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

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 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 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


cabral 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)


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 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


Ying Chan is a writer, educator, and the founding director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre, at Hong Kong University. As an academic unit of HKU, the JMSC offers professional graduate and undergraduate degrees in journalism, and MPhil and PhD degrees. She was also the founding dean (2003-2011) of the journalism school at Shantou University in China.

Prior to joining HKU in 1998, Ying 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 the co-Public Lead of Creative Commons Hong Kong, a board member of the Media Development Investment Fund and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Social media. She has edited six books on China’s media.


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.


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 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.

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.  Feldstein has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals; his recent book Poisoning The Press has received widespread critical acclaim and earned top academic awards for research.

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.

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.


Anton Harber is the Caxton Professor of Journalism and Media Studies and Director of the Journalism Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Harber was a founder and editor of the anti-apartheid Weekly Mail (now the Mail & Guardian). He is the author of Diepsloot (Jonathan Ball, 2011. He is chair of the Freedom of Expression Institute.


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


Mark Horvit is the executive director of Investigative Reporters & 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 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.”


Dr. Mark Lee Hunter is an investigative journalism and scholar, based in the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre. His awards include IRE prizes for international reporting and research. He is a founding member of Story-Based Inquiry Associates and the lead author of Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists (UNESCO 2011), the profession’s most widely distributed reference work. His current research focuses on stakeholder-controlled media and curricula for investigative journalism.


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 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.


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.


rosemeriRosemeri 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).


Charles Lewis is a bestselling author and national investigative journalist for over 30 years, Charles Lewis is a tenured professor of journalism and since 2008 the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. He is the founder of The Center for Public Integrity (including its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) and other nonprofit organizations.


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


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,

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.


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 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 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)


reganJane 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


reyes 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 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 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 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)


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 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 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 (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


traselMarcelo 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 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)