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The Bellingcat Method
13 to 15 November 2018
From 13 to 15 November 2018 IMPAKT, in collaboration with Residenties in Utrecht, will organise a three day workshop by the open source research collective Bellingcat at IMPAKT Center for Media Culture.
During this three day workshop Eliot Higgins and other members of Bellingcat will teach you how you can use the Bellingcat Method to do research yourself. Participants learn how they can use online resources and platforms and easy to obtain software for fact-checking and investigative journalism.
The first two days of the workshop will consist of a mix between trainings and hands-on investigations. The third day will be used for participants to investigate something they’re interested in themselves using the Bellingcat Method. All the work will happen in those three days, there’s no pre-work necessary. The only requirements are having a laptop with Google Earth Pro installed and an internet connection.
Participating and registration (update: application is now closed)
The workshop is open to both professionals and students and costs €300. Students are eligible to attend for the reduced price of €150. The amount of participants is limited, the total amount of participants will be twenty (20) and will be selected by IMPAKT and Residencies in Utrecht.
You can register via the registration form here. As part of the registration you will be asked to send in your motivation and an case study example that you would like to use the Bellingcat Method for. Your motivation and case study example will be taken in account when making the selection.
Two deadlines are in effect for the registration. The first deadline is Monday 15 October, after this a first selection will take place. The second deadline is Wednesday 31 October. From the applicants in this round we will make a second selection of participants.
The reason for the two deadlines is so that people who might not be familiar with Bellingcat yet can visit the presentation Bellingcat: Online Fact-checking in a Post-truth World by Eliot Higgins, at IMPAKT Festival 2018: Algorithmic Superstructures. This presentation will take place on Saturday 27 October at 17:00 at Het Huis Utrecht. In the presentation Higgins will present Bellingcat and the details of the workshop.
If you registered for the first deadline, but weren’t selected, your registration will be automatically taken into consideration for the second selection round. It is not necessary to register a second time.
For more information and questions, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about the workshop in this article in the New Yorker.