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Friday, September 4 • 11:00 - 13:00
Investigating Corruption: the New Muckrakers

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How are new funding models and cross-border collaborations for investigative journalism affecting investigative journalism’s ability to combat corruption?

Mainstream media continue to back away from funding long-form investigative journalism and are broadening links up with organisations like ProPublica, ICIJ and 100Reporters. These new models (mostly funded by US foundations) are also often in collaboration with civil society organisations (also foundation and a sometimes government funded). There are more cross border collaborations too and great reporting has been done. Real exposure, however, is still a function of teaming up with traditional media even though the social media universe is beginning to act as a growing disseminator of this work.

This session will explore and discuss both the sustainability of this model for investigative journalism and the financial and ethical pitfalls in this approach. Is this a golden age for investigative journalists uncovering corruption? Will foundations keep up their funding? Will working with CSOs, who have their own agendas, skew the journalism? Is this different from the days of media barons setting the agenda or are we still very much party to their personal

The session will also like to tackle the role of the whistleblower: the traditional source and the data dumps. It will look at the role of data journalism in this new connected and visualisable world and how mainstream media can adapt and benefit from cross-border collaborations.

The session will:

• Explore and compare sustainable financial models to ensure investigative journalism remains a strong weapon in the anti-corruption arsenal
• Connect players with different agendas to combatting corruption via investigative journalism
• Assess the viability of philanthro-journalism in the fight against corruption

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Deborah Unger

Manager, Rapid Response Unit, TI-S

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Eva Constantaras

Data Journalism Advisor, Internews
Eva Constantaras is a data and investigative journalist and a trainer specialised in cross-border journalism projects to combat corruption and encourage transparency. She has worked in Latin America, Asia and East Africa on topics ranging from displacement and kidnapping by organised... Read More →
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David Kaplan

Executive Director, Global Investigative Journalism Network
David E. Kaplan is executive director of Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), the international association of investigative reporting organizations, with 155 member groups in 68 countries. He has worked as an investigative journalist for more than 30 years, reported from... Read More →
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Yolanda Jinxin Ma

Co-founder & Editor, Data Journalism China
Yolanda Jinxin Ma is a frequent international speaker & trainer on data journalism. In the past few years she has trained 200+ journalists in China on data skills. She is currently working on innovation projects with the UN in Asia Pacific region. She was previously with Reuters on... Read More →
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Ron Nixon

Homeland Security Correspondent, New York Times, USA
Ron Nixon is The New York Times’s homeland security correspondent. He is based in the Washington bureau, where he covers border and aviation security, immigration, cybercrime and cyber security, and violent extremism. Mr. Nixon is a Marine Corps infantry veteran who saw combat... Read More →

Paul Radu

Executive Director, OCCRP Bucharest
Paul Radu is the executive director of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a co-creator of the Investigative Dashboard and of visual investigative scenarios visualisation software vis.occrp.org. He is a co-founder of the RISE Project, a platform for investigative reporters and hackers in Romania. He has held a number of fellowships including the 2008 Knight International Journalism fellowship with the International Center for Journalists as well as a 2009-2010 Stanford Knight Journalism Fellowship. He is the... Read More →

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Alison Coleman

Project Coordinator, Transparency International EU Liaison Office
Alison is the Project Coordinator for the European Corruption Observatory, an online database of media reports on corruption and a meeting point for journalists, hackers, experts and all those interested in corruption.

Friday September 4, 2015 11:00 - 13:00 GMT+08
Hall 3

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