December 2–4, 2021
Ukrainian Investigative
Journalists Conference
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ABOUT
Are you ready for the year-end wrap-up session in investigative journalism? Join RPDI flagship event, for 13 years bringing together the best investigative journalists in Ukraine and in the world. The focus topic is "Collaboration of Investigative Reporters: Synergy and Impact."
  • Collaboration
    In the cluster we will cover how to conduct cross-border investigations and to deepen international cooperation of investigative reporters, where to seek funding for such materials and what high-profile publications have detonated in the media sector this year.
  • Sustainability
    Panels of the cluster are dedicated to the insights on how investigative centers ensure their own development and growth, what obstacles they have to overcome, as well as why it is important not to forget about ethics and standards and how this affects the goals for sustainable development.
  • Training
    We will find out how to teach investigative journalism not only at universities, but also on online platforms. For example, where to start if you want to run an online course?
  • Innovation
    You’ll get the opportunity not only to learn new tools – from registries to cryptocurrency and Python, but also to use the knowledge gained during the Conference practical sessions.
  • Practice
    What precedents have changed the media sector this year? What new practices do investigative journalists use? The answers to these questions can be found on the panels of the "Practice" cluster.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Brant Houston
is a professor and Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting at the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is co-founder and board chair of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and co-founder and chair emeritus of the Institute for Nonprofit News.
Collaborations of global investigative and data driven journalists have soared in the past two decades and I look forward to talking about some of the most impressive projects and the guiding principles for successful collaborations.
SPEAKERS
KEY CONFERENCE NUMBERS
28
panels
89
speakers
10
workshops
AGENDA
2 December, 2021
3 December, 2021
4 December, 2021
All clusters are chosen
Claster:
Collaboration
Sustainability
Training
Innovation
Practice
12:30 – 13:30
Participants registration. Welcome coffee
13:30 – 14:00
Opening of the Conference. Welcoming from organizers and donors: Embassy of Denmark in Ukraine, EU Anticorruption Initiative, Politiken-Fonden, Council of Europe, Internews Media Program in Ukraine, GIJN and ІMS
14:00 – 14:30
Collaboration
Stream 1
Congress Hall
Collaboration of Investigative Reporters: global efforts
Keynote speaker (online):
Brant Houston, Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)
14:30 – 16:00
Sustainability
Stream 1
Congress Hall
Investigative Reporters Ethics
The panel covers the differences between the ethics of investigative reporters and ordinary journalists, major ethical dilemmas, restrictions, and taboos in investigative practice, complaints about violations of ethical standards in different countries, and complicated decisions regarding sources, working undercover, and privacy invasion.
Moderator:
Andriy Kulykov, Commission on Journalistic Ethics (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism (USA)
Henrik Kaufholz, Politiken (Denmark)
Margo Smit, Newsombudsmen.org (the Netherlands)
Denys Bihus, Bihus.Info (Ukraine)
Fedir Sydoruk, Schemes: corruption in detail, Radio Liberty (Ukraine)
Sustainability
Stream 2
Senator Hall
Development of post-Soviet independent investigative centers and investigative journalists projects
What centers and projects have been organized so far? How do they work? What problems and challenges do they face? What are the results of their investigations? How do they find financial support and how do they survive in their countries?
Moderator:
Alina Radu, Ziarul De Garda (Moldova)
Speakers:
Nana Iksanova, Media Initiatives (Kazakhstan)
Cornelia Cozonac, Center of Investigative Journalism (Moldova)
Azamat Tynaev, Internews TRACK Project (Kyrgyzstan)
Anna Kapushenko, kloop.kg (Kyrgyzstan)
Innovation
Stream 3
Parliament Hall
Search for Information in Foreign Open Sources (Hands-on Session)
How to find information in foreign public registers? During the workshop, you will learn more about effective methods of OSINT.
Speakers:
Antonina Volkotrub, Alina Stryzhak, Anti-Corruption Action Center (Ukraine)
Roman Romanovskyi, i-Stories and Transparency International (Russia)
16:00 – 16:30
Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:00
Collaboration
Stream 1
Congress Hall
Opportunities for funding and collaboration of investigative reporters
Panel discussion of donors that support collaborative journalistic projects. What do investigative journalists need to know to get funding for their activities? Which topics are more likely to receive financial support? Where to apply and how to apply properly?
Moderator:
Kateryna Laba, Institute for War & Peace Reporting (Ukraine)
Промовці:
Jose Miguel Calatayud, Arena for Journalism (Spain-Germany)
Gohar Khodjayan, Media Bridge (Denmark)
Svitlana Slabinska, Journalismfund.eu (Ukraine-Belgium)
Anatoliy Shalayev, NewsPrice (Ukraine)
Kateryna Laba, EU-funded Boosting Investigative Journalism Outlets in Ukraine Project, Institute for War & Peace Reporting (Ukraine)
Practice
Stream 2
Senator Hall
Ukraine's compliance with its obligations to protect the rights of journalists: how to achieve efficiency
Protection of the rights of journalists is an up-to-date topic in the country. How to push authorities to stick to the law and make a more safe environment for journalists?
Moderator:
Liudmyla Pankratova, Regional Press Development Institute (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Oksana Romaniyuk, Institute of Mass Information (Ukraine)
Oleksandra Yanovska, Judge of the Supreme Court (Ukraine)
Olha Dubinska, Department for the Enforcement of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights
Office of the Prosecutor-General representative (Ukraine)
Innovation
Stream 3
Parliament Hall
Data Journalism Tools (Hands-on Session, online)
A master class of an investigative journalist, founder and executive director of the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism (CCIJ) on tools that are used for data journalism.
Speaker:
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism (USA)
18:00 – 18:30
Coffee Break
18:30 – 20:00
Collaboration
Stream 1
Congress Hall
World's Biggest Collaborative Journalistic Project "Pandora Papers"
Everything you wanted to know about the world’s biggest leak: how it happened and how journalists worldwide were working on it.
Moderator:
Tetiana Kozyreva, freelance journalist (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Atanas Tchobanov, editor in Bivol.bg (Bulgaria)
Elena Loginova, OCCRP / Slidstvo.Info (Ukraine)
Ion Preasca, RISE (Moldova)
Luke Harding, the Guardian (the United Kingdom)
Alex Shprintsen, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada)
Alesya Marokhovskaya, іStories - Novaya Gazeta (Russian Federation)
Practice
Stream 2
Senator Hall
Connecting Eastern European and Arab Reporters for Collaborative Investigative Projects
Joint side-session between Ukrainian Investigative Journalism Conference and Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism Forum - 2021 for journalists interested in creating trans-regional stories.
Moderator:
Fedir Sydoruk, Schemes: corruption in detail, Radio Liberty (Ukraine)
20:00 – 21:00
Dinner
09:30 – 11:00
Training
Stream 1
Congress Hall
Investigative Reporting Teaching in the Universities
Practicing journalists will share the methods and approaches they use in teaching investigative journalism; what teachers focus on when forming curricula; mistakes made by investigators and how to avoid them; whether formal education meets the challenges in the profession; whether formal journalism education competes with non-formal education, and who has the best results.
Moderator:
Olena Demchenko, Mohyla School of Journalism / Regional Press Development Institute (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, Grand Valley State University (USA)
Andrew Lehren, The City University of New York (USA)
Tom Heinemann, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (Denmark)
Oleksandr Voloshyn, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine)
Danylo Mokryk, Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine)
Sustainability
Stream 2
Senator Hall
Investigative Reporting in the Repressive States
Recent political developments in Post-Soviet countries, Belarus and Russian Federation included, have made journalistic work more difficult and dangerous. Reporters from these countries will discuss what is different and common in their situation and how to make influential investigations in such a hostile environment.
Moderator:
Nina Kuryata, media expert (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Jamshed Marupov, FactChek.tj (Tajikistan)
Alina Rudina, Belarussian Press-Club (Belarus)
Khadija Ismayilova, investigative journalist (Azerbaijan)
Mikhail Rubin (online), Agentstvo (Russia)
Innovation
Stream 3
Parliament Hall
Coding on Python (Hands-on Session)
Where to start with Python and how this programming language can be useful for investigative and data journalists: hints & tips.
Speakers:
Denys Hubashov, Texty.org.ua (Ukraine)
Oleg Oganov, Mykolaiv Center for Investigative Reporting (Ukraine)
11:00 – 11:30
11:30 – 13:00
Sustainability
Stream 1
Congress Hall
Ukrainian Regional Centers of Investigative Journalism: best practices and experiences
The panel will cover methods of working with the audience, investigations promotion and communication, community-building
Moderator:
Valentyna Samar, Center for Investigative Reporting (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Yurii Horbach, Syla Pravdy (Lutsk, Ukraine)
Oleksandra Hubytska, Nashi Hroshi (Lviv, Ukraine)
Serhiy Sydorov, Zaporizhzhya Investigations Center (Ukraine)
Pavlo Lisnychenko, Center for media research "Prozoro" (Kropyvnitskyi, Ukraine)
Antonina Torbich, 4 Vlada (Rivne, Ukraine)
Collaboration
Stream 2
Senator Hall
Investigative reporters experience: best practices
Investigators from Sweden, Belarus & Ukraine will share their stories and how they were made using innovative tools for investigators.
Moderator:
Oleg Khomenok, Global Investigative Journalism Network (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Hector Barajas, Barometrn (Sweden)
Serhiy Herasymovych, Platforma 375 (Belarus)
Mykyta Panasenko, Center for Investigative Reporting (Ukraine)
Innovation
Stream 3
Parliament Hall
Social Networks Searching and Backgrounding of People and Companies (Hands-on Session, online)
A master class that will help you become a pro in creating profiles of people and companies and use profound techniques in social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
Speaker:
Henk van Ess, data journalist, lecturer (the Netherlands)
13:00 – 14:00
14:00 – 15:30
Practice
Stream 1
Congress Hall
Dangerous situations in the Investigative Reporters Work: Opportunities for Counteraction
There are threats in the work of investigative journalists that are not easy to overcome. How do editorial offices cope with these challenges? Get advice and lifehacks from the RPDI's media lawyers and journalists.
Moderator:
Liudmyla Pankratova, Regional Press Development Institute (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Oleg Oganov, Mykolaiv Center for Investigative Reporting (Ukraine)
Pavlo Novyk, Kharkiv Anti-Corruption Center, (Ukraine)
Antonina Torbich, 4Vlada (Ukraine)
Oksana Maksymeniyuk, RPDI (Ukraine)
Anna Myroniyuk, Kyiv Post (Ukraine)
Kyrylo Ovsianyi, Schemes: corruption in detail, Radio Liberty (Ukraine)
Training
Stream 2
Senator Hall
Resources for Informal Training of Investigative Reporters
Resources that allow journalists to improve their professional skills, find new partners, facilitate their work. Presentation of online resource centers for journalists. "Prometheus" video courses for working with foreign open registers and investigating electoral or political financing – their content, relevancy, and popularity among target audiences.
Moderator:
Yevhen Zaslavskyi, Media Development Foundation (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Olga Simanovych, Global Investigative Journalism Network (Ukraine)
Anastasiia Sechina, Hribnitsa (Russia)
Alisa Yurchenko, Bihus.info (Ukraine)
Maksym Opanasenko, Bihus.info (Ukraine)
Ivan Primachenko, Prometheus (Ukraine)
Innovation
Stream 3
Parliament Hall
Social Networks Searching and Backgrounding of People and Companies (Hands-on Session, online)
A master class that will help you become a pro in creating profiles of people and companies and use profound techniques in social media, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
Speaker:
Henk van Ess, data journalist, lecturer (the Netherlands)
15:30 – 16:00
16:00 – 17:30
Practice
Stream 1
Congress Hall
Award-Winning Stories
The authors of journalistic investigations that have received prestigious Ukrainian or international awards during the year will share their stories and experience.
Moderator:
Liubomyra Remazhevska, Slidstvo.Info (Ukraine)
Investigation: Hazardous waste, non-admission of inspections and other violations: what hides the landfill of Zaporizhzhia
Speaker:
Kateryna Shevchenko, Zaporizhzhia Investigations Center (Ukraine)
Investigation: Break the Bank
Speaker:
Anna Babinets, Slidstvo.Info (Ukraine)
Investigation: Victor Medvedchuk's American Dream
Speakers:
Maksym Savchuk, Oleksandr Chornovalov, Liubomyra Remazhevska, Schemes: corruption in detail, Radio Liberty (Ukraine)
Investigation: Femicide. Who and how kills women in Kyrgyzstan?
Speakers:
Savia Hasanova, Anna Kapushenko, kloop.kg (Kyrgyzstan)
Practice
Stream 2
Senator Hall
Video Storytelling (Hands-on Session)
What are the fundamental aspects of telling a successful story using video, editing hints, and much more from the award-winning investigative producer from CBC (Canada)?
Speaker:
Alex Shprintsen, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Canada)
Practice
Stream 3
Parliament Hall
Investigative TV-interview (Workshop)
Workshop on TV-interview genre in investigative journalism: pros and cons, and best practices.
Speaker:
Andrew Lehren, NBC News (USA)
18:30 – 21:00
10:00 – 11:30
Collaboration
Stream 1
Congress Hall
WIJN - Women Investigative Journalists Network Project
A presentation of a project dedicated to the development of the Women Investigative Journalists Network in Eastern partnership countries. Why such a network is necessary and what are benefits in being a member.
Moderator:
Liza Kuzmenko, Women in Media (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Gohar Khodjayan, International Media Support (Denmark)
Cornelia Cozonac, Center of Investigative Journalism (Moldova)
Bohdan Basiy, RPDI (Ukraine)
Yulia Khimeryk, Mykolaiv сenter for Investigative Reporting (Ukraine)
Olena Semko, "06153" news site (Ukraine)
Innovation
Stream 2
Senator Hall
Ukrainian and Global Tools for Working with Open Data. Part 1
What's new in the services, what features have been added and how can journalists effectively use them at work?
Moderator:
Lyubov Velychko, investigative journalist, freelancer (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Yaroslav Harahuts, Clarity Project (Ukraine)
Kyrylo Zakharov, Сourt in the open (Ukraine)
Viktor Volokyta, Nashi Hroshi (Ukraine)
Innovation
Stream 3
Parliament Hall
Investigation of fraud and money laundering using cryptocurrencies (workshop)
Workshop on traces of cryptocurrency use in corruption, criminal activity and money laundering around the world.
Speaker:
Mattias Carlsson, Dagens Nyheter (Sweden)
11:30 – 12:00
12:00 – 13:30
Collaboration
Stream 1
Congress Hall
Joint investigations involving journalism centers from several countries
Don't miss: in this panel that we will discuss prominent examples of cross-border cooperation.
Moderator:
Olga Simanovych, Global Investigative Journalism Network (Ukraine)
Investigation: Four Killers, Three Cops and Narcobaron
Speakers:
Bojana Jovanovic, KRIK (Serbia), Yevhenia Motorevska, Slidstvo.Info (Ukraine)
Investigation: "Ukrainian doctor without a diploma signed dozens of referrals for unnecessary amputation in Yemen"
Speakers:
Mohammed Komani, ARIJ (Yemen), Fedir Sydoruk (Ukraine)
Investigation: Undercover Judge: How Poroshenko's Special Forces Evacuated Tchaus to Moldova of Plakhotniuk
Speakers:
Vladimir Thoric, RISE (Moldova), Dmytro Replianchuk, Slidstvo.Info (Ukraine)
Investigation: Messenger from Firtash: what did the formerly wanted associate of the oligarch do in the Office of the President Zelensky?
Speakers:
Vladimir Thoric, RISE (Moldova), Valeriya Yehoshyna, Schemes: corruption in detail, Radio Liberty (Ukraine)
Collaboration
Stream 2
Senator Hall
UA: Public Investigations: Social Investigation Films and Regional Investigations
Managers and authors will share their experience of creating investigations on the regional and local levels.
Moderator:
Liudmyla Pankratova, Regional Press Development Institute (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Inna Biletska, UA: PBC (Ukraine)
Kateryna Lykhohliad, UA: PBC (Ukraine)
Svitlana Ostapa, National Public Television and Radio Company of Ukraine (Ukraine)
Innovation
Stream 3
Parliament Hall
Ukrainian and Global Tools for Working with Open Data. Part 2
What's new in the services, what features have been added and how can journalists effectively use them at work?
Moderator:
Oleksa Shalayskiy, Nashi Hroshi (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Serhiі Milman, YouControl (Ukraine)
Olga Gein, Aleph, OCCRP (online)
13:30 – 14:30
14:30 – 16:00
Practice
Stream 1
Congress Hall
Investigations of Corruption and Misuse of Public Funds
What is common and what is different in the misuse of public funds in different countries?
Moderator:
Maksym Opanasenko, Bihus.info (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Nana Iksanova, Media Initiatives (Kazakhstan)
Kristine Agalaryan, HETQ (Armenia)
Yurii Nikolov, Nashi Hroshi (Ukraine)
Oleksandra Hubytska, Nashi Hroshi.Lviv (Ukraine)
Innovation
Stream 2
Senator Hall
Interaction of investigative journalists with state anti-corruption authorities – NABU and NACP
A panel discussion about the collaboration of NABU and NAPC with investigative journalists and how journalists can cooperate with anticorruption authorities more effectively.
Moderator:
Lyubov Velychko, investigative journalist, freelancer (Ukraine)
Speakers:
Oleksandr Rykovtsev, National Anti-Corruption Bureau (Ukraine)
Olena Krolovetska, National Anti-Corruption Bureau (Ukraine)
Valeriia Ivanova, National Agency on Corruption Prevention (Ukraine)
Daria Sofina, National Agency on Corruption Prevention (Ukraine)
Practice
Stream 3
Parliament Hall
The use of personal data in investigations: finding a balance between privacy and the public interest (online session)
Personal data is sensitive information that should be protected by states. Рowever, in real life, obtaining personal data is quite simple. Is it legal to use personal data for journalists and under what circumstances this data can be used? Is it ethical to use such data?
Moderator:
Vladimir Thoric, RISE (Moldova)
Speakers:
Andrei Zakharov, Russian service of the BBC (Russia)
Oksana Maksymeniuk, media lawyer, RPDI (Ukraine)
Tetiana Rikhtun, UA: Kyiv (Ukraine)
16:00 – 16:30
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How to register?
You can register here.
Will the conference be online or offline?
We will hold the event in a mixed format. Lectures and discussions can be viewed online, and a limited number of participants will be able to join the practical sessions live.
How will the participants be selected?
The selection will be conducted on a competitive basis. RPDI invests a lot of resources and efforts in the Сonference organization, so it is very important for us how potential participants will use new knowledge and contacts.
Do I need vaccinations to participate in the event?
Only holders of the green COVID certificate will be able to attend the event offline.
Will I be able to watch Conference live stream?
Yes, there will be a live stream for separate panels: lectures and discussions. Workshops and practical sessions, as well as panels on sensitive topics will be available only for the participants offline.
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