Focus on European investigative journalism – International Day, 9 Oct. 2012

Here is the schedule for talks and presentations at “International Day”, October 9th 2012 at the Danish School of Media and Journalism.

Subject: The state of investigative reporting in Europe

Case story: The media’s role in the Greek financial meltdown. Media and journalists played a part in the events leading to the financial meltdown in Greece – and unfortunately, not always a very flattering part. Many Greek journalists have for years accepted a close co-existence between media and state power, and until recently it wasn’t unusual for a reporter to do private work for an organisation or authority he or she were supposed to cover critically and objectively for a news outlet.

Together with 4 international guests (via Skype, one at a time) we will focus first on Greece, and then on European and international investigative journalism.

Nikos Konstandaras, Kathimerini’s managing editor, describes how the greek media has covered the crisis – he outlines the role of the Greek press in the years leading up to the crisis with an eye to conditions and practice for investigative journalism in Greece.
Links: Miami Herald

13:30 – 13:45 Break

13:45 – 14:15
Brant Houston, Knight professor and co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, boardmember of INN: Different paths in investigative journalism in US and Europe. With a special focus on models for funding.

14:15 – 14:30 Break

14.30 – 15:15
Stephen Grey, Editor of investigative projects at Reuters Thompson in Europe, based in London presents highlights from his work investigating who benefitted from the Greek entry to the euro. Why did Reuters Thompson start the research? What was the outcome? Obstacles? Lessons learned: Will it be possible for investigative journalists in Europe to do a better job next time a crisis is coming?
Links: Articles published by Reuters (password protected)

15:15 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:00
Kevin Davis, managing director of Investigative News Network: How can we make sustainaible business models for investigative journalism. Can we spread the model of INN to the rest of the World. Will it be financing by foundations or how can we actually build a permanent structure to make informed citizens through good investigative journalism.