Time and place

Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Sunday, May 21, 2017

The University of British Columbia
Liu Institute for Global Issues – Vancouver Campus
6476 NW Marine Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2


Pay parking is available in the Rose Garden Parkade on NW Marine Drive (1 block east) and the Fraser River Parkade on Memorial Road (1 block south). There is no free parking available on campus.

Saturday, May 20

Time Session Panelists Location
9:00 am- 9:30 am

Welcome and overview of the workshop

Denise Malan, Rob Cribb, Peter Klein

Multipurpose Room
9:30 am - 12:15 pm

Hands-on: Excel I

Attend this hands-on session and learn how to use Excel, a powerful electronic spread sheet for deadline and beat reporting on budgets, salaries, elections and more.

Denise Malan – IRE

News Media Lab Room 102
9:30 am - 10:45 am

Panel: Cross Border Commerce Reporting – Case Study: The Panama Papers

What does it take to collaborate with another journalist or another media organization?  Hear from some of the journalists who worked on the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Panama Papers. The lessons apply equally well to vast international stories and local collaborative investigations.

Moderator: Sandra Bartlett

Frederic Zalac – ICIJ

Robert Cribb – Toronto Star

Natasha Del Toro – Producer on Fusion/PBS America Reframed

Multipurpose Room
10:45 am - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Panel: Cross-Border Crime Reporting 

How do you report on criminals?  Journalists who have done investigations in Canada, Mexico and the U.S. share their approaches to telling high-risk stories that can bring serious repercussions.

Moderator: Mike de Souza

Kim Bolan – Vancouver Sun

Andrew McIntosh – Puget Sound Business Journal

Garance Burke – Associated Press

Multipurpose Room
12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch (provided for $5 donation)

1:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Hands-on: Introduction to Tableau

Learn how to make data visualizations without programming from one of Tableau’s experienced trainers.

Ben Jones – Tableau

News Media Lab Room 102
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Panel: Interviewing Workshop

Learn how to approach sources and prepare and manage difficult interviews. How to do investigative interviews and tips and strategies for handling tough situations and ethical trouble spots.

Kathryn Gretsinger – CBC/UBC

Harvey Cashore – CBC

Multipurpose Room
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Panel: Cross-Border Slavery and Trafficking

This growing business is under reported because it is hiding in plain sight.  A mining company accused of using forced labour in its mine in Eritrea. UN peacekeepers running a child sex ring in Haiti. Sex traffickers grooming young girls in your neighbourhood. And a new report that lays out 25 ways people are trafficked or held in slavery. Learn the methods of telling the dark stories of abuse.

Moderator: Daphne Bramham – Vancouver Sun

Brittany Anthony – Polaris

Robert Cribb – Toronto Star

Martha Mendoza – AP

Multipurpose Room
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Panel: Cross-Border Corruption Reporting 

Some of the continent’s hardest-nosed investigators share techniques of sniffing out corruption and getting past the barriers that keep it hidden from public view.

Moderator: Robert Cribb

Andrew McIntosh – Puget Sound Business Journal

Bruce Livesey – National Observer

Kathy Tomlinson – The Globe and Mail

Multipurpose Room
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Hands-on: Visualization, Artificial Intelligence, and Social Media

Leading-edge data analysts at UBC walk journalists through some of the techniques they’re using to investigate matters of public interest

Tamara Munzner – UBC

Muhammad Abdul-Mageed – UBC

News Media Lab Room 102
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Panel: Driveway Moments: The art of long-form audio narrative

This workshop will cover the essentials of compelling audio story telling, including getting the most from your meetings with your sources, interviewing for good narrative,  as well as building scenes and emotion into your story.

Susanne Reber – Executive editor/REVEAL

Multipurpose Room
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Hands-on: Secure Communication

Protecting your work, your sources and whistle blowers against prying eyes is not easy in a digital world where hackers are king. This session covers encryption, PGP, secure drops and other tools for protecting your email, your computer and your research.

Jorge Luiz Sierra – Knight International Journalism Fellow at International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)

Jon Festinger – Centre for Digital Media

News Media Lab Room 102

Sunday, May 21

Time Session Panelists Location
9:15 am - 10:15 am

Panel: The Future of Multi-Media Investigative Reporting

What is ahead for investigative TV when most news is consumed on mobile devices?  Increasing co-productions with print and international partners and growing competition for eyeballs from everything from Netflix to Facebook.

Moderator: Kirk LaPointe

Peter Klein – GRC

Linda Solomon Wood – National Observer

Susanne Reber – Reveal/Executive editor

Multipurpose Room
9:15 am - 12:30 pm

Hands-on: Excel II

This session is designed for journalists who have mastered the basics of Excel and want to take their skills further with advanced functions, cleaning techniques and data importing methods.

Denise Malan – IRE

News Media Lab Room 102
10:15 am - 10:30 am


10:30 am - 11:30 am

Panel:Cross-Border Immigration Reporting

Legal immigrants, hidden immigrants, refugees risking their lives to enter the U.S. and Canada. Learn the skills, documents and data that will help you tell the stories of human movement across borders.

Moderator: Laura Lynch – CBC

Nina Shapiro – The Seattle Times

Michael Corey – Reveal

Sunny Dhillon – The Globe & Mail

Multipurpose Room
11:45 am - 1:30 pm

Panel: New Models for Investigative Reporting

Increasingly, the heavy lifting of investigative reporting is moving from mainstream media outlets to nimble digital upstarts.  Are they the future?

Moderator: Dave Beers – Tyee

Erin Millar – Discourse Media

Suzanne Reber – Reveal

Linda Solomon Wood – National Observer

Patti Sonntag – The New York Times

Peter Klein – GRC

Jeanette Ageson – Tyee

Multipurpose Room
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Hands-on: Web Search and Social Media for Investigations

Find documents and databases on deadline with better search techniques and the invisible Web. Learn how to locate reliable websites for enterprise stories and receive guidance on the best social media tools for your next investigation.

Denise Malan – IRE

Multipurpose Room
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Lunchtime discussion: Measuring Impact

How do you measure the impact of investigative reporting for the purposes of fundraising? The growing crop of non-profit centres are developing algorythms to quantify the impact of the reporting.

Moderator: Rabia Mir – UBC

Tracey Friesen – Suzuki Foundation

David Beers – Founder of the Tyee

Marla Steinberg – UBC