The need for a sophisticated, multinational corps of investigative reporters has never been greater. We live in a globalized era in which our commerce—and our crimes–are multinational.
Investigative journalists are now on the job in more than a hundred countries, following trails and connecting with their colleagues in a more organized, more profound way than ever before. They have become, in effect, the “special forces” of global journalism. To succeed, journalists worldwide need the best training and technology to do their jobs. That’s why the Global Investigative Journalism Network is here.
The Global Investigative Journalism Network is an international association of journalism organizations that support the training and sharing of information among investigative and data journalists—with special attention to those from repressive regimes and marginalized communities.
Our key activities include:
- Providing resources and networking services to investigative journalists worldwide;
- Publishing in multiple languages and on multiple platforms the latest tools, techniques and opportunities for those in the field;
- Helping organize and promote regional and international training conferences and workshops;
- Assisting in the formation and sustainability of journalism organizations involved in investigative reporting and data journalism around the world;
- Supporting and promoting best practices in investigative and data journalism;
- Supporting and promoting efforts to ensure free access to public documents and data worldwide.
Here’s How We’re Growing
GIJN Conferences and Workshops: Our events have doubled in size since 2012, with 1200 attendees from a record 130 countries at our last conference. We run a highly competitive fellowship program to bring journalists from developing and transitioning countries, and assist in regional workshops and conferences around the world.
GIJN Resource Center: GIJN’s free online Resource Center is used by journalists in 100 countries per day in eight languages (English, Arabic, Bangla, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish). With hundreds of tip sheets, videos and reporting guides, the Center is fast-becoming first-stop shopping for journalists embarking on stories worldwide.
GIJN Help Desk & Rapid Response Team: Since its set up in 2012, the GIJN Help Desk has responded to nearly 8,000 requests for assistance from around the world. These include requests for help on reporting, data searches, developing sources, finding contacts, advice on startups and nonprofits, and more.
Sustainability Training Module: GIJN already offers a range of resources and training on best practices for public interest media to be sustainable.. We’re working to further develop our sustainability resources into an online training module that colleagues everywhere can use.
Publishing and Network-Building: GIJN runs multilingual publishing and social media feeds, featuring trends, news and techniques on investigative and data journalism worldwide. On an average day, viewers from 100 countries visit our main site. GIJN manages daily social media feeds in seven languages and runs hundreds of stories a year on its various platforms.
Membership Services: GIJN provides services to its member organizations, such as discounted or free software; preferred access to GIJN’s Help Desk, Resource Center, and conferences; and pro bono consulting on fundraising and business practices.
Our profession’s challenges are considerable – journalists jailed and shot at, stories censored and publications closed, harassment lawsuits, a lack of funding, training, and institutional support – but these are outweighed by the rapid progress we are making in spreading state-of-the-art investigative journalism to the farthest reaches of the planet.
We invite you to join us.
The Global Investigative Journalism Network was founded in 2003 when more than 300 journalists from around the world gathered for the second Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Copenhagen. Since then it has grown to 182 member organizations in 77 countries.
Every two years, GIJN holds the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, which has brought together more than 8,000 journalists from 140 countries since 2001. GIJN also co-hosts the Asian Investigative Journalism Conference, and its member organizations hold regional conferences such as the African Investigative Journalism Conference sponsored by Wits University in Johannesburg. The initial global conference was held in Copenhagen in 2001; Other conferences have been held in Copenhagen (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Toronto (2007), Lillehammer (2008), Geneva (2010), Kyiv (2011), Rio de Janeiro (2013), Lillehammer (2015), Johannesburg (2017), and Hamburg (2019).
At the Kiev conference, delegates decided to create a provisional secretariat to better manage the GIJN’s conferences and increase its capacity to support investigative journalism around the world. The secretariat was officially launched in February 2012; its executive director is David Kaplan. The executive director and secretariat report to the GIJN Board, which consists of members elected by GIJN membership representatives.
In 2014 GIJN registered as a nonprofit corporation in the U.S. state of Maryland. In July 2015, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service approved GIJN as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, allowing it to receive tax-deductible contributions.