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Next Global Conference in Rio
Big plans are underway for the next Global Investigative Journalism Conference, scheduled for Rio de Janeiro October 12-15, 2013. This will be our eighth global conference since 2001 – and the first in the southern hemisphere. For GIJC13, the Global Network is partnering with two great organizations: local host Abraji and Lima, Peru-based IPYS. The event will combine three conferences: Abraji’s national congress, IPYS’s Latin America investigative conference (COLPIN), and the GIJC. The combined conference should be the world’s largest ever gathering of investigative journalists.

Conference on data journalism to take place in Brussels

Three European groups have organized conference on data driven journalism that will be held in Brussels May 6th-8th 2012 and offer sessions from journalism experts in data analysis and visualization, freedom of information, and cross-border reporting. The Journalismfund.eu, Wobbing.eu, and FarmSubsidy org have put together a conference with tracks of sessions on farm subsidies in Europe, on collaborating on data analysis and cross border projects, and using Freedom of Information laws in Europe. The conference starts on Sunday, May 5, 2012 at 2 p.m. (1400) and ends on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 5 p.m. (1700)
It will be held at the Erasmushogeschool in Brussels and the registration fee is €70. Fees can be transferred to IBAN: BE17 7330 5268 9521 / SWIFT BIC: KREDBEBB / KBC Bank. Registration is at administration@journalismfund.eu To learn more about speakers and sessions, go to the Journalismfund.eu site

CAR conference draws international journalists

More than 400 journalists from five continents attended the cutting-edge Annual Computer-Assisted Reporting conference in St. Louis, Mo. in the U.S.A.  that went from February 22 through Feb. 26. Participants crowd a room to listen to lightning talks – 5 minutes for each speaker.

Global center to be provisional secretariat for Network

The Volunteer Group, which conducts the business of the Global Investigative Journalism Network between conferences, has worked out a memo of understanding in which a new center will act provisionally as the Network’s secretariat. The Global Center for Investigative Journalism, which has been created by long-time investigative journalist David Kaplan, will help coordinate Network activities such conference planning and the Web site and social media. A memo of understanding outlines the work to be performed by the center. The arrangement will be reviewed in June to see whether it should be continued.


By Nils Mulvad, Danish School of Journalism — Storify is right now perhaps the best content management system to integrate elements from social media to a story. Of course, we will see other content management systems develop for this, but in the meantime we can see how to use this tool in investigative journalism by starting with a re view of how it is being used in journalism in general. Five categories for Storify-use

Mallary Jean Tenore posted a really good overview at Poynter.org on November 21, 2011:

She said 5 types of stories that make a good Storify are:

Social movements: Like Occupy Wall Street. Breaking News: Like the killing of Osama Bin Laden. Internet Humor: Like this Danish for progress [link] as the new
brand for Aarhus.

ARIJ Conference Showcases Best Arab Investigative Reporting

More than 300 journalists from Morocco to Iraq joined Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism for its fourth annual conference December 2-4 in Amman, Jordan. The inspiring gathering showed that investigative journalism is vibrant, expanding, and pushing the limits across the Arab world. 
In the wake of the Arab Spring, panels and discussions focused on how to take investigative journalism in the region to the next level. Egyptian journalist Yosri Fouda, a former chief investigative correspondent for Al Jazeera, opened the conference by hailing a new era of freedom and free media. “Once you open this door, you cannot close it,” he told the crowd. ARIJ Chairman Daoud Kuttab noted that while the network has successfully built up the investigative skills of Arab journalists, major challenges remain.

Leading African Media Organization Announces $1 Million Fund for News Innovation

The African Media Initiative (AMI), the continent’s largest association of media owners and operators, has announced a $1 million fund to spur innovation in the news industry. The new African News Innovation Challenge (ANIC) is designed to encourage experimentation in digital technologies and support the best innovations that strengthen African news organizations. AMI chief executive Amadou Mahtar Ba first announced the fund at the 4th African Media Leaders Forum in Tunisia on November 10. This week, Ba confirmed that Omidyar Network, Google, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, and the U.S. Department of State have all pledged either funding or technical support for the initiative. The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers has also committed expert business mentorship and marketing support for ANIC winners.

Arab investigative journalists discuss their role in changing region

Amman – The fourth annual conference for Arab Investigative journalists opens in Amman on Friday to debate the importance of in-depth reporting as media around the world is undergoing a revolution not just of tweets and Facebook postings but of data-driven journalism. Over 250 Arab and international journalists, editors and media professors from 22 countries will discuss challenges facing investigative journalism, a rarity in the region’s new rooms for a variety of political, legal, social and religious taboos. The three-day conference is organized by the Amman-based Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), the only media support network promoting investigative journalism in nine countries through training, coaching, pre-publication legal screening and funding investigation costs. ‘The contribution of investigative journalism to accountability, development, and democracy is now well recognized, and it has never been more important. These are the stories that matter – in-depth reports on the issues that affect our lives”, said David Kaplan, one of three keynote speakers at the conference.

Entries open for CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Awards

The CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Competition is the most prestigious and respected Award for journalists across the African Continent. Its objective is to reinforce the importance of the role of journalists in Africa’s development and to reward, recognise and encourage journalistic talent across all media disciplines. The ‘CNN African Journalist of the Year Competition’ was established in August 1995 to encourage, promote and recognise excellence in African journalism. Closing date is 26 January 2012


Who can enter

You must be an African National, working on the continent for African owned, or headquartered, media organisations. Your work must have appeared in printed publications or electronic media that is primarily targeted at and received by an African audience. What the judges are looking for

Our panel of independent, highly respected and experienced judges are in pursuit of excellence. They will be looking for entries which:

Tell the story in a balanced, comprehensive and objective manner
Demonstrate journalistic integrity and resourcefulness
Communicate the story in a way that makes the topic accessible and relevant to their audience
Display well organised research and insight
Was broadcast or published, in English, French or Portuguese only, between January and December 2011 with proof supplied

Entries must be received at the collection points by JANUARY 26th 2012, no exceptions will be made.