Our speakers included Simon Bowers from the International Consortium for Investigative Journalists (yes, the ones who won a Pulitzer for the Panama Papers Investigation!), Saska Cvetkovska, a co-founder of the Investigative Reporting Lab in northern Macedonia and a director on the board of OCCRP, and Ludo Hekman from Lighthouse Reports. As OCCRP’s motto says “It takes a network to take down a network”, and so we got together and discussed what are the benefits and challenges of cross-border collaboration.
With this Meetup, we kickstarted our series of meetings which happened in 2019 in many European capitals.
Our aim was to create a global platform for knowledge sharing among journalists. Our theme for the meeting was “Serve and engage. How to have a relationship with your audience".
Do you want to know how to turn your audience into members?
Outriders Meetup in Warsaw 2018 coincides with the News Impact Academy, an effort of both the European Journalism Centre and Google News Initiative. Our main goal for this meetup was to surface different tactics and stories to build business models based on audience engagement.
We went to Ukraine to participate in Lviv Media Forum, the most important event dedicated to the media and journalism in Central and Eastern Europe.
During 3-days conference program Jakub Górnicki had a Lab about Telling Stories through Instagram. After that, we organised a panel with Eva Lopez (Deutsche Welle), Zhanna Novik (Radio Free Europa) and Rafał Hetman on Interactive reporting.
What Did Our Speakers Say About Impactful Stories?
More than 80 journalists showed up to discuss how journalism can have a more significant and broader social impact.
We met at in the Brew Imperial Society during the POINT conference to discuss the best examples of election’s coverage and how journalism can support transparency and accountability of political powers.
Many were surprised there is a vibrant community of journalists in Belarus who create innovative media organisations, especially on the local level.
We wanted to bring as many of them close to the network and the global conversation as possible, so we chose a topic of the meetup – foreign reporting.
Our guests — Sarah Emler an Austrian journalist from ORF, Tommasso Canetta, an Italian fact-checker from Pagella Politica and Meri Jordanovska, a Macedonian investigative journalist working at the MakFaxagency — arrived at Brody Studios (possibly the coolest venue we got to host an event in so far!) to talk about disinformation — what it is, how it spreads and how to fight it.
Workshops addressed an overall theme of using new media to tell better stories:
Fact-checking & verification
Storytelling with Instagram Stories
Data journalism in the agile world