Masterclass focus on 'making a difference'

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Journalism which 'makes a difference' is a focus of the upcoming Publish Asia conference in Bali, Indonesia.

Among speakers is investigative reporter and editor Wahyu Dhyatmika of Indonesia's Tempo Media Group, Indonesia. A 2015 Harvard Nieman Fellow, he and his colleagues investigated suspicious bank accounts belonging to prominent police generals in 2010, uncovered match-fixing in the Indonesian soccer league in 2011, and fraud and corruption within the government-backed insurance scheme for Indonesian migrant workers in 2012.

In 2016, Wahyu (right) initiated a collaborative reporting project between Tempo, The Reporter (Taiwan) and MalaysiaKini (Malaysia) to investigate human trafficking in the region. Their award-winning work however has not been without risks, with Molotov Cocktail bombs hurled at their Tempo office in 2010.

Also speaking - and, with Wahyu, holding a one-day masterclass during the conference - is Scilla Alecci (left), an investigative reporter and video journalistwho heads ICIJ's Asia desk.

The masterclass on collaborative investigative journalism will cover how massive global projects such as the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers were managed and published, and how to identify possible projects in local markets which may require national, regional or global collaboration.

Scilla Alecci coordinates the investigative work of US-based ICIJ's partners and members in Asia. A native of Italy before moving to the US, Scilla was based in Tokyo where she worked for Bloomberg News and other news organisations.

In 2016, she was a member of the Japanese reporting team that took part in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Panama Papers investigation. Her work has been published by the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Japanese magazine Shukan Asahi and others. She recently published a book in Japanese about the Panama Papers and the new frontiers of investigative journalism.

Publish Asia 2018 - in Bali on April 24-26 - will gather over 400 media executives from across Asia, and offers a series of masterclasses and conference sessions with a focus on strengthening print in the digital era.

Organisers say it will also provide key insights on how to keep innovating in print without missing out the key transformations that are required to prepare for a digital-centric future.

More details and registration.

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