Digital Journalism Programme in Minsk, Belarus

Application form may be found in the program website:
Application deadline: May 9, 2018

May 17

Investigating with limited resources
by Rosemary Armao

To produce journalism that bring about change and have impact does not require you to be rich, famous, or experienced. Knowing your topic, curiosity, hard-work, organization, and some smart thinking are the tools that matter. Please bring along some story ideas that we will discuss to see if we can’t turn them into projects worth doing.

by Rosemary Armao

Along with writing, interviewing is the key skill journalists must have, yet we do it so frequently few of us have taken the time to think about what we want out of an interview and how to get that. We’ll talk about questions that draw out people and strategies for plotting effective interviews. We’ll look at some interviews (broadcast) and maybe role play. Come to this session with some ideas about good and bad interviews you have conducted – or seen – so we’ll have lots of material to consider.

Writing longer stories
by Rosemary Armao

Investigative reporting is too often boring. We tend to spend all our time on – investigating – and then put out pieces full of jargon, windy sentences, and without characters or fun writing. We stay away from humour and colour because we think investigative reporting is supposed to be serious. In this session we will talk about writing something other than technical reports or prosecutorial indictments.

May 18-19

Investigative reporting ABC

Generating the idea
by Nils Hanson

How to find the interesting story ideas. The importance of challenging them with a checklist and a “devil´s advocate”. How to narrow the story by using hypothesis and how to organize the project.

Getting the evidence
by Nils Hanson

How to get the documents you need and how to get sources to help you. Using the timeline and other analysing methods.

Bullet-proofing the story
by Nils Hanson

How to avoid pitfalls and mistakes when making investigative stories. The solution is a prepublication control, a methodological approach not only to fact checking your story but also to examine your selection of facts

May 25-26

Tools for visual journalism and storytelling
by Ole Röde Jensen

Over two days we will go through some of the most relevant web tools for creating impressive digital stories. We will check out tools for rich multimedia content, visuals, interactive infographics and charts based on data. We will focus on free (or almost free) tools – and we will be very practical and hands-on.

So, dear participants, please let me know, if you have any specific ideas or needs – and also, please send me links to your media sites so I can get myself familiar with your media before we meet. Send to

Based on everybody’s inputs I will put together a programme for the two days – and will of course present it for you in good time :-)

About the lecturers:

Rosemary Armao has been embedded for the last year as a consultant and managing editor at ARIJ – Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism in Amman, Jordan, something of a feat since she cannot read or speak Arabic. Her real job is as Mideast Regional Editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Project. Armao returned to the practice of journalism after more than eight years at the State University of New York at Albany where she director of the Journalism Program. She also worked at WAMC, the affiliate in Albany of National Public Radio as a public affairs and media commentator. She has written and edited for six U.S. newspapers and a wire service, taught journalism and writing at five U.S. universities, and worked on reporting and media development projects in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe as well as the Middle East now. She has written about media development and investigative reporting for the U.S. State Department. She is a former head of the Journalism and Women's Symposium and of Investigative Reporters & Editors. She holds degrees from Syracuse and Ohio State universities.

Nils Hanson has for 14 hears been the editor of Uppdrag Granskning (Mission Investigate) at public service company Swedish Television (SVT). The internationally successful investigative TV-program is aired prime time one hour a week, 39 times a year. Nils, a former award winning investigative reporter, has 35 people working with him producing the show. The program makes stories with great impact on Swedish society and has also won many international awards since it started in 2001. Nils Hanson has decades of extensive experience in undertaking and managing advanced investigations. He regularly teaches investigative methods at conferences around the world and has written a book on the subject.

Ole Rode Jensen has been a trainer and head of Nordic Journalist Centre (NJC) at the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark. Since February 2018 he works as a freelancer. NJC is funded by Nordic Council of Ministers and runs training and networking activities for journalists in the Nordics and in Northwest Russia. Ole’s editorial background is – among other things - ten years in visualization and infographics at the Danish regional daily Aarhus Stiftstidende and three years as European Graphics Editor for Knight-Ridder / Tribune News based in Washington, D.C. Since 2001 he has been associate professor at Danish School of Media and Journalism. His field of expertise is a wide spectrum of visual, digital, online, multimedia, infographics journalism – and the teaching of this at journalism educations, mid career training courses and workshops both nationally and internationally. His attitude is very hands-on, less theoretical.

Programme Director:

Hans Månson from Swedenhas dedicated his professional life to journalism and news, he is an honorary visiting professors in practical journalism at The Department of Journalism, at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The road to becoming editor-in-chief at one of the largest morning dailies, Sydsvenskan, Malmo, included managing positions at several large dailies and commercial and public service television newsrooms. Hans Månson has also been working since 1980 to promote investigative journalism in his own newsroom as well as in general. Today he specializes in journalistic ethics where he has published reports, books and columns. Hans is responsible for the program and will be present at all seminars

Organisers: SSE Riga Centre for Media Studiesand Press Club Belarus

Funded by: Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania

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If you have any questions, or require additional information, please do not hesitate to contact:

Project Manager
Sabine Sile-Eglite
(+371) 28357783