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Program of the IX Ukrainian National Conference of Investigative Journalists

Photo: participants of the VIII Conference of investigative journalists, 2016

The key event of the year in investigative journalism, the conference will take place on Dec. 8-9 and will gather more than 150 Ukrainian and foreign journalists, editors and prominent experts in the field of investigations, data processing, safety of journalists, copyright. Traditionally Regional Press Development Institute (RPDI) organizes the event with the support of international donors.

Conference participants will have a chance to choose the most interesting for them discussions, workshops and presentations delivered by more than 20 Ukrainian and international speakers in two parallel tracks or join plenary sessions.

This year’s conference topics cover both global aspects of investigative journalism: journalism ethics and professional standards, data processing, use of drones, digital security, and Ukrainian realities: effectiveness of investigative journalism education, safety of journalists, working in the occupied territories.

A new online training course in investigative journalism is to be presented at the Conference.

The final list of speakers is yet to be confirmed the preliminary program is already available at RPDI’s website. The registration for the conference is open until Nov. 15, you can apply for a free of charge competitive selection here or register to buy a conference ticket – here.

See the program for more details.


of the IX annual National conference of investigative journalists of Ukraine,

December 8-9, 2017

Day 1, Dec. 8
9.30 – 10.30 – Conference registration, welcome coffee
10.30 – 11.00 – Welcome address by organizers and donors

Speakers: Olga Trufanova (RPDI), Eka Tkeshelashvili  (EUACI), Wayne Sharpe (Internews Network), Oleg Khomenok (GIJN), Henrik Kaufholz (SCOOP)

11.00 – 11.30 – keynote speaker – Rana Sabbagh (ARIJ). Investigative journalism in the age of open data, information leaks and whistle-blowers: opportunities and challenges.
11.30 – 11.45 – coffee break
11.45 – 13.00 – Plenary session. Results and futility of state anti-corruption institutions: reasons, problems, possibilities of cooperation with investigative journalists.

Speakers: representatives of state anti-corruption authorities, Yehor Soboliev (Parliamentary committee on preventing and fighting corruption), Inese Voika (anti-corruption advisor, UNDP), Skirmantas Malinauskas (anti-corruption advisor to Lithuanian Prime Minister).

Moderator: Katya Gorchinskaya

13.00 – 14.00 – Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 – Parallel sessions
Hall «Evropeiskyi» Hall «Stolychnyi» Hall «Natsionalnyi»
First Session

Journalism ethics and professional standards in investigative reporting: international experience

Speaker: Bruce Shapiro (director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma)

Moderator: Oleg Khomenok

Second session

What has changed over the last year: Ukrainian tools to process open data


Speaker: Sergi Milman, Antonina Ryakhovska (Youcontrol); Daryna Danylenko (OpenDataBot).


Hands-on Zone

Coding for investigative journalists.

Part 1.

Attention! Additional registration is required to participate in this session! Register here

Trainer: Andriy Gazin (textura.in.ua)

15.30 – 16.00 – Coffee break
16.00 – 17.30 – Parallel sessions
Hall «Evropeiskyi» Hall «Stolychnyi» Hall «Natsionalnyi»
Third Session

Results of the monitoring of investigative programs by Detector Media, with the participation of the representatives of those programs.

Speakers: Diana Dutsyk, Fedir Sydoruk, Nadiia Babynska-Virna.

Representatives of the programs: Skhemy (“Skhemy”, Radio Liberty), Slidstvo (Hromadske), Nashi Groshi (Bihus.info), Groshi (1+1), Narodna Prokuratura (112 tv channel), Stop Corruption (5 tv channel)

Fourth Session

Details of the session are being finalized

Hands-on Zone

Coding for investigative journalists.

Part 2.

Attention! Pre-registration is required for this session!

Trainer: Andriy Gazin (textura.in.ua)


17.30 – 17.45 – Coffee break
17.45 – 18.45 – Plenary session. Why is it dangerous to be an investigative journalist in Ukraine: statistics, analytics, judicial practice and expert opinions.

Speakers: Sergiy Tomilenko (chairman of NUJU), Vira Krat (media lawyer), Mykhaylo Tkach (“Skhemy”, Radio Liberty), Maksym Opanasenko (Slidstvo.info), Anatoliy Ostapenko (Hromadske TV, Zaporizhzhya), Alisa Yurchenko (Nashi Groshi, Bihus.info), Viktoria Siumar (chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada committee on freedom of speech)

Moderator: Lyudmyla Pankratova

18.45 – 19.15  – Details of the session are being finalized
19.30 – Dinner buffet



Day 2, December, 9.
10.00 – 11.30 – Parallel sessions
Hall «Evropeiskyi» Hall «Stolychnyi» Hall «Natsionalnyi»
Fifth session

Open data

Working with open data in the countries of the Middle East, North Africa and the USA

Speaker: Carole Kerbage (ARIJ), Andrew Lehren (NBC)

Moderator: Dmytro Chaplinsky

Sixth Session

Investigative reporting in the occupied territories

Speakers: Oleksandr Humenyuk (slidstvo.info), Valentyna Samar (Crimean center for investigative journalism), Andriy Klymenko (BlackSeaNews).

Hands-on Zone

Use of drones for investigative journalism


Trainer: Borys Trotsenko (“Skhemy”, Radio Liberty)


11.30 – 12.00 – Coffee break
12.00 – 13.30 – Parallel sessions
Hall «Evropeiskyi» Hall «Stolychnyi» Hall «Natsionalnyi»
Seventh session

Open data

Working with open data in the Czech Republic Lithuania.

Speakers: Pavla Holcova (director of the Center for investigative journalism in Prague), Šarūnas Černiauskas (investigative journalist, Lithuania)

Moderator: Denys Bihus

Eighth session

Round table “Investigative journalism education”

Presentation of the training course «Investigative journalism: fundamentals» –

Participants: Oleg Khomenok (Internews Network), Fedir Sydoruk, Diana Dutsyk (Detector Media), Mykhaylo Koltsov (Kyiv-Mohyla school of journalism), Oleksiy Shalaysky (Nashi Groshi), Denys Bihus (Bihus.info),  Andrew Lehren (NBC).

Hands-on Zone

Tracking people via social media services and online

Trainer:  Aric Toler (Bellingcat)


13.30 – 14.30 – Lunch
14.30 – 16.00 – Parallel sessions
Hall «Evropeiskyi» Hall «Stolychnyi» Hall «Natsionalnyi»
Ninth session

Cross-border investigations: experience of colleagues and case study

Speakers: Pavla Holcova (Center of investigative journalism in Prague); Anna Babinets (OCCRP); Atanas Chobanov (n-vestigate).

Moderator: Katya Ivanova

Tenth Session

Ukrainian legislation on copyright: problems of piracy in investigative journalism.


Speaker: Lyudmyla Pankratova (RPDI)


 Hands-on Zone


Details of the session are being finalized

16.00 – 16.30 – Coffee break
16.30 – 17.00 – Final remarks. Closing of the IX National conference of investigative journalists of Ukraine.

Speaker: Oleg Khomenok

EUACI is financed by the European Union and co-financed and implemented by DANIDA

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