Registrations and welcome coffee
How we source and verify open-source information from the war in Ukraine
Mark Krutov, Radio Svoboda
Building the Russian Asset Tracker: insights on investigating the hidden wealth of oligarchs
Pavla Holcová, OCCRP & Investigace.cz
“Billionaire Roman Abramovich’s daughter Sofia has show horses, each worth $500,000.” This was one of the 200+ tips received by OCCRP after they asked the public for help finding foreign assets of key figures close to Vladimir Putin to include in the “Russian Asset Tracker”. With 27 media partners, OCCRP built the largest public database of oligarch assets, including yachts, jets, mansions — and more than 30 horses. Investigative journalist Pavla Holcová takes you behind the scenes of the ongoing project that has so far catalogued more than $20 billion in assets — and drove the most traffic to the OCCRP website in the organisation’s history.
Twitch: from gaming to journalism
Emilio, most widely known as Nanisimo, has focused his work on new media formats, especially TikTok and Twitch. His streams on Twitch for Spanish media outlet Newtral about the January 6th Capitol attack or the start of the war in Ukraine were watched by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide leading Newtral to become the first Spanish-speaking media outlet reporting on Twitch. Emilio will explain to us how Twitch is becoming an emerging platform for news reporting and what audiences expect from journalists.
Coffee break + networking
Breakout sessions (Part I)
1. TikTok vs Instagram Reels: where and why to invest
Erika Marzano and Yasmina Al-Gannabi, Deutsche Welle
2. From 16:9 to 9:16: going 100% mobile with interactive storytelling
Jakub Górnicki and Piotr Kliks, Outriders
When Outriders realised most of its audience was on mobile, it decided to stop producing journalism content for desktops. Very soon, the team will be going 100% mobile. How can we produce and present our stories exclusively for mobile platforms? What changes in editorial workflow and in reporting from the field? How to capture the attention of a mobile audience? Jakub and Piotr will answer these and other questions, showcasing the benefits and challenges of going 100% mobile, with concrete examples, including part of the work they’ve done reporting from Ukraine since the war started.
3. From idea to product-market fit: how to give your communities and audiences what they actually need
Rishad Patel, Splice
Lunch + networking
How a changing media landscape requires a new way of leadership
Breakout sessions (Part II)
1. Developing data visual journalism in small newsrooms
Patrick Boehler, Dora Nemeth and Ali Mahmood, Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty
Data can be a powerful tool to find stories and the right visualisations can often tell more than long-form features. No wonder most news organisations are rushing to build data teams. Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty is no exception. Patrick, Dora and Ali will share their experience in building such teams and processes over the last year. They will also share some of their first stories, like the Kyrgyz election results, wildlife fires in Siberia, and scraping Facebook advertising in the Hungarian election as inspiration for simple projects that can be easily replicated.
2. From radio to social audio: experiments on Twitter Spaces
Dávid Tvrdoň, SME.sk, Maliha Amirzada, Radio Mashaal and Jan Kordovský, Seznam Zprávy
In this session, we will be guided through the social audio landscape, get tips and gain know-how on how we can use Twitter Spaces to engage with our audience in real-time.
3. Tools for environmental journalism
Robert Socha, Google News Lab Teaching Fellow, CEE
Around the world, wildfires, flooding and other extreme weather continue to affect our health, our economies and our future together on our planet. Robert will guide us as we experiment with tools that journalists and media organisations can use to find and report on stories about the environment.
1. Lessons on AI for election coverage
Radka Marková, the Czech News Agency
To relieve journalists from the overwhelming amount of repetitive tasks related to covering election results in real-time, the Czech News Agency approached AI experts at Geneea to collaborate on automatic text generation. Radka Marková will explain how automated journalism was incorporated into the editorial workflow, allowing the staff more time for original reporting around the elections.
2. How to use TikTok to fight mis- & disinformation online
Jan Žabka, Hildacipes
Hildacipes is a small investigative outlet and its team was not inclined to sing and dance on TikTok. But Jan Žabka suggested starting a channel to connect with a younger audience on TikTok and help them get their facts straight. Jan’s videos cover hoaxes, deepfakes, OSINT and are getting thousands of views. He will share how he started the channel, how he packages his stories and why his TikTok material is about to go on TV soon.
3. Hooking young audiences on hard news via Instagram
Johana Bázlerová, Jsem v Obraze
Growing an audience from 1,500 to 10,000 followers in 24 hours is how the Instagram channel v obraze, which translates into ‘I’m in the picture’, jumped to popularity. A brainchild of Johana Bázlerová, a university student, v obraze was born during the pandemic when Johana realised she’d like to learn and share more about current affairs and politics with her generation. Johana will share how she is growing and engaging with her community through visuals and stories that provide facts and context to topics ranging from the climate crisis and the war, to housing, education and mental health.
4. Producing long-form journalism out of a campervan
Elena Stancu and Cosmin Bumbut, Teleleu.eu
An editor and a photographer working for legacy media, Elena Stancu and Cosmin Bumbut quit their jobs in 2013. They moved to a second-hand campervan and set off travelling around Europe to tell the stories of underreported communities. Their reporting focused on extreme poverty, domestic violence, life in prisons, discrimination, and Roma communities in the diaspora. Elena and Cosmin will share more about their editorial approach, storytelling ways and how they make a living producing long-form journalism.
Developing audio audiences
In the hyper-local medium of podcasting, how can news organisations leverage their content to engage and grow their audience?