These contributors presented research papers at the Global Investigative Journalism Conferences of 2013 in Rio De Janeiro 2015 in Lillehammer and 2017 in Johannesburg. Their submissions were selected by a panel of judges for the 2013 professor track and the 2015 and 2017 academic tracks.

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Ali Almania

Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud University, Saudi Arabia

Ali Mohammed Al-Mania is a lecturer at the Department of Press and E-Publishing at Media & Communication College in Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University. He has been a journalist for Riyadh Newspaper from 2003, up to date. He is also rector for the Media Advisory for Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University from 2008 to 2013.

Luis Alarcón

Señor de Sipán University, Peru.

Luis Alarcón is the director of the Communication Sciences School, Señor de Sipán University, in Peru. He is a journalist, writer and researcher. He has a masters in university teaching and is licensed in journalism.

He has worked as a correspondent of the closed newspaper The Sun of Lima, as a publisher of the Sunday magazine of La Industria, a newspaper of Chiclayo, and as a columnist of El Correo and La República, regional editions.

He has gained prizes for both his journalism (for summons of the National Institute of the Consumer Defense and the Intellectual Property – Indecopi, and Save The Children-UK) and his scientific investigations (the 2nd Regional Fair of Science, Technology and Innovation of the Regional Government of Lambayeque).

He is the founding director of the Sciences of Communication Career at Señor de Sipán University from where he started line of investigations into the right to access public information with the help of teachers and pupils. Between December 2009 to December 2011 he was the head of the National Anticorruption Network for Lambayeque Region, a Proética’s initiative financed by USAID; and since March 2011, he is the Monitor of Freedom Expression of The Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS),  which is based in Lima, Peru, and he worked for IFEX – ALC at the group of methodology.

He teaches courses in investigative journalism and the works of his students are published at Cinco, monthly magazine USS, and weekly magazine Expresion.

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Young journalists in training fighting against corruption: teaching and learning about investigative journalism at the EAP CC.CC. USS” (Spanish)

Anas Aremeyaw Anas

African Investigative Publishing Collective

Anas Aremeyaw Anas has gained worldwide attention for his undercover sting investigations exposing corrupt officials, illegal abortion, and witchcraft. Praised by President Obama, Anas’ latest project shows judges allegedly asking for bribes and demanding sex. The videos have generated huge controversy in his native Ghana, and resulted in the suspension of 34 judges. Anas’ partnerships with Western journalists have led to films shown by, among others, the BBC and CNN. A documentary, Chameleon, has been made about him. He now plays a leading role in the African Investigative Publishing Collective – ZAM partnership. Anas has won multiple international awards for his investigative work.

Rosemary Armao

State University of New York

Rosemary Armao is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism Program at the State University of New York at Albany.

For more than 32 years she was a reporter and editor at various wire services and newspapers. She has trained journalists and worked on media development projects throughout Eastern Europe and Africa.

She is a former executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors and former president of the Journalism and Women Symposium.

Development Efforts to Promote Investigative Reporting: A Preliminary Assessment of Centers in Azerbaijan, Jordan, Bangladesh, and Bosnia

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Yasmine Bahrani

American University in Dubai

A former journalist, Yasmine Bahrani worked at some of the top newsrooms in the field, including Reuters and the Washington Post in Washington, D.C. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in English, French, and Arabic in such publications as the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, Jeune Afrique, Wilson Quarterly, Sayyidaty women’s magazine and elsewhere. Bahrani studied journalism at Indiana University in Bloomington.


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Diario ABC Color

Jorge Benítez Cabral is the Editorial secretary / Investigative Reporter at Diario ABC Color Asuncion, Paraguay. He is also a professor of investigative journalism, journalistic genres and fundamentals of journalism at the Universidad del Norte (Uninorte) in Asuncion, Paraguay.

He used to  be the political leader of the newspaper La Nación, and the economics editor in The Day Today and Correspondent of the Spanish news agency EFE (1988-2001) in Asunción.

He also did temporary work for ANSA in Italy, and Xinhua in China.

He is the ex-president of the Paraguayan Journalists Forum (FOPEP) and a IPYS-Finalist 2010-Buenos Aires Colpin Award. Also, he representated Paraguay at the Meeting of Latin American Journalists 2010 in Madrid, Spain Fundación Carolina.

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Effective alternative method for teaching investigative journalism in emerging university journalism education ” (Spanish)

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Crina Boros

The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Crina Boros is a part time data-journalist at the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London.

She also works as a freelance investigative reporter and trainer for different organizations such as BBC, Greenpeace and the Centre for Investigative Jounralism. Boros uses data analysis and statistics as the basis for her investigative stories. For example, she worked on stories about cartels in the British fishinf industry, misuse of minimum pay, and the hypocrisy of war propaganda.

Márcio Carneiro Santos

Laboratório de Convergência de Mídias

Márcio Carneiro Santos is a student of Technology Intelligence and Digital Design at the PUC-SP program. Carneiro has a masters in Communication from the UAM-SP and an MBA in Marketing from FGV-Rio-ISAN. Carneiro graduated in Social Communication from UFMA.

Carneiro is also a professor of Social Communication UFMA in journalism in digital networks and a coordinator of Media Convergence – LABCO.

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Talking to an API- An explatory study on social TV” (Portuguese)

Oscar Parra Castellanos

University of Rosaria, Bogota

Oscar Parra Castellanos is a journalist and a computer engineer with more than 10 years of experience.  Parra is a professor of the program of Journalism and Public Opinion in the University of Rosario in Bogota, Colombia, and the editor of Rutas del Conflicto, a project of Centro Nacional de Memoria Historica and the web site

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Ying Chan

Hong Kong University

Ying Chan is an editorial and media consultant, China expert, educator and journalist, and e-learning advocate. She is the founding director and professor (1999-2016) of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong, and the founding dean (2003-2011) of the journalism school at Shantou University in China. Under her leadership, the JMSC became the hub of pan-Asian journalism serving to promoting journalism standards, freedom of expression and digital innovation. Prior to joining HKU in 1998, Chan spent 23 years working as a journalist in New York City, where she reported for the New York Daily NewsNBC News, and a number of Chinese language dailies. Chan’s honours include a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, a George Polk Award for journalistic excellence and an International Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists. She is a board member of the Media Development Investment Fund and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Media, Information & Entertainment . She has edited six books on China’s media as the founder and co-director (2004-2016) of the China Media Project. Chan is consulting editor of  GIJN Chinese edition and Honorary Professor of the  Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative at HKU.

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Azhagan Chenganna

University of Mauritius, Mauritius

Azhagan Chenganna is Lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Mauritius. He teaches in the fields of journalism including modules of reporting and writing and advanced reporting. He has previously worked as a journalist in a Sunday newspaper in Mauritius. His interests are in investigative journalism, ethical practices and media cultures.

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Sheila S. Coronel

Columbia University

Sheila S. Coronel is academic dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She is concurrently also director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Stabile professor of professional practice. She began her reporting career in the Philippines, and in 1989, cofounded the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism to promote investigative reporting on major social issues, including the military, poverty, and corruption. She is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including Coups, Cults & Cannibals, The Rule-makers: How the Wealthy and Well-Born Dominate Congress, and Pork and other Perks: Corruption and Governance in the Philippines.

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Pınar Dağ

Data Journalism Platform, Turkey

Data Journalism Lecturer @khasedutr. Founder of Data Journalism Turkey Platform (@dagmedyaveri ) & small data journalism news site Dağ Medya (@Dagmedyanet). She is also president of Open Data and Data Journalism Association in İstanbul,Turkey. You can talk with her about data journalism education, data collection, data scraping & ethics, data cleaning& ethics, open data, data analysis, data visualization, data storytelling and daily data journalism workshops, open data and open data trainings.

Here are links to her presentations.

Basics of Web Scraping -Is web scraping an ethical practice?

Lightning Round:Teaching Data Journalism–BestPractices

Data Journalism in Small Newsrooms

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Laurence Dierickx

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Laurence Dierickx is journalist and developer, working as professional for fifteen years. After obtaining a master degree in Science and Technology of Information and Communication (Université Libre de Bruxelles), she has started a doctoral research project about how the automated production of news can support investigative reporting. More specifically, she is studying the relationships between human journalists and algorithmic programs through the lens of uses, which draws the question of journalist’s perception of news automation. Her approach is transdisciplinary, binding constructive and critical technology and journalism theories. It is also shaped by her hybrid professional background.

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Paulette Desormeaux Parra

Pontificia Universidad Católica

Paulette is an investigative journalist, Master ́s in Media and Journalism withinGlobalization, specialized in Public Sphere. She teaches investigative journalism at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and is the Journalistic Director of Base Pública, a new not-for-profit online media that focuses on increasing citizens interest in public issues. She is founder and president of Red de Periodistas Chile, the first association that promotes investigative journalism in Chile. She worked as a reporter at the Centre for Investigative Journalism CIPER Chile covering failures in public policies and financial frauds, and as an investigative journalist in the TV show Contacto, from the national broadcaster “Canal 13”.

David Donald

American University

David Donald is Data Editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University and Data Journalist in Residence at AU’s School of Communication. Previously, he has been Data Editor at the Center for Public Integrity and Training Director at Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting. His work has received two Philip Meyer Awards for the best use of social science methods in journalism, a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award as well as other awards.

Werner Eggert

Deutsche Welle Akademie

Werner Eggert is the founding director of Interlink, and also works as a media consultant and journalism trainer for various institutions in Germany and abroad. Werner has been active in international media development for more than twenty years. He has recently established several e-learning projects for Deutsche Welle Akademie, and from 2010 to 2014 was at the helm of Bertelsmann’s innovative Intajour project. Earlier, he was the Editor-in Chief of the Educational Television and Radio Channel TIDE in Hamburg, and worked as a Senior Project Manager at the International Institute for Journalism (now part of GIZ) in Berlin. In the 1990s, Eggert worked for several years as a coach and consultant for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation in Windhoek. Werner began his career as a journalist working for several media organizations in Germany.

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Mark Feldstein

University of Maryland

Mark Feldstein spent twenty years as an award-winning on-air investigative correspondent at CNN, ABC News, and various local television stations.  He has been beaten up in the U.S., detained and censored by government authorities in Egypt, and escorted out of the country under armed guard in Haiti.  His exposés led to resignations, firings, multi-million dollar fines, and prison terms.  He is regularly quoted as a media analyst by leading outlets in the US and abroad and has testified as an expert witness in court and before Congress on First Amendment issues.

Twitter: @ProfFeldstein

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Sarah Findlay

Media Monitoring Africa

Sarah is an ecologist by training but her work has always focused on the intersection of social justice and environmental sustainability. She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees through Wits University where her Masters research examined the roles of local traditional and democratic leaders in regulating firewood harvesting in rural communities in South Africa. Before joining Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), she worked for SA National Biodiversity Institute at Kirstenbosch as well as consulted for a multi-year project based near Kruger National Park where she provided research support into land claims on protected conservation areas in the region. She is now a Programme Coordinator (Researcher) in MMA’s Policy Unit and has loved sinking her teeth into this new field of media research and analysis. Sarah is also an unashamed data nerd, a fiery afro-optimist and occasional jogger with a distinct partiality towards a glass (or two) of wine.

Evelyn Groenink

Forum for African Investigative Reporters

Evelyn Groenink has partnered with colleagues in Africa since 2003. As founding director of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters she oversaw transnational investigations into Africa’s social bandits (“Pirates, smugglers and corrupt tycoons”), human traffic, the pharmaceutical industry and Fair Trade.

After FAIR, she moved on to initiate similar African-Western cooperation within the AIPC-ZAM partnership. As investigations editor of ZAM, which publishes investigative stories from African journalists for an international audience, she has pioneered a process of co-creation, whereby African grassroots observations and investigative findings are processed to fit with ‘Western-style’ narratives and angles without, however, diluting or changing the content.

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Tatsuro Hanada

Waseda University, Japan

Tatsuro Hanada was born in 1947. He is a professor at the Waseda University Faculty of Education and Integrated Arts and Sciences. He graduated from the Waseda University School of Political Science and Economics and studied in the University of Munich graduate school. He took his current position in 2006 after serving as a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (III) and then as director of the III.

Since 2007 he has served as director of the Waseda University Institute for Education in Journalism, and since 2015 has served as the director of the Waseda University Institute for Journalism. His areas of specialty are sociology, media studies and journalism studies. He has also worked on educating and nurturing the next generation of journalists.

He is the author of “Kōkyōken to iu na no shakai kūkan: Kōkyōken, media, shimin shakai (The social space known as the public sphere: public sphere, media and civil society)” (publisher: Bokutakusha) and “Media to kōkyōken no politics (Politics of the media and the public sphere)” (publisher: University of Tokyo Press), and co-editor of “Chōsa hōdō journalism no chōsen: Shimin shakai to kokusai shien senryaku (Investigative journalism challenge: civil society and international support strategy)” (publisher: Junposha).

2017 FCCJ Freedom of Press Award, Supporter of the Free Press

Dr. James Hollings

Massey University, New Zealand

Dr. James Hollings is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.

“Journalism, big, small, wide, narrow, deep!, After 27 years at it, I still get excited by determined, persistent reporting. I worked as a journalist on newspapers and radio for 18 years, and developed a special interest in investigative reporting. Now teaching, I enjoy helping my students find and write investigative articles, providing credible, reliable information in this world of super-spin.

I have a particular interest in health; most of my investigative work has been in this area, and my most recent investigation was into the censorship of suicide reporting in my country.

I also love using the power of research to solve problems of journalism practice; my doctoral dissertation was on the decision-making processes of reluctant witnesses, such as whistleblowers, and how journalists persuade them to speak out. Other than journalism, I play trumpet in a jazz band, but mostly just spend time with my family.”

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Aiming for the Stars: Teaching Investigative Journalism
Help them to speak: The psychology of the reluctant, vulnerable witness or whistle-blower and what influences them to speak out

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Adriana Homolova

Elvis, The Netherlands

Adriana is a freelance data journalist based in The Netherlands. She is closely affiliated with Investico, a Dutch platform for investigative journalism and OneWorld, a magazine for sustainable living and global citizenship.

Together with a couple of talented and fun people she also develops on Elvis, an online tool for exploring patterns in government spending.

Mark Horvit

Investigative Reporters and Editors

Mark Horvit is the executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He oversees training, conferences and services for more than 4.300 members worldwide, and for programs including the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) and DocumentCloud. Horvit also is an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches investigative reporting. He serves as a member of the board of directors of the National Freedom of Information Coalition.

Brant Houston

University of Illinois

Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois where he teaches investigative and data journalism and oversees an online newsroom. He previously was executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors, a group of 5,000 members, and before that an award-winning investigative reporter for 17 years. He is co-founder and chair of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and co-author of “The Investigative  Reporter’s Handbook” and author of “Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Practical Guide.”

Mark Hunter

Story-Based Inquiry Associates, Paris

An award-winning investigative reporter, scholar, and author of the UNESCO-funded International manual “Story-based Inquiry – A Manual for Investigative Journalists”, Hunter is an adjunct professor and senior research fellow at the INSEAD Social Innovation Center in Fontainebleau, France. He is a founding member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and academic director of the Future Media Management Programme at SSE Riga. Hunter has written more than 100 investigative features and nine books, which have earned him IRE, SDX, National Headliners, H.L. Mencken and Clarion awards. He holds a doctorate in communication from the Universite de Paris II/ Panteon-Assas.

Trond Idås

Norwegian Union of Journalists

Trond Idås is working part time for the Norwegian Union of Journalists, giving lessons in journalism and trauma. He is also giving lessons in this subject at the schools of journalism at the Norwegian universities. He is working on a doctoral thesis in development psychology. The subject is ethical dilemmas, posttraumatic stress and posttraumatic growth among journalists. He has written the learning book  ‘Demanding missions – how to cope with stress’. He is the chair of SKUPs executive board, the national contact of the Dart Center in Norway, member of the UNESCO commission and the Council of Europe’s expert group on safety of journalist. He is a former journalist in Aftenposten, Oslo.

Prof. Zhan Jiang

Beijing Foreign Studies University

Prof. Zhan Jiang works at School of International Journalism and Communication, Beijing Foreign Studies University. He is also the adjunct professor at Sun Yat-Sen University and South China University of Technology. Prof. Zhan previously served as professor and director of Journalism and Communication Department, China Youth University of Political Studies. His research interests include: media law and media ethics, theories and history of journalism and communication.

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Nadine Jurrat

DW Akademie, Germany

Nadine Jurrat is project manager at the Research and Evaluation department at DW Akademie, focusing on strategies and evaluations of DW Akademie’s projects and on research into media development topics. She has over 15 years of experience in international media development, focusing on support for independent media in conflict zones, fragile states and closed societies. Previously, she was Head of Programs at the London-based Rory Peck Trust and worked as an independent consultant for international media development organizations. Her publications include “Mapping Digital Media: Citizen Journalism and the Internet” (2011) for the Open Society Foundations and “Media Development in Regions of Conflict, Transitional Countries, and Closed Societies” (2016) for DW Akademie. Nadine Jurrat trained at the London School of Journalism and holds a B.A. (hons) in French and Hispanic Studies from Queen Mary University as well as an M.A. in Area Studies (Latin America) from the University of London with a special focus on development, international politics and economics.

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Sayaka Kaji

Waseda Chronicle

Sayaka Kaji is Senior Researcher of the Waseda Chronicle, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization in Japan. After graduating from Waseda University’s school of Culture, Media and Society, she took up the position of Senior Researcher. She revealed the murky relationship between Dentsu, pharmaceutical company, and KYODO News as the main reporter. The series “Journalism for Sale” won the 2017 FCCJ Freedom of Press Award, Supporter of the Free Press by the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan (FCCJ), whose reason for award was that the Waseda Chronicle was committed to advancing the principles of a free and open press and training a new generation of journalists. Sayaka is a one of the authors of  “How do the investigative journalism connect with NGO as watchdog institution?”(publisher: Sairyusha, 2017).

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Khalid Khattak

The News International, Pakistan

Khalid Khattak is a staff reporter at The News International and has been in the profession for 12 years now. In 2015, Khalid founded Data Stories — Pakistan’s first independent data journalism initiative with an aim to promote data journalism, data storytelling and data literacy in his country. Khalid’s data journalism based investigative story won the first prize (in education category) in the ICFJ Alumni Summit Reporting Contest organised by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) in Pakistan in 2015. Khalid was also a visiting faculty at the Punjab University’s Institute of Communication Studies where he taught Online Journalism for one semester. He is Daniel Pearl Fellow (2013) and as part of the fellowship worked at the DC bureau of the Wall Street Journal for almost five months. He is council member of the Lahore Press Club.

Peter W. Klein

University of British Columbia

Peter W. Klein is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and associate professor at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. He was director of the school 2011-2015.

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Jennifer LaFleur

The Investigative Reporting Workshop

Jennifer LaFleur is data editor at The Investigative Reporting Workshop. Previously, she was a senior editor at Reveal and director of computer-assisted reporting at ProPublica. She has held similar roles at The Dallas Morning News, the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors. She has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues.

Twitter: @j_la28

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Metodista University of Sao Paulo

Rosemeri Laurindo is a researcher for the UNESCO Chair for Communication to Regional Development in Metodista University of Sao Paulo, where she is a CNPq fellow for postdoc since last year. She has a PhD in Communication Sciences for New University of Lisbon (2005) and masters degree in Communications and Contemporary Cultures from the Federal University of Bahia (1998).  She graduated in Journalism at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (1991).

Rosemeri is professor of Communications Theory in the Publicity program of the Regional University of Blumenau and of Theory and Method of Research in Communications in the Journalism program of Blumenauense Institute of Higher Education.

She is also the author of the book Journalism in three dimensions: singular, particular and universal (2008) and of articles and essays published in several media. She worked as a journalist in three different Brazilian states (Santa Catarina, Alagoas and Bahia). Rosemeri is the national coordinator for the Journalistic Genres Research Group of the Brazilian Society of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communications (Intercom).

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Andrew Lehren

NBC News

Andy Lehren is an NBC News investigative reporter who specializes in data journalism. He previously worked as an investigative reporter for the NY Times, where he mined the Snowden files; probed Wikileaks diplomatic cables, including for the best-selling book “Open Secrets”, and contributed to a Pulitzer-winning examination of substandard Chinese chemicals tainting pharmaceuticals. He has uncovered pension abuses that led to arrests, documented substandard care at military hospitals that led to reforms. Honors include a Polk, Peabody, and three Investigative Reporters & Editors awards. He teaches at the City University of New York and at Columbia University.


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Charles Lewis

American University

A bestselling author and national investigative journalist for over 30 years, Charles Lewis is the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop and a professor at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. He is a former CBS News 60 Minutes producer and the founder of two Pulitzer Prize-winning organizations, the Center for Public Integrity and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

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Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Grand Valley State University

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein is an investigative journalist, author and assistant professor at Grand Valley State University. His work has been published in The New Yorker and the Center for Public Integrity, among many outlets, and has earned national and international recognition from organizations like Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Club and the National Association of Black Journalists. A Fulbright Scholar, Specialist and Teacher, he has written or edited five books. He and his wife Dunreith live in Grand Rapids, Michigan; their son Aidan lives in Berkeley, California.

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Denise Malan

Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE)

Denise Malan joined IRE as a training director in August 2016. Previously, she worked at the Institute for Nonprofit News in a joint position with IRE for three years. She spent the first two years helping nonprofit news organizations around the country collaborate on data projects, then served as interim executive director before becoming director of training and data services, overseeing INN’s training program that developed business skills among nonprofit news leaders. She was a newspaper journalist for more than a decade, covering government, education, politics, the environment and more. She was data/investigative editor at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in Texas.

Cait McMahon

Dart Centre Asia Pacific

Cait McMahon has been Managing Director of the Dart Centre Asia Pacific since 2004.  McMahon is a psychologist, and began working with the media in 1987. Cait is responsible for creating and facilitating training programmes across the Asia Pacific region to promote ethical and thorough reporting of violence and disaster, as well as psychological safety and resilience for media professionals.  McMahon is the only Australian psychologist to be published on this topic and she has a specific interest in post-traumatic growth as it relates to trauma exposed journalists. Cait has presented in close to 20 countries internationally on trauma as it relates to journalism over the last 10 years.

Paul Mena Erazo

Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador

Paul Mena Erazo is a correspondent for international media and multimedia journalism professor at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ),with 18 years of journalistic experience.

Since 2009, he’s been a regular contributor to BBC Mundo. He has written for the  Spanish newspaper El Pais, as well as Ecuadorian media outlets such as the newspapers Hoy and Expreso, and magazine Vistazo.

He obtained an MA in journalism in the United States as a Fulbright scholar. He also taught journalism at other Ecuadorian universities such as UDLA and PUCE. In recent years he has participated as an instructor for journalists and various media outlets of Ecuador in areas such as digital media, Web tools for investigative journalism, data journalism, SEO for journalists, mobile journalism, restructuring and redesign of news websites, social networking, electoral journalism, and law and ethics of communication.

Data journalism in an environment of competing government-media: Where to begin? Ecuador case” (Spanish)

Marcel Metze 

Metze Research

Marcel Metze is the editor-in-chief at Metze Rezearch, where he helps young journalists to discover what investigative journalism is all about.

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Mohamed Azad Mohamed Mustaffa

Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Sri Lanka

Mohamed Azad Mohamed Mustaffa is a human rights lawyer and currently working as a country representative for Institute for War & Peace Reporting. He is responsible for the country program of IWPR in Sri Lanka and is now managing a project to increase the capacity of journalists and media institution on investigative reporting in Sri Lanka.

Nils Mulvad

Kaas & Mulvad

Nils Mulvad is editor at Kaas & Mulvad. From 2001-2006 he was executive director of the Danish International Center for Analytical Reporting, Dicar. From 2001 and onwards he worked as associate professor at The Danish School of Media and Journalism. With former IRE-director Brant Houston he was the main responsible for the two first Global Investigative Journalism Conferences in 2001 and 2003 in Copenhagen and was co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network,

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George Nsorani Mwita

Tanzania Media Foundation

Dr. George N. Mwita holds a PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. He also holds a Master of Science in Applied Statistics and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (statistics) and Computer Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and technology. He has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Monitoring & Evaluation of media development projects.

Before his appointment to Tanzania Media Foundation (TMF) as the M&E Manager, Dr. Mwita was the Monitoring & Evaluation Officer at the Education Centre for the Advancement of Women (ECAW- Kenya), a non-governmental organization that created a ‘safe’ space for women in terms of elimination of FGM and development of women empowerment programmes aimed at alleviating poverty amongst women. ECAW was the implementing partner of UNWOMEN, Gender and Governance project

Dr. Mwita has also worked with other recognized international organizations such as Population Council and International Fellowship Programs (IFP) as a Research Assistant. He has expertise in managing research teams, monitoring and evaluation of programs including the development of M&E plans, M&E methodologies and indicators; undertaking baseline surveys, process, mid-term, and end-term evaluations.  Dr. George Mwita has deep knowledge of the development sector and has worked closely with senior officials from country governments and a multitude of international and donor agencies.

Munkhmandakh Myagmar

Mongolian Press Institute

Munkhmandakh Myagmar was born and raised in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She studied journalism at the University of Leipzig, Germany and received PhD in media and communication sciences from the same University. Munkhmandakh has 18 years of full time work experiences in the Mongolian media and civil society sector, during which she initiated, received support from international organizations and managed implementation of over hundred projects to promote media freedom and access to information, assist journalists in the improvement of their professional qualifications and skills and strengthen media accountability. As an outstanding young leader Munkhmandakh was awarded several international grants and fellowships for professional development including fellowships from the German Parliament, the Bundestag, the US State department, the Open Society Institute, Central European University etc. Currently Munkhmandakh is the executive director of the Mongolian Press Institute that has been established 20 year ago to encourage journalistic excellence for Mongolia’s democracy.

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Syed Nazakat

DataLEADS and CIJ, India

Syed Nazakat is an award-winning journalist, media entrepreneur, founder and Editor-In-Chief of DataLEADS, which is a data-driven Indian initiative aimed to create new platforms of data research and storytelling. DataLEADS conducts series of unique data boot camps in different parts of Asia and also runs India’s first data-driven website dedicated to healthcare reporting, called Health Analytics India.

He is also founder and editor-in-chief of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit organization he founded to promote the cause of watchdog journalism in India.

Syed Nazakat leads DataLEADS in New Delhi, as well as overseeing its outreach across Asia with different partners including with Asia News Network (Thailand), a network of 23 leading Asian daily newspapers in 20 Asian countries, with a combined circulation of 14 million and a readership of more than 50 million.

Deborah Nelson

College Park, Maryland

Deb Nelson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who teaches investigative reporting and media law as an associate professor of Investigative Journalism in College Park, Md. She recently co-authored “Water’s Edge,” an award-winning Reuters series on present-day impacts of rising seas. She’ll tell how the data viz team made waves on the project at Thursday’s Lightning Round. She’ll discuss creative, low-cost ways to do ambitious student projects at Friday morning’s academic track session.

Daniela Pastrana

Inter Press Service

Daniela Pastrana is a journalist specializing in human rights, social movements. She worked in team reports the newspaper La Jornada and currently works at the agency Inter Press Service (IPS). She teaches at the School of Journalism Carlos Septien Garcia and is a co-founder of the Periodistas de a Pie network.

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Towards construction of new paradigms in teaching journalism in Mexico” (Spanish)

Edgard Patricio

Federal University of Ceará, Brazil

Edgard Patricio is a professor of the Graduate Program in Communication, Federal University of Ceará, Brazil.

The concept of ethics and the production of journalism in times of technology” (Portuguese)

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University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Dr S. Raguram is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Arts, University of Jaffna.


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MC Rasmin

IREX, Sri Lanka

M.C. Rasmin is working as Deputy Chief of Party at IREX, Sri Lanka and he was formally the Director/CEO of Sri Lanka Development Journalist Forum (SDJF) since 2007. Currently he is a PhD scholar at Assam Don Bosco University, India. He holds a Master’s in Developmental Communication at the University of Peradeniya (PGIA). He has successfully completed a Master level course on Media Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway and also has a Special Degree in Arts at the University of Peradeniya.

In the year 2008 Rasmin joined Internews Sri Lanka, as a radio drama Director /Producer. Previously, he was a consultant in Communication for ICT agency of Sri Lanka. Rasmin has 15 years of experience in broadcasting for social change. He is an international trainer on radio for peace building and an award winning writer. He has written and produced over 400 radio plays for the SLBC and other radio stations. He has also presented more than 12 international research papers and directed hundreds of media advocacy programs for various international and local media organizations. Further, he has published more than 12 books on media and development.

reganJane Regan

Jane Regan is an investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker who lived and worked in Haiti for most of the past two decades. Her work has been featured by the Miami Herald, Associated Press Television News, PBS, BBC, Inter Press Service and numerous other outlets. Regan has also produced or co-produced three award-winning documentaries.

A contributor to several books, Regan has taught investigative journalism and other courses at three universities and has co-founded and served as editor/coordinator for three newsrooms, one in Somerville, Massachusetts, and two in Haiti, including the internationally recognized Haiti Grassroots Watch partnership, which watchdogs post-earthquake reconstruction.

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Watchdogging Haiti’s Reconstruction from the Grassroots

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University of Rosario, Bogata

Danghelly Giovanna Zuniga Reyes is a professor of Journalism and Public Opinion at the University of Rosario, Bogata, D.C.

She has a degree in sociology (National University of Colombia); a master in Political Science (National University of Colombia); Magistra Communication (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana), and PhD in Social and Human Sciences (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana).

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Challenges in linking new players in investigative journalism in Colombia (Spanish)

Erika Rodrigues

Erika Rodrigues comes from Mozambique and holds a masters degree in Social Anthropology from Columbia University, with a focus on Development Practice and Resource Management in Africa.

Erika has researched extensively on the socio-economic and political opportunities and challenges of the development of the extractive industry in resource-rich countries as well as on the role of the media in increasing the chance of those opportunities rather than the challenges.

She is currently working on improving communication between mining, oil and gas companies and affected local communities through mobile phone solutions.

Covering Oil: Big data, new tools and journalism.

Ivonne Rodríguez

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Bucaramanga

Ivonne Rodríguez is a professor and journalist at the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana UPB Bucaramanga and She is specialized in covering the Colombian armed conflict, and especially in documenting cases on land disputes.

Ivonne attained a journalism degree at the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga and a masters in Political Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She teaches journalism and is a director of the magazine Plataforma of the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) Bucaramanga.

She is a Premio Simón Bolívar winner in 2013 in the category of Best Internet Research and Premio Semana-Petrobras winner in 2009 for Best Coverage of a regional process. She was a finalist in 2014 and 2013 for the Latin American Award for Investigative Journalism (IPYS) award for her research on land grabs. In 2001, she won the EuropeAid Innovation Awards in Panama and Biosphere by reports Obre science.

Ivonne taught at the Universities of Rosario and Minuto de Dios, and has been a journalist, a site associated with Semana magazine, which is specialized in the coverage of elections; Vanguardia Liberal newspaper of Santander, and the national daily La Prensa of Panama.

Mromeroartha Romero 

Autonomous University of the Caribbean Barranquilla-Altantico

Martha Romero is a full-time faculty of social sciences and humanities, Autonomous University of the Caribbean Barranquilla-Altantico.

She’s also teaching the program Direction and Production of radio and television, a researcher on issues related to communication for social change, especially education and social-media ownership.

She’s a Comunicadora Social-Journalist, with a BA in Languages, Project Management Specialist, specialist teaching for the development of autonomous learning, Magistra Communication.

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Social Journalism and Appropriation of Knowledge” (Spanish)

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Lailah Ryklief

OpenUp, Cape Town

Lailah Ryklief works in curriculum development and provides training and mentoring through OpenUp’s Data Literacy Programme (previously Code for South Africa). Lailah was also a part of OpenUp’s Data Journalism Academy where she previously held the title of Newsroom Developer. With a background in interactive media, design and film, Lailah has been involved in academics and education, working with GetSmarter/University of Cape Town on content development for online curriculum.

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Milagros Salazar

Convoca, Peru

Investigative journalist and university professor specializing in database use. Director of investigative nonprofit newsroom Convoca based in Lima and member of The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). She is coordinador of Investiga Lava Jato (Investigate Lava Jato), a cross-border project with 20 journalists from 11 countries in America Latina y Africa to develop and disseminate in-depth reports on a corruption scheme that has spread in the world. Milagros has worked as a reporter and editor in various national-circulation daily newspapers in Peru, including La República, where she specialized in covering political issues and social-environmental conflicts. Published the first large-scale investigative data journalism report in IDL-Reporteros, revealing serious irregularities in Peru’s multimillion-dollar fishing industry. The investigative series was a winner of IPYS’ 2012 Latin American Investigative Journalism Award. She participated in global investigation Panama Papers, Pulitzer Prize winner.

Anya Schiffrin

Columbia University

Anya Schiffrin is the director of the International Media, Advocacy and Communications specialization at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs.  She teaches courses on media and development and innovation as well as the course  “Media, Human Rights and Social Change”. Among other topics, she writes on journalism and development as well as the media in Africa and the extractive sector.

Schiffrin spent 10 years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia. She was bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires in Amsterdam and Hanoi and wrote regularly for the Wall Street Journal.

She was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in 1999-2000 and then a senior writer at the Industry Standard, covering banking and finance. Schiffrin is on the advisory board of the Open Society Foundation’s Program on Independent Journalism. Her most recent book is “Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World” (New Press 2014).

Covering Oil: Big data, new tools and journalism.

Giannna Segnini

Columbia University

Giannna Segnini heads the Data Concentration Program at The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was the head of the investigative team at «La Nacion» in Costa Rica. Their investigations has led to prosecution of more than 50 politicians, businessmen and public servants in Costa Rica, UK, USA, France and Finland. Two former presidents in Costa Rica is convicted for corruption. Segnini has been training journalists all over Latin-America and USA in computer assisted reporting for years. She’s a well know speaker at conferences all around the world and has received several international prizes for her work.

Bruce Shapiro

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

Bruce Shapiro is executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide from the Center’s headquarters at Columbia University in New York City.

Wang Shiyu

Beijing Foreign Studies University

Wang Shiyu (Vincent) is a Lecturer at the School of International Journalism and Communication, Beijing Foreign Studies University. He also does freelance work at Xinhua News Agency, and is a Sports Commentator at CCTV5

Research areas:  Investigative journalism, News writing and reporting, Sports journalism,

Publications:  Media Image of Chinese Sports, A Narrative Study On the Discourse Transition of Sports Reporting

Translations: Picture History of the Second World War

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Marty Steffens

University of Missouri

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Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Marcelo Träsel is a lecturer at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, and creator of the Digital Journalism specialization course at the same university.

He holds a Journalism degree and a masters degree in Communication and Information Science from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Since 2009 he has been researching the impact of technology in newsrooms culture as a PhD student at PUCRS. He is fiscal advisor for the Brazilian Investigative Reporters Association (ABRAJI).

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Learning to be guided by data: the training of journalists team Estadão Data” (Portuguese)

torresMargarita Torres

Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico

Margarita Torres is a full time professor at Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico City. She specializes in ethics and journalism, the right to information and professionalism in journalism. She’s also the co-founder of the Periodistas de a Pie network.

The relationship (im)possible. Access to public information as a tool of investigative journalism in Mexico” (Spanish)

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Margot Williams

The Intercept, Washington DC

Margot Williams is an investigative researcher at The Intercept, previously at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), NPR, The New York Times and the Washington Post. She has pursued jihadists online and detainees who died in U.S. immigration detention, investigated war contractors and followed the money (and private jets) of mayors, governors, senators, presidential candidates, and ex-presidents. She has spread her passion for investigative journalism at numerous international workshops over the years.