August 6, 2015

After Norway: Help Us Choose the Next Global Conference

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ConferencesThe local host of the 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, to be held in 2017, will be chosen by GIJN member representatives during the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Lillehammer, Norway.

The election, which will also include voting on GIJN board members, will be held electronically, opening 9 am, Thursday, October 8, 2015, and ending 7 pm, Saturday, October 10, 2015, Norwegian time.

Each of GIJN’s 118 member organizations is entitled to one vote, which is cast by its designated representative (on record with GIJN). If member organizations are unsure who their representatives are, please contact us.

GIJN is pleased to present GIJC17 proposals for three cities: Amman, Jordan, from Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism; Johannesburg, South Africa, from the Investigative Journalism Workshop, Wits University; and Vancouver, Canada, from the Global Reporting Centre, University of British Columbia. You can read the full proposals here:

ARIJ1Proposal from Arab Reporters for Investigative JournalismAmman, Jordan. See also the budget here.

Wits Proposal from the Investigative Journalism Workshop,  University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.


Proposal from the Global Reporting Centre, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is the world’s premier international gathering of investigative journalists. Held every two years, the conferences have trained more than 5,000 journalists, sparked hundreds of investigations and collaborative projects, and played a key role in the global spread of investigative reporting over the past 15 years. With a focus on training and networking, the GIJC attracts as many as 1,000 reporters and editors from 100 countries.

The event is co-hosted by the Global Investigative Journalism Network, which provides assistance with planning, fund-raising, and operations. To evaluate the above proposals, GIJN recommends looking at the following:

  • Fundraising strategy, including the host organization’s ability to find funding and sponsorships. (The average cost of a GIJC is about US$500,000.)
  • Ability of the host organization to obtain local support.
  • Host organization’s experience at organizing conferences.
  • Host organization’s experience in management.
  • Advantages of holding the GIJC in the suggested city, including environment, transportation, logistics, security, visas, and cost.
  • Estimated budget for the conference.
  • A description of the potential venue (hotel, conference center, university) for the conference.
  • Suggested focus and structure of conference panels, workshops, and other events.
  • Potential impact of holding the conference in the proposed region. Will it help spread and strengthen investigative journalism?

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