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Emmy-nominated documentary to come to University of Limerick

THE University of Limerick will tomorrow host a special documentary screening and panel discussion on the open source investigative journalism pioneers, Bellingcat.

The event, which is part of the Richard Harris film festival, will see a panel discussion from the Head of News Intelligence at Storyful, Padraic Ryan, Dr. Gerry Waldron from the National Security Summit Ireland, Dr Fergal Quinn from the University of Limerick and Christian Triebert from the New York Times visual investigations unit via skype.

BELLINGCAT: TRUTH IN A POST-TRUTH WORLD follows the revolutionary rise of the “citizen investigative journalist” collective known as Bellingcat. The group is made up of online researchers dedicated to exposing the truth of impenetrable news stories from around the world.

Bellingcat has covered huge stories from the MH17 disaster to the Syrian Civil War to the mysterious poisoning of a Russian spy in the United Kingdom.

For the first time, Bellingcat researchers from all over the world gave exclusive access to filmmaker Hans Pool, allowing him to follow the group on their path to demonstrate the power of open source investigation.

The 2018 documentary was well received by critics and was nominated for the International Emmy award for best documentary.

“Bellingcat’s approach to doing journalism is really innovative, in that they peel back their investigative process and show the audience exactly how they came to their conclusions and verified their information,” says Fergal Quinn, lecturer in Journalism at the University of Limerick and panellist for tomorrow’s event.

“They are pioneers in an open source intelligence approach to investigative journalism and have been very influential in the last few years in newsrooms all over the world.

“I love the dual approach that information should be free, but also that the tools for checking and making sense of that information should also be free. This, for me, is the core of what journalism is about, and Bellingcat are putting their money where their mouth in this regard.

“I’m really excited to hear from Christian Triebert directly about how Bellingcat works, and maybe get some inside information on how they managed to get such amazing scoops on the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the Skripal poisonings.”

He adds that “anyone with an interest, both in journalism now, and where journalism is going should come along to this event”.

The event will be held at 7:30 tomorrow evening in the Schuman Building at the University of Limerick.

Tickets are available here.

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