BISS: Investigative interviewing



This full-day workshop by Jim Mintz and Stefanie Dodt practices how to turn strangers into sources by reconsidering investigative interviewing. Interview techniques tend to focus on on-the-record conversations and the objective of obtaining quotes. When it comes to approaching strangers to become sources (investigative interviewing), the rules are completely different. This training will inspire you to rethink ways of approaching possible sources. It covers everything you need to know about the human side of investigative reporting. The workshop will enable you to win the cooperation of sources and to report deeply on important wrongdoing. No investigative reporting experience is necessary and all levels of prior knowledge are welcome.


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Jim Mintz is the executive director of the newly founded SEEK Initiative based in Berlin’s Publix. He has spent his life conducting investigations and training investigators. He began as an investigative reporter. For more than 15 years, he has been an adjunct professor of investigative reporting at the Columbia Journalism School. He is retired from Mintz Group, a global investigation company he founded in 1994. Jim is based in New York City.



Stefanie Dodt is an award-winning investigative journalist with NDR (public German broadcaster) and director of investigative documentaries. For almost 10 years, she has been conducting and leading international investigative research projects of ARD with media partners such as Süddeutsche Zeitung, ProPublica or The Guardian. Her work is focused on human rights abuses and corruption. She worked on the "Paradies Papers", the diesel-scandal and uncovered how Volkswagen collaborated with the military police in Brazil. 


Stefanie teaches investigative research and storytelling at the “Henri-Nannen-Schule” and the “Journalistische Nachwuchsförderung (JONA)”. She is board member of "Netzwerk Recherche". After almost four years working at the ARD studio in New York City, Stefanie is based back in Berlin. 



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