1. Teachers and Speakers

    Teachers and Speakers

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

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  2. About the Conference

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    CIJ Summer Conference
    2-4 July 2015
    Goldsmiths, University of London

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    Plan your time at the Summer Conference. #CIJSummer

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  4. Class Information

    Class Information

    Detailed information about what you can expect at the 2014 CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference and Summer School.



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    How to get to the CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference venue at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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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.

Adam Cantwell-Corn works as a waiter. He has done a raft of other precarious jobs along with (mostly unpaid) human rights law experience, since graduating in 2012. Adam turned down law school in 2014 to co-found The Bristol Cable; a start-up media co-operative created, owned and produced by people in the city. Through dozens of free workshops and events plus multimedia and print publications, The Bristol Cable has worked hard to cultivate contacts and engage communities online, in print and on the streets. Can this present a real and direct alternative and redefine journalism and public accountability on the local level and beyond?


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Alexa O'Brien is a investigative journalist. Her work has been published in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Guardian UK, Salon, The Daily Beast, and featured on the BBC, PBS Frontline, On The Media, Democracy Now!, and Public Radio International. In 2013, she was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in the UK.
Since 2012, Alexa has provided an extensive archive of the only available transcripts of WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning's closed trial.

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.

Alon Aviram is interested in merging the principles of democratic ownership with investigative and engaging reporting. He is a cook (to pay the rent!), freelance writer, and co-founder of The Bristol Cable media co-op. A 2012 graduate of International Relations, The Bristol Cable is interested in linking the local to the global: from sneaking around hotels gathering testimonies on Bristol's exploitative catering sector, to uncovering links between Bristol City Council contractors and labour abuse in Qatar. With over 200 paying members, the Bristol Cable aims to demonstrate a reimagined local media platform that investigates and holds power to account.


Arjen Kamphuis is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Gendo (http://www.gendo.nl/en/blog/arjen) since 2005. Previously He worked for IBM as IT architect, trainer and IT strategy advisor. As CTO of Gendo he advises several national governments, non-profits and Fortune-500 companies on technology-policy. Since 2009 Arjen has been training journalists, politicians, lawyers, human rights workers and whistleblowers to defend their communications and data from government or corporate intrusions or manipulation.


Aron Pilhofer is the former Associate Managing Editor for Digital Strategy at The New York Times. Currently working as The Guardian's first Executive Editor of Digital, he is responsible for developing and executing the newsroom's approach to technology, new products, analytics and social media. Aron also heads the Interactive News desk, a 40-person team he founded more than seven years ago to blend journalism and technology in new and innovative ways. The work of the Interactive News desk has been consistently recognised as among the most innovative and forward-looking in the industry. Aron also co-founded two news-related startups: DocumentCloud.org and Hacks & Hackers.


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).


Cynthia O'Murchu is an investigative reporter for The Financial Times. She was part of the team that produced Europe's Hidden Billions in conjuction with The Bureau for Investigative Journalism. The project created a database tracking every penny distributed through the EU's Structural Funds to date.

David Crawford is a Senior Reporter at CORRECT!V.
David has reported on West German spy services, the Stasi and Al-Qaida as a freelance journalist. He worked for the Wall Street Journal as a freelancer from 2001 and an investigative correspondent from 2004.
David has longstanding experience with data journalism. With the help of the Chaos Computer Club he decoded the sensitive data of the so-called “Stasi List” which was published in the taz in 1990. He later went on to report on corruption in international business. He was able to uncover dubious payments made by Dresdner Bank to the current President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin. He received the “Business Journalist of the Year Award” for his coverage of the Siemens bribery scandal. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Daniel Pearl Award for his research on the dismantling of democracy in Russia.

David Donald is Data Journalist in Residence in the School of Communication and Data Editor in the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University, where he organises the data journalism teaching and leads the data analysis for IRW’s investigations.  

Previously, Donald was Data Editor at the Center for Public Integrity and served as Training Director for Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting.

His work ranges from investigations into the top sub-prime lenders behind the financial meltdown to the under-reporting of campus sexual assaults to the fraudulent billing practices of doctors and hospitals in the US.

His work has been honoured with the Philip Meyer Award, the IRE Renner Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.


David Leigh is one of Britain’s best-known investigative journalists, who in 2015 led the Guardian team which exposed the tax evasion activities of the HSBC bank, in collaboration with BBC Panorama, the Washington DC-based  International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), and Le Monde in Paris.  He is currently the Anthony Sampson Professor of Reporting at the City University journalism school, London, and was full-time Investigations Editor of the Guardian newspaper 2000-2013. He is one of the founder members of the ICIJ and a former trustee of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in London.
He handled the Guardian’s publication in 2010 of the ground-breaking Manning/Wikileaks disclosures and co-wrote a book about it with Luke Harding. He then worked with the Guardian to manage the mass NSA-GCHQ intelligence leaks obtained from Edward Snowden.  He has written several other books and won numerous UK and international journalism awards in a 40-year career.


Eileen Chubb is one of the 'Bupa 7' whistle-blowers, which was the first whistle-blowing legal case. Founder of the charity Compassion in Care and co-founder of The Whistler.
Author of Beyond the Façade and contributor to the book Here we stand. Have campaigned to expose abuse in care settings and have been in over 300 homes across the country. We have helped hundreds of whistle-blowers who contact our helpline. I work closely with the media, the recent BBC panorama was a result of whistle-blowers contacting us from the Old Deanery Care home. We campaign for whistle-blowers to be protected by law and have published comprehensive evidence on whistle-blowing and what happens to those who speak out. We have also submitted evidence to the NUJ in support of journalists' sources being protected.

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Eliot Higgins is an award winning investigative journalist, and founder of the Brown Moses Blog and Bellingcat. He publishes the work of an international alliance of fellow investigators using freely available online information. He has helped inaugurate open-source and social media investigations by trawling through vast amounts of data uploaded constantly on to the web and social media sites. His inquiries have revealed extraordinary findings on subjects such as the downing of flight MH17 in Ukraine and the August 21st 2013 Sarin attacks in Damascus.

Heidi Blake is UK Investigations Editor of BuzzFeed News and was previously Assistant Editor of The Sunday Times, attached to the Insight investigations team. She is the co-author with Jonathan Calvert of The Ugly Game, a devastating account of the Qatari plot to buy the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup based on a cache of hundreds of millions of leaked documents. Her scoops have made waves in politics, sport, business, defence, health and security and she has won twelve national journalism awards, including Scoop of the Year, Investigation of the Year and the Paul Foot Award for Campaigning and Investigative Journalism.

Heidi Blake is this year's Audice's Choice speaker. 


Jenna Corderoy is a journalist and co-author of the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s handbook ‘DPA without the Lawyer.’ On completion of her Masters in investigative journalism at City University, she became an information law researcher for Request Initiative. She has also produced reports for the charity Action on Armed Violence, and has volunteered for Full Fact, an independent factchecking organisation. 

John Christensen 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.  In the past 11 years he has become what the Guardian has described as “the unlikely figurehead of a worldwide campaign against tax avoidance.”

Joni Cameron-Blair was an independent inspector at the Social Service Registration and Inspectorate in Nottingham Council, who decided to blow a whistle on the systematic abuse and cover up of abuse in children’s homes, learning difficulties homes and nursing homes. As a result of her whistleblowing she has beed dismissed from her position and is now in civil litigation with her former employers.

Juliana Ruhfus is the senior reporter for Al Jazeera’s People & Power investigative strand where she has worked since 2006 when her film on Liberian ex-combatants launched the Al Jazeera English’s programming content.  Nearly 40 films later she has gone undercover in Turkmenistan and in Cambodian orphanages, produced the five part “Corporations on Trial” series, and her investigation into the trafficking of Nigerian women into the Italian sex-trade is one of the most-watched People & Power shows ever.
In 2010 her work was awarded with the Ochberg Fellowship and in 2011 Juliana received a scholarship for Havard’s Global Trauma Program. Last year saw the launch of her ground-breaking, interactive, gamified Pirate Fishing investigation which is currently on the festival circuit and has just won its first award.
In 2003 and again in 2007/08 Juliana has also worked as an expert consultant for the UN Security Council Sanctions Committee monitoring violations of the arms embargo on Somalia.  
Juliana Ruhfus is our Audience's Choice Speaker. 

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 a data journalist with the Thomson Reuters Foundation where she works on corruption, women’s rights and humanitarian investigations. In times long past she was a technology journalist in Ireland and a pharmaceutical researcher for an MIT-startup.

A former intern at the Centre for Investigative Journalism she works with databases and is a novice at programming.


Luuk Sengers is an investigative reporter and journalism lecturer. With Mark Lee Hunter he developed Story-Based Inquiry, an efficient and systematic way of doing investigations. The pair has written several investigative handbooks together and trains students and professionals in all parts the world. Luuk has worked 16 years as economics reporter for Dutch newspapers and magazines. He is currently participating in a cross-boarder group of independent journalists investigating European environmental issues.

Mark Lee Hunter is an adjunct professor and senior research fellow at INSEAD, based in the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre.  

He is the only person to have won awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the world's leading organisation in the field, both for his investigative reports and for his research on journalism. He has also won H.L. Mencken, Clarion, National Headliners, SDX and EFMD awards for features and research.
He is the author of over 100 investigative reports and nine books, including (along with Luuke Sengers) The Hidden Scenario and The Story Tells the Facts, published by the CIJ with the support from the Reva and David Logan Foundation.

Mark is also a partner at Story-Based Inquiry.

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.

Murray Dick is a lecturer in multimedia journalism at Newcastle University.

He came to academia as a practioner; having developed and taught various skills in online journalism in industry since 2004. These include:
forensic (online) search, verifying online resources, newsgathering (online), writing for the web, search engine optimisation.
His approach to teaching while at the BBC (2004-2008) was informed by observing the organisational and professional presures placed on journalists. During this time he built a body of knowledge around the seeking and retrieval of information towards solving journalistic research problems online - this knowledge formed the basis of his early research, and especially his book Search: Theory and Practice in Journalism Online (Palgrave 2013).
His current research is bound up with data journalism and data visualisation; he is currently preparing a critical history of infographics in UK news.

Paul Askew is the director at Speaking Data. His work involves providing consultancy services in strategy, performance and data analysis.

Paul Cheston is the Courts Correspondent of the London Evening Standard.
He covered his first court case for the Diss Express and, after training on the Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, came to Fleet Street to work for the Press Association in 1982. Paul joined the short-lived London Daily News in 1987 and was reporting on the final day of the Jeffrey Archer libel trial when owner Robert Maxwell closed the paper down.
After brief work for the Daily Star and Sunday Express he joined the Evening Standard as a general news reporter. He was appointed Courts Correspondent in 1993 and is co-author of two books, Brothers in Blood and Court Scenes.

Paul Francis is the Political Editor of The KM Group, Kent’s leading media company, where he is responsible for political coverage of the county at local and national level. He is an award-winning journalist and has been named Kent Journalist of The Year three times. He was also named as Weekly Newspaper Reporter of the Year in the national Regional Press Awards in 2011.


Paul is acknowledged as a leading writer on local government affairs and as an expert in Freedom of Information. He has worked for the KM Group since 1995 and began his career in local newspapers in north London. He has written for The Guardian, The Sunday Times and various local government magazines during his career. He writes a regular blog for the KM Group and lectures on public affairs at the Centre for Journalism at the University of Kent. He is a member of the NCTJ Public Affairs board.

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Raj Bairoliya is a well-known forensic accountant and has been teaching How to Read Company Accounts at the CIJ  for over 10 years. Raj also holds a number of intensive weekend courses for the CIJ, as well as frequently helping journalists and broadcasters to decipher the accounting/business aspect of their stories.
Raj has specialised in forensic accounting investigations for nearly 25 years and has investigated many of the high profile accounting failures over this period. He is retained by law firms as well as law enforcement and regulatory agencies. In 2000 he set up Forensic Accounting LLP, an independent specialist forensic accounting firm. The firm, having grown to be the biggest independent forensic firm in the UK, was acquired by a US-listed firm in 2008. Raj left in August 2012 after serving his tie-in period after completing his non-compete. He is once again an independent forensic accountant and is the Managing Director of Expert Forensic Accountants Limited.
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.


Sandra Gaudenzi started her career as a television producer and then moved into interactive television, to finally specialise in the field of digital interactive narrative. She taught Interactive Media Theory at the London College of Communication (University of the Arts London) for thirteen years and is now Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the West of England. She co-convenes the i-Docs conference and is Creative Director of its website. Sandra also mentors projects, organises trainings, curates conferences, blogs, and researches and runs a meet-up in London about factual interactive narrative.


Sid Ryan is a 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.

Ted Jeory is a former accountant who spent nine years working for the Russians, Americans and the Chinese before deciding he wanted a less eclectic career as a journalist. He is a former Deputy Editor of The East London Advertiser where he was the Press Gazette Reporter of the Year in 2008. At The Sunday Express he has been Whitehall Editor and still writes as Home Affairs Editor, whilst also serving as Digital News Director for both the Sunday & Daily Express.


In his spare time Ted writes the Trial by Jeory blog on the politics of Tower Hamlets in east London. He was nominated for the Paul Foot Award for his blogging work in 2013. BBC’s Panorama came knocking next and it screened a documentary into the borough and its mayor, Lutfur Rahman, in March 2014. Allegations centring on the council’s grants process prompted Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to send in emergency auditors four days after the programme was aired.

Tom Burgis is investigations correspondent at the Financial Times, formerly the newspaper’s Johannesburg correspondent and West Africa correspondent. He has reported on Africa since 2006 and is one of the only foreign journalists to have done back-to-back postings in southern and western Africa. He has been nominated for Young Journalist of the Year and in 2013 won the RSL Jerwood Award for a first work of non-fiction in progress and the prestigious Financial Times Jones-Mauthner prize for ‘his superb reporting and exposé of corruption in mineral-rich Angola and Guinea’. He frequently appears on radio and television.