Mia Malan is the founding editor-in-chief of the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism, a pioneering, donor-funded media start-up in South Africa. In this interview Malan gives an overview of the work of her colleagues and gives some tips on how to cover the current crisis.
For our series about journalists’ favorite tools, we spoke with investigative reporter Susan Comrie, whose corruption exposes have helped shake South Africa’s political scene. She described some of the tools and techniques she has deployed in ground-breaking investigations as part of the team at investigative journalism center amaBhungane.
In the run-up to the 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg this September 26 to 29, we’re featuring one Global Shining Light Award finalist per day. Check out South Africa’s “#GuptaLeaks.”
There is a growing body of evidence that state spies have been targeting journalists in South Africa. Murray Hunter from the Right2Know Campaign, writes for GIJN about their recently released report which looks at 10 case studies of surveillance against journalists to unpack what happened, how it happened and which parties appear to be responsible.
A collective of African Investigative journalists has found that publishing stories about corruption in their home countries doesn’t always put much pressure on those leaders who plunder state resources, but publishing in the countries where their donors live has the potential to hit them where it hurts — their bank accounts.
Every year South African investigative journalists are recognized for their hard work when the winners of the Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism are announced. This year has provided a chance to assess the highs and the lows of our investigative reporting after an extraordinary year.
What started out in 2013 as a small donor-funded health journalism center situated inside a legacy newspaper in South Africa has transformed into a staff of 10, and 15 regular contributors across the continent. Today, Bhekisisa consistently produces impactful reports which help to influence policy and decision making, set agendas and define conversations.
We are happy to share the full schedule for the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, now just six weeks away. We’re still tinkering with it, but you’ll find over 150 events. Thanks to journalists and supporters worldwide, this conference keeps growing: we now expect over 900 participants from 100 countries. There’s still room if you want to join what will be the muckraking event of the year.
GIJN is excited to announce a special fellowship for an Arabic-speaking journalist to report on the 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, November 16 to 19, 2017, in Johannesburg, South Africa. If you are a journalist who can write Arabic with good English and a passion for social media, then don’t let this opportunity fly out of your hands. The successful applicant will join GIJN’s multinational media team during this five-day event in Johannesburg. This is the seminal event in international investigative journalism, with 120 sessions on state-of-the-art investigative techniques, data analysis, online research, cross-border reporting, security, and more. You will be serving as the eyes and ears for the entire Arabic journalism world on this important event.
The 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, to be held this November 16-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa, will again feature an academic research track, highlighting trends, challenges, teaching methodologies, and best practices in investigative journalism. Here is the call for papers that is going out to journalism professors worldwide.