We have decided to postpone Dataharvest – the European Investigative Journalism Conference because of the restrictions on travelling and gathering introduced by European health authorities. We fully support the purpose of these measures: to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.
Instead, the conference will be held in Mechelen from November 5th to November 8th, 2020.
“Postponing or cancelling a conference like the Dataharvest with hundreds of guests is a big decision. We know that many are looking forward to catching up with colleagues and to the training and presentations provided. However, in the current situation, we consider this the best solution,” says Nils Hanson, chairman of Arena for Journalism in Europe.
With travel restrictions being prolonged weeks ahead, and with insecure estimates about the development of the virus, we do not see any other option than postponing the conference.
“We are very grateful to the Thomas More School, our hosts, that they helped us very swiftly to find a new date for the conference when we can use the school. And we are happy that our hotel partners had available rooms, too,” says Arena’s director, Brigitte Alfter.
In times like this, collaborative, cross-border, investigative and data journalism is more necessary than ever. Do good work now and until November – and see you in Mechelen then!
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