INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM – PURPOSES, TECHNIQUES, AND SPECIFIC CHALLENGES
M100 Young European Journalists Workshop
September 10 – 15, 2016, Potsdam, Germany
(Arrival: September 9, departure: September 16, 2016)
The M100 Young European Journalists Workshop (M100YEJ) addresses a young generation of journalists and editors between the ages of 18 of 26 from all over Europe.
In addition to the cultivation of practical and theoretical knowledge relating to journalism and journalistic work, the workshop also seeks to generate contacts and long-term ties among participants. This fruitful exchange is an important factor as it presents a once-in-a-lifetime chance for many participants to gain first-hand experience of the conditions under which their fellow journalists from different political and social systems live and work. It also fosters recognition and an understanding of other countries and encourages an appreciation of democratic values, tolerance and mutual understanding.
Responses to previous workshops prove that the event is highly successful in promoting this kind of productive exchange: even several years later, over 90 percent of participants are still in contact via E-Mail, Facebook, and other communication channels.
In 2016, the workshop will be devoted to the theme of “Investigative Journalism – Purposes, Techniques, and specific Challenges”.
25 selected young journalists from the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia, as well as from all other countries of the European continent, are getting trained for five days about working methods of investigative journalism, research practices, maintaining informants, modes of questioning, working with data, legal situation etc.
Investigative journalism is the most challenging form of journalism. It forms a major part of the so-called “fourth Estate” function that the media play in democratic societies – i.e. as a monitor of political bodies and companies. Most recently the publishing of the so called “Panama Papers” by an international investigative network of investigative journalists has shown the importance of investigative research beyond day-to-day business.
This kind of journalism involves a high level of professionalism, perseverance, precise research, comprehensive background knowledge, solid contacts, and the knowledge how to research and verify in social networks like twitter and Facebook.
The workshops, which are headed by professional investigative journalists and trainers, are designed to include both practical exercises as well as theoretical matters. In collaboration with investigative-journalism networks, a number of workshops will discuss the basic foundations and conditions required for investigative research, while also providing an explanation of potential strategies and the carrying out of practical exercises.
Already during the workshop exchange is a top priority: the participants get acquainted at first-hand with living and working conditions of colleagues their age coming from completely different political systems and societies. M100 not only promotes intercultural competence but also an understanding of democracy, openness and tolerance.
The workshop will be held in English. Please find the application call here.
It ends with the participation at the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium on September 15, 2016. About 60 high-level representatives from the media, politics, academia, and relevant institutions discuss about the prospects of a free and democratic Europe caught between the threat of terror, shifts to the right, renationalisation, streams of refugees, surveillance mania and a loss of political control under the topic "WAR OR PEACE". For more information about the colloquium please click here.
The M100 Young European Journalists Workshop is an initiative of the city of Potsdam and Potsdam Media International e.V.. It is supported by the Federal Foreign Office and the National Endowment for Democrcay Washington.
The workshop takes place in co-operation with Correct!v, Netzwerk Recherche, the ICIJ and the OCCRP. Further collaboration partners are the European Youth Press; the Ukraine Crisis Media Center; Vereinigung Europäischer Journalisten VEJ (Association of European Journalists); Belarus Association of Journalists; Association of Young Journalists, Armenia; Hetq - Association of Investigative Journalists, Armenia; Association of Young Journalists Armenia; Young Journalist Center, Moldova; Georgian Charter of Journalistic Ethics and Radio Free Liberty RFL/RL.