Nils Hanson

Investigative editor, Swedish Television

Nils Hanson was between 2003-2018 the editor-in-chief of Mission Investigate at the public service TV company Swedish Television (SVT). During the last two years of his leadership, the program won ten international awards, among them the German Prix Europe award for the best current affairs program in Europe, The British Journalism Award, the Italian Dig Award, and the American Tom Renner Award. Recently the program was announced the winner of the prestigious American IRE award for a story, “Deceptive Diplomacy — Cover-up by the UN”, edited by Nils. Nils regularly teaches investigative methods at conferences and workshops all over the world and has written a book on the subject. He has himself received six investigative awards. He was appointed the investigative editor of the news department at Swedish Television and also continues to work as an editor for Mission Investigate.

Nils is speaking at

September 27, 2019
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Room 2.015, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



It's a video world and, increasingly, even hard-core print journalists are working in multimedia. But producing for broadcast presents unique challenges: telling a story visually, using different interview techniques, and explaining complex concepts in limited time.

In the first of two sessions on the topic, three top-flight journalists who specialize in telling in-depth and investigative stories on TV and video talk about how they've adapted their craft to very different environments. Come hear how they craft investigative segments at 60 Minutes in the US, India's NDTV, and Canada's CBC.

September 28, 2019
9:00 am - 10:15 am
Room 2.103, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Nils Hanson (Speaker) Investigative editor, Swedish Television


To make top-notch investigative journalism, newsrooms need a system for quality control from the beginning to the end of the project. Nils Hanson, who served for years as editor of the weekly investigative program "Mission Investigate" on SVT (Swedish public TV) tells how reporters and editors should examine every piece of information, line by line.


September 28, 2019
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Holcim Auditorium, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Nils Hanson (Mentor) Investigative editor, Swedish Television
  • Marc Perkins (Mentor) Investigations editor, BBC Africa
  • Jean-Philippe Ceppi (Mentor) Producer, journalist, Radio Television Suisse
  • Juliana Ruhfus (Mentor) Senior Presenter / Investigative Filmmaker, Al Jazeera English
  • Serena Tinari (Mentor) journalist, trainer,
  • Claudine Blais (Mentor) Editor in chief - Enquête -Investigations, Télévision Radio-Canada


Deadline to apply is over. 

For the first time, GIJN opens up a space for a one-on-one session with a TV editor to get advice on your investigative documentary project.

This is a coaching and mentoring session to help you figure out the best strategies to make a great film out of your investigation.

How does it work?

Conference attendees can apply for a 15 minutes slot.

Projects are matched with an experienced investigative documentaries editor.

GIJN will select the projects and get back to you with a meeting schedule.

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We have limited capacities and cannot guarantee all projects will be matched.

We guarantee to keep material you send us strictly confidential and only to share it with the selection committee and the assigned mentor.

This is not a pitching, nor a commissioning session. Editors are there for you as pro bono mentors, to help you make your ideas become a good investigative documentary.

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