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

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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 Morning Tea
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 a 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: Calling Bullshit on Numbers Author of StatsChat and Chair of Biostatistics at University of Auckland Prof Thomas Lumley on statistical first-aid
Chris Smith and Adam Couper: JournoSec Insomnia Security consultants Chris Smith and Adam Couper on how to protect yourself, your data and your sources. (Bring your laptop)
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
14:10 Nicky Hager: Hit & Run and the Aftermath Author and investigative journalist Nicky Hager on how the book Hit & Run came together, and on the aftermath – how to deal with the attacks on the story you have published
15:00 Afternoon Tea
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 they went about supporting the men who spoke out
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 for the day

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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 yours is to the public
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 Morning Tea
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 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
14:30 Closing

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