Cecil Rosner

Director of Investigative: Regions, Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Cecil Rosner has been a professional journalist in Canada for the last four decades, concentrating for most of that time on reporting and supervising investigative journalism projects. He has taught the principles of investigative journalism widely, and is the author of the definitive history of the genre in Canada - Behind the Headlines: A History of Investigative Journalism in Canada, published by Oxford University Press. He is also the author of When Justice Fails: the David Milgaard Story, which chronicled the story of a man who spent 23 years in jail after being wrongly convicted of murder. He is currently the Director of Investigative Journalism for Regions at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and an adjunct professor at the University of Winnipeg.

Cecil is speaking at

September 26, 2019
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room 2.015, HafenCity Universität (HCU)



With misinformation reaching epidemic levels, fact-checking organizations play an increasingly critical role in debunking false claims and providing factually-based reporting. We've brought together some of the leaders in the field to talk about how they do their work -- Turkey's Teyit, Africa Check, and India's Factchecker.

Safety & Security
September 28, 2019
10:45 am - 12:00 pm
Room 2.104, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Michael Morisy (Speaker) Chief Executive, MuckRock
  • Jennifer Helsby (Speaker) Lead developer, SecureDrop
  • Eni Mulia (Speaker) Executive Director, Indonesia Network for Investigative Journalism (JARING)
  • Cecil Rosner (Moderator) Director of Investigative: Regions, Canadian Broadcasting Corp.


One of the great advances for modern muckraking is the thumb drive. An entire library documenting years of corruption, deceit, and secrecy can be leaked with a single download. But how do you get leaks securely? Fortunately, there are some durable platforms available to newsrooms who want to encourage -- and protect -- whistleblowers. At the same time, there are also a growing number of online  wherer sites to file official document requests under Freedom of Information or Right to Information laws. Come here experts on all these platforms and learn how to start making them work for your investigations.

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