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Global Conferences

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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 November 2021, the GIJC was held online, and in 2023, we gathered in the historic city of Gothenburg, Sweden, from September 19–22, 2023.

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.