From the use of satellites and AI in exposing wrongdoing to the ethics of reporting on vulnerable people, IJ4EU’s latest annual conference promises a rich mix of debates and masterclasses for anyone interested in cross-border investigative journalism.

Set to take place in Brussels on October 12 and 13, IJ4EU UNCOVERED 2023 will bring together freelancers and staff journalists from across Europe with leading experts in watchdog reporting to share insights and experiences.

Check out the full agenda on the UNCOVERED microsite or in the IJ4EU events section. Registration for in-person attendance is closed but most sessions will be live-streamed.

The fourth annual UNCOVERED Conference takes place as IJ4EU grantees from the latest funding round are due to publish the findings of investigations on subjects as diverse as the Ukraine war, human trafficking, pollution and the illegal animal trade.

Many of those grantees will take to the stage in Brussels to swap tips and explore the challenges faced by those working to shine a light on transnational subjects in the public interest.

UNCOVERED is organised by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, in cooperation with the International Press Institute and the European Journalism Centre, all partners in the consortium that runs the IJ4EU fund.

The conference will kick off with a keynote speech by Pierre Romera Zhang, chief technology officer at International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, who will peer into the world of AI-enabled journalism and its potential to unlock new investigative avenues.

Other highlights include a debate on the pitfalls of cross-border war reporting, a masterclass on investigating murky political funding ahead of next year’s European Parliament election and discussions on examples of “great practices adopted by small newsrooms”.

In between, participants can attend workshops on everything from untangling supply chains and photographing responsibly to navigating the difficulties that can arise when journalists team up from different countries and cultures.

The conference will also feature a session on the latest efforts to fight so-called SLAPP litigation aimed at silencing journalists, as well as a discussion on lessons learnt from the Media Freedom Rapid Response initiative, which is closely aligned with IJ4EU.

This year’s UNCOVERED takes place at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Full address: Rue Montoyer 47, 1000, Brussels, Belgium.

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