GIJN Votes Hamburg for GIJC19, Elects Board

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Global Investigative Journalism Network members have voted to hold the next Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg, Germany.

GIJN’s member groups also voted to re-elect five current board members who were up for election this year, and two new board members.

The conference will be held in Hamburg in 2019, co-hosted by GIJN and its member Netzwerk Recherche, the dynamic German investigative journalism association that has organized 16 annual conferences of its own. The proposal was also co-sponsored by two other GIJN members based in Germany, Correctiv and the Internlink Academy.

In electronic voting by GIJN’s member organizations this week, the competition was stiff. The Netzwerk Recherche proposal received 28 votes, just beating out rival pitches from OCCRP/SSE Riga/Re:Baltica for Riga (at 25 votes), Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS) for Lima (22 votes), and the Mary Raftery Fund for Dublin (8 votes). 

GIJN is an association of nonprofit and educational organizations that work to further investigative journalism, with 155 member groups in 68 countries. Each organization could cast one vote.

“The level of interest and campaigning to host the global conference was unprecedented,” noted David E. Kaplan, executive director of GIJN. “This is a healthy sign for us. People are engaged and want to contribute to our growing global network.”

The GIJN community also voted for seven board members, and chose to re-elect three regional representatives Brant Houston (North America), Fernando Rodrigues (Latin America), and Rana Sabbagh (Middle East/North Africa), plus at-large members Paul Radu and Marina Walker Guevara. Members also voted in two new faces, Germany’s Julia Stein and Canada’s Sandra Bartlett. An eighth member will be appointed by the GIJC19 host, Netzwerk Recherche. In all, 10 candidates vied for 7 seats on the board.

The elected board members are:

  • Brant Houston (US)
  • Fernando Rodrigues (Brazil)
  • Rana Sabbagh (Jordan)
  • Julia Stein (Germany)
  • Marina Walker Guevara (US)
  • Paul Radu (Romania)
  • Sandra Bartlett (Canada)

The board members will serve for two years.

The results were announced at the 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, co-hosted by GIJN and the Wits Journalism Programme. Full election results will be posted soon. For background on the election, see the GIJN website, and for more information, write us at

10 thoughts on “GIJN Votes Hamburg for GIJC19, Elects Board

  1. Hello
    This is Junaid Shah a Young Journalist from Pakistan. I am fond of learning.. participating in International Media Conferences. Please give me chance to participate in it. I will be very thankful to Global Investigative Journalists Network…


  2. Hello, I am Christopher Nyamtu, an upcoming journalist from Nigeria with interest in reporting about vulnerable members of the society and poverty. Look forward to participating in International Media Conferences to deepen my my career especially on investigative journalism.

    Thank you Global Investigative Journalists Network.

  3. Hi GIJN Team,
    I am Freelance writer and an independent investigative journalist cum photographer.
    As said by Prof. Lowell Bergman, The only way to learn investigative reporting is to do it. But doing it is always more productive if you have a guide. I am looking forward to this event in Sep 2019 to enhance my skills and to build a network of hard core investigative journalists. Kindly advise on how can I participate. Thanks

  4. Hey,
    I am Preet from India, I would love to be a part of the conference as a fellow. I am a journalism student and have done several internships with media houses in India. I am interested in applying for a fellowship with GIJN

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