African Investigative Journalism Conference 2013 Speakers

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Agnes Rube is a journalist turned graphic designer. She is passionate about the power of visual communication and mentors journalists on how best to use graphics in data story telling. She is part of the Internews data journalism team that creates data visualisations and infographics for their data journalism portal.

Alex Kotlowitz is best known for his book There are no children here: The story of two boys growing up in the Other America. It has sold over half a million copies and was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the 150 most important books of the 20th century. Between books Alex continues with his journalism and makes radio for This American Life. From 1984 to 1993 he was a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Chicago,one of America’s most iconic and historic cities. For Alex it is the perfect perch from which to peer into America’s heart. It’s a place, as one historian has said, of ‘messy vitalities’.

Barbara Among is news editor at the Daily Monitor, Uganda. She has worked on a number of newspapers including New Vision, The EastAfrican and Daily Nation. She won the Uganda Investigative Journalism award and in 2009 received the David Astor Journalism Award, which took her to London. Her work has appeared in the UK’s Guardian, the Observer and the Independent.

Bob Wekesa is a Kenyan journalist and a PhD candidate at Communication University in Beijing, China. His research is in media responses to China’s engagement with Africa. He is a frequent commentator in Chinese and African media, and a research associate with the Wits China–Africa Reporting Project.

Craig McKune enjoys untangling complicated financial constructions of dubious provenance – deals designed to hide dark intentions, misuse of power and the abuse of ordinary African people. Craig is a journalist with the South African-based M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit founded to develop investigative journalism in the public interest.

Daryl Ilbury is a former award-winning broadcaster, op-ed columnist and writer, now a science journalist, and the Media Co-ordinator for SAASTA (the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement).

Dario Milo is a partner in the Dispute Resolution Practice at Webber Wentzel. He studied for his law degrees at Wits University and University College London, where he read for his PhD. He qualified as a solicitor in the UK and taught Media and Entertainment Law at University College and for BPP Professional Education plc.

David Barstow,a senior writer at The New York Times, is the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize. In 2013 he and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for ‘Walmart Abroad’, a series that exposed Walmart’s aggressive use of bribery to fuel its rapid expansion in Mexico. He has won the prize twice before. David joined The New York Times in 1999 and he has been a member of the paper’s investigative unit since 2002. He is also the recipient of numerous other journalism awards including the Daniel Pearl Award for Investigative Reporting.

Dorothy Otieno is a multi-award-winning journalist with over 15 years’ experience in media. She leads the Internews data journalism team, which mentors, trains and equips journalists with data sourcing and analysis skills to enable them to translate data into compelling stories. She edits the Internews data journalism portal, Data Dredger, and was a finalist in The Global Editors Network’s Data Journalism Awards in 2013.

Gerard Guedegbe has been headhunted by FAIR as the peer mentor for francophone African newsrooms. He has a background in journalism and co-authored chapters of FAIR’s Investigative Journalism Manual. He currently teaches journalism and assists newsrooms in francophone Africa.

Gwen Lister is a multi-award winning journalist. She is chair of the Namibia Media Trust and executive director of Free Press of Namibia (Pty) Ltd. She previously founded and edited The Namibian and co-founded the Windhoek Observer, where she was political editor. She has served as a member of various bodies that seek to uphold press freedom and is a founder member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in the US.

Heinrich Böhmke trains cross-examiners and forensic investigators in the art of getting to the bottom of a story. He also prosecutes corruption and sexual misconduct cases in the public service in South Africa. He is the author of Cross-examination for investigative reporters, published by FAIR.

Hélder Xavier is an investigative reporter for @Verdade, a weekly newspaper with an estimated print readership of 400 000 (Verdade = ‘the truth’ in Portuguese, Mozambique’s official language). He has a special interest in citizen participation in the media and the democratisation of access to information. He attended the Citizen Media Summit 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya, organised by Global Voices, and the International Anti-corruption Conference organised by Transparency International.

Idris Akinbajo is an editor with Premium Times, Nigeria, an online news media organisation. He is an engineering graduate with a specialisation in food science and technology. He started out as an investigative reporter on the Enterprise desk of Next newspaper. He received the 2011 and 2012 Nigerian Investigative Journalist of the year awards of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism and the 2011 FAIR African Investigative Reporter of the Year award.

Izak Minnaar is an editor and journalism trainer, specialising in digital media, news research and online tools in the newsroom. He is currently editor of digital news at the SABC and a council member of the South African National Editors’ Forum, serving on their Education and Training committee. He regularly presents courses on online, digital and social media as well as election coverage and results analysis.

James Oatway is an award-winning photojournalist at the Sunday Times. He spent most of his childhood growing up in the small Limpopo town of Phalaborwa, before leaving for Rhodes University to study journalism. Since then he has photographed many facets of life in South Africa and abroad. This year he visited the Central African Republic and the DRC to document the instability in those countries.

Julian Rademeyer is an award-winning journalist who has written for City Press, Beeld, the Sunday Times, Pretoria News and The Herald. He was a stringer for Reuters and a freelance writer for the Sydney Morning Herald. Until he resigned to write his book, he was chief reporter for Media24 Investigations.

Luc Hermann is a French investigative journalist and co-director and executive producer of Premières Lignes, an independent television news agency, producing investigative documentaries for the major French networks and international distribution. He also anchors a weekly radio programme on spin doctors for French national public radio, and regularly teaches investigative courses. He has produced numerous stories on the pharmaceutical industry, and was an international reporter, covering the wars in Kosovo and Iraq. He was editor-in-chief with Canal+ for 18 years.

Maeve McClenaghan is a journalist at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London, a not-for-profit news agency working on investigations in the public interest. Her work investigating political funding, corporate lobbying and humanitarian aid has been featured across print, broadcast and online media. Recently she has been studying the role and responsibilities of Lonmin during the Marikana miners’ strike of August 2012.

Mia Malan teaches journalism at Rhodes University and writes on health issues. In January 2013 she became the Mail & Guardian’s health editor and director of health journalism centre, Bhekisisa, which trains and mentors journalists from around the African continent. She has won numerous awards for her work and believes that no story, no matter how meticulously investigated, belongs in a newspaper if it’s not written in a compelling way.

Msindisi Fengu was named joint CNN African Journalist of the Year earlier this month, with his colleague photographer Yandisa Monakali, for their series, ‘Hostels of Shame’, in the Daily Dispatch. Msindisi also won the 2012 Taco Kuiper Award for investigative journalism and was runner-up the year before.

Mzilikazi wa Afrika is an award-winning journalist at the Sunday Times. His colourful career began in 1995. The Bushbuckridge-born scribe was awarded two international scholarships to study in the UK and the US in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the field of journalism. He is working on his memoirs, entitled Nothing left to steal.

Nalisha Adams joined Inter Press Service in 2009, where she manages a network of writers who often work under dangerous and traumatic conditions across Africa. She was previously an assistant editor of global markets research at Standard Corporate and Investment Bank, and a senior journalist at the The Star. In 2003 she won the Mondi Shanduka Award for Best Feature Story and Story of the Year for ‘A Fall of Sparrows’, a story that tracked the lives of two HIV-positive women living in a South African township.

Nanjira Sambuli is a mathematician, new media strategist and tech enthusiast based in Nairobi, currently working with iHub Research on a project developing a framework for the Viability of Election-Centered Crowdsourcing, with the 2013 Kenyan General Elections as a case study, as well as on Umati, an online hate speech monitoring project.

Rafael Marques de Morais is a journalist and writer with a special interest in political economy and human rights in Angola. In 2009 he founded the watchdog website Maka, dedicated to exposing corruption in his country. He has authored various human rights reports, including a recent book: Blood diamonds: Corruption and torture in Angola.

Ron Nixon is an investigative reporter for The New York Times in Washington, DC. He has taught investigative techniques and computer-assisted reporting to journalists in countries such Rwanda, Uganda, Nigeria, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Canada, Senegal and Peru. He is also the founder and developer of the Ujima project, an online portal of databases and documents for African journalists.

Savera Kalideen works for Soul City. She has worked on the advocacy for its Phuza Wize campaign since 2009 and project manages the development of the Soul City Series 6 television and radio drama, and the print and marketing components for that series.

Sbongile Nkosi is a project manager for OurHealth citizen journalism programme at Health –e news services.  Prior to joining Health-e, she worked as a communications and researcher at the Treatment Action Campaign.  She has always had an interest in grassroots and community issues as their voices are often muted on the public platforms.

Stephan Hofstatter is an award-winning journalist at the Sunday Times. His recent investigations, with two colleagues, led directly to South Africa’s police chief and several cabinet ministers being sacked, and the trial of dozens of cops exposed for running a hit squad. This year his investigations into resource and arms deals that fuel conflict in Africa took him to the Central African Republic and the DRC during the latest outbreaks of violence.

Stuart Theobald is a financial analyst and managing director of consulting firm Leriba, based in London. He is also a columnist with Business Day. He was formerly editor of Investors Monthly and news editor of Financial Mail. He has written investigative financial journalism for publications in South Africa and the UK and won multiple awards for his writing.

The Data Journalism Team: Adi Eyal, Code for South Africa; Anina Mumm, freelance science writer; Athandiwe Saba, City Press; Dinesh Balliah, Wits Journalism; Jeanne van de Merwe, City Press; Michael Salzwedel, SABC;  Luvuyo Mdeni, SABC; Ray Joseph, freelance journalist and trainer; Tegan Bedser, SABC, with Ron Nixon and Izak Minnaar.