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Monday, October 29
 

7:30am

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Monday October 29, 2018 7:30am - 7:30am
WSS207 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

7:45am

9:00am

Welcoming and programming outline
Speakers
avatar for Anton Harber

Anton Harber

Caxton Professor of Journalism, Wits University, Johannesburg
Anton is the Caxton Professor of Journalism (Adjunct) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He was a co-founder and editor of the anti-apartheid newspaper the Weekly Mail (now the Mail & Guardian), Editor-in-Chief of South Africa’s leading television news channel... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 9:00am - 9:15am
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor
  • about Anton Harber is the Caxton Professor of Journalism (Adjunct) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, has a 35-year career in journalism, media management and training. He was founder-editor of the anti-apartheid newspaper the Weekly Mail (now the Mail & Guardian) for 12 years, Editor-in-Chief of South Africa’s leading television news channel, eNCA, and chief executive of Kagiso Media. He is a board member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and a former chair of the SA Conference of Editors and the National Association of Broadcasters. He has served on the boards of the Freedom of Expression Institute, the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, East Coast Radio and Radio Jacaranda, inter alia. He is the convenor of judges for the Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism and has served as a judge on the Sanlam Financial Journalism Awards, the Vodacom South African Journalism Awards and the CNN/Multichoice African Journalism Awards. Harber wrote Diepsloot, and the The Gorilla in the Room. He co-edited the first two editions of The A–Z of South African Politics, What is Left Unsaid: Reporting the South African HIV Epidemic, and Troublemakers: The Best of SA’s Investigative Journalism.

9:15am

Keynote: The Cambridge Analytica Story
Last year we had our worst moment at Channel 4 News where we were slammed and publicly rebuked by the regulator after a bad mistake. This year we had one of our finest with Cambridge Analytica. I will look at the remit of Channel 4 News, how it is regulated and how important it is in the world right now given the assault on journalism.



Speakers
avatar for Ben De Pear

Ben De Pear

Editor, Channel 4 News, UK
Ben de Pear is the Editor of Channel 4 News - one of the UK’s main news and current affairs television shows.He began his journalism career on the Staines and Ashford News in Surrey as an intern. He joined Sky News in 1994 and went on to become foreign producer based in London 1996-2000. From 2000-2005 he was based in J... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor

10:15am

Coffee break
Monday October 29, 2018 10:15am - 10:45am
Lawn

10:45am

AFRICAN STORIES: 2017 Global Shining Light winner: Inside the massive extra-judicial killings in Nigeria
This two-month investigation that won the 2017 Global Shining Light Award uncovered multiple mass graves, lending support to allegations that police and military forces have been targeting a minority ethnic group for abuse and extrajudicial killings. Following reports that included photo evidence, human rights groups called for an independent probe and the army announced another investigation.  "The judges were particularly impressed w/ the solo investigations that were conducted with minimal resources amid real threats & intimidation."

Moderators
avatar for Dapo Olorunyomi

Dapo Olorunyomi

Publisher/CEO, Premium Times/Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Reporting, Nigeria
DAPO OLORUNYOMI is currently the Publisher of Premium Times, www.premiumtimesng.com, a news multimedia platform based in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.Prior to this, he served as policy director and chief of staff at Nigeria’s foremost anti corruption agency, the Economic and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Emmanuel Mayah

Emmanuel Mayah

Editor, Satellite Times, Nigeria
Emmanuel Mayah is a multi-award winning reporter whose strength is undercover work. He has exposed vehicle smuggling rings, factories with bad employment conditions, international Nigerian crime syndicates and corrupt government links to foreign investors in his country. This year... Read More →
avatar for Musikilu Mojeed

Musikilu Mojeed

Editor -in-chief, Nigeria's Premium Times
Musikilu Mojeed, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), is an award-winning journalist and Editor-in-Chief at Nigeria's Premium Times newspaper, which he co-founded.  He has reported extensively on corruption, human rights and human trafficking. Mojeed... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
WSS103 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

10:45am

Turning Data into Stories 1/3: Getting to grips with data
In this interactive, hands-on session we'll cover the basics of working with data. We'll introduce you an easy-to-use tool – spreadsheets – that turns difficult data into just another source for your story.


Speakers
avatar for Tegan Bedser

Tegan Bedser

Digital Media Specialist, SABC News Online
Tegan Bedser is a Digital Media Specialist at SABC Digital News. She has previously worked at the Tiso Blackstar Group for websites such as Times LIVE, Sowetan LIVE and later DispatchOnline where she was part of the team that won CNN African Journalist Awards for digital journalism... Read More →
avatar for Sibusiso Biyela

Sibusiso Biyela

Science writer, ScienceLink/Scibraai
I am a passionate science writer who uses digital tools to translate complex South African research.


Monday October 29, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Lab 1 Maths Building

10:45am

The ABCs of investigative journalism

Need an investigative idea? Have one but not sure how to pull it off? The dynamic Cheryl W. Thompson, a veteran of The Washington Post, will offer quick-hit and in-depth investigative ideas, and show you how to gather relevant documents, cultivate sources and land key interviews, create databases and stay organised from beginning to end.



Speakers
avatar for Cheryl W. Thompson

Cheryl W. Thompson

Associate Professor and Contributing Investigative Reporter, The Washington a Post.”, George Washington University, USA
Cheryl W. Thompson is an associate professor of journalism at George Washington University and writes investigative stories for The Washington Post. She came to The Post in 1997, and has written extensively about law enforcement, political corruption, and guns, including an investigative... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
WSS104 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

10:45am

#GuptaLeaks and the power of cooperation and competition
GuptaLeaks was the South African story of 2017 which led to the downfall of President Jacob Zuma. The leak of a massive trove of emails from Zuma's allies, the Gupta brothers, set off two teams of journalists chasing down the stories hidden in them. To handle the quantity of data, they had to form cross-media teams, but the two teams competed against each other as well.



Speakers
avatar for Pieter-Louis Myburgh

Pieter-Louis Myburgh

Author/Journalist, Freelance
Pieter-Louis is an award-winning investigative journalist and the author of The Republic of Gupta – A Story of State Capture. His investigative focus has fallen on widespread malfeasance at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), dubious projects run by South Africa’s... Read More →
avatar for Sam Sole

Sam Sole

Managing Partner, amaBhungane, South Africa
Sam has been a journalist since 1986. He has worked for the investigative magazine Noseweek, served as political editor of the Sunday Tribune, and joined the Mail & Guardian as investigative journalist in 2002. In 2003 he won the Vodacom Journalist of the Year award for first reporting... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor

10:45am

Global Resources: Tips and Tools from GIJN to Take Your Reporting Across Borders

Stories quickly cross borders in this age of globalization. Crime, corruption, the food we eat, the medicine we take -- today much of it has roots in other countries. Here's how to follow the trails of documents, data and sources overseas. Experts from the Global Investigative Journalism Network will give a guided tour of GIJN's online Resource Center, with over 500 tip sheets, videos and reporting guides. Find out why this free resource is used by journalists in 100 countries per day -- and how to link up with your colleagues across Africa and around the world.


Speakers
avatar for Raymond Mpubani

Raymond Mpubani

Africa Editor, GIJN
Raymond Mpubani is the Africa Editor at the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), an international association of 155 nonprofit organisations in 68 countries that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism. His role as Africa Editor is to strengthen and build... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Pamplone

Tanya Pamplone

Managing Editor, Johannesburg, GIJN
Tanya Pampalone has been a journalist for more than 20 years, living and working from Los Angeles, Prague, Johannesburg and San Francisco. She is currently the managing editor of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, a Washington DC-based nonprofit which supports investigative... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 10:45am - 11:45am
WSS105 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

12:00pm

Online Mapping - How to use this valuable tool
This session introduces non-GIS users to the concept of mapping data as a method of data visualisation. The course covers basic principles of mapping data as a visualisation tool.  The primary goal of the course is to enable users to get their data onto a map with open-source online mapping tools to create, geocode and display geographic data.
You will learn to:
  • Create, geocode and display data in a geographic environment
  • Explain in which context map visualisations are appropriate
  • Access & apply the required data formats for the relevant mapping applications
  • Utilise open-source online mapping applications to map geographic data
  • Explore different map visualisation techniques and to understand which technique applies to which data format
  • Identify the power of map visualisation as an element of storytelling
  • Identify the unique ability of data mapping to highlight trends in data

Speakers
avatar for Adi Eyal

Adi Eyal

Director, OpenUp – Codebridge
Trained as a computer scientist and founder of OpenUp (formerly Code for South Africa), a civic technology organisation promoting the use of data and technology to drive social change. Through OpenUp he launched South Africa’s first data journalism academy which sought to train... Read More →
avatar for Lailah Ryklief

Lailah Ryklief

Trainer, Open Up, South Africa
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... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lab 1 Maths Building

12:00pm

#GuptaLeaks: Chasing down the fake sites and bots
The team who exposed the Gupta bots and "fake" sites explain how they did it, and the tools they used. They'll also talk about similar social media mapping projects they've done, or are currently working on.

Speakers
avatar for Kyle Findlay

Kyle Findlay

Data Scientist
For his day job, Kyle runs a data science team for an international market research company. By night, he brings a data scientist's eye to bear on data about South Africa in order to tell stories that make sense of this crazy place. He has been measuring South African Twitter since... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Fraser

Andrew Fraser

Owner, Fraser Strategic
Andrew Fraser is an independent strategic marketing consultant by day, but in his spare time he follows his passion: identifying and tracking computer-assisted propaganda and social media misinformation networks. His investigation of the “Gupta-bot” network, along with other researchers... Read More →
avatar for Jean le Roux

Jean le Roux

Investigative Journalist, News24
Jean is an investigative journalist with News24, focusing on digital and open source investigations. A law graduate, Jean cut his investigative teeth as a senior investigator at the Public Protector and specialist analyst for the Financial Services Board before 'stumbling upon' the... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
WSS105 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

12:00pm

AFRICAN STORIES: The UN Child Abuse Story

Investigating a complex, multi-faceted international scandal is a considerable challenge in itself. Doing it as a freelancer in one of the world's poorest, most unstable and violent countries could make the job almost impossibly daunting. Journalist Inna Lazareva has reported on the controversial sex-abuse allegations involving UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic three times: independently for The Guardian and as a field producer with two separate teams of investigative journalists (Swedish Television’s ‘Mission: Investigate', US’s PBS Frontline and UK’s Channel 4). Each mission involved a different format, a different journalistic tool-kit, and ultimately -  a different angle to the same harrowing story.
 
She will talk about the complexities, challenges and opportunities in researching these stories, and about developing the professional flexibility required to explore the different aspects of the story.


Speakers
avatar for Inna Lazareva

Inna Lazareva

Correspondent, Thomson Reuters, UK/Cameroon
Inna Lazareva is a British journalist and Africa Correspondent with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Based in Cameroon, Inna covers humanitarian, resilience, trafficking and other issues across the African continent. Together with European and African colleagues, she has worked on... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
WSS103 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

12:00pm

West Africa Leaks
This is the largest collaboration of journalists from the region that brought together a dozen reporters to dig into the secretive financial affairs of some of the region's most powerful politicians, business moguls and corporations. Journalists from 11 countries, working in three different languages, explored almost 30 million complex leaked documents from Swiss Leaks, the Panama Papers, Paradise Papers and more. In this session, you will get tips for your own cross-border investigations and learn how to manage regional, cross-border projects. Reporters from West Africa Leaks will discuss how to use global collaborations to internationalise your reporting and your impact, how to manage multilingual teams of reporters, find extra sources of data, report on sensitive financial stories with impact, how to avoid legal pitfalls and how to protect your reporting and yourself from threats and editorial interference.

Speakers
avatar for Alloycious David

Alloycious David

The News Newspaper, Liberia
Alloycious David is an award-winning investigative Liberian journalist and fixer for several international media companies. He has extensively probed land grabs by multi-national companies in Liberia, and has covered other beats such as natural resources, the environment and politics... Read More →
avatar for Maxime Koami Domegni

Maxime Koami Domegni

Investigative Journalist, Togo
"Maxime Koami DOMEGNI, is a Togolese award-winning investigative journalist. He has participated in various local and international investigative projects such as Panama Papers, Bahama Leaks, Plunder Route to Panama, West Africa Leaks, etc. He is chairman of Togolese Investigative... Read More →
avatar for Will Fitzgibbon

Will Fitzgibbon

Reporter, ICIJ United States
Will Fitzgibbon is a senior reporter and the Africa Coordinator with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), a non-profit news organisation based in Washington DC. He coordinates ICIJ's partnerships with journalists in Africa and the Middle East. Will has... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor

1:00pm

Lunch
Monday October 29, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Marquee

2:00pm

Investigating Science
To expose government corruption, journalists wade through tender documents and company directorships. But how do you investigate scientific corruption?


Speakers
avatar for Katrin Langhans

Katrin Langhans

Investigative Journalist, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Katrin Langhans, born in 1987, works as a revelation journalist for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. She was part of the team that researched the Panama and Paradise Papers, reconstructed the rampage in the Olympia shopping center in Munich with Twitter data, and researched the business... Read More →
avatar for Mia Malan

Mia Malan

Editor, Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism


Monday October 29, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WSS104 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

2:00pm

Touching a raw nerve: Tackling land issues
Speakers
avatar for Alloycious David

Alloycious David

The News Newspaper, Liberia
Alloycious David is an award-winning investigative Liberian journalist and fixer for several international media companies. He has extensively probed land grabs by multi-national companies in Liberia, and has covered other beats such as natural resources, the environment and politics... Read More →
avatar for Kago Komane

Kago Komane

Investigative Reporter, Ink Centre, Botswana
Kago Komane is an investigative reporter for the INK Centre for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit news agency in Botswana.  She has over five years of experience as a print journalist.  She has exposed many social ills in Botswana, including human rights injustices, corruption... Read More →
avatar for Lucas Ledwaba

Lucas Ledwaba

Journalist, Mukurukuru Media, South Africa
Lucas Ledwaba is the editor of Mukurukuru Media. He writes on land, mining, social and human rights issues. His work has appeared in the Mail & Guardian, City Press, Business Day, Good Governance Africa, Scottish Heritage Magazine and numerous other publications.He is also the author... Read More →
avatar for Zanele Mji

Zanele Mji

Journalist, amaBhungane, South Africa
Zanele Mji is an investigative journalist at amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism, and she just loves a good story. She produces human-centred, multi-media stories about people living through unfair social and economic systems. Before joining amaBhungane in 2017, Zanele... Read More →
avatar for Aunício da Silva

Aunício da Silva

Editor, Ikweli Newspaper, Mozambique Centre for Investigative Reporting
Aunício da Silva is owner and editor-in-chief of Ikweli newspaper in Nampula, northern Mozambique, and one of the founders of Center of Investigative Journalism (the first and unique center in Mozambique).He started his career at Zambezia daily newspaper and then worked at Canalmoz... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WSS105 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

2:00pm

Kickstarting a data journalism project

You finally have that spreadsheet or database that you've long sought. Now what? How do you turn globs of data into an investigation that people will want to read. 
This session will take you through the process of acquiring the data you want to interviewing and fact-checking the information to writing the final product. The panel will offer best practices for doing data projects, highlight good investigations using data as well as ones that didn't quite pull it off.


Speakers
avatar for Ron Nixon

Ron Nixon

Homeland Security Correspondent, New York Times, USA
Ron Nixon is The New York Times’s homeland security correspondent. He is based in the Washington bureau, where he covers border and aviation security, immigration, cybercrime and cyber security, and violent extremism. | | Mr. Nixon is a Marine Corps infantry veteran who saw... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lab 1 Maths Building

2:00pm

10 top tools for investigations

A veteran investigator highlights the tools she has found most useful for her work.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Patrucić

Miranda Patrucić

Regional Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo. She is regional editor for Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP ), focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WSS106 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

2:00pm

AFRICAN STORIES: Wole Soyinka Award Winner 'Fisayo Siyombo
Soyombo will talk about the story that won him the Wole Soyinka Award: it focused on child mortality and corruption in the care for displaced persons in northern Nigeria - people who are refugees in their own countries. See the story here: https://www.thecable.ng/undercover-investigation-borno-children-dying-idp-camps-foodstuffs-disappearing-sema-store

Speakers
avatar for 'Fisayo Soyombo

'Fisayo Soyombo

Wole Soyinka Award Winner, Nigeria


Monday October 29, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WSS103 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

3:00pm

Coffee break
Monday October 29, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Lawn

3:30pm

AFRICAN STORIES: Pastor Ray - Exposing child abuse
The over-a-decade-long quest by  missionaries and one investigative journalist to get Mozambican authorities to act against an orphanage director abusing children

Speakers
avatar for Estacio Valoi

Estacio Valoi

Center for Mozambique Investigative Journalism CJIMOZ
Estacio Valoi is a Mozambican investigative journalist (print, broadcaster, documentary, photography ) who assists Oxpeckers with transnational investigations into environmental problems in the sub-Saharan region. As a member of the African Investigative Publishing Collective, he... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WSS103 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

3:30pm

Migrants and Refugees

Migrants and refugees have become a pressing topic not only for journalists but for politicians, police, and the general public. The number of international migrants reached 244 million in 2015, up a striking 41% since 2000, according to UN data. That's enough people to make up the fifth most populous country on Earth.
Journalists around the world are reporting on this mass movement of people, often giving it a human face. There is no shortage of great investigative stories to do: deadly smuggling routes that have killed thousands, the fate of prostitution and forced labor that await many, and misspent or misused aid money. This is an issue likely to grow even greater in importance. If you want to know where the stories are and how to report on them, this session is for you.


Speakers
avatar for Ron Nixon

Ron Nixon

Homeland Security Correspondent, New York Times, USA
Ron Nixon is The New York Times’s homeland security correspondent. He is based in the Washington bureau, where he covers border and aviation security, immigration, cybercrime and cyber security, and violent extremism. | | Mr. Nixon is a Marine Corps infantry veteran who saw... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Pamplone

Tanya Pamplone

Managing Editor, Johannesburg, GIJN
Tanya Pampalone has been a journalist for more than 20 years, living and working from Los Angeles, Prague, Johannesburg and San Francisco. She is currently the managing editor of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, a Washington DC-based nonprofit which supports investigative... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WSS104 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

3:30pm

Dealing with Massive Amounts of Data

When your massive dataset stops Excel in its tracks you need to pull out the big guns. This session explores how to use command line tools to process multi-gigabyte files and to extract key information from them. Prepare to get your hands dirty. This very worthwhile session will give you ninja skills but is not for the faint of heart.


Speakers
avatar for Adi Eyal

Adi Eyal

Director, OpenUp – Codebridge
Trained as a computer scientist and founder of OpenUp (formerly Code for South Africa), a civic technology organisation promoting the use of data and technology to drive social change. Through OpenUp he launched South Africa’s first data journalism academy which sought to train... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lab 2 Maths Building

3:30pm

Exposing pseudo science and predatory journals

Katrina Langhans was one of a group of reporters from Germany, Austria, India and several other countries to undertake a nine-month investigation into the world of pseudo-science. They revealed that hundreds of thousands of scientists around the world have published studies in self-described scientific journals that don’t provide traditional quality checks for quality and publish the biggest nonsense for financial gain. High-ranked scientists had published in these journals, as did large companies who were promoting  their products and dubious businessman who used these pseudo-journals to promote unproven treatment of cancer as science.

This team of reporters analyzed the data of five of the most relevant pseudo-journals and showed that these publishers are willing to publish even computer-generated nonsense for money.

Katrin Langhans from the  investigative team of the Süddeutsche Zeitung will give insights into the research and explain how one can search for scientists, companies and businessman that published in predatory journals in countries all over the world.

Speakers
avatar for Katrin Langhans

Katrin Langhans

Investigative Journalist, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Katrin Langhans, born in 1987, works as a revelation journalist for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. She was part of the team that researched the Panama and Paradise Papers, reconstructed the rampage in the Olympia shopping center in Munich with Twitter data, and researched the business... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WSS106 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

3:30pm

Water Project Meeting

Anyone interesting in conributing to the global water project (announced at the first plenary) should come to this meeting.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University, USA
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... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WSS207 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

3:30pm

Digital Security: How to communicate safely

The session will focus on the best digital security tools that you can use to protect your communication via email, instant messaging, video- and audio calls. It gives you a wide toolkit for you to talk safely to your sources and give them protection.

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Luis Sierra

Jorge Luis Sierra

Investigative Journalist, Latinointx, Mexico/USA
Jorge Luis Sierra (@latinointx) is an investigative journalists who focuses on the intersection of digital technology, investigative journalism and cybersecurity. Jorge develops risk assessment tools and crowd-sourced maps to track crime, corruption and attacks on journalists. An... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WSS105 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

5:00pm

Book Launch: Southern African Muckrakers
This anthology of investigative reporting includes 49 case studies from nine countries and stretches the history back over 300 years to trace a rich history of this journalism and the enormous impact it has had on the region. Many of the 35 expert contributors to the book will be present.

Speakers
avatar for Anton Harber

Anton Harber

Caxton Professor of Journalism, Wits University, Johannesburg
Anton is the Caxton Professor of Journalism (Adjunct) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He was a co-founder and editor of the anti-apartheid newspaper the Weekly Mail (now the Mail & Guardian), Editor-in-Chief of South Africa’s leading television news channel... Read More →


Monday October 29, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor

6:30pm

Networking braai
Dinner, drinks and a chance to mingle

Monday October 29, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Wits Club
 
Tuesday, October 30
 

9:00am

Keynote: Claire Baldwin - Duterte's War: tracking police killing squads in the Philippines
A charismatic politician. A president who calls for killings. A man who thinks drug users should die. Meet Rodrigo Duterte. Soon after he was elected president of the Philippines in May 2016 and launched his war on drugs, the bodies started appearing in the streets. Clare and her colleagues won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for a brutal series of stories that exposed how the drug war killings - by the Philippine National Police, including a commander surnamed "death" - were executions. Police in countries such as the Philippines operate in a bubble of impunity. Stories can puncture that bubble, but they have to be impossible to contradict. Clare will explain how she and her colleagues built their investigations around official police reports, security camera footage, forensic analysis of photographs, interviews with unexpected experts, Facebook, and, of course, the police themselves - who as one officer told Clare, have "special kill skills."


Speakers
avatar for Clare Baldwin

Clare Baldwin

Special Correspondent, Thomson Reuters, Hong Kong
Clare Baldwin is a Special Correspondent for Reuters. She won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting for her work with her colleagues on the Philippine drug war. She has also written about the Myanmar military, cyber thieves, pro-democracy protests, sanction-busting and government... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor

10:00am

Making Newsrooms Sustainable - money, audiences and commerce (Half-day workshop)
Whether you are a running a journalism start up, or whether you are working in an established team or network of investigative journalists, if you are looking for ideas and advice on how to pay the bills, this workshop is for you. The Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Journalism and Media Lab at Wits have brought together a team of advisors who will look at options for fundraising, for getting revenues from audiences and for advertising and sponsorships.

This will be a practical and interactive workshop so bring your ideas and experiences, questions and problems. You can also reserve one-on-one time with the experts afterwards.


Speakers
avatar for Stefaans Brümmer

Stefaans Brümmer

Managing Partner, amaBhungane, South Africa
Stefaans is an old hand at investigations. He cut his reporting teeth at The Argus in Cape Town during the tumultuous early 1990s; then joined the uppity national weekly Mail & Guardian as South African democracy dawned in April 1994. | The Mail was his launch pad for award-winning... Read More →
avatar for Bridget Gallagher

Bridget Gallagher

Gallagher Group LLC, USA
Bridget Gallagher provides fundraising strategy, implementation assistance, and counsel to domestic and international clients working on transparency, information access, and civic participation issues in the context of the rapidly changing 21st century media ecosystem. A fifteen-year... Read More →
avatar for Anne Koch

Anne Koch

Program Director, GIJN, UK
Anne Koch is the Program Director at the Global Investigative Journalism Network, an international association of journalism organizations that support the training and sharing of information among investigative and data journalists. Previously Anne worked as a broadcast journalist... Read More →
avatar for Indra de Lanerolle

Indra de Lanerolle

Director, Jamlab, Wits University
Indra de Lanerolle is the director of the Journalism and Media Lab at Tshimolong Digital Innovation Precinct in Johannesburg, Africa's first journalism and media accelerator and innovation lab. He has published research on civil society use of technologies in accountability, on the... Read More →
avatar for John-Allan Namu

John-Allan Namu

CEO, Africa Uncensored
John-Allan Namu is an investigative journalist and the CEO of Africa Uncensored, an investigative and in-depth journalism production house in Nairobi, Kenya. Africa Uncensored’s ambition is to be the premier source of unique, important and incisive journalism. Prior to co-founding... Read More →
avatar for Mohamed Nanabhay

Mohamed Nanabhay

Deputy CEO, Media Development Investment Trust
Mohamed Nanabhay is the Deputy CEO of the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF), which invests in independent media around the world providing the news, information and debate that people need to build free, thriving societies. He joined MDIF in 2015 bringing more than 15 years... Read More →
avatar for Dapo Olorunyomi

Dapo Olorunyomi

Publisher/CEO, Premium Times/Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Reporting, Nigeria
DAPO OLORUNYOMI is currently the Publisher of Premium Times, www.premiumtimesng.com, a news multimedia platform based in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.Prior to this, he served as policy director and chief of staff at Nigeria’s foremost anti corruption agency, the Economic and... Read More →
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Alec Saelens

Researcher, Membership Puzzle Project, UK
Alec Saelens is a Membership Puzzle Project researcher. Previously he co-founded and spent four years at the Bristol Cable, a UK based local media cooperative that has gained a reputation in the field for its impactful journalism, community engagement, and pioneering business model... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
WSS207 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

10:15am

AFRICAN STORIES: Cracking organised crime in South Africa
Crime is routine news in South Africa, but these two journalists have written in-depth investigations into the country's crime syndicates. This session is a conversation between best-sellling author and well-known radio journalist Mandy Weiner, who tackled a notorious Joburg mobster in her book Minister of Crime: An Underworld Explored,  and Anneliese Burgess, who probed the phenomenon of cash-in-transit robberies in her book, Heist.

Speakers
avatar for Anneliese Burgess

Anneliese Burgess

Author, Freelancer, South Africa
Anneliese Burgess is a former specialist producer for the Truth Commission Special Report and a founder member of Special Assignment, the SABC's flagship current affairs show. She has just published a book: Heist! South Africa's cash in transit epidemic uncovered
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Mandy Wiener

Best Selling Author, South Africa
MANDY WIENER lives and works in Johannesburg. She is one of South Africa’s best-known and most credible journalists and authors. Wiener worked as a multi-award-winning reporter with Eyewitness News from 2004 until 2014 and is currently a freelancer. Ministry of Crime is her fourth... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor

10:15am

AFRICAN STORIES: How cough syrup is creating a generation of addicts in Nigeria

Meet the investigative journalist who used the pain of an addicted brother to expose the illicit trade in codeine cough syrup in Nigeria. Reporting for Africa Eye, the BBC's new investigative journalism arm, Ruona was the central figure of Sweet Sweet Codeine. 
The documentary, which has racked over two million views on YouTube, spanned months of undercover stings by the Africa Eye team, involving dangerous deals with cartels in three famous pharmaceutical companies. Within 24 hours of its broadcast across Africa, the Nigerian government announced a ban on codeine syrups, commenced investigation on the companies, and is still recalling millions of bottles of cough syrup.
Hear Ruona Meyer discuss her work, as well as the challenges and advantages of being a female investigative journalist in Nigeria, the same country where her father was shot to death in 2006 for being a journalist. 


Speakers
avatar for Ruona Meyer

Ruona Meyer

Freelancer, Nigeria
Ruona Meyer is an award-winning multimedia journalist with 15 years’ experience, across print, radio, wire agency and digital outlets across Nigeria, South Africa, and the UK. She won the Reuters Niall Prize For Young African Journalists in 2010, and the Nigerian Investigative Reporter... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
WSS103 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

10:15am

Data tools for the non-data savvy
An introduction to a host of easy-to-use, data rich tools like Wazimap, Youth Explorer, Municipal Money, Vulekamali, Open Gazettes and lots more that are great for research and reporting

Speakers
avatar for Ray Joseph

Ray Joseph

Freelance Journalist, South Africa



Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Lab 1 Maths Building

10:15am

Learn Python for Data Journalism

Speakers
avatar for Siyabonga Africa

Siyabonga Africa

Program Officer, South Africa Media Innovation Program
Siyabonga Africa is the program officer of the South Africa Media Innovation Program. Innovation is something that has been an interest of his since he began my media career at the University of Pretoria and right through to his masters studies in the US.He has dabbled in data-driven... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
Lab 2 Maths Building

10:15am

Become part of the mojo revolution: Mobile journalism workshop 1/2

How to use advanced search tools and techniques to find and monitor key sources and content to enhance your journalism.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Salzwedel

Michael Salzwedel

Co-Founder & Trainer, Social Weaver, South Africa
Michael Salzwedel is a co-founder and trainer at Social Weaver, a digital media training company working with newsrooms, small businesses and NGOs in South Africa. Previously he was a Digital Media Specialist at SABC News and New Media Editor at Grocott’s Mail.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
WSS105 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

10:15am

High Risk Stories: How to stay safe (The Battlefield Simulator)

This is a session for those working in conflict zones, but also for journalists covering protests and riots. This session will focus on the skills needed for investigative journalists to reduce physical risk. How do you analyse threats, vulnerabilities and strengths and how do you behave when crossing checkpoints, covering demonstrations, riots and public unrest. This session includes a battlefield simulator and physical security training.

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Luis Sierra

Jorge Luis Sierra

Investigative Journalist, Latinointx, Mexico/USA
Jorge Luis Sierra (@latinointx) is an investigative journalists who focuses on the intersection of digital technology, investigative journalism and cybersecurity. Jorge develops risk assessment tools and crowd-sourced maps to track crime, corruption and attacks on journalists. An... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
WSS106 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

10:15am

Master class: Ben de Pear on telling the story for television

Tuesday October 30, 2018 10:15am - 11:15am
WSS104 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

11:15am

Coffee break
Tuesday October 30, 2018 11:15am - 11:45am
Lawn

11:45am

AFRICAN STORIES: Checkpoint takes you into illegal gold mines

Filming a crime in progress raises many ethical and legal questions. Using compelling personal narratives Checkpoint’s 30 minute documentary on illegal mining showed the conditions under which illegal miners live and work underground. 


Speakers
avatar for Nkepile Mabuse

Nkepile Mabuse

Executive Producer, Checkpoint, eNCA, South Africa


Tuesday October 30, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
WSS103 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

11:45am

Building socially conscious, narrative-rich dashboards using TableauPublic (for exploration, analysis, and publication)

*Please note that TableauPublic is the open source version of Tableau, a commercial data processing and visualisation tool.
 
We can use data for storytelling when we understand how to interrogate the information contained within a dataset. Technology has made data a tangible artefact, which can be worked with in different ways, shaped in different forms, and seen from different perspectives.
 
This workshop exposes participants to using data visualization as a platform for for mining, exploration and analysis, as well as setting up dashboards that are designed for end-user consumption guided by a narrative-rich user journey.
 
Requirements: Participants should have pre-installed TableauPublic on their laptops. The workshop is structured as a guided tutorial. The data and tutorial will be made available to participants at the onset of the session, which they can use to follow throughout the workshop.


Speakers
avatar for Lailah Ryklief

Lailah Ryklief

Trainer, Open Up, South Africa
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... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Lab 2 Maths Building

11:45am

Turning Data into Stories 2/3: Sorting News from Noise
During this session we'll walk you through the powerful and simple ways spreadsheets allow us to sift through and visualise data in order to find the patterns and trends behind data-driven news stories. Attend this session if you've attended session 1.


Speakers
avatar for Tegan Bedser

Tegan Bedser

Digital Media Specialist, SABC News Online
Tegan Bedser is a Digital Media Specialist at SABC Digital News. She has previously worked at the Tiso Blackstar Group for websites such as Times LIVE, Sowetan LIVE and later DispatchOnline where she was part of the team that won CNN African Journalist Awards for digital journalism... Read More →
avatar for Sibusiso Biyela

Sibusiso Biyela

Science writer, ScienceLink/Scibraai
I am a passionate science writer who uses digital tools to translate complex South African research.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Lab 1 Maths Building

11:45am

Become part of the mojo revolution: Mobile journalism workshop 2/2

Mobile phones are becoming increasingly competent and convenient as tools for content creation and distribution. This second of a two-part session covers how to create multimedia content that resonates with social media audiences, incorporating audio, video, text and photography. The session covers various tips, tricks and techniques and offers guidance on recommended equipment and apps.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Salzwedel

Michael Salzwedel

Co-Founder & Trainer, Social Weaver, South Africa
Michael Salzwedel is a co-founder and trainer at Social Weaver, a digital media training company working with newsrooms, small businesses and NGOs in South Africa. Previously he was a Digital Media Specialist at SABC News and New Media Editor at Grocott’s Mail.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
WSS105 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

11:45am

Fact Checking and Verification Workshop

Cyberspace and social media platforms have become a minefield of fake news, deception and political manipulation. We have seen fake news sway elections, manipulate public opinion, destroyed reputations of citizens and organisations. Learn the tricks of the trade to fact-check and verify content  as we take you through the dark world of fakes news.
The following will be covered:
  • Why is fact-checking important
  • What to fact-check
  • Why fact-checking around elections in Nigeria and Kenya matters. Perspectives from Africa Check
  • What good is fact-checker when there's no data? How to work around this. The Nigerian example.

Speakers
avatar for David Ajikobi

David Ajikobi

Editor, Africa Check, Nigeria
David Ajikobi (@Pantaphobious) joined Africa Check as Nigeria editor in November 2016. He was previously an Editor/Producer at Channels Television with about a decade of experience across different media platforms. He was one of the pioneer News Editors/Producers at 99.3 Nigeria Info... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
WSS106 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

12:45pm

Lunch
Tuesday October 30, 2018 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Marquee

2:00pm

AFRICAN STORIES: Gauteng's Unidentified Dead
In May 2015, I sat across from an academic, who held a human skull in her hand and told me it belonged to one of the thousands of unidentified dead in Gauteng. It was the beginning of a storyline that I would follow for two years, from Hillbrow Mortuary, watching autopsies, to a pauper’s graveyard in Soweto, where I counted as babies’ bodies were stacked into unmarked graves. I could not let go of the idea that there were all these people out there who did not know that their brother or mother or husband or daughter was dead: how was it possible that this was not a national scandal?
The resulting story series won a gold Kavli award, the highest honour in international science journalism.


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Wild

Sarah Wild

South Africa
Sarah Wild is a South African science journalist. She studied physics, electronics, and English literature at Rhodes University in an effort to make herself unemployable. It didn't work so she read for an MSc in bioethics and health law (Wits University), with a special focus on... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WSS106 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

2:00pm

The Daphne Project
When Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a car bomb there was little doubt she had been murdered because of her work. A group of 45 journalists representing 18 news organisations from 15 countries step into pick up her work and keep digging to try to get to the bottom of the many leads the formidable woman left behind. This became known as the Daphne Project. Also under discussion here will be the work done after the killing of Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak, and the Khadija Project, the investigation to release the jailed Azeri journalist.

Speakers
avatar for Miranda Patrucić

Miranda Patrucić

Regional Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo. She is regional editor for Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP ), focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor

2:00pm

A case study in forensic Journalism: How the BBC nailed the Cameroonian soldiers?
The BBC caused a stir when it used advanced forensic techniques to analyse a video showing Cameroonian soldiers killing a woman, and debunking their denials. Bedser will take a close look at how the BBC did this, and the tools and techniques they used, as well as how they told the story.

Speakers
avatar for Tegan Bedser

Tegan Bedser

Digital Media Specialist, SABC News Online
Tegan Bedser is a Digital Media Specialist at SABC Digital News. She has previously worked at the Tiso Blackstar Group for websites such as Times LIVE, Sowetan LIVE and later DispatchOnline where she was part of the team that won CNN African Journalist Awards for digital journalism... Read More →



Tuesday October 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WSS103 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

2:00pm

DubaiLeaks: How we did it … and how you can use it

In June, the Organised Crime & Corruption Reporting Project and Finance Uncovered published Sandcastle a number of hard-hitting stories focusing on kleptocrats, Politically Exposed People, criminals and alleged tax evaders who owned Dubai real estate. The story came about thanks to an unprecedented leak of Dubai real estate information. It was published in leading outlets around the world including Premium Times, Süddeutsche Zeitung and the UK Observer. Margot Gibbs led the Finance Uncovered investigation. This session will show how she organised the data using excel and then verified the names of individuals who made the headlines by using corporate registries, court records and social media tools.
There is scope for African journalists to dig into the data to see if they can identify those relevant to their countries subject to certain conditions. Come to the session to learn how to access the data.



Speakers
avatar for Margot Gibbs

Margot Gibbs

Finance Uncovered, UK
Margot Gibbs is an investigative reporter at Finance Uncovered in London, covering UK facilitation of corruption, kleptocracy and illicit finance.   | She has written extensively on corruption in the Nigerian oil industry and the London property market, and produced critically-acclaimed... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WSS105 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

2:00pm

Free tools for fact-checking
With more people going online via smartphones, it’s essential that journalists know how to fact-check using their devices. Learn about free tools that are available, and also how to set up your device for quick fact-checking. The session will also include fact-checking on a PC or Mac and includes a comprehensive takeaway list of free verification tools.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Joseph

Ray Joseph

Freelance Journalist, South Africa



Tuesday October 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WSS104 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

2:00pm

Security: One-on-One with Jorge Luis Sierra (Booking required)

A chance to book one-on-one time with Jorge to run through any issues you are having with your security. Bring your devices!

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Luis Sierra

Jorge Luis Sierra

Investigative Journalist, Latinointx, Mexico/USA
Jorge Luis Sierra (@latinointx) is an investigative journalists who focuses on the intersection of digital technology, investigative journalism and cybersecurity. Jorge develops risk assessment tools and crowd-sourced maps to track crime, corruption and attacks on journalists. An... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WSS207 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

3:00pm

Coffee break
Tuesday October 30, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Lawn

3:30pm

AFRICAN STORIES: John-Allan Namu's latest work on South Sudan

Speakers
avatar for John-Allan Namu

John-Allan Namu

CEO, Africa Uncensored
John-Allan Namu is an investigative journalist and the CEO of Africa Uncensored, an investigative and in-depth journalism production house in Nairobi, Kenya. Africa Uncensored’s ambition is to be the premier source of unique, important and incisive journalism. Prior to co-founding... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WSS103 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

3:30pm

The Big Business of Human Smuggling/Trafficking

In some African, Asian and Central American countries, smuggling services  are freely touted on the streets, luring customers the way agents at popular tourist destinations sell sailing or snorkeling excursions. The hawkers then drop potential customers off with the salesmen, who pitch them a smuggling route in a backroom somewhere.
The increased criminality and corruption in the human-smuggling business has blurred the line between voluntary smuggling and involuntary trafficking.
But smugglers have become more of a necessity as the trip to Europe or the United States has become more dangerous. That’s not just because of law enforcement but organized crime syndicates that have come to view migrants as a diversified income source to augment their earnings from drug trafficking, theft and protection rackets.
This session offers tips, techniques and suggested sources for investigating the shadowy syndicates behind smuggling networks. 

Speakers
avatar for Juliana Francis

Juliana Francis

Crime Editor, New Telegraph, Nigeria
I seriously enjoy issues that have to do with child abuse and domestic violence. I enjoy discussions that have to do with youth advocacy. I enjoy conversations that centres on restructuring of police and pushing for better force void of extrajudicial killings, torture and extortion... Read More →
avatar for Inna Lazareva

Inna Lazareva

Correspondent, Thomson Reuters, UK/Cameroon
Inna Lazareva is a British journalist and Africa Correspondent with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Based in Cameroon, Inna covers humanitarian, resilience, trafficking and other issues across the African continent. Together with European and African colleagues, she has worked on... Read More →
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Ron Nixon

Homeland Security Correspondent, New York Times, USA
Ron Nixon is The New York Times’s homeland security correspondent. He is based in the Washington bureau, where he covers border and aviation security, immigration, cybercrime and cyber security, and violent extremism. | | Mr. Nixon is a Marine Corps infantry veteran who saw... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WSS104 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

3:30pm

Cleaning data with OpenRefine
Through data sourcing we are exposed to the many forms in which data is packaged and made accessible. But it's not enough to have access to information, it is necessary to understand the correct way to organise, reorder and shape a dataset dependant on the need or the angle of a story. Open source data cleaning tools, such as OpenRefine, allow those working with data to correct typo’s or other errors that can creep into datasets through different data capture methods.


Speakers
avatar for Lailah Ryklief

Lailah Ryklief

Trainer, Open Up, South Africa
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... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lab 1 Maths Building

3:30pm

Making sense of your social media analytics

A practical overview of Facebook Insights, Twitter Analytics and other tools that can be used to gather and understand key statistics about your (and your competitors') social media presences and content.


Speakers
avatar for Michael Salzwedel

Michael Salzwedel

Co-Founder & Trainer, Social Weaver, South Africa
Michael Salzwedel is a co-founder and trainer at Social Weaver, a digital media training company working with newsrooms, small businesses and NGOs in South Africa. Previously he was a Digital Media Specialist at SABC News and New Media Editor at Grocott’s Mail.


Tuesday October 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lab 2 Maths Building

3:30pm

Villians in the Mist: How to do visual storytelling without the visuals
Investigative television often presents with a unique problem. The subjects of a television investigation understand how damaging it can be to face off, on camera, against a well- prepared journalist or presenter. They refuse interviews, send reams of responses on paper or via their lawyers, some wipe all their images from the internet, leaving you the journalist trying to tell a visual story with no visuals of your subject. So, what do you do? Using a few recent examples of my story telling I will take you through how I solved some of these problems and still got the story on air.


Speakers
avatar for Joy Summers

Joy Summers

Investigative Producer, Carte Blanche
The world of Joy Summers is a world of stories and investigations. She has exposed high profile executives in the private and public sectors. She has stayed on the trail of the corrupt, and uncovered malfeasance in meticulous detail. She has waded through thousands of pages of documents... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WSS105 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

3:30pm

The Global Lottery Industry: The Anatomy and Substance of an International Investigation

In November 2016 a group of journalists from Africa, Europe, the United States, Australia, and Latin America met during the Africa Investigative Journalism Conference.  Over a bottle of red wine or two we committed to expose the workings, transnational links, architecture, and impact of the global lottery industry that in 2014 generated nearly $300 billion in revenue.  
Composed of professional and student journalists and civic tech organization Open Up, our team has carried out the project since then.   We revealed for the first time the many dubious recipients of Lottery funding in South Africa and the lavish parties political elites in Mali throw themselves with Lottery funding.  We also laid bare the eight companies that play an outsized role in the industry, carrying out a regressive tax on poor people while avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes.  Published in radio, online, print and television outlets, the project has sparked impact and earned national recognition in South Africa and the United States.
Join us as we talk through our project's key findings, collaborative process and impact.


Speakers
avatar for David Dembélé

David Dembélé

Correspondent, Dépêches du Mali
David Dembélé is an investigative journalist born in Mali in 1984. He entered journalism by pure passion in 2006, he works for the newspaper "dispatches of Mali", "Les Echos", and is correspondent in Bamako of the newspaper "Le World". He has specialized in the field of investigation... Read More →
avatar for Adi Eyal

Adi Eyal

Director, OpenUp – Codebridge
Trained as a computer scientist and founder of OpenUp (formerly Code for South Africa), a civic technology organisation promoting the use of data and technology to drive social change. Through OpenUp he launched South Africa’s first data journalism academy which sought to train... Read More →
avatar for Ray Joseph

Ray Joseph

Freelance Journalist, South Africa
avatar for Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University, USA
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... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WSS106 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

3:30pm

Security: One-on-One with Jorge Luis Sierra (Booking required)

A chance to book some one-on-one time with Jorge who will assist with any security problems you are having. Bring your devices!

Speakers
avatar for Jorge Luis Sierra

Jorge Luis Sierra

Investigative Journalist, Latinointx, Mexico/USA
Jorge Luis Sierra (@latinointx) is an investigative journalists who focuses on the intersection of digital technology, investigative journalism and cybersecurity. Jorge develops risk assessment tools and crowd-sourced maps to track crime, corruption and attacks on journalists. An... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm
WSS207 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

4:30pm

Water Project
A second gathering for those interested in the water project.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

Assistant Professor, Grand Valley State University, USA
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... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 4:30pm - 5:30pm
WSS207 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

5:30pm

Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture: Befekadu Hailu Techane (Ethiopia)
This annual lecture to commemorate a journalist who was killed while investigating corruption in Mozambique will focus on Ethiopia, a country which has seen intense struggles over media freedom in recent years, delivered by a writer who has been at the heart of that struggle.

Speakers
avatar for Befeqadu Hailu Techane

Befeqadu Hailu Techane

Blogger, Ethiopia
Befeqadu Hailu Techane is an Ethiopian writer, activist, and blogger. He is a member of the Zone 9 Bloggers group that were arrested in 2014 due to their blogging activities after being accused of inciting violence through writing. He has been the editor of various newspapers, and currently is a columnist for Duestche Welle Amharic Service, a freelance journalist for ethiotube.net, and p... Read More →


Tuesday October 30, 2018 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor

7:00pm

Awards Dinner
The African Fact-Checking Award, dinner and entertainment

Tuesday October 30, 2018 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Marquee
 
Wednesday, October 31
 

9:00am

PLENARY: Special Guest Richard Goldstone on Integrity Initiatives International
The former prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia on the potential for international prosecutors to work with investigative journalists, through the organisation Integrity Initiatives International (Triple I).


Wednesday October 31, 2018 9:00am - 9:15am
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor

9:15am

Plenary: Anas Aremeyaw Anas
Speakers
avatar for Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Anas Aremeyaw Anas

Ghana
Anas Aremeyaw Anas is an undercover journalist working in Ghana and across the African continent. In disguise, he finds his way into asylums, brothels, prisons, orphanages and villages, where he methodically gathers evidence for hard-hitting stories – then presents the evidence... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 9:15am - 10:00am
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor

10:00am

Coffee break
Wednesday October 31, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am
Lawn

10:00am

Master Class in Following the Money (ends 1pm)
How do you find fortunes hidden in tax havens? Where do you track assets, that a local business tycoon has in other countries? How can you use public records and online business databases to get closer to the answers? How do you get leads for your stories in company accounts? 
Miranda Patrucic knows the answers – or some of them. And in this whole-day masterclass, she shares them with you. During the day, you will learn to understand and work with:
- Exposing Crime and Corruption: How They Operate 
- The Research Process: Investigating People and Companies 
- Understanding Public Records 
- Online Business Databases
- Tracking Offshore Companies (Bring your own laptops)


Speakers
avatar for Miranda Patrucić

Miranda Patrucić

Regional Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter based in Sarajevo. She is regional editor for Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP ), focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
WSS207 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

10:30am

AFRICAN STORIES: Heineken in Africa - Tackling a huge multinational
This presentation will shed light on some of the major revelations in the upcoming book Heineken in Africa. While Africa is very profitable for Heineken, the global number two brewing company employs highly controversial business practices on this continent. Investigative journalist Olivier van Beemen will also speak about his research methods and his dealings with a powerful multinational corporation. 'Don't go on a crusade against Heineken, you're too young for that', were the words CEO Jean-François van Boxmeer used when they first met.

Speakers
avatar for Olivier van Beemen

Olivier van Beemen

Holland
Olivier van Beemen is an investigative journalist and the author of Heineken in Africa. A multinational unleashed (Hurst, expected early 2019). This book is the result of more than five years of thorough journalistic research, visits to twelve African countries and almost 400 interviews... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
WSS106 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

10:30am

Extracting truth from the extractive industry
This session will elucidate the ways – initiatives, data sources and methods - journalists have been using extractive industries data across the continent in investigations,  and discuss the challenges journalists face in doing so and offer some solutions.


Speakers
avatar for Lucas Ledwaba

Lucas Ledwaba

Journalist, Mukurukuru Media, South Africa
Lucas Ledwaba is the editor of Mukurukuru Media. He writes on land, mining, social and human rights issues. His work has appeared in the Mail & Guardian, City Press, Business Day, Good Governance Africa, Scottish Heritage Magazine and numerous other publications.He is also the author... Read More →
avatar for Gemma Parellada

Gemma Parellada

Correspondent, El Pais, CNN Español
An award-winning Africa correspondent for El Pais and CNN Español based in Abidjan, Gemma is the longest-serving Spanish correspondent on the continent. She has specialised in the deadliest conflict in the world - in the -Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Powell

Ryan Powell

Media development Associate, Natural Resource Governance Institute, Dar es Salaam
Based in Dar es Salaam, Ryan is the Media Development Associate for the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI). He implements media development projects in Tanzania and Ghana and coordinates NRGI’s media development research. Before working in international development, Ryan... Read More →
avatar for Estacio Valoi

Estacio Valoi

Center for Mozambique Investigative Journalism CJIMOZ
Estacio Valoi is a Mozambican investigative journalist (print, broadcaster, documentary, photography ) who assists Oxpeckers with transnational investigations into environmental problems in the sub-Saharan region. As a member of the African Investigative Publishing Collective, he... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
WSS105 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

10:30am

The challenges of being a woman investigative journalist
Speakers
avatar for Juliana Francis

Juliana Francis

Crime Editor, New Telegraph, Nigeria
I seriously enjoy issues that have to do with child abuse and domestic violence. I enjoy discussions that have to do with youth advocacy. I enjoy conversations that centres on restructuring of police and pushing for better force void of extrajudicial killings, torture and extortion... Read More →
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Alaka Motunrayo

Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism,Nigeria
Motunrayo Adunni Alaka is a communications strategist motivated by issues of media development, social entrepreneurship, inclusive governance, gender mainstreaming and value-driven leadership. At present, Alaka leads the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism, a pioneering... Read More →
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Pauli van Wyk

The Daily Maverick, South Africa
Pauli van Wyk is curious. Relentless. Runner. Dog- and human-whisperer. Scorpio investigative journalist. She writes about the justice cluster, state-owned companies, state politics and the inescapable collision course they're on. Pauli cut her teeth at Media24. She became a journo... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor

10:30am

Turning Data into Stories 3/3: On a quest for data-driven news
In this final session, we'll apply the skills learnt in sessions 1 and 2 to actual, current data sets. You may well walk away from this session with a real story. Attend this session if you've attended sessions 1 and 2.


Speakers
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Tegan Bedser

Digital Media Specialist, SABC News Online
Tegan Bedser is a Digital Media Specialist at SABC Digital News. She has previously worked at the Tiso Blackstar Group for websites such as Times LIVE, Sowetan LIVE and later DispatchOnline where she was part of the team that won CNN African Journalist Awards for digital journalism... Read More →
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Sibusiso Biyela

Science writer, ScienceLink/Scibraai
I am a passionate science writer who uses digital tools to translate complex South African research.


Wednesday October 31, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Lab 1 Maths Building

10:30am

The Art of the Interview

To be an effective reporter requires honing your interviewing skills to an art. This session will  focus on preparing for an interview, asking the right questions, maintaining control of the interview and becoming a better listener.


Speakers
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Cheryl W. Thompson

Associate Professor and Contributing Investigative Reporter, The Washington a Post.”, George Washington University, USA
Cheryl W. Thompson is an associate professor of journalism at George Washington University and writes investigative stories for The Washington Post. She came to The Post in 1997, and has written extensively about law enforcement, political corruption, and guns, including an investigative... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
WSS104 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

12:00pm

Python for data journalism 2

Speakers
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Siyabonga Africa

Program Officer, South Africa Media Innovation Program
Siyabonga Africa is the program officer of the South Africa Media Innovation Program. Innovation is something that has been an interest of his since he began my media career at the University of Pretoria and right through to his masters studies in the US.He has dabbled in data-driven... Read More →



Wednesday October 31, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lab 1 Maths Building

12:00pm

Social media sleuthing: Advanced search tools for monitoring your sources

How to use advanced search tools and techniques to find and monitor key sources to enhance your journalism.

Speakers
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Michael Salzwedel

Co-Founder & Trainer, Social Weaver, South Africa
Michael Salzwedel is a co-founder and trainer at Social Weaver, a digital media training company working with newsrooms, small businesses and NGOs in South Africa. Previously he was a Digital Media Specialist at SABC News and New Media Editor at Grocott’s Mail.


Wednesday October 31, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lab 2 Maths Building

12:00pm

Open secrets: How to find and use open sources to crack open stories

Some of the world’s secrets are out in the open, just waiting for keen reporters. Stories about high-level bribery in Africa have been revealed by obtaining public documents from government offices. These records were just begging to be read and shared with the world. We'll go over story ideas and tools that journalists can harness to find open secrets in Africa.


Speakers
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Emmanuel Freudenthal

Freelance investigative journalist, Kenya
Kenya | Twitter: @EmmanuelFreuden | Emmanuel is a freelance reporter based in Nairobi. He has been doing investigations in Africa for a decade, from nerdy open-source journalism to extended trips in conflict zones. | Most recently, he's worked on verifying the location and perpetrators... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
WSS104 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

12:00pm

Stalkers and threats: How to react, not over-react and continue your work

In recent years across the globe there has been an increase in threats and attacks on journalists. These may be direct threats or veiled or ambiguous threats. These have an impact on the safety and psychological wellbeing of journalists, and their ability to do their work. The typical threats come from a delusional stalker, to people who are being investigated by the journalist. Journalists, especially investigative journalists, probe where people don’t want them to, thus increasing the risk for threats.
People often over-react to threats, which is unhelpful in its own right, and hire bodyguards, without first properly assessing and monitoring the level of threat. In this presentation the presenter will discuss the role that threat assessment and management play in dealing with communicated threats. It will also highlight what to expect from someone claiming to be a threat assessment expert. Myths about threats will also be discussed. A significant amount of time will be devoted to helping the journalist understand the warning signs for serious concern, how to predict a possible violence act is imminent, and also highlight the profiles of different threateners and the harm they each may pose. The primary aim of the presentation is to help the journalist protect themselves, and secondly to assist the journalist to report on stories that may involve threats. 


Speakers
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Gerard Labuschagne

L&S Threat Management, South Africa
Gérard Labuschagne PhD is a Director of L&S Threat Management, South Africa’s first sole purpose workplace violence threat assessment and management consultancy. He was Section Head of the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) specialized Investigative Psychology Section (IPS... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
WSS105 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

1:00pm

Lunch
Wednesday October 31, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Marquee

2:00pm

AFRICAN STORIES: Investigating China in Africa
The Wits Africa-China Reporting Project works with journalists to promote better coverage of China's growing presence in Africa. This panel will highlight some of the most interesting investigative work done on this important topic.

Speakers
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Huang Hongxiang

Founder, China House, Kenya
Huang Hongxiang is the Founder of China House, a social enterprise that researches and engages Chinese in Africa regarding sustainable development, wildlife conservation and so on; and an ivory investigator featured in the Netflix documentary The Ivory Game
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Christian Locka

Freelancer, Cameroon
Christian Locka is a Cameroonian freelance reporter who exposes human rights abuses, corruption, misuse of power and organized crime. His work has appeared in international publications including 100Reporters, USA Today, Washington Times, Public Radio International, Mail and... Read More →
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Solomon Serwanjja

Anchor/Investigative Journalist, NBS Television, Uganda
Solomon Serwanjja is a practicing broadcast investigative journalist currently working with NBS Television as an anchor and investigative reporter in Uganda. He also doubles as a Ugandan Correspondent for KTN News, a station based in Nairobi, Kenya. Previously, he worked as a news... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WSS103 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

2:00pm

Investigating the South African Criminal Justice System

Successes, challenges and case studies on investigating miscarriages of justice such as wrongful convictions and  human rights violations in places of detention.

Speakers
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Ruth Hopkins

Senior Journalist, Wits Justice Project, Johannesburg
Ruth Hopkins is a senior journalist with the Wits Justice Project. Ruth wrote a book on trafficking in women in/to Europe, which was published in 2005 (Ik laat je nooit meer gaan, I will never let you go again), based on five years of research in Albania, Bulgaria, Ukraine and the... Read More →
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Carolyn Raphaely

Senior Journalist, Wits Justice Project, South Africa
Carolyn Raphaely is a senior journalist at the Wits Justice Project. Carolyn’s professional career and personal interests have always been informed by an insatiable curiosity and a desire to improve the way we live. With a psychology and drama degree, a Masters in City and Regional... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WSS104 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

2:00pm

How to make your data visualisation talk

Dataviz should not only be used to add colour to your story, but rather as a tool for communication in its own right. In this session, we will critique data visualisations from real stories and discuss whether they were effective. We will also briefly touch on the economics of dataviz and how much time you should spend on it in order to get the best return on investment. The session will take the form of an interactive discussion.



Speakers
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Adi Eyal

Director, OpenUp – Codebridge
Trained as a computer scientist and founder of OpenUp (formerly Code for South Africa), a civic technology organisation promoting the use of data and technology to drive social change. Through OpenUp he launched South Africa’s first data journalism academy which sought to train... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lab 2 Maths Building

2:00pm

A survival guide for freelancers

With cutbacks a reality for journalists, more people are going freelance. It means that it’s more important to market yourself across different platforms, and to learn new skills to get a share of shrinking editorial budgets. This session will also look at the need to think of yourself as a business, as well as opportunities to access reporting grants and other ways to survive as a freelancer in the 21st century.

Speakers
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Ray Joseph

Freelance Journalist, South Africa


Wednesday October 31, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WSS105 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

2:00pm

Money Trail: Support for those who want to investigate illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption
Interested in investigating illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption across borders?
Intercontinental journalist teams consisting of at least one African, one Asian and/or one European journalist can apply for the Money Trail grants to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption.

- Each team must consist of journalists from at least two continents.
- In order to be eligible for application, the teams have to ensure that their story will be published in at least two continents. Therefore, during the application procedure they will be asked to upload letters of intent for publication from media organizations in at least two continents.
- Money Trail supports costs related to journalistic research for all media. This can include travel, translation, access to pay-databases or simply time to research. The teams will have to draw a budget of the overall costs of their investigative project.

Wondering how to find a team and apply?
In this session Lisa Akinyi May, grant coordinator at Journalismfund.eu, will answer all your questions on how to best prepare for the application. 


Speakers
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Lisa Akinyi May

Grant Coordinator & Communications Manager, Journalismfund.eu
Lisa Akinyi May coordinates the Money Trail Grant Project. Money Trail is a collaborative project between highly regarded journalism and training organisations – Finance Uncovered, Free Press Unlimited, Journalismfund.eu – and Oxfam Novib.Money Trail offers working grants for mixed teams of African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. The project also offers training courses focused on how to investigate tax abuse... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WSS107 Wits Science Stadium, First Floor

3:00pm

Closing session: Keeping yourself and your data safe
Speakers
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Jorge Luis Sierra

Investigative Journalist, Latinointx, Mexico/USA
Jorge Luis Sierra (@latinointx) is an investigative journalists who focuses on the intersection of digital technology, investigative journalism and cybersecurity. Jorge develops risk assessment tools and crowd-sourced maps to track crime, corruption and attacks on journalists. An... Read More →


Wednesday October 31, 2018 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Auditorium 3 Wits Science Stadium, Ground Floor