The SKUP-conference 2013

Here you will find the list of international speakers and english speaking sessions at this years SKUP-conference in Norway. The conference takes place in Tonsberg from March 15th to March 17th.

Jens Egil Heftøy, 20.02.2013 17:00

Do you want to attend the conference? Please contact SKUPs administrative manger Jens Egil Heftoy (telephone: +47 930 93941)

The entire program, in Norwegian, can be found here

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Thursday March 14th
19:30 International dinner
All foreign gguests who arrive on Thursday are welcome to dinner with the board and staff of SKUP and Free Media at the hotel.

Friday March15th

10:00 Opening of Free Media-conference
(Ormen Lange 1)
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Torgeir Larsen

10:15 What’s happening with the liberty of speech and the freedom of expression in the Arabic world?

(Ormen Lange 1)
Does this freedom exists in the media? Is the situation improving or worsening?
Nidal Mansour, Executive President of Center for Defending Freedom of Journalists, Jordan

The importance of investigative journalism in establishing a free and independent media society
(Ormen Lange 1)
Rana Sabbagh,
Executive Director of Arab Reporters for investigative Journalism, Jordan

12:00 LUNCH

12:45 Threats? Censorship? Self-censorship? Surveillance?
(Ormen Lange 1)
Our working conditions as journalists in Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen
Hisham Allam,
(Egypt), Khaled al-Hammadi (Yemen), Hanene Zbiss (Tunisia)

14:30 What’s happening in Turkey, the land with most imprisoned journalists in the whole world?
(Ormen Lange 1)
Meet the leader of the Turkish Journalist Union, Ercan Ipekci and the wife of the imprisoned journalist Mustafa Balbay, mrs Gülsah Balbay

15:15 Safety and safety training I the Middle East and North Africa
(Ormen Lange 1)
Sarah Bouchetob,
International Federation of Journalist, IFJ

15:45 Closing - and the SKUP conference will open at 16:00

16:00 Opening of SKUP 2013
SKUPs Chairman of the board, Jan Gunnar Furuly, opening speach (unfortunately the speach is mostly in Norwegian)

17:30 «First victim of war»
Ten years ago much of the world was fooled into believing that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. He did not. The Iraq war has since been described as «the greatest story ever sold». The diplomat Joe Wilson was among those who sought to contradict the government before the war. As punishment, his wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, was namedropped as a CIA agent. Now the couple set up in a special video produced for SKUP where they tell their story and how journalists are manipulated in war situations. After the short documentary we gather a team on stage for a discussion about war, propaganda, and the pursuit of truth. On the panel: The film's producer, David Smallman, The Guardian investigative editor David Leigh, the legendary american journalist James Steele and Media Professor Rune Ottosen. Moderator: Kristoffer Rønneberg (Aftenposten).

19:00 «Be smart in Social Media»
BBCs Paul Myers show you how to track people on Twitter and Facebook. You learn how to manipulate Facebook, how to perfect your Google-search for people, find pictures, identify people in pictures and how to use GPS-data.

Saturday March 16th

09:00 Going Global
A worldwide tour of the groups, networks, and projects that are linking up investigative journalists as never before. Here’s how to find your colleagues around the world, plan cross-border investigations, and help spread investigative journalism globally. Dave Kaplan, the director of the secretariat for GIJN, also include a sneak preview of the next Global Investigative Journalism Conference, in Rio de Janeiro this October.

09:00 «Find news on social media»
Avoid confusion and error when you try to ensure the quality of information about people on social media. In this course, which has checklist «True or not», you will learn just that. You learn how to find unknown sources and persons unknown accounts. Henk van Ess gives you the best tricks to ensure the quality of information you find on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Foursquare.

10:30 «Investigating with a camera»
Alone in the field with a small camera. The last ten years Mimi Chakarova have put herself in great danger to expose corruption and conflicts, including in the sex trade industry. Dangers notwithstanding, her methods gives her insight that surpasses most seen in similar cases. Charakovas film «The Price of Sex» for trafficking victims and traffickers industry was launched in 2011 and has won numerous awards, including the Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York. She has also won the prestigious Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting.

10:30 Undercover online
In this class you will understand how easy it is to monitor what you do from the keyboard or from your mobile phone. BBCs Paul Myers will teach you how to protect your identity when you're online. You will also learn encryption and other secure ways of communicating.

14:00 40 years of investigating
For more than 40 years, James Steele has been one of America's most important investigative journalists. In 1971 he met Donald Barlett and since «Barlett and Steele» has become a term in American investigative journalism. Together they have over 40 national awards for their work. They used advanced computer technology in journalism before half of the SKUP-participants were even born. Last fall the duo released their eighth book, «The Betrayal of the American Dream». James Steele turned 70 in January. At SKUP we celebrate the most awarded journalist in US history.

12:00 Find hidden facts
What do you do if you can’t find what you're looking for on Google? Henk van Ess show how «to think like a document» and act like a detective who has a few tracks in the beginning. You do not have to worry about synonyms and keywords when you are looking for information and people.

13:00 LUNCH

14:00 Source Development
(Ormen Lange 1)
CNNs Scott Zamost take an investigation from the initial tip to completion and examine how to deal with a source. The first step is evaluating the source’s motivation for telling us about the story. He will discuss how to widen the net and develop other sources and information as he broaden the scope of the investigation. How do you find sources and keep them coming back with more story ideas year after year? He brings specific examples from recent CNN stories.

14:00 Learn to use a free tool for statistics
Smart journalists learn how to use statistics to substantiate the factual basis for its own affairs. Steve Doig provides a practical introduction to using the free program PSPP in this work.

14:00 Visual story telling within human context
Storytelling is the oldest form of communications. With today's digital possibilities the goal is to keep that human touch on the exchanging of stories. Using interactivity and two ways communication, the goal s to create interesting , engaging and relevant stories to our readers. Mariana Santos is the interactive and motion designer at the guardian interactive team. Have been working closely in a team of developers, journalists and all different desks across the guardian to deliver compelling stories trying to find the best advantages of the digital communication tools. Designing across all devices and platforms, her aim is to bring news and stories to readers and users in an intuitive form of expression and immersive experience. Using the power of team spirit have been helping the interactive team take stories beyond expectations. She loves multi-tasking and believes in the power of being good with people.

15:30 Follow the money
(Ormen Lange 1)
Scoop magazine named her «The Lisbeth Salander of journalism». Miranda Patrucic is one of Europe's leading researchers and specializes in tracking international money transactions. Miranda shows you how to follow the money across borders. What appears as a small, local matter may prove to be an international scandal. Miranda Patrucic have lately worked together with Fredrik Laurin, Sven Bergman and Joachim Dyvermark on the documentaries about TeliaSonera.

17:00 Avoid being digitally tracked
In times when governments and others use advanced technical tools to monitor journalists, investigative journalists should be very aware of how they protect secret sources. This session shows different ways journalists can use, including encryption. With Steve Doig and Jan Gunnar Furuly

18:30 SKUP-boards honorary reception
On behalf of the SKUP-board you are invited to a small reception before dinner in the saloon «Færder» on the Fifth floor.

19:00 SKUPs annual Award dinner
«And, although naturally we are all very high-minded and focussed entirely on our work, the reality is that one other special thing about Skup is that at the end of the final day, they run an all- night party that is hard to forget». (Nick Davies)

SKUP is honored to welcome this years foreign guests and speakers:
James Steele (Barlett&Steele, Vanity Fair, USA)
David Leigh (Guardian,UK)
David Smallman (Smallman Law, USA)
Zuzana Gedeon (Montana State University, USA)
Mimi Chakarova (Mimi Chakarova, USA)
Scott Zamost (CNN, USA)
Steve Doig (Cronkite School of Journalism, USA)
Henk Van Ess (Henk Van Ess, Netherlands)
Miranda Patrucic (OCCRP, Bosnia-Hercegovina)
Paul Myers (BBC, UK)
Mariana Santos (Guardian, UK)
Staffan Dahllöf (Freelance, Denmark)
Tommy Kaas (Kaas&Mulvad, Denmark)
Martin Kjær Jensen (BT, Denmark)
Fredrik Laurin (Trojkan/SVT, Sweden)
Sven Bergman (Trojkan/SVT, Sweden)
Joachim Dyfvermark (Trojkan/SVT, Sweden)
Lisa Bjurwald (Medievärlden, Sweden)
Bruno Ingeman (Investigative Reporter Denmark, Denmark)
Nils Hanson (SVT, Sverige)