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

Team members of cross-border projects selected under the second round of the Investigation Support Scheme are invited to take part in an online boot camp to learn more about the IJ4EU programme and hone key skills as they kickstart investigations.


09:45 – 10:00: Welcome to the IJ4EU boot camp

10:00 – 11:00 Workshop 1: Digital safety and security: Digital security is more important than ever for journalists doing investigative work, especially if they are working across borders. This session will cover secure communications, data sharing and storage, account security and risk assessments. Grantees are encouraged to participate with questions throughout the workshop. Led by Ela Stapley, digital security advisor.

11:00 – 11:15: Quick break

11:15 – 12:30: Workshop 2 – Online disinformation: Investigating and reporting: This session will address investigating online information and content, from common tactics used by bad actors, through tools and techniques involved – including possible pitfalls – to setting up efficient systems and workflows for verification and reporting. Led by Eoghan Sweeney, OSINT/online verification trainer.

12:30 – 13:00: Coffee break

13:00 – 14:15: Workshop 3 – Finding data for stories and stories in data: This session will inform on how to procure data in more or less challenging circumstances. It will also touch on FOI strategies. A workshop guided by grantees’ questions. Led by Crina Boros, data journalism trainer.

14:15 – 14:30: Wrap-up: Closing remarks and feedback


Ela Stapley

Ela is a former freelance journalist turned digital security advisor. She works with journalists around the world to help them be safer online. She is part of the emergencies team at the Committee to Protect Journalists and she is the project lead for online harassment at the International Women’s Media Foundation. She holds an MA in International Journalism from Cardiff University, UK. 

Eoghan Sweeney

Eoghan is an open-source investigation specialist and trainer who has helped establish and develop online verification operations at media worldwide. In his previous role as Global Training Director at First Draft, he led programmes such as the establishment of the Google News Initiative’s countrywide training network in India, the creation of groundbreaking Indonesian project Cekfakta, and the training of journalists from across Germany to fight disinformation ahead of the federal elections.

Crina Boros

Crina 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 pretense democracy.