Announcing the 14th edition of Dataharvest

Registration for Dataharvest 2024 is now open. This is the fourteenth edition of the European Investigative Journalism Conference, which for over a decade has been a key meeting place and learning forum for investigative and cross-border journalism in Europe.

The three day conference opens on 31 May 2024, when more than 500 European investigative journalists will come together in Mechelen, Belgium, to learn, network and build collaborations. Last year there were over 130 panels, presentations, and hands-on sessions at Dataharvest, covering everything from dealing with SLAPPs, working with traumatised sources and mapping femicides in Europe, to building a scraper using Python, using FOI requests, and engaging with ‘hard-to-reach’ communities.

Looking ahead to next year’s conference, Dataharvest conference organiser Jelena Prtorić said: “We are working hard to make our sessions next year even more practical, more useful to journalists in their everyday work. We also want to offer the members of our community more networking opportunities, within the official conference programme and outside of it.”

On 30 May 2024, the day before the conference opens, experts will host three master classes. Right to information expert Tarjei Leer-Salvesen will guide participants through cross-border right to information access. Digital investigators Benjamin Strick and Benjamin den Braber will give a master class on Open Source Intelligence investigative methods. And science journalism expert Elisabetta Tola will guide participants through methods and tools used in scientific investigations. There will also be the usual Hackday, led by Arena’s data expert Adriana Homolová.

Dataharvest co-organiser Trine Smistrup said: “A certain magic happens when the Dataharvest participants come together. We look forward to hopefully again creating this creative, working conference mood and seeing it turn into important investigations.”