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Welcome, everyone, to Uncovering Asia: The Second Asian Investigative Journalism Conference. From September 23 to 25, we are bringing together top investigative reporters, data journalists, and media law and security experts from across Asia and around the world.

Below you will find more than 60 sessions and special events. There are panels on digging out hidden facts online, the environment, business, and how to fund your project; seminars on security and tracking dirty money; data journalism workshops by the best in the business; and much more.

You can follow us on Twitter at #IJAsia16. On behalf of your hosts — the Global Investigative Journalism Network, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, and the Centre for Investigative Journalism, Nepal, we wish you a big hello! Namaste!

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Friday, September 23
 

15:45

Security Workshop: Digital Protection
In this age of digital spying and dirty tricks, protecting yourself and your sources has never been more important. This workshop will introduce you to tools, techniques, and tactics for communicating with your sources without putting their jobs or safety in danger. Learn from two of the best in the busines -- you owe it those you say you'll protect. 

Speakers
avatar for Bobby Soriano

Bobby Soriano

Program Adviser, Tactical Technology Collective
Bobby has 15 years of systems and network administration experience. He has worked with numerous NGOs implementing information and computer related projects. He is also an information and communications technology trainer. His recent work includes computer and online trainings for... Read More →
avatar for Chris Walker

Chris Walker

Digital Security Advisor, Tactical Tech
Chris Walker is a program advisor at the Tactical Technology Collective. Over the past ten years, he has advised on a number of projects at the intersection of technology and human rights, principally in countries where access to information is heavily constrained, closely monitored... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 15:45 - 17:00
Regency Hall 1st Floor

15:45

The Help Desk: Finding Great Resources for Your Stories
Need help finding documents and data? Looking for great sources and stories? Here's a crash course in finding tips and leads on everything from planespotting to whistleblowers. We'll begin with Margo Torres introducing GIJN's new Help Desk, a portal to hundreds of tip sheets and experts around the world. Next, two-time Pulitzer winner Martha Mendoza will take you through 20 ways to track U.S. government actions, spending, aid, and lobbying in your country. 

Speakers
avatar for Martha Mendoza

Martha Mendoza

National Writer, Associated Press
Martha Mendoza is a two-time Pulitzer prize-winning journalist based in the Silicon Valley, where she provides breaking news, enterprise and investigative reporting. She is part of the Associated Press (AP) team that exposed the use of slave labor in the Thai seafood industry. The... Read More →
avatar for Mago Torres

Mago Torres

Research Director, Global Investigative Journalism Network
Mago Torres is research director at the Global Investigative Journalism Network. She comes to GIJN from Mexico City, where she coordinated the journalism program and served as a scholar in the Department of Communication at Universidad Iberoamericana. Her work has focused on the... Read More →


Friday September 23, 2016 15:45 - 17:00
Durbar Hall 1st Floor
 
Saturday, September 24
 

13:30

Security Workshop: Physical Protection
Here's how to stay alive not only in war zones but on the streets at home, when you're reporting on organized crime, corruption, and just plain bad guys. Learn practical steps from editors responsible for keeping reporters alive covering the most dangerous topics in some of the world's most dangerous places. 

Speakers
avatar for Stevan Dojcinovic

Stevan Dojcinovic

editor in chief, KRIK
Based in Belgrade at the Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK), an OCCRP member, Stevan is a regional editor for OCCRP. Winner of Serbia’s top investigative award for the past two years, Stevan has explored organized crime’s role in state privatization deals, the connections... Read More →
avatar for Drew Sullivan

Drew Sullivan

Editor, OCCRP Sarajevo
Drew Sullivan, USA, co-founded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program (OCCRP) where he now serves as editor-in-chief. He is a journalist and social entrepreneur who founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004 as well as the Journalism... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 13:30 - 14:45
Crystal Hall ground floor

15:15

Encrypting Email
Worried that your email is not secure? You should be. Sending a routine email is like writing your message on an old postcard sent through hand-delivered mail. Here's one solution: former CERN particle physicist Andy Yen and his Swiss-based colleagues have developed the encrypted email service ProtonMail. Today, ProtonMail is the world's largest secure email service with users in over 150 countries. ProtonMail was originally developed to help dissidents, activists, and journalists combat mass surveillance, it has exploded in popularity and is now used by over 1 million people worldwide. Come hear Andy himself talk about how to use it.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Yen

Andy Yen

Co-Founder & CEO, Proton Technologies AG
Dr. Yen one is of the creators of the encrypted email service ProtonMail. Today, ProtonMail is the world's largest secure email service with users in over 150 countries. Together with a team of scientists at Swiss based Proton Technologies AG, Andy is working to make encryption and private communications accessible. While ProtonMail was originally developed... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 15:15 - 16:30
Crystal Hall ground floor

15:15

Investigative Dashboard -- A Workshop
Investigative Dashboard is a unique suite of databases, search tools, and information portals developed by a team at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Its latest addition, Aleph, features an invaluable new database of over 2.5 million records on crime, corruption, business, and "persons of interest." Join co-founder Paul Radu for this hands on-session and learn how to investigate complex business structures and access offshore records from your home computer.

Tipsheet can be found here.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Radu

Paul Radu

Executive Director, OCCRP
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... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 15:15 - 16:30
Regal 2 1st Floor

16:45

Media Law Clinic: Defending Yourself from Legal Threats
Are you facing a legal threat? Are you confident your work is legally sound before you publish or broadcast? Threatened by national security or privacy laws? Here's a chance to get one-on-one advice from some of the top experts on international media law. Find out how to "bulletproof" your story and what to do if you get sued.  

Speakers
avatar for Alinda Vermeer

Alinda Vermeer

Senior Legal Officer, Media Legal Defence Initiative
Alinda Vermeer is MLDI's Senior Legal Officer and joined the organisation in 2014. Alinda helps journalists, bloggers and media outlets defend cases against them, including in cases before international and regional mechanisms such as the European Court of Human Rights, the UN Human... Read More →
avatar for Doreen Weisenhaus

Doreen Weisenhaus

Director, Media Law and Policy Initiative, and Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University
In September 2017, Doreen Weisenhaus joined Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and the Pritzker School of Law to launch the Media Law and Policy Initiative and to teach. Prior to joining Northwestern, she taught media law and ethics... Read More →
avatar for Kyu Ho Youm

Kyu Ho Youm

Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair, University of Oregon
Kyu Ho Youm joined the School of Journalism and Communication in 2002 as the inaugural holder of the Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair. As a prolific communication law scholar, he has published a number of book chapters and research articles in a wide range of leading journalism... Read More →


Saturday September 24, 2016 16:45 - 18:00
Crystal Hall ground floor

16:45

Virtual Reality: A Workshop & Demonstration
Virtual reality (VR) holds special promise for investigative journalism. Its ability to immerse readers in a unique environment can take our audiences to new places and new experiences. In this special session, join us for a VR workshop. There will be free Google Cardboard viewers available for Uncovering Asia participants to experience VR first-hand.

Qiu Jiaqiu of China's innovative Caixin will present VR stories his team has produced. 
The Google team will share perspectives on new VR content strategies and approaches to reaching mobile audiences, data research and visualization tools, and innovative storytelling formats through 360 video on YouTube and virtual reality with Google Cardboard.

Google News Lab is a global project aimed at supporting quality journalism through education, training, and innovative digital and mobile tools. Since its launch earlier in 2015, the Google News Lab has partnered with news organisations to map the world’s response to the Nepalese earthquake, unearthed which fashion trends people really care about in the US, detected hints of a Conservative Party victory in the Britain’s election, and tracked the ups and downs of the US’s wild primary season.


Moderators
avatar for Surabhi Malik

Surabhi Malik

Media Specialist, Google Newslab
Surabhi Malik is a Media Specialist with Newslab at Google.

Speakers
avatar for Qiu Jiaqiu

Qiu Jiaqiu

Founder, Real Image Media(China)
Qiu Jiaqiu is founder of Real Image Media in China. A former director of Caixin Video and Xinhua News journalist. He serves as a guest lecturer at Fudan University, Renmin University of China and at the Global Youth Leadership Program by Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Peking... Read More →
avatar for Surabhi Malik

Surabhi Malik

Media Specialist, Google Newslab
Surabhi Malik is a Media Specialist with Newslab at Google.


Saturday September 24, 2016 16:45 - 18:00
Durbar Hall 1st Floor
 
Sunday, September 25
 

09:00

Security Clinic: Check Your Digital Protection
Digital security has never been more important for journalists. Bring your computer to this special clinic and get a check-up from two of the best in the business. Here's a chance to get one-on-one attention and make sure your equipment is operating safely. 

Speakers
avatar for Bobby Soriano

Bobby Soriano

Program Adviser, Tactical Technology Collective
Bobby has 15 years of systems and network administration experience. He has worked with numerous NGOs implementing information and computer related projects. He is also an information and communications technology trainer. His recent work includes computer and online trainings for... Read More →
avatar for Chris Walker

Chris Walker

Digital Security Advisor, Tactical Tech
Chris Walker is a program advisor at the Tactical Technology Collective. Over the past ten years, he has advised on a number of projects at the intersection of technology and human rights, principally in countries where access to information is heavily constrained, closely monitored... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 09:00 - 10:15
Viceroy 1st Floor

09:00

Sustainability Workshop (1): Startups, Nonprofits, and Running a Business
This morning workshop is for start-ups, nonprofits, and new media on the business practices and revenue models underlying successful investigative journalism enterprises. Our trainers will explain how to craft a fundraising strategy, diversify revenue, build a business plan, and make your organization sustainable. We will feature case studies by some of the most innovative and entreprenurial initiatives by investigative journalists across Asia. Find out how Korea's Newstapa attracted 30,000 dues-paying members with video, how Malaysiakini built their own offices with supporters' backing, how India's Centre for Investigative Journalism is growing a health data enterprise, and more ideas from IndiaSpend, Meduza, the Philippines' Rappler, and others.

Moderators
avatar for Bridget Gallagher

Bridget Gallagher

Gallagher Group LLC, USA
Bridget Gallagher provides fundraising strategy, implementation assistance, and counsel to domestic and international clients working on transparency, information access, and civic participation issues in the context of the rapidly changing 21st century media ecosystem. A fifteen-year... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Govind Ethiraj

Govind Ethiraj

Founder, IndiaSpend
Govindraj Ethiraj is a television & print journalist and founder & Managing Trustee of the award-winning www.indiaspend.org & www.factchecker.in, both public interest journalism efforts that use data to investigate and tell stories.  IndiaSpend is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and its content is now widely published and cited in Indian print, digital and television media.A career business journalist who has reported and written on Indian bu... Read More →
avatar for Steven Gan

Steven Gan

Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Malaysiakini
Steven Gan is a co-founder and editor-in-chief of independent online news website, Malaysiakini. He began his career as a Hong Kong-based freelancer and covered the Gulf War from Baghdad in 1991. He returned to Malaysia in 1994, becoming special issues editor and columnist for the... Read More →
avatar for Glenda Gloria

Glenda Gloria

Managing Editor, Rappler
A journalist for 3 decades now, I manage the Rappler newsroom. Prior to this, I was chief operating officer of a 24-hour news channel, the ABS-CBN News Channel. We also founded Newsbreak, the Philippines' investigative reporting magazine which is now part of Rappler. As a reporter... Read More →
avatar for Yongjin Kim

Yongjin Kim

Editor-In-Chief, KCIJ-NEWSTAPA
Yongjin Kim, Korea, is co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Korea Center for Investigative Journalism (KCIJ), the first nonprofit online investigative reporting organization in South Korea. He started his career as a journalist in 1987 at Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), a public... Read More →
avatar for Syed Nazakat

Syed Nazakat

Board Member, Global Investigative Journalism Network
Syed Nazakat is an award-winning journalist, media entrepreneur, founder and Editor-In-Chief of DataLEADS, which is a data-driven Indian initiative aimed to create new platforms of data research and storytelling. DataLEADS conducts series of unique data boot camps in different parts... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 09:00 - 10:15
Crystal Hall ground floor

09:00

Workshop: Masterclass in Mobile Journalism

Mojo Masterclass – As journalism becomes increasingly competitive, professional and community journalists need a broader digital storytelling skill set particularly built around mobile (mojo) literacies.

Journalists need to know how to mojo and more specifically how to transform user generated content (UGC) into complete user generated stories (UGS) that are developed, shot, edited and published from location using a smart device.

The Smartmojo 101 Guerrilla Workshop is a three-hour fast track introduction to mobile journalism where participants will:

- define mojo praxis- be introduced to SCRAP (a digital storytelling language), - receive an overview on copyright issues- learn about the various hardware (smartphones, lights, cradles, microphones, tripods and a basic mojo kit)- learn about a series of functional apps for shooting, editing, post producing and transferring content- shoot a basic video sequence on a smartphone- learn about basic lighting using natural light- learn how to record clean audio - be introduced to principles of recording a video interview- record and edit narration- edit media into a short UGS using their smartphone- learn how to use and edit music- how to transfer material between devices- how to publish a story from their smart device

NOTE: This is a practical mojo workshop and you’ll need the following:- iPhone (with latest op system) or newish Android (running Snapdragon 808 or higher as this will enable use of a two video track edit app)- iPhone loaded with the iMovie edit app (free with latest phones otherwise $5)- Android loaded with the KInemaster edit app (free but subscription required to use without watermark)- Vont and Gravie apps for the iPhone (free)- iXpand and Airstash for iPhone and Airstash for Android (free).

Go Mojo!

Note: This is a two part workshop and is mandatory to attend the first part to be able to join the second one.  


Speakers
avatar for Ivo Burum

Ivo Burum

Coordinator & Lecturer - Media Industries; Producer, Journalist and International Mojo Trainer, La Trobe University
Ivo Burum is an Australia based journalist, author and award-winning television producer. He has more than 30 years of experience producing in excess of 2500 hours of prime time programing across genres. This includes frontline international current affairs series, such as Foreign... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 09:00 - 10:15
Durbar Hall 1st Floor

10:45

Sustainability Workshop (2): Strategies for Survival
This morning workshop is for start-ups, nonprofits, and new media on the business practices and revenue models underlying successful investigative journalism enterprises. Our trainers will explain how to craft a fundraising strategy, diversify revenue, build a business plan, and make your organization sustainable. We will feature case studies by some of the most innovative and entreprenurial initiatives by investigative journalists across Asia. Find out how Korea's Newstapa attracted 30,000 dues-paying members with video, how Malaysiakini built their own offices with supporters' backing, how India's Centre for Investigative Journalism is growing a health data enterprise, and more ideas from IndiaSpend, Meduza, the Philippines' Rappler, and others.

Moderators
avatar for Bridget Gallagher

Bridget Gallagher

Gallagher Group LLC, USA
Bridget Gallagher provides fundraising strategy, implementation assistance, and counsel to domestic and international clients working on transparency, information access, and civic participation issues in the context of the rapidly changing 21st century media ecosystem. A fifteen-year... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shruti Pyare

Shruti Pyare

Associate, Investments, Omidyar Network
Shruti Pyare is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, and managing investments in India and Southeast Asia as part of Omidyar Network’s Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative. She supports the firm’s efforts to advance independent media... Read More →
avatar for Ross Settles

Ross Settles

Senior Advisor for Digital Media, MDIF
Developing audiences, distribution and commercial revenue streams to support investigative journalism.


Sunday September 25, 2016 10:45 - 12:00
Crystal Hall ground floor

10:45

Workshop: Masterclass in Mobile Journalism (continued)

Mojo Masterclass – As journalism becomes increasingly competitive, professional and community journalists need a broader digital storytelling skill set particularly built around mobile (mojo) literacies.

Journalists need to know how to mojo and more specifically how to transform user generated content (UGC) into complete user generated stories (UGS) that are developed, shot, edited and published from location using a smart device.

The Smartmojo 101 Guerrilla Workshop is a three-hour fast track introduction to mobile journalism where participants will:

- define mojo praxis- be introduced to SCRAP (a digital storytelling language), - receive an overview on copyright issues- learn about the various hardware (smartphones, lights, cradles, microphones, tripods and a basic mojo kit)- learn about a series of functional apps for shooting, editing, post producing and transferring content- shoot a basic video sequence on a smartphone- learn about basic lighting using natural light- learn how to record clean audio - be introduced to principles of recording a video interview- record and edit narration- edit media into a short UGS using their smartphone- learn how to use and edit music- how to transfer material between devices- how to publish a story from their smart device

NOTE: This is a practical mojo workshop and you’ll need the following:- iPhone (with latest op system) or newish Android (running Snapdragon 808 or higher as this will enable use of a two video track edit app)- iPhone loaded with the iMovie edit app (free with latest phones otherwise $5)- Android loaded with the KInemaster edit app (free but subscription required to use without watermark)- Vont and Gravie apps for the iPhone (free)- iXpand and Airstash for iPhone and Airstash for Android (free).

Go Mojo!

Note: This is a two part workshop and is mandatory to attend the first part to be able to join the second one.   


Speakers
avatar for Ivo Burum

Ivo Burum

Coordinator & Lecturer - Media Industries; Producer, Journalist and International Mojo Trainer, La Trobe University
Ivo Burum is an Australia based journalist, author and award-winning television producer. He has more than 30 years of experience producing in excess of 2500 hours of prime time programing across genres. This includes frontline international current affairs series, such as Foreign... Read More →


Sunday September 25, 2016 10:45 - 12:00
Durbar Hall 1st Floor