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RE:Cover Conference

December 9 - December 11

How Russia’s War in Ukraine Changes Journalism

Russia’s full-scale invasion has had many implications for journalism. Ukrainian media professionals face an imminent threat of physical danger and cover the war at the forefront, all while working to reshape the industry for the years ahead.

Overcoming the hardship has led to a powerful shift and only strengthened the need to promote the values of free media. The RE:Cover Conference will take place in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 9 to 11 December and will focus on every aspect of war reporting in Ukraine:

  • Documenting war crimes and protecting human rights
  • Being on the cutting edge of news and covering sensitive topics
  • Providing physical security and psychological assistance to journalists
  • Countering propaganda and getting a big picture
  • Addressing ethical challenges and revising standards, etc.

At the conference, professionals will convene to engage in dialogue on how Russia’s war against Ukraine changes journalism.

The event will be held in Ukrainian and English with simultaneous interpretation.


For the Ukrainian journalists: the organisers will cover all expenses for travel and accommodation.

For journalists from other countries: participation is free. You have to organise travel yourself,
but we offer a conference package for €200. It covers accommodation and catering. We also
offer a solidarity package for €300 in which €100 will go to the Ukrainian journalists’ fund.

For more details please contact Henrik Kaufholz at henrik.kaufholz@pol.dk.


The conference is organised by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom based in Leipzig, former coordinators of the project Scoop, and the Regional Press Development Institute.


Day 1 (December 9, Friday)


Participant registration


Opening of the conference


Keynote speech


Coffee break


Journalists in Flak Jackets. War reporting February 24

War reporting has never been an easy task. What has changed after the 24th of February and what is it like to be a modern day war reporter?

Moderator: Andriy Kulykov
Speakers: Tomas Avenarius, Süddeutsche Zeitung and Anastasia Stanko, Hromadske

Track 1 (large hall) Track 2 (panel room) Track 3 (workshop)



How war has changed the media landscape in Ukraine?

The Russian invasion affected all aspects of life in Ukraine. Media is not an exception. Media expert Diana Dutsyk will analyse in detail what has changed since February 24.

Moderator: Oleg Khomenok
Speaker: Diana Dutsyk.

Uncovery of hidden assets tools – hands-on session

The Ukrainian team from Youcontrol will teach participants how to use their instrument Ruassets to discover hidden connections with Russian businesses and politicians.

Veronika Boyko




How to help Ukrainian reporters

Western journalists have been supporting Ukrainian journalists with money and equipment almost immediately from the day of the Russian invasion. What do Ukrainian media need now as the war will likely continue for months?

Moderator: Mathias Brügmann
Speakers: Oksana Brovko (AIRPU), Tetiana Stepykina, Olha Guzhva

Legal defence and protection of journalists in a war

On this panel, experts will discuss how to protect your rights while working during a war.

Moderator: Liudmyla Pankratova
Speakers: Gulnoza Said (CPJ), Ukrainian lawyer Serhii Zayats.

Digital Security tools and techniques

A workshop dedicated to digital security for journalists who work in a warzone

Alina Elevterova



Day 2 (December 10, Saturday)


Disinformation and propaganda in a war

The Russian-Ukrainian war has shown that a fight for people’s mind comes before the first shots are fired. What are the common narratives of Russian propaganda and how can they be counteracted?

Moderator: Anne Haubek
Speakers: Alexander Zamkovoi (StopFake), Serhii Odarenko, Vladimir Snidl




Speech: Reporting about ‘peace’: Georgia and Kosovo

Wars end very differently. We take a look at recent wars and analyse the situation today. Speakers from Kosovo, Moldova, and Georgia will tell their own stories

Moderator: Milorad Ivanovic
Speakers: Una Hajdari (Kosovo), Temur Khiguradze

How to document war crimes and identify war criminals

Many Ukrainian investigative journalism centers started to document war crimes after the Russian invasion. How to do they to succeed and what are the problems?

Moderator: Vasyl Bidun
Speakers: Natalia Humeniuk (online), Oleg Oganov, Oleksandra Hubytska


Coffee break


Psychological recovery

Stress and trauma are common issues in war reporting. How can you stay sane and quickly recover from the consequences?


Gavin Rees, DART Center.

OSINT tools to identify war criminals

A Speaker from Bellingcat will present the newest OSINT tools with which you can search for data and effectively conduct journalistic investigations.

George Katz Bellingcat




How to avoid trauma after dangerous situations

On this panel, speakers will talk about the nature of trauma and how to reduce harm while reporting from a warzone.

Moderator: Henrik Kaufholz
Speakers: Gavin Rees, DART, Natalia Stoietska (Ukrainian)

Investigating Stolen Ukrainian Grain trade

A panel dedicated to investigations of stolen Ukrainian grain

Moderator: Anne Haubek

Speakers: Maria Korenyuk (BBC)

Kyrylo Ovsianyi Michael Biesecker, AP


How to get information from outside of a country? How to conduct cross-border investigations?

What is working? What are the needs? What are known approaches and even some hints at what to think about when entering such collaborations (signed agreements, access control to technologies used, etc.)

Moderator: Stefan Candea
Speakers: Jeanna Kromer, Felicia Cretu

How to interview traumatized people

How to contact casualties of war? How to remain unbiased and not hurt people more?

Gavin Rees, DART

Screening of war documentaries

Screening of war documentaries recently produced in Ukraine with further discussion

Moderator: Danylo Mokryk





Day 3 (December 11)


The big and the small picture:

How will the new Iron Curtain in Europe influence politics and daily life.

Moderator: TBC
Speakers: Rebecca Harms (ECPMF/ European Parliament) and Thomas Ubbesen (Scoop), someone from Germany (Der Spiegel or ARD)

Sustainability of local media in a war

How local media in Ukraine are surviving in the new media landscape which was created by war

Moderator: Olha Myrovych
Speakers: Sofia Skyba, Anastasia Rudenko, Zakhar Protsiuk (online), Serhii Pervozvanskyy (online)

Reporting from the occupied territories – security and threats

Real-life stories and lifehacks from reporters who were working from/ reporting on occupied territories

Moderator: Olga Simanovych (GIJN)
Speakers: Kostyantyn Ryzhenko, Oleh Baturin, Valentyna Samar




Ukrainian Refugees and IDPs investigating and coverage

Ukrainian refugees and IDPs, especially women and children is a delicate topic to report on. On this panel you will know more how to do it right from Ukrainian journalists who are writing on this topic.

Moderator: Olena Demchenko
Speakers: Oleksandra Horchinska, Olena Semko, Olha Omelyanchuk

Physical security in a war

Safety is the number one priority. This session will focus on how to stay safe while reporting in a warzone.

Gulnoza Said (CPJ)





12:30-13:30 Lunch



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