Wednesday, July 02, 2008

European Investigative Journalism Conference



The VVOJ (Vereniging Voor Onderzoek Journalisten) organizes the conference which takes place on November 21 and 22, 2008 at several venues in Brussels.
A guided tour of the Parliament is planned for Thursday the 20th.

Fee for early birds is €165, for later registration €195 and for students €99 (the latter does not include celebratory dinner).

The conference program is being finalized and will include:

-At least three keynotes
-Fifteen (or more) panel discussions
-Hands-on computer training
-Demonstrations
-Roundtable session
-Two receptions
-Celebratory dinner.

All sessions concentrate on the exchange of ideas, research methods, and techniques. A panel session will generally have two speakers and a moderator. In certain cases there may be three speakers, or a presentation by one speaker, with plenty of room for questions and debate.
During a demonstration session, a speaker will present a method or technique.
Round table sessions present opportunities for conference attendants interested in trans-national cooperation to discuss a particular topic in an informal atmosphere. Each round table will have a moderator.
Computer training sessions will cover various topics, from (advanced) online searching to data analysis. Capacity for training sessions will be limited, as everyone must have a place at computer. Advance sign up is necessary.

Around fifty speakers, trainers and moderators from the EU and the USA will be part of the panel sessions, demonstrations, CAR classes and round table sessions. Many, among whom Geert Mak(Netherlands), Loretta Napoleoni (Italy), Mark Thomas (UK) and Michael Schrenk (US) have pledged their participation. VVOJ is still working on the program.

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