Join our special all-day workshop on October 1st, 2015: “Facebook search secrets and the best tricks to find people online” with media trainer Henk van Ess. Find the secrets on people you want to know or what Facebook search can tell you about anybody. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at our Berlin newsroom. Registration is required.

It’s Friday afternoon. The news has broken that Jihadi John, IS-executioner, is Mohammed Emwazi and lived in a normal house in London. How do you find his family? How do you find videos from inside his house? How do you prove that his brother has ties to extremists? And how do you do all this in two hours? It seems impossible. But if you know how to “digitalize” the three fundamental questions in journalism - who, what, when - you can’t fail.

During our all-day workshop on October 1st, media trainer and data journalist Henk van Ess will lead you by example. His motto: if it’s out there, let’s find it. You will be shown actual research for Die Welt, Bild, Daily Telegraph, Volkskrant and other leading European media houses. You will not only learn about the best tools but also develop a lasting strategy to find information by not thinking like a human, but as a computer does. 

Some highlights: 

  • How to find a network of people very fast
  • How to find cell phone numbers faster than ever 
  • How to find the secret Facebook accounts of famous people 
  • How to find eyewitnesses on Twitter extremely fast 
  • How to follow people on Twitter without being noticed 
  • How to use Facebook Graph to find people

It’s possible to search millions of personal details on Facebook with a new service called Graph. Henk will teach you how to use this technology creatively with real world examples: 

  • How do you find employees of a weapons company? 
  • What photos did the Russians take in the Ukraine? 
  • How do I access videos from Facebook users? 
  • How do I find the relatives of a criminal? 

You will learn a new language that will open a whole new world of research possibilities. The workshop will be held in English, but Henk is fluent in German, so do not hesitate to come up with questions or examples in German. 

About the trainer:  

Dutch born Henk van Ess is obsessed with finding news in data. European media houses like Axel Springer, Persgroep, European Broadcasting Union and Schibstedt love his literal and lateral thinking and hire Henk on a regular basis to spill his secrets. 

In a Nutshell

What: hands-on investigative research workshop with Henk van Ess

When: October 1st, 2015, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: CORRECT!V newsroom, Singerstraße 109, 10179 Berlin


Participation fee: 90 Euros 

Please note: The participation is limited to 21 participants

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