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GIJC21 gets underway

The 12th Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC21) will commence today and run throughout the week offering sessions designed to support today’s muckraker.

Every two years since 2001, the world’s investigative journalism community has joined together in a different city, and the results have been extraordinary. The GIJCs are giant training conferences, with practical panels and workshops on the latest investigative techniques, data analysis, cross-border collaboration, networking, and more by the best journalists in the field.

GIJN conferences have trained over 8,000 journalists and helped lead to the founding of investigative teams, nonprofit newsrooms, and headline-making stories around the world. Already, more than a thousand journalists from 117 countries have registered for #GIJC21.

The 12th Global Investigative Journalism Conference is brought to you by the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is the world’s largest international gathering of investigative reporters. The conferences are held every two years. Since the first gathering in Copenhagen in 2001, they have brought together more than 8,000 journalists from 130 countries. Later conferences were held in Copenhagen (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Toronto (2007), Lillehammer (2008), Geneva (2010), Kyiv (2011), and Rio de Janeiro (2013). Rio was the 8th GIJC, and the first in the southern hemisphere, and was followed by a return to Lillehammer (2015) and then our first GIJC in Africa, Johannesburg (2017), followed by Hamburg (2019). In 2021, the GIJC will be held in the Asia Pacific region for the first time, in Sydney.

The conferences are widely credited with playing a key role in the rapid global expansion of investigative reporting over the past decade. By focusing on skills and training, they have helped spread state-of-the-art investigative reporting, data journalism, and cross-border collaboration around the world. Attendees have returned home to run groundbreaking projects into corruption and abuse of power, launch investigative teams and nonprofit centers, and spread investigative reporting to where it is needed most.

Each GIJC is hosted by a member organization of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, which oversees and co-sponsors the conference. Producing the event requires intense planning, fund-raising, and operational skills.
GIJN also co-hosts an Asian regional conference, Uncovering Asia, which was held in Manila, Philippines (2014) and Kathmandu, Nepal (2016) and Seoul, South Korea (2018). The Asian conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2020) was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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