How to collaborate and not hate each other

  • Event: 2017 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Emilia Diaz-Struck of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; Ronny Rojas of Univision; Arun Karki of Center for Data Journalism-Nepal
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 23 at 10:15am
  • Location: Grand Canyon 9-10
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Traditionally, investigative journalists haven’t been known for their cooperation with the competition. But that’s changing, thanks to technology, the need to analyze enormous databases whose public interest transcends borders and the demand for professionals with the unique ability to convert complex issues into attractive stories. So, how can you ensure that cross-border journalism projects are successful? How do you choose the appropriate partners based on each project’s needs? We will discuss best practices for effective cross-border investigations and the key decisions made by editors. This includes professional ethics, digital work platforms and ideas for collaborative investigative projects between journalists in the U.S and colleagues located in the Americas.

Speaker Bios

  • Emilia is ICIJ’s research editor. She has taken part in cross-border projects such as ICIJ's Implant Files, Paradise Papers and the Pulitzer winner investigation Panama Papers. She has been a professor at the Central University of Venezuela and a contributor for the Washington Post, the magazine Poder y Negocios, Venezuelan media El Universal, El Mundo and, which she co-founded. She was previously the investigative reporting coordinator at IPYS Venezuela.

  • Having decade long experience in multimedia journalism at Nepal TV, Arun Karki is the founder/ director of Center for Data Journalism Nepal ( He has become fellow of Thomson Reuters Foundation, Dart Center Asia-Pacific,, GIJN, IRE, ICFJ and UN Foundation. He has won two investigative journalism reporting projects - Nepal's post earthquake recovery and climate change. He contributes freelance articles for Reuters and IJNet.

  • Ronny Rojas is an investigative journalist based in Miami who specializes in data–driven journalism. He is the editor of Univision´s Data Unit and the fact-checking platform “Detector de Mentiras”, the first U.S. based Spanish-language fact-checking project. Winner of the Global Shining Light Award 2015 and the Ortega & Gasset journalism award 2017. He has previously worked with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the Costa Rican newspaper La Nación.

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