Programme for the NZCIJ Investigative Journalism Conference held in Auckland on 12-13 August 2017.

Saturday 12th August 2017

08:30 Registration
09:00 Welcome
09:10 Tony Wall: The Art of the Door Knock

Three-time Reporter of the Year Tony Wall is a master of fronting those he is writing about, as he showed when he went into remote New Zealand to meet now-convicted stop-go killer Quinton Winders

10:00 Break
10:30 Anke Richter: Getting Too Close to the Story

Independent journalist Anke Richter on the anguish of getting too close to the story during her painstaking investigation into Centrepoint and her work on the “Circle” pyramid scheme

11:20 Dylan Cleaver: Rugby Concussion and Challenging NZ Rugby

New Zealand Herald sport editor-at-large Dylan Cleaver on exposing rugby’s dark concussion secret – and challenging the sacred cow of New Zealand sport

12:10 Lunch
13:10 Workshops:
Prof Thomas Lumley: Statistics

Author of StatsChat and Chair of Biostatistics at University of Auckland Prof Thomas Lumley on what you need to know when reporting on statistics and common pitfalls to avoid. (Bring questions)

Chris Smith and Adam Couper: JournoSec

Insomnia Security consultants Chris Smith and Adam Couper on JournoSec – how to protect yourself, your data and your sources. (Bring your laptop and questions)

 David Fisher and Greg Treadwell: OIAs

Senior NZ Herald reporter David Fisher and senior journalism lecturer Greg Treadwell on what’s going wrong with your OIA requests and how to make them better. (Bring questions)

14:10 Nicky Hager: Hit & Run and the Aftermath

Author and investigative journalist Nicky Hager on how the book Hit & Run came together and its aftermath – how to deal with the attacks on the story you have published

15:00 Break
15:30 Mihi Forbes, Anabelle Lee and Adrian Stevanon: Ngā Mōrehu and Looking After the Talent

The Hui team Mihi Forbes, Anabelle Lee and Adrian Stevanon on their Ngā Mōrehu investigation and how to support people willing to speak out with deeply personal stories.

16:20 Dr James Hollings: 150 years of NZ Investigative Journalism

Live launch of Dr James Hollings’ new book: A Moral Truth: 150 Years of Investigative Journalism in New Zealand

17:10 Wrap


Sunday 13th August 2017

9:30 Deborah Manning: Lawyers as Sources

Human rights lawyer Deborah Manning on lawyers as sources – making it work when their obligation is to their client and your obligation is to public interest.

10:10 Simon Wilson: Telling Great Features

Master storyteller and former Metro editor Simon Wilson on the art of long-form writing and what it is that lifts a story beyond ordinary

11:00 Break
11:30 Kirsty Johnston: Freeing Ashley Peacock

NZ Herald journalist Kirsty Johnston on freeing Ashley Peacock – “how the state imprisoned a man guilty of nothing”

12:30 Lunch
13:30  Short Takes

Martin van Beynen on what went into creating the Black Hands podcast and Press Patron’s Alex Clark on the crowdfunding tool The Spinoff, Newsroom, Scoop and others are using to fund journalism projects.

14:15 Steve Braunias: Why We Do This

Author Steve Braunias (Spinoff/NZ Herald) on the importance of investigative journalism and why doing what we do matters so much

15:00 Closing