In journalism, there is — tragically — a long tradition of reporters banding together to complete the work of colleagues killed in the line of investigating evil. Colleagues return to the investigation in greater numbers, firm in the belief that the murder of journalists demands a clear and forceful message: You can kill the messenger, but not the story. This session will also look at collective responses to meeting a range of threats to the reporting process, and creating the mechanisms and lines of communication to get the story out against the odds.
The Pro Bono Legal Clinic offers investigative storytellers lacking legal representation the opportunity to connect with experts who can knowledgeably discuss legal challenges they are confronting. Leading attorneys in the areas First Amendment law, privacy and libel, Freedom of Information, whistleblower protection, copyright and intellectual property will be on hand. Attorneys will brief participants on case law and trends relevant to the problems that journalists and filmmakers have articulated upon registering for the clinic, and field questions from them. Attorneys have also agreed to consider representing select participants in need of counsel on an ongoing basis pro bono. All Access pass holders receive a link via email to pre-register for the Legal Clinic. They should describe the legal challenges they are facing to ensure participating attorneys are aware of their issues. Seating is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis to those who pre-register and are confirmed to attend.
Crypto Party is a decentralized movement with events happening all over the world. The goal is to pass on knowledge about protecting yourself in the digital space. This can include encrypted communication, preventing being tracked while browsing the web and general security advice for computers and smartphones. The DX Crypto Party, led by leaders in digital security from the Freedom of the Press Foundation, aims to bridge a gap between technologists and civilians, and provide a creative space for hands-on instruction on privacy-enhancing technology and encryption tools.
In a world where every fact is challenged, deep research is the best defense. Research and fact-checking are bookends in the investigative process from story development to the final cut. Whether the filmmaker partners with a researcher, needs to train a new assistant or has to do it on her own, there are methods, tools and techniques beyond Google for connecting the dots, tracking down visual assets and human sources and bulletproofing the production. Filmmaker Johanna Hamilton (1971, The Trial) and filmmaker and curator Shola Lynch (Free Angela And All Political Prisoners, Chisholm ’72: Unbought & Unbossed) will discuss the documentary research mindset and process. Investigative researcher Margot Williams (The Intercept and Field of Vision) will take you on a whistle stop tour of skills and resources for finding public records, data, media and people locators online and on foot.
This workshop will provide tools useful for any research process — from film documentation or cross-border investigations, to community-centered reporting and citizen investigations. Participants will explore the contexts in which information is generated and learn to access valuable digital resources. They will learn about tapping less obvious information sources and techniques for gathering evidence, and recognize the challenges of operating in diverse environments. Time allowing, we will practice a number of techniques. Feel free to bring some of your own case studies and inquiries for expert advice. Please bring a laptop or a smartphone to be able to practice with some of the tools and resources. This workshop is presented in partnership with the Tactical Tech Collective, creators of the Exposing the Invisible project, which explores how new types of actors, data journalists, programmers, researchers, activists, artists and citizen journalists are able to work together to identify and reveal new strands of evidence available in the public sphere. It provides a collection of tools, tactics, guides and video resources exploring innovative and impactful work at the frontiers of investigation.