Participation in this event is restricted to grantees of the IJ4EU Investigation Support Scheme.

Team members of cross-border projects selected under the first round of the 2020 Investigation Support Scheme are invited to take part in an online boot camp to learn more about the programme and hone key skills as they kickstart investigations.


09:30 – 10:00: Welcome to the IJ4EU bootcamp

10:00 – 10:15: Meet the trainers

10:15 – 11:30: Split into training sessions

Finding data for stories: This session will focus on how to procure data in more or less challenging circumstances. It will also touch on affordable or free tools. Trainer: Crina Boros

Fact-checking and verification: With the overabundance of online information, it is becoming increasingly difficult to sort fact from fiction and stop the spread of false information. This workshop will provide practical tips for identifying false information and an overview of useful online fact-checking and verification tools, as well as looking at the dynamics of how and why false information spreads. Trainer: Carina van Wyk

Open-source tools for investigations (OSINT): This session will provide training on how to use open source tools for your investigation, for finding people, including how to search Google and social networks including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Trainer: Paul Myers

11:30 – 12:00: Grab a coffee!

12:00 – 12:30: Legal support: This session will cover the practical legal and other support offered to IJ4EU grantees by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF).

12:30 – 13:15: Best practice for cross-border collaborations: This session will focus on what has worked in the past for global collaborative stories as well as smaller regional cross-border investigations. It will provide a list of tips, platforms and ideas that were used by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and its partners around the world from super small newsrooms in Africa and Latin America to New York Times and The Guardian. Trainer: Jelena Cosic

13:15 – 13:30: Wrap-up


Crina Boros is an award-winning, investigative reporter and a data journalism trainer. She combines traditional reporting methods with digital skills. Crina is highly experienced in cross-border reporting including in countries where information is tough to get. She has reported on everything from war crimes to crooked climate policies, from women’s rights to mapping money laundering. Above all, she loves piecing the puzzle of pretence democracy. 

Carina van Wyk is head of education and training at TRi Facts, the training, research and information unit of Africa Check. Her background is mostly in journalism (print, broadcast and online). Africa Check is the continent’s leading independent, nonpartisan fact-checking organisation. Established in 2012, it has four offices across the continent: in Johannesburg (South Africa), Nairobi (Kenya), Lagos (Nigeria) and Dakar (Senegal). Africa Check is a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network and serves as the Africa representative on the network’s advisory board. Through TRi Facts, the training, research and information unit of Africa Check, it has trained more than 4,000 journalists, students and members of civil society in fact-checking and verification.

Paul Myers is the BBC’s online investigation specialist and an OSINT trainer. He has been delivering courses for BBC journalists and researchers for the past 20 years. He has also trained professionals from many organisations including the United Nations, the World Bank and the Financial Times. He organises and delivers training courses related to internet investigation, digital security, social media research, data journalism, freedom of information and reporting statistics.

Andreas Lamm is Art Director and Deputy Managing Director at the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF). Andreas is part of the management team and responsible for project development and organisational tasks. He advocates for the mission and values of ECPMF amongst partners and external organisations. As art director, he supports external communication with strong visuals to strengthen the voice of ECPMF.

Flutura Kusari leads the ECPMF’s legal support programme and advocates with international organisations to improve legislation to defend freedom of expression. In addition, she advises journalists on pre- and post- publication legal matters such as defamation, access to information, contempt of court, and privacy. 

Jelena Cosic has worked on cross-border investigative stories over a decade, on a regional and global level, first with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and now with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). With ICIJ, she trains and works with journalists from all over the world.