Riga, May 15, 2015 – On May 18-19, over 60 journalists from the Baltic states, and Central and Eastern Europe will attend training focused on building digital literacy and capacity among investigative journalists, TechCamp Riga: Clearing the Noise. Investigative Journalism in a Digital Age. The event is hosted by the U.S. Embassy Riga in cooperation with Latvian Journalists’ Association, and funded by the U.S. State Department. TechCamps support the U.S. State Department’s Civil Society 2.0 Initiative that builds the technological and digital capacity of journalists around the world.
TechCamp Riga will gather reporters and editors from the Baltic states, Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova for two full days. Among the topics covered will be data gathering, data mining, data visualization and fact checking, digital security and digital storytelling, using social networks for promoting your work, fundraising, innovative video techniques and TV investigations. Trainers from Twitter, BBC News, Internews, Bellingcat, Columbia School of Journalism, Leading in Digital and other organizations will lead sessions along with local contributors.
The U.S. State Department’s Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel and Coordinator for the Bureau of International Information Programs Macon Philips will visit TechCamp Riga to address and meet the participants.