Visual Journalism & Verification of News 2016

The Centre for Media Studies at SSE Riga invites journalists from Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia to attend a Visual Journalism and News Verification Training in Riga, Latvia.

Monday, November 28th, 9:30-17:00

You won't learn how to do pretty images. Paraphrasing a master: Visualization provides insight into data that cannot be learned any other way. And that's more powerful than any pretty chart.

Xaquín G Veira heads The Guardian Visuals, a 50-person, cross-disciplinary desk of graphic, interactive, multimedia and picture editors at The Guardian, responsible for the paper’s interactive stories, graphics and data visualisations in all its platforms – from print to mobile. Before that, he worked at National Geographic, The New York Times, Newsweek, El Mundo and La Voz de Galicia. He moonlights as a chef and Roi’s dad. Xaquín G Veira will talk about how visualisation devices connect with data types and types of observations for data. He will also explain the process from collection/acquisition to analysis, representation and annotation. How to connect humans and data about humans. And the potential of visual storytelling in affecting people's perception of the world. All through examples and critique.

Tuesday, November 29th, 9:30-17:00

Citizen media and social networks are powerful tools for sourcing first-hand content for real-time reporting and investigations - but how do you sort what's true from rumours andmisinformation? Learn the tools and techniques to verify digital content and debunk fakes in this practical, investigative workshop.

Tom Trewinnard is the Program Lead on Meedan's open source verification toolkit Check. Tom has worked extensively with journalists in some of the Middle East, US and Europe's leading newsrooms, as well as with citizen journalists from around the world, to research the role of eyewitness media in mainstream coverage of breaking events and to train journalists in verification and geolocation techniques. Tom leads Meedan’s participation in First Draft News, was a contributing author to the Verification Handbook, and curates the weekly verification newsletter The Checklist


The training is organised by the Centre for Media Studies at Stockholm School of Economics in Riga with the aim of providing opportunities for journalists to develop their data visualization skills and acquire the newest and most efficient fact-checking and news verification skills. 

The training will be in English.

The seminars will be held free of charge and include lunches and coffee breaks. Accommodation at the hotel will becovered for regional journalists and journalists from Lithuania and Estonia.


Please register by November 20, 2016



SSE Riga, Centre for Media Studies, Strelnieku 4a, Riga, Latvia

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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