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    Some of the world's best speakers and trainers are coming to the CIJ Summer Conference. #CIJSummer

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    #CIJSummer Conference
    14-16 July 2016
    Goldsmiths, University of London

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  4. Class Information

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    Detailed information about what you can expect at the 2016 CIJ Investigative Journalism Summer Conference.



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Teachers and Speakers

Over the years the CIJ has invited some of the biggest names in investigative journalism to speak and train at our summer schools, courses and talks. This page gives some biographical information about the people teaching and speaking this year.This page will be updated regularly. #CIJSummer

Allan Harraden is the company director of Oztex Services. He is a specialist in covert filming techniques and has over 25 years experience working with specialist cameras.

Bastian Obermayer is deputy head of the investigative unit of the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung. Together with his colleague Frederik Obermaier he first broke the story of the Panama Papers. Their same-named book, a bestseller in Germany, will soon be published in English, Spanish and several further languages.
Obermayer worked from 2005 until 2012 for the magazine of Sueddeutsche Zeitung, specializing in long form and investigations. His topics included Nazi war criminals, serial killers and sexual abuse in Catholic boarding schools. In 2012-2013 he moved to the newspaper itself and coordinated the work of the Offshore Leaks team of Sueddeutsche Zeitung. He is the author and editor of several books, including God is Yellow (about the affair of manipulations and wrongdoings in the German 19 –million-member automotive club ADAC, an affair which Obermayer first revealed), Brother, What Have You Done (about Catholic friars who abused boys) and Letters From the Front - German Soldiers Tell About the War in Afghanistan (during a time when no one in the government used the word “war”). He has received numerous honors for his work, including the Theodor-Wolff-Preis in 2009, the Henri-Nannen-Preis in 2010, the Helmut-Schmidt-Preis in 2013 & 2014 and the Waechterpreis in 2015.


Betsy Reed is editor-in-chief of The Intercept, an investigative digital publication dedicated to providing uncompromising, often adversarial, reporting on big business, government and the ways they intersect. Previously, she served as executive editor of The Nation, where she led the magazine’s award-winning investigative coverage. Since joining The Intercept, the organization has won numerous distinctions, including a National Magazine Award and Reed's inclusion among the "2016 Good 100”, a list of world-changers published by Good Magazine, which called The Intercept, "a last bastion of the fourth estate.”
As a book editor, Reed has many credits, including two international bestsellers by Jeremy Scahill, Blackwater and Dirty Wars. Reed also co-edited the New York Times bestseller Going Rouge: Sarah Palin, An American Nightmare with Richard Kim.

Caelainn Barr is a reporter on the data projects team at the Guardian.

She has used data analysis to uncover the misuse of expenses by the European Commission and human rights abuses in Ethiopia at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. She has also worked at the Wall Street Journal, the Irish Times and Bloomberg.

She is a graduate of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia Journalism School in New York.

Crina Boroş is an investigative journalist reporting on HSBC leaks, UK and offshore money-laundering, Afghan victims’ compensation, women’s rights, EU lobbying, workers’ abuse, civil service transparency and accountability. She specialised in data journalism / CAR, cross-border, Freedom of Information and undercover reporting. She produced front-page headlines-generating features, statistical analysis and watchdog reporting. A CAR trainer and member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).


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Daan Louter is a Dutch designer and developer at the Guardian Visuals team, where he combines his design and coding skills to find new and innovative ways of telling stories. Daan started studying journalism in 2008, but decided to switch to study interaction design. Immediately after his studies, he joined The Guardian to apply his design skills in a journalistic environment.

Daan's work at The Guardian has been recognised with various awards, such as an SND and Walkley award. His graduation project 'News Interactives', which helps journalists to come up with new ways of telling stories, was awarded the best graduation project of 2012/2013 by Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.


Florian Ramseger is a Tableau Product Specialist, where he helps people see and understand their data using Tableau Public. He has a background in economics, statistics and data visualization. Prior to joining Tableau he has worked for international organisations and in academia.

Frederik Obermaier is reporter for the investigative unit of the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung. His work focuses largely on investigative research worldwide. Together with his colleague Bastian Obermayer he first broke the story of the Panama Papers. Their same-named book, a bestseller in Germany, will soon be published in English, Spanish and several further languages. Obermaier has received numerous honors for his work, including the CNN-Award, the Waechterpreis and the Helmut-Schmidt-Preis.

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Helena Bengtsson is Editor, Data Projects at the Guardian in London, UK. She previously worked as the database editor at Sveriges Television, Sweden’s national television broadcaster. In 2006 and 2007, she was database editor at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C. In 2010, she was awarded the Stora Journalistpriset (Great Journalism Award) for Valpejl.se, a website profiling every candidate in that season’s Swedish elections.

James B. Steele is an American investigative journalist and contributing editor of Vanity Fair. Together with his collaborator Donald L. Barlett,  he is one of the most awarded journalists in US history. Steele and Barlett have won more than 50 national journalism awards, among them two Pulitzer Prizes and two National Magazine Awards. The pair have pioneered the use of computers to analise data on crucial public issues. Steele’s most recent article, “A Wing and A Prayer” about the outsourcing of airline maintenance,  appeared in the December 2015 Vanity Fair.

Jenna Corderoy is a writer and researcher at VICE News. Previously, she was an information law researcher for Request Initiative, sending Freedom of Information requests and Environmental Information Regulations requests on behalf of NGOs. Jenna has also produced reports for Action on Armed Violence, and has volunteered for Full Fact, an independent factchecking organisation. She is the co-author of the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s handbook DPA without the Lawyer

Joe Plomin is one the best-known producers of covert television documentaries. He has led some of Britain's most high-profile undercover investigations. He was the undercover producer for the celebrated BBC documentary exposing the abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View private hospital in 2011.

John Christensen trained as a forensic investigator and economist.  He has worked in offshore finance, and for 11 years was Economic Adviser to the government of Jersey. Since 2004 he has directed the work of the Tax Justice Network and has become what the Guardian has described as “the unlikely figurehead of a worldwide campaign against tax avoidance.”

Jonathan Stoneman worked for the BBC for 20 years as researcher, producer, reporter, editor and finally Head of Training at World Service. Specialising mainly in central and eastern Europe, Jonathan reported for World Service from virtually every country of the former Warsaw Pact in the 1990s, before moving on to run the Macedonian and then the Croatian language services. 
In 2010 Jonathan decided to leave the BBC and become a freelance trainer. Since then he has worked increasingly with data – re-learning MS Excel as a journalistic tool as an introduction to the growing world of datajournalism, and the Open Data movement. 
Tracking the use of Open Data and learning new techniques to make the most of it has become something between an obsession and a hobby.  

Justin Walford is the former legal manager for The Daily Express and The Sunday Express newspapers. He works now as an editorial lawyer on The Sun.

Karrie Kehoe is an Irish data journalist currently working for The Times and Sunday Times.
She recently worked for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and at the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Her stories have been published on the Reuters wire and re-published in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Buenos Aires Herald among others, and translated into Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
Karrie is a former researcher for Andrew Jennings, the man who took down FIFA, and interned at the Centre for Investigative Journalism.
Karrie prefers to use Python and SQL in her data driven investigations.

Leila Haddou is a freelance investigative and data journalist currently working at the Financial Times. She has previously worked for the Guardian covering offshore tax leaks, corporate land banking and issues surrounding social justice. She continues to explore how technology can be used by journalists to assist with data-led investigations. 

Luuk Sengers is an investigative journalism lecturer at Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg (Netherlands) and a trainer at Story-Based Inquiry Associates. He also works as a freelance investigative journalist. Together with Mark Lee Hunter and with the support of UNESCO he developed the internationally acclaimed Story-Based Inquiry method, a systematic and efficient way of doing investigations.
Luuk worked as an economy reporter at Dutch newspapers and magazines, including NRC Handelsblad, Quote and Intermediair.
He has been a board member of the association of investigative journalists in The Netherlands and Belgium, the VVOJ.
He co-authored and edited the book Onderzoeksjournalistiek: Researchproces van idee tot verhaal (Lannoo Campus, 2009). With Hunter, he wrote several practical handbooks about investigative journalism and a curriculum for universities, including including The Hidden Scenario and The Story Tells the Facts.

Mark Lee Hunter Mark Lee Hunter is the principal author of "Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists" (UNESCO 2009), the most widely-distributed reference work in the history of the profession. He and Luuk Sengers are the founding members of Story-Based Inquiry Associates. This year he is teaching at universities and  organisations on four continents. At INSEAD, a global business school where he is an adjunct professor, he co-founded The Stakeholder Media Project. He is the author of over 100 investigative reports and nine books, including (along with Luuk Sengers) The Hidden Scenario and The Story Tells the Facts, as well as scholarly research on media development. 

He is the only person to have won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. for both for his investigative reports and for his research on journalism. He has also won the H.L. Mencken, Clarion, National Headliners, Society of Professional Journalists and EFMD awards for features and research. 

Martin Tomkinson is a veteran investigative financial journalist and corporate researcher. He was a financial researcher for The Mail on Sunday's 'Rich List' from 2000-2004 and has worked on The Sunday Times' 'Rich List' since 2005.

Martin has written for all of the UK’s major newspapers. He started work with Private Eye in 1972 and has worked as a freelance since 1981. He is the author of two books, Nothing to Declare: the Political Corruptions of John Poulson (with Michael Gillard) and The Pornbrokers: The Rise of the Soho Sex Barons.


Michael Rogers is a researcher and software developer working on secure communication tools for activists and journalists. He holds a PhD in computer science from University College London.

Neil Smith served over 10 years as a police officer in a major UK police force and time spent working as a counter-fraud specialist for a government department. 
He then worked as a fraud investigator for insurance companies. For the last 10 years Neil has worked as a full time investigative researcher for clients who range from from insurance companies to law enforcement agencies.
For the last eight years he has taught many hundreds of investigators, mostly from law enforcement, in the art of using the internet as an investigative tool. These courses have taken him all around the UK and Europe.

Nick Mathiason joined the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in 2011 as a reporter.
He has reported extensively on party political funding, the financial lobby, commodities, asset recovery and the supply of affordable housing. He has been nominated five times for major newspaper awards.
Nick has presented packages for BBC Radio 4’s World Tonight and regularly appears on television and radio. He previously worked at the Observer, the Guardian and the Big Issue.
Nick is also director of the Illicit Finance Journalism Programme – a training and mentoring project aimed at increasing the reporting of tax abuse and corruption stories in the media.

Peter Geoghegan is an Irish writer and journalist based in Glasgow. He is co-director of the Ferret, a co-operative investigative journalism online project based in Scotland. Since launching in 2015, the Ferret has published dozens of stories including lengthy investigations into subjects such as fracking, asylum and domestic violence that were subsequently picked up by broadcast and print media. The Ferret was shortlisted for a British journalism award last year and has several hundred paying subscribers. Peter is also an assistant producer at Firecrest Films making investigative TV, predominantly for Channel 4's Dispatches strand, and the author of a number of books including The People's Referendum: Why Scotland Will Never Be the Same Again (shortlisted for Saltire Society prize in 2015).
Rachel Hamada is a freelance journalist based in Edinburgh specialising in social justice and human rights, with a particular interest in Africa and neocolonialism. She has won awards in the UK and Tanzania for human rights reporting and digital innovation.
She has worked for Scottish political magazine Holyrood as assistant editor and for the Economist Group and Scotsman Publications, as well as This is Africa. She also works part-time for a Scottish human rights organisation. Rachel is a Journalist Director of The Ferret.
Robert Miller is the Business News Night Editor at The Times and broadcaster for BBC Radio Five Live's Wake Up to Money programme. He is a former presenter for Telegraph TV and Telegraph Talk. He was also Senior Business Correspondent at The Daily Telegraph, Associate Editor of Sunday Business, City Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Express and Banking Correspondent of The Times. Previously he was Personal Finance Correspondent at The Observer.
Robert is also a former adviser to the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) Foresight Panel on business, a member of Lautro, the old unit trust and life office regulator and pension fund trustee at News International.

Roddy Mansfield produces investigations for Sky News and has been using covert cameras since 1994. He has secretly filmed the rescue of a kidnapped bride in Pakistan, exposed illegal exports of electronic waste to West Africa and purchased machine guns from underworld armourers.
His investigations have convicted computer hackers, immigration fraudsters, gun dealers and internet predators. Roddy is interested in the ways journalists are applying new technology to obtain evidence for their investigations.
He was previously a video activist with the alternative news service Undercurrents which provided support to NGOs working on social justice and environment issues.

Sid Ryan is a Bertha Fellow of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, specialising in Freedom of Information Law and the Private Finance Initiative. After a degree in biochemistry and a Masters in investigative journalism, he spent a year working for Request Initiative, a community interest company which performed FOI-based research on behalf of NGOs and charities. Currently Sid is working on a long-running investigation into PFI in the NHS, arguing for the right to information all the way through the Information Commissioner and into the courts. He also supports the People vs PFI campaign in an advisory capacity and has a interest in developing online crowd-research tools.

Sophie Sparkes is a Data Analyst at Tableau with the Tableau Public team. She helps European journalists and bloggers visualize their data to tell insightful stories. She has a background in analytics and government. You can see some of her personal data visualization work on her Tableau Public Profile.