Words of SKUP 2011
Some of our dear guestspeakers give their thoughts about the SKUP-conference 2011.
Nick Davies og David Leigh forteller. FOTO: MARTHE AMANDA VANNEBO/SKUP
«The Skup conference is special. It's a brilliant place to make contacts with journalists and others. There are a lot of good workshops and lectures (although I'd have gone to more if I spoke Norwegian). 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, The Guardian)
«SKUP’s annual conference offers what few other media gatherings are able to achieve: a real sense of collaboration between competing journalists and an eagerness to share knowledge with contributors from overseas on how best to strengthen the world of investigative reporting. The 2011 SKUP conference in Tonsberg was a worthy celebration of the best of Norwegian journalism and a forum for discussion on issues as diverse as the immense task of trying to assess the mass of leaked information from WikiLeaks and the ongoing dilemma of how to interpret the claim and counter claim of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians. SKUP’s success is based on two fundamental principles which are nowhere near as strong in the UK: that media conferences are most effective when they draw together journalists from the press, television, radio and now the internet and do so in a way which encourages an atmosphere where older journalists are encouraged to pass on the lessons they have learned to the next generation. The traditional Norwegian hospitality displayed by SKUP’s hosts ensures the ideal atmosphere for co-operation and collaboration and is a tribute to the continued commitment of Norway’s media proprietors to finance this annual gathering of journalists not just from Norway but also contributors from across the world». (Nicholas Jones)
«I found this a very interesting event, well organized and carried out in great professionalism. As usual, the networking element is always important and the entire surrounding of the SKUP 20111 made it fruitful. I did not have the opportunity to take part in many events so It would be difficult for me to answer nr 2 with regard to the actual work part. 2. What was the highlight (if any) of the conference?With above in mind, the highlight was a highly entertaining and enjoyable evening on Saturday. Well produced from a-z». (Kristinn Hrafnsson, Wikileaks)
«The busiest one I have been to yet. It must have been a nightmare to organise, but it went well with no visable hitches. Well done. 2. What was the highlight (if any) of the conference?
It was fascinating to sit down to dinner with the overseas trainers and Israeli army people. A real opportunity to network with different sorts of people». (Paul Myers, BBC)
«I found the conference interesting – even provocative at times – and came away feeling as though I learned a lot. The setting was very nice and all the arrangements were well-organized. I met a number of journalists I hope I will stay in touch with. The Wikileaks session was a blast and the session featuring reporters attempting to cover the Mexican drug war was truly moving and horrifying. Even though I was limited to English-language sessions, I found plenty that were memorable». (Robin Fields, Propublica)
« I had a very good experience in Skup conference. The highlight was the fact that many of the journalists came to me asking and wanting to understand the situation in Israel. Also, many of them said that some of the points I made , were new to them. I think that the panel was a bit too short for 5 speakers and that your ex-prime minister was irrelevant to the discussion, as he didn't contribute to the issue itself. Most important-I felt that I raised discussion regarding the coverage of Norwegian press in Israel. I felt hospitable and respected by all means and would be happy to return next year. On this opportunity I would like to express my gratitude to Eirik V. for taking care of evey detail and making me feel at home» (Avital Leibovich, Israeli Defence Forces).
«I thought Skup 2011 was really good and smoothly organised - as previously! The highlight for me was having a noisy argument with Kristinn Hrafnsson over Wikileaks. But I don't recommend everyone does that! I would certainly return of invited» (David Leigh, The Guardian)
«Thanks so much for a delightful conference. Gee, how much good things. And so well distributed on the program, there was always something really good and rewarding things to go to» (Brigitte Alfter, Freelance journalist and director of journalismfund.eu)
«It was a great pleasure to perform for an enthusiastic SKUP participants with sharp questions that helped to create a lively and critical debate» (Janus Metz, director of the movie «Armadillo»)
«I found it a great meeting with lots of interactions with Nordic journalists. I made really good contacts and had very good even after conference feedback from my session. People are willing to contribute to expanding networks and information exchanges and I think SKUP was a very good place to further the global investigative journalism movement. I believe the conference was overall a success with people creating bonds for the future. I also believe the talks have been quite good as they shed light on controversial topics such as Wikileaks, the representation of Israel in the Norwegian media etc». (Paul Radu, executive director with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project)
«One of the best conferences on investigative journalism, Ive participated in. Very practical knowledge, engaging presentations, beautifully settled. In addition to the party, so I think that the highlight is the opportunity to gain insight into many different investigative journalism projects. The highlight for me is, the journalists and editors, who will present their projects». (Bruno Ingemann, Freelance journalist and consulant in Denmark)
«An impressive setup, both professional, organizational and participation. Here the publishing industry have a lot to learn» (William Nygaard, former chief publisher at Aschehoug)