop as soon as all participants have shared the synopsis for their pitches and CVs for participants.

 

Background

In 2017 a project group for investigative journalism was formed by the EBU. The project group, includes members from United Kingdom (BBC) Belgium (VRT and RTBF), Germany (ZDF), Netherlands (NPO), Sweden (SR), Denmark (DR), Norway (NRK) and Finland (YLE).

The project group is exploring different ways of cooperation in investigative reporting and the enhanced contacts between IJ-reporters have proven important on several high profile stories. Project manager is Daniel Ohman from the Swedish Radio, and he will give a brief overview of the activities and experiences so far.

The other part of this initiative is a wider Network where all EBU members are encouraged to provide contact details for serious investigators. The contact list already contain around thirty companies.

The goal of the workshop is to include more countries and organizations in the cooperation of investigative journalism. More about the network  click here.

Deadlines

15 Feb: Deadline for registering your participation in the Workshop

28 Feb: Deadline to send in synopsis for pitches and identity and CV of participant.

Preliminary schedule

1000 Coffee served

1030 Opening of session by Jean Philip de Tender, EBU Media Director & Olle Zachrison, Network Chairperson and  Head of News & Current Affairs at SR

1035 Presentation of Network and experiences from past international cooperation, Daniel Öhman/SR

1115 Pitches of ideas for cooperation

1300 Lunch

1400 Inspirational talk from producer of great investigative story (TBA)

1430 Networking/work in Working groups formed on bases of pitches

1700-1730 Conclusion and way forward

1900 Network dinner (TBA)

Details

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Date: 14 Mar 2019

Register by: 28 Feb 2019

Members only

Venue

EBU Brussels. 56, Avenue des Arts, B-1000 Brussels

Contact detail

Eszter Czirjak
News External Relations Manager ad interim

+41 22 717 2845
czirjak@ebu.ch