Summer School 2013

Keynote Speakers

The Marikana Tragedy
On 16 August last year 34 miners were shot dead by the South African police and over 70 were wounded. Another 250 were arrested and charged with murder. Jim Nichol, a lawyer representing the families of the miners at the Commission discusses the case.

Seymour Hersh: Digging Deeper
Seymour Hersh, the US Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine specialising in military and security matters, talks about how to turn an ordinary news story into a proper investigation - taking it to a different level.

Investigating the Mexican Drug Cartels
For more than a decade, Ioan Grillo has covered the surreal and ultra-violent world of Mexican cartels, putting together the skills required to get close to the gangsters. He talks about reporting on the cartel death squads and the personal risk involved.

Spying: the Eye On Everyone
An important discussion with Seymour Hersh, Duncan Campbell and Geoffrey Robertson QC about some of the most important events in the history of journalism and the extraordinary issues they’ve raised for democracy, for a free press and for the very nature of privacy itself.

Talks and Training

The Politics of the Internet
Dr. Richard Stallman talks abou abusive computing and networks, and how we fight them. The talk includes, proprietary software that controls the users, malicious features in proprietary software and surveillance by companies and the state. This video is available to download: the Politics of the Internet.

InfoSec: The Introduction
Arjen Kamphuis and Michael Rogers will give an overview of basic information security concepts (learn to think like the attacker) and point the way to some basic tools and methods for protecting yourself, your colleagues and your sources.

The Scope and Significance of NSA-GCHQ Surveillance
Duncan Campbell puts the new revelations in a technical and historical content - he explains what "metadata" means, show examples of it, and explain how agencies automatically network and exploit the information mountains now exposed.

Interviewing Techniques: Role Play
Martin Tomkinson and Robert Miller will enact a number of different roles to illustrate the necessary skills and pitfalls to avoid in this vital part of a journalist's craft.

Investigative Journalism: the Future's Digital
At 17,000 words, "Snow Fall" was a success with awards committees, sure. But more importantly, it was a huge success with readers. The same is true of the Guardian's recent "Firestorm" project. Aron Pilhofer and Francesca Panetta explain why digital doesn't mean the death of investigative and long form journalism.

Photography for Evidence Gathering
Through recent examples from Libya and Syria, Damien Spleeters talks about the importance of thoroughly documenting the tools of war in (post-) conflict areas. He explains how field research can be coupled with an "archeological" exploration of data and other type of documents.