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Friday, October 15

10:00am CEST

Welcome to the pandemic masterlass
Welcome to the SKUP pandemic masterclass where 12 skilled investigative reporters from all over the world will tell and show how they have been working during the pandemic.The masterclass will be hosted by foreign correspondent Krisoffer Rønneberg at the Norwegian daily Aftenposten and Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois.

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Kristoffer Rønneberg

Journalist, Aftenposten
Kristoffer Rønneberg is a journalist and podcast host at the Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten. He has previously served as the paper's correspondent in Beijing and New York. Today he is based in Oslo, where he, among many other things, has written extensively about China's response... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 10:00am - 10:15am CEST

10:05am CEST

Digging on health and medicine
Digging deeper on health and medicine comes with plenty of data to analyse, and a rather complex setting to investigate. Because in this field not only science, but also politics, financial stakes and marketing play a central role. Especially when it comes to new drugs and vaccines. Companies are required to submit evidence to regulatory agencies in order to prove product safety and efficacy, a process that creates major tension between public and commercial interests. How can a journalist assess the evidence in the development and approval stages of a new pharmaceutical product? Where do you start, in order to independently appraise efficacy and safety, and how can you unmask marketing strategies? 

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Serena Tinari

Medical journalist and co-founder, Re-Check.ch
Serena Tinari (1972) authored dozens of investigative stories for the Swiss public broadcaster. She is a medical journalist and the co-founder of Re-Check.ch, a Swiss nonprofit dedicated to investigating and mapping health affairs. Re-Check produces multi-language publications and gives workshops and lectures on how to dig deeper on health and medicine using techniques and methods at the intersection between Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 10:05am - 10:35am CEST

10:45am CEST

Brazil: Massive disinformation campaign
Journalists in Brazil are facing huge challenges to cover the pandemic while the government is engaged in a massive disinformation campaign. Government tried to change the way cases and deaths are counted, so that the statistics wouldn't be so dire - which led the main media outlets to form a consortium and get the information from primary sources. The stories presented are reporting from ICUs where lack of oxygen supply and lack of beds led to many deaths, writing about diplomatic cables that show how the government spent billions buying ineffective drugs, like hydroxychloroquine, while neglecting vaccines; and all that while being under constant attack from the government.

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Patrícia Campos Mello

Reporter and columnist, Folha de São Paulo
Patrícia Campos Mello is a reporter at large and columnist at Folha de São Paulo newspaper. For over 25 years, she has been covering international relations, economics and human rights, and has reported from over 50 countries. She has been awarded the Columbia University Maria Moors... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 10:45am - 11:15am CEST

11:20am CEST

Pandemic relief dollars are misspent
Foreign governments hired U.S. lobbyists to curry favor and promote their efforts fighting the coronavirus outbreak. Documenting the depth of problems facing hospital emergency rooms. Broken promises when it comes to covering medical treatment costs. Pandemic relief dollars are misspent, in some cases apparently illegally. This talk will examine how mining data and documents have helped NBC News investigate key issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Andrew W. Lehren

Senior Investigative Editor, NBC News
Andrew W. Lehren is a Senior Investigative Ediotor at NBC News, and has worked on a  range of national, international, and investigative stories. He was one  of The New York Times’s lead Reporters analyzing the Wikileaks trove of  diplomatic cables, Afghanistan and Iraq war logs... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 11:20am - 11:50am CEST

12:00pm CEST

Sputnik V for sale
A fugitive and a Emirati sheikh have been selling corona vaccines at a steep mark up to low- and middle income countries. In May the Norwegian daily VG broke the news about the grey market for vaccines, with the help of journalists from Ghana, Guyana, Jordan, Pakistan and Russia.

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Markus Tobiassen

Investigative journalist, VG
Markus Tobiassen is investigative journalist at the biggest Norwegian daily VG and won the SKUP Award when working at the business daily DN.Linl to the pandemic story here: https://www.vg.no/spesial/2021/sputnik/index-en.html... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 12:00pm - 12:30pm CEST

12:35pm CEST

Went undercover to reveal organized crime
Ana Poenariu and Andrei Ciurcanu investigated shady masks and other medical equipment deals involving Romanian organized crime groups or the government. The first investigation exposes how a woman who used to work for the Ministry of Transport in Romania and a convicted organised crime associate sold noncompliant masks to a state company who delivered them to hospitals. The journalists also went undercover and pretended to be business people interested in buying masks for selling them to state hospitals. The seller was also a member of another organized crime associate.

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Ana Poenariu

Investigative reporter, RISE Project
Ana Poenariu started working as a photojournalist and in 2014 she became an investigative reporter for Digi 24 Television. One year later she joined RISE Project Romania.She worked on several stories related to European funds, real estate assets owned by politically exposed persons... Read More →
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Andrei Ciurcanu

Investigative reporter, OCCRP
Andrei Ciurcanu has been a journalist since 2006 specialized in written and video investigations. He covered topics like human and drug trafficking, land grabbing, environmental organized crime groups. He is one of the few Romanian journalists who investigated the organ trafficking... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 12:35pm - 1:05pm CEST

1:10pm CEST

Arrested and mistreated by the authorities
Covering the pandemic has been a health risk for many. For Rozina Islam, it has also been a risk to her own freedom and safety. After exposing Covid-related corruption and graft at the Ministry of Health in Bangladesh, this award-winning journalist was arrested and mistreated by the authorities. She is now awaiting trial after being charged with stealing secret state documents. How can the international community of investigative journalists support her? We ask her in this interview.

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Rozina Islam

Senior reporter, Bangladeshi daily
Rozina Islam is a senior female reporter of the Bangladeshi daily Prothom Alo. In May she was arrested on charges of stealing information, removing the state secret documents under the Penal Code of 180, and the Official Secrets Act of 1923, and taking pictures of them without permission... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 1:10pm - 1:30pm CEST

1:35pm CEST

Investigating without on-the-ground reporting
In this class we will examine the Covid-19 investigations done through Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) over the past two years. When the pandemic and the lockdowns hit in March of 2020, it became clear that there would be important pandemic-related stories to investigate in Arab countries. ARIJ ended up publishing 14 stories from eight countries. In this class we will examine some of those stories. What did they uncover? How were the reporters able to investigate without on-the-ground reporting and face-to-face interviews?

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Hoda Osman

Executive Editor, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism
Hoda Osman is a New York-based journalist and journalism trainer. She has worked at the ABC News Investigative Unit, with CBS News Investigative Unit, as a correspondent for France24, with PBS, the Associated Press, and other international media outlets. In 2008, together with Dave... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 1:35pm - 2:05pm CEST

2:18pm CEST

How the pandemic has created a network of grassroot data journalists
How many people have died of the coronavirus in India? The official number is just shy of 500.000. Independent data journalist Rukmini S has analyzed the data from three Indian states and discovered that the real number is much, much higher. In this talk, she explains her methods and explains how the pandemic has created a network of grassroot data journalists who have done the work more established media houses have been reluctant to do.

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Rukmini S

Data Journalist, Independent
Rukmini S is an independent data journalist based in Chennai, India. She was the first Data Editor in an Indian newsroom when she was National Data Editor of The Hindu newspaper from 2013-2016. From 2016 to 2018, she was Editor (Data & Innovations) at HuffPost India. She has won a... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 2:18pm - 2:50pm CEST

2:45pm CEST

Covering Covid from Africa
How has Covid changed journalism in Africa? Did the pandemic expose larger issues and challenges on the African continent? And how can we use what we’ve learned during this time in our reporting work in the future? Paul Adepoju tries to answer these and other questions — and discusses how the global nature of this health crisis also led to a new understanding of how journalists around the world can learn from each other

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Paul Adepoju

Freelance journalist, academic, and author
Paul Adepoju is a Nigeria-based freelance journalist, academic, and author. He is also the Community Manager for the International Center for Journalists' Global Health Crisis Forum where he is helping journalists from across the world to hone their health crisis reporting skills... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 2:45pm - 3:15pm CEST

3:26pm CEST

How did the pandemic affect francophone Africa?
What was the impact of the coronavirus crisis on journalists in French-speaking Africa? How did they cope with covering the pandemic? How were their working conditions affected? How did they overcome these challenges? And what are the lessons learned? Kossi Balao explains.

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Kossi Elom Balao

President, African science journalists Network (RJSAF)
Kossi Elom Balao is a multi-award winning science journalist, president of the French-speaking African science journalists Network (RJSAF), community manager of the International Center for Journalists’s (ICFJ) Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum in French and francophone correspondent... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 3:26pm - 3:35pm CEST

3:28pm CEST

A question of political power and propaganda
When the coronavirus started spreading in Wuhan, it was not just a health issue. It was also a question of political power and propaganda. The Chinese government quickly began controlling the narrative in order to avoid being given the blame. Other countries did the same. In her critically acclaimed HBO documentary «In the Same Breath», Nanfu Wang uses her trademark ability to access sources on the ground in China to take the viewers back to Wuhan when it all began. Join us for a conversation about the virus, the truth and everything in between.

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Nanfu Wang

Chinese filmmaker
2020 MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Nanfu Wang is an award-winning Chinese filmmaker based in the U.S. Her feature documentaries include HOOLIGAN SPARROW (Sundance 2016), I AM ANOTHER YOU (SXSW 2017), ONE CHILD NATION (Sundance 2019), and IN THE SAME BREATH (Sundance 2021). Wang... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 3:28pm - 3:58pm CEST

4:00pm CEST

Innovation during the pandemic
The pandemic has given journalists many practical challenges. How to cover the spread of the virus when everybody is in lockdown? These challenges have also led to a lot of innovation. In Sao Paolo, Vagner de Alencar found new ways of covering how the pandemic affected the underprivileged in this city of 11 million people. In this presentation he shares how covid created new opportunities for reaching an audience.

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Vagner de Alencar

Journalist, Independent
Vagner de Alencar is a Brazilian journalist who has been dedicating himself to the coverage of the underprivileged areas in São Paulo for the past 10 years. He graduated in Social Communication, holds a Master in Education, and currently is a PDh student in the same area. He is a... Read More →

Friday October 15, 2021 4:00pm - 4:10pm CEST