Practicalities to our speakers
Dear invited speaker,
We’re happy that you will join us for the European Investigative Journalism and Dataharvest Conference 2017 (short #EIJC17).
We have a budget to pay for travel and accomodation for you. We will of course waive your participation fee for the conference.
Since we’re low-budget, we ask all our speakers whether they have other means of funding, particularly for their travel and accommodation, as some employers and national associations are happy to pay for that. All money we save on this account is offered to journalists from lower income countries or freelancers.
Travelling arrangements will be taken care of by our colleagues Marjorie Blomme Marjorie [dot] blomme [at] journalismfund [dot] eu and Linda Berckmans linda [dot] berckmans [at] journalismfund [dot] eu.
Already looking forward to seeing you in May!
The Journalismfund.eu team
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Welcome as a speaker – looking forward to sharing your insights and methods
EIJC & Dataharvest tips for speakers – (inspired by the VVOJ)
- Participants already know you are a wonderful investigative and/or data reporter, otherwise you wouldn’t be a speaker at this conference! Don’t dwell for too long on the outcome of your research, focus on the methods to get there.
- Be as concrete as possible: talk in depth about methods and techniques you used in your investigation, and illustrate these with practical examples. Broad advice leads to deceptions amongst the participants: exactly HOW did you do it? Talk about your setbacks and the mistakes you made. How did you solve your problems?
- You are welcome to prepare a PowerPoint presentation with the most essential points of your talk.
- When applicable: try to find common ground between your talk and the contributions of the other speakers in your panel session (you may want to contact them before or at the conference to coordinate). It will improve the discussion at the end of the session.
- Come a bit early and find out how to use the equipment or a microphone. Ask the technician’s advice (will be available in all conference rooms) if you don’t know how. Eating the mike won’t improve the clarity of your presentation.
Prepare a handout
If possible, please prepare a (digital) conference handout that you can distribute after your panel session. This can be a copy of your PowerPoint presentation, or a conference tip sheet. In preparing a tip sheet, please think of the following:
- Make your tip sheet stands alone. A great tip sheet can be understood without having been present at the speaker’s presentation. Thus, your tip sheet should have a title, a byline that lists your name, job title, publication, contact information, name of the conference and name of the panel.
- Give your readers something they cannot get elsewhere. A great tip sheet should give readers tips on new techniques (writing, reporting, interviewing, programming, etc); explain a new issue or law, or list helpful websites or sources. When writing a tip sheet, think of the kind of information you yourself might find useful.
- Make your tip sheet as specific as possible. Journalists turn to these tip sheets for reporting help, and generalities like ‘be sure to talk to the experts’ do not always help… What kind of experts are we talking about? Where do they work, what are their phone numbers? The more specific the better!
- Send a digital copy of your tip sheet to lisa [dot] may [at] journalismfund [dot] eu, preferably before the conference starts. She can then make the tip sheets available online directly after the conference. If you want to distribute tip sheets at the conference, bring copies to your panel session.