Supporting cross-border investigative journalism
UNCOVERED is the annual conference of the Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) programme. Organised by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, in partnership with the International Press Institute and European Journalism Centre, UNCOVERED brings together investigative journalists, funders, policymakers, and civil society members to discuss the opportunities and challenges of cross-border investigative journalism.
This year UNCOVERED will take place on Thursday, 31st March and Friday, 1st April in hybrid format and will host the 2022 IJ4EU Impact Award ceremony at the end of the first day of the conference. Attendees will be able to join our panels on opportunities and challenges of cross-border investigative journalism, learn more about various cross-border investigations of public interest, and follow the IJ4EU Impact Award both from the comfort of their homes or directly in Berlin. In-person guests will also have the opportunity to join exclusive networking events, workshops, and screening events.
Due to the current Covid regulations, participation in the conference in person is currently only possible by invitation.
Please keep in mind that in-person attendance to UNCOVERED in Berlin is only possible with a daily negative antigen test in addition to proof of vaccination or recovered status (2G+).
Please register for your online participation or let us know if you would like to join in person if places become available.
Day Moderators: Lutz Kinkel (ECPMF) and Neus Vidal (ECPMF)
MARCH, 31 | 13:00-18:30
12:30 – 13:00 Registration
13:00 – 13:20 Opening Ceremony | Conference Hall
13:50 – 14:40
Looking East: Investigating the EU’s “Near Abroad” | Conference Hall
Long before Russia invaded Ukraine, investigative journalists had countries on the EU’s eastern flank in their sights. IJ4EU grantees discuss cross-border projects linked to Russia, Belarus, and Ukraine.
13:50 – 14:50
Workshop: New Tools for Fact Checking | Press Room
Interactive workshop with the Lie Detectors and WeVerify: A short presentation about the work of Lie Detectors, followed by a series of practical fact-checking exercises, and a demonstration on how teams of cross-border investigative journalist can use WeVerify’s toolkit to collaborate and provide evidence to back up their stories.
14:40 – 15:10 Coffee Break
15:10 – 16:00
Countering SLAPPs: How to Protect Journalists? | Conference Hall
In this panel, the use of Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) to target and restrict journalists and media workers across Europe will be discussed in line with the latest developments in the legislative process to protect media freedom.
IJ4EU Showcase: Into the Shadows | Press Room
From dark corners of the web to unlawful mass surveillance, IJ4EU grantees discuss cross-border crime.
New Donor Strategies: How to Fund Your Investigation? | Conference Hall
The world is changing and so are the ways of funding investigative cross-border journalism. This panel discusses the new trends and challenges in supporting journalism, including the use of both public and philanthropic money.
IJ4EU Showcase: Chasing Environmental Issues | Press Room
Environmental issues do not stop at borders; IJ4EU grantees showcase their investigations.
17:00-17:30 Break: Can We Tempt You to a Glass of Prosecco?
IJ4EU Award Ceremony | Conference Hall
The winners of this year’s Impact award will be announced. Ten cross-border investigations have been shortlisted for the second IJ4EU Impact Award. An independent jury chaired by Attila Mong has chosen three winners. Each will receive €5,000 for further investigations.
APRIL, 1 | 09:45-13:15
Věra Jourová – Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency will talk about how the European Media Freedom Act is a pillar of freedom and protection for investigative journalism.
09:45 – 10:40
Dangerous Journeys: The Dark Side of EU Migration Policy | Conference Hall
Underage migrants convicted of human trafficking. Families unable to identify loved ones who perished en route to Europe. Cross-border tragedies fuelled by private and public funds. IJ4EU grantees look at failures of EU migration and asylum policy.
09:45 – 10:40
Workshop: Under Pressure but Resilient | Press Room
This workshop focuses on ways to take care of your and your colleagues’ mental health while working on your investigations; helping you differentiate between different types of trauma, understand strategies for resilience, and recognise the impact of trauma for you and your team.
10:50 – 11:40
Surveillance: Is Pegasus the Tip of the Iceberg? | Conference Hall
Who is targeting journalists with surveillance and what does it mean for investigative journalism?
10:50 – 11:40
IJ4EU Showcase: Following the COVID Data | Press Room
Three IJ4EU cross-border investigative teams present projects unlocking hidden stories behind the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe and beyond.
11:40 – 12:10 Coffee Break
12:10 – 13:00
Duty of care: Who’s Responsible for Protecting Freelancers? | Conference Hall
Freelance journalists are the least protected group in the field of media workers. This panel discusses obstacles encountered especially by freelancers in Europe and potential solutions to their problems.
13:00 – 13:15