We invite you to check out the full festival programme on the website, but to provide a taster we have prepared the following brief overview. By clicking on +info► you can link to full details of each session, and then add it if you wish to your personal festival day-by-day agenda on your computer or smartphone.
09:15 – 10:45 > Centro Servizi G. Alessi | panel-discussion
Mutual benefits: a new generation of journalism cooperatives +info►
Journalism cooperatives have long been a viable option for journalists. With examples from Belgium, Egypt, Greece and Scotland (and more we’re tracking at twitter.com/media_coops), we’ll ask what a journalism cooperative really looks like, and how it actually works. What can a cooperative model offer journalism in terms of revenue, engagement and resilience, and what impact does it have on quality, ethics and trust?
09:30 – 10:45 > Palazzo Sorbello | panel-discussion
The ethics of live video +info►
Periscope, Facebook Live and now Instagram Stories are changing breaking news coverage. What are the ethical implications for news organization? Should you embed a feed? Should you add a delay? Should you blur graphic content? How do you handle emoji reactions and unmoderated comments? Session organised in association with First Draft News.
09:30 – 10:30 > Sala delle Colonne, Palazzo Graziani | in-conversation
Stop worrying about fake news. What comes next will be much worse +info►
The session will take as its starting point the issues raised in Jonathan Albright’s Guardian article of 09 December 2016 entitled “Stop worrying about fake news. What comes next will be much worse.”
09:30 – 10:30 > Sala del Dottorato | engagement
How solutions journalism strengthens engagement and increases accountability +info►
The panel will consist of practitioners of solutions journalism, including editors and reporters who will delve into how they approach this kind of reporting and the effect it’s had on their audiences and communities. Organised in association with Solutions Journalism Network.
09:30 – 10:30 > Hotel Brufani – Sala Priori | presentations
Algorithm tips: how to investigate government algorithms +info►
This session with introduce the resources of AlgorithmTips.org to help you get started with algorithmic accountability reporting. Participants in this interactive session will collaboratively explore the use of algorithms at various levels of government by running targeted search queries on governmental sites.
10:00 – 11:00 > Hotel Brufani – Sala Perugino | presentations
Science, data and innovation in digital journalism: by Quartz +info►
In this session, Quartz journalists will talk about how the publication’s award-winning innovations are driven by research, data, and a mobile-first approach—including some insights into the Quartz app. Organised in association with Quartz.
10:30 – 11:45 > Sala del Dottorato | panel-discussion
Understanding and monitoring drone strikes +info►
Drone strikes are among the most defining elements of contemporary warfare. The proposed panel will discuss current issues when it comes to journalistic sourcing and reporting on the matter by putting together speakers of different backgrounds, including investigative journalists, researchers and advocates. The panel will discuss best practices and case studies of monitoring drone strikes, the issues concerning access to information and transparency.
11:00 – 12:00 > Sala dei Notari | ijf17talks
Covering President Trump: reporting the truth in an era of ‘alternative facts’ +info►
Are news organizations in the best of times or the worst? The Washington Post’s managing editor for news and features argues that the profusion of counter-factual narratives and conspiratorial thinking has revalidated the concept of truth and placed a new premium on the most important journalistic duty of all: reporting.
12:00 – 13:00 > Sala dei Notari | ijf17talks
How News Feed works +info►
Adam Mosseri, VP of News Feed at Facebook, will deep-dive into how News Feed works and the signals that go into surfacing meaningful, informative, and entertaining stories to each person. The follow-on conversation moderated by CUNY’s Jeff Jarvis will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions about the team’s ongoing efforts.
12:00 – 13:00 > Hotel Brufani – Sala Perugino | hackers-corner
Hacks and leaks: the future of transparency journalism +info►
Now that governments are starting to take advantage of journalists’ thirst for leaks, how should reporters approach this data and sources? This talk will take the audience through a quick history of the rise of leaking, a few notable examples and how they were handled, and a personal reflection on what journalists got right – and what they got wrong – in an attempt to better understand how to deal with events like these in the future.
13:00 – 14:00 > Hotel Brufani – Sala Perugino | hackers-corner
EyePyramid: the banality of malware +info►
Two Italians referred to as the “Occhionero brothers” have been arrested and accused of using malware, codenamed “EyePyramid”, and a carefully-prepared spear-phishing scheme to spy on high-profile politicians and businessmen. The hackers corner have analyzed nearly 250 EyePyramid malware samples and will present their conclusions..
14:00 – 15:00 > Sala del Dottorato | panel-discussion
Fact-checking in the age of Trump +info►
This panel will assess the reach, successes and failures of the instrument of fact-checking on both sides of the Atlantic. Panelists will look at the role of fact-checking in the US presidential election, the Brexit referendum and the Italian constitutional referendum. Speakers will discuss how fact-checking can adapt to counteract growing distrust in the media and partisan rejection of sources of fact.
14:00 – 15:00 > Centro Servizi G. Alessi | engagement
Monetizing community? Examining the business case for engaged journalism +info►
We know that listening to our audiences, amplifying their voices, and building conversation around our work all make for good journalism. But do these pillars of community engagement also make for good business? This session will examine whether engaged journalism can help solve the puzzle of business sustainability in the digital age.
14:00 – 15:00 > Sala delle Colonne, Palazzo Graziani | panel-discussion
Under pressure: getting the story out against the odds +info►
Have journalists ever been under pressure from so many directions and how can they combat those pressures? This session looks at the power of propaganda machines to influence, or try to influence, the media, issues of personal security and image, and how journalists must cut through the cloud and examine sources and data.
14:00 – 15:00 > Hotel Sangallo | panel-discussion
Electionland: the biggest social newsgathering project ever +info►
Electionland was a unique collaborative project to track and cover voting problems during the 2016 US elections across the whole country and in real-time. In this session those responsible for key parts of this ambitious project will tell you how we did it, where the biggest challenges lay and how it all played out on the day.
15:00 – 16:00 > Sala del Dottorato | in-conversation
Islam for the politically incorrect +info►
With Islam one of the most controversial and misunderstood issues of our time, the task of telling the truth from the post-truth and weeding out the alternative facts has become more urgent than ever. Join Khaled Diab and Declan Walsh for an interactive discussion on Islam for the politically incorrect. Issues up for discussion include Islam and democracy, terrorism, women, men, the clash of civilisations, sex and alcohol.
15:00 – 16:00 > Sala delle Colonne, Palazzo Graziani | presentations
Football Leaks and Panama Papers: two tales of great journalism +info►
Football Leaks and the Panama Papers are two journalism projects that have redefined collaboration and scale in investigative reporting. This informal chat will give the stage to two of the people essential to these groundbreaking investigations and open the lid on how their processes, networks and technology actually work.
15:00 – 16:00 > Sala dei Notari | in-conversation
A trustworthy press is the immune system of democracy. With Craig Newmark +info►
An interview of Craig Newmark by Mario Calabresi. On 01 March 2017 Craig Newmark posted a statement entitled “Why putting an end to fake news is good for democracy” in which he said that the Craig Newmark Foundation would give $1 million to ProPublica. A chat on independent investigative reporting and its essential role to shooting down false claims and exposing bad actors.
15:00 – 16:15 > Palazzo Sorbello | panel-discussion
Brexit, the EU and the British press +info►
The UK’s tabloid press have long disliked the EU. How much impact did this coverage have on the country’s relationship with the European union and, perhaps more importantly, the surprise Brexit vote in June 2016? Did often relentlessly negative reporting influence the result or simply report on the truth? If not, what does the coverage mean for the debate over “fake news” as well as the future of journalism.
15:00 – 16:15 > Hotel Sangallo | data-journalism-school
The state of data journalism in post-Brexit Europe +info►
From Spain to Germany, from France to Italy to Greece: data journalism lives in Europe in multiple stadia. The panel will explore the state of data-driven journalism in Europe content-wise and industry-wise and debate its crucial role in combating the post-truth trends that affect Europe and the world.
15:00 – 16:00 > Centro Servizi G. Alessi | panel-discussion
Slow down everybody! The breaking news scramble and digital detox +info►
On why we – journalists and readers — need to just slow down a little. What is the effect on readers of speed in news output? Are there effective ways to retain distance and perspective (and hence sanity) in the age of seemingly incessant breaking news? How can journalists and news consumers latch onto Slow News in a culture that is overwhelmed with instant news?
16:00 – 17:00 > Sala delle Colonne, Palazzo Graziani | panel-discussion
Yemen: the human cost of a forgotten war +info►
The conflict in Yemen, which escalated in March 2015, is among the least reported of all the wars in the Middle East. The session will discuss three areas of particular concern. First, the country’s health crisis, second, the economic difficulties and international isolation and third, the failure of those governments which support the Saudi-led coalition (the US, the UK and France), including Italy, involved in the weapons trade which fuels this conflict.
16:00 – 17:00 > Hotel Brufani – Sala Raffaello | panel-discussion
A field guide to fake news +info►
A field guide to fake news: recipes for investigating misinformation ecosystems online. What is the state of fake news in your country? How can misinformation phenomena be investigated? This session will explore how digital methods, data, tools, techniques and research approaches can be utilised in the service of increasing public understanding of the politics, production, circulation and responses to fake news online.
16:00 – 17:00 > Sala del Dottorato | panel-discussion
Media covering media: influencing innovation +info►
How do you find out about the latest developments and innovations in the journalism field around the world (apart from your annual pilgrimage to Perugia)? Chances are that you read, watch or listen to one of the growing cadre of sites and programmes dedicated to the field of journalism – its economics, technology, business models, ethics, innovation, tools.
16:15 – 17:15 > Hotel Sangallo | panel-discussion
Turkey: internet shutdowns, an emerging threat to journalism +info►
Over the last year a record number of governments have shut down internet access and cut off social media services to control the flow of information during events of political significance, national emergencies and even elections. Join the Turkey Blocks internet shutdown forensics team and journalists who’ve dealt with the issue to explore the impact of online mass-censorship and new internet “kill-switch” legislation threatening to isolate vulnerable communities and bring unprecedented restrictions on media freedom to Europe.
16:30 – 17:30 > Sala dei Notari | in-conversation
Role of digital companies in evolution of news publishing. With Richard Gingras +info►
Google’s Vice President of News Richard Gingras will be joined by Davide Casati of Corriere della Sera for a candid conversation on the role of digital companies in the evolution of news publishing. Responsible for all news products, Gingras will speak about Google’s Digital News Initiative, the progress of the open-source project AMP and industry trends including Google’s efforts to surface and highlight fact-checked content in News and Search.
16:30 – 18:00 > Hotel Brufani – Sala Perugino | hackers-corner
Lawful state hacking: necessary investigative upgrade or privacy nightmare? +info►
This panel will consider the different aspects of regulating the uses of government hacking by law enforcement with a focus on the Italian proposal, but within the context of juridical, political and technical limitations and challenges that it poses.
17:00 – 18:00 > Sala del Dottorato | panel-discussion
Doing journalism in Egypt: from the Arab spring to El-Sisi +info►
The coup of 2013 and the subsequent violent repression of human rights (which has led to more than 60,000 arrests) have raised exponentially the risks both to Egyptian journalists not aligned with the regime and to foreign correspondents. Doing journalism in in Egypt has never been so dangerous and at the same time so fundamental in reporting on a country that is a key Western ally in the Mediterranean.
17:00 – 18:00 > Sala delle Colonne, Palazzo Graziani | engagement
Questioning our assumptions: basic reporting processes, mass tragedy and engagement +info►
This panel will explore community engagement at its most basic level: by examining and critiquing how journalists interview sources and report on the scene. This panel will use critiques of coverage and journalistic processes gathered not only from journalists, but from members of the community of Roseburg, Oregon.
17:00 – 18:00 > Hotel Brufani – Sala Raffaello | in-conversation
How to fight back against big data +info►
Big data, when combined with certain algorithms, can be lethal. It makes citizens naked to states and corporations, prone to manipulation and abuse. Is it possible to resist their tyranny and expand free speech and quality journalism?
17:00 – 18:00 > Centro Servizi G. Alessi | panel-discussion
In defence of empathy +info►
The miscalled “refugee crisis” has been one of the most widely reported news stories by the international press. Does quantity equal a true capacity to break the wall of habit? The panel tries to answer these kind of questions, discussing the role of empathy in contemporary journalistic production.
17:30 – 18:30 > Palazzo Sorbello | panel-discussion
Women in journalism +info►
18:00 – 19:00 > Hotel Brufani – Sala Raffaello | in-conversation
Plan B: making a home for news on the open web +info►
In this session two open web innovators and thinkers will discuss the potential for news flows outside the silos, and how that can work to make the news industry and independent bloggers more free and able to innovate.
18:00 – 19:00 > Sala del Dottorato | panel-discussion
Non-profit journalism: the right model at the service of the community? +info►
The inexorable crisis of the news publishing industry and the difficulty in finding business models able to replace the decline of so-called “legacy media” imposes a reflection about the sustainability of journalism in the medium and long term. From the ProPublica model to local experiences and civic journalism: an attempt to find a way forward based on successful experiences.
19:00 – 20:00 > Hotel Brufani – Sala Raffaello | in-conversation
The crisis of capitalism. And of democracy? +info►
Are automation, robotics engineering and artificial intelligence a threat to workers’ rights? Or do these developments show that a post-capitalist and post-work society is on the horizon, one in which the relationship between citizen and society can be rethought and the threat of technological unemployment can be overcome? These questions bring into play complex economic, political and social factors.
21:00 – 23:00 > Sala dei Notari | documentaries
Nobody speak +info►
An interview with Lisa Nishimura, Vice President Original Documentary and Comedy Programming at Netflix, by Mario Calabresi. It will be followed by the screening of Nobody Speak about Hulk Hogan and the trial that saw him defeat – and scuttle economically – the online media organisation Gawker, sentenced to a payment of $140 million for invasion of privacy.