Data Journalism in the City

Posted: May 12, 2011 in Events
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Who?

The Centre for Investigative Journalism – advances education for, and public understanding of, investigative journalism, critical inquiry, and in-depth reporting and research

What?

Summer School – a three day event with talks and practicals running in parallel so you’ll always find something to interest you. Book here.

When?

15th – 17th July 2011, starting each day at 09:00 am and finishing at around 05:00 pm

Where?

College Building
280 St John’s Street
City University London

For map and directions see here.

Why?

With stories from WikiLeaks dominating the news agenda over the last year, the main strand for summer school 2011 will be whistleblowing. In a practice both praised and condemned, WikiLeaks aims to challenge secrecy and hold governments to account.

But it didn’t start with WikiLeaks and the school will bring some of the best- known “whistleblowers” to tell their stories. As a journalist you will learn about protecting sources and how to advise potential informants on securing their information and staying anonymous. A speaker from WikiLeaks will deomonstrate their tested methods of protecting sources, winning legal battles and preparing redactions.

The school will also look at the issue of taxation and how the big corporations avoid large tax bills by moving their profits to offshore tax-havens. At a time of massive cuts, layoffs and collapsing public services we will show you how to investigate the way companies legally protect their profits.

The school will illustrate what happens when you knock on the door of offshore accounts, how to differentiate between tax avoidance and tax evasion and how the rich hide their fortunes and minimise their tax bill.

The school will draw upon a recent, major investigation into a multinational company and examine what it revealed about its tax-havens around the world.

The third strand will look at digital journalism – has social media given rise to an army of citizen journalists who are undercutting paid reporters? Or can new technology make it easier to hold powerful organisations to account? Paul Lewis, Special Projects Editor at the Guardian, will reveal how he has used Twitter and other techniques to collaborate in hard-hitting investigations.


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