Announcement: The 16th annual African Investigative Journalism Conference

The work of investigative journalists is too important to slow down during a pandemic. And the role of our African Investigative Journalism Conference (AIJC2020) in highlighting and boosting African investigative reporting is too vital to stop.

Cameroonian journalist Mimi Mefo speaking at AIJC19. Photo: Lesole Snap

So this year we have special plans for the continent’s biggest annual gathering of working journalists.

AIJC2020 will be a virtual gathering, a series of online events spread over the month of October. There will be a full and rich programme and many opportunities to engage with colleagues, network with the best on the continent, share your work, and learn about what is happening on the cutting edge of in-depth reporting and data journalism tools and techniques.

We will be releasing details of the programme in coming weeks and of fellowships to enable (virtual) participation.

To hear more, visit www.journalism.co.za/aijc or subscribe to our newsletter for all the updates.

We seek Africa’s best investigative reporting and training

We are looking for Africa’s best work to showcase at the conference. We have joined forces with our friends at fojo Media Institute at Linnaeus University to survey investigative journalism hubs in sub-Saharan Africa.

If you have great and interesting work you want to present, or you know of work that should get more attention, or you have tools and techniques that you want to share, please tell us.

Fill in the below form and we will be in touch with you to see if we can accommodate it in the conference. And, if you are from Sub-Saharan Africa, we will share the information with our friends at fojo as part of the important plan to map the continent’s investigative journalism and build our continental network.

Click here to open the application in a new tab.

Mapping study on investigative journalism hubs
Fojo Media Institute and Wits Journalism (Witwatersrand University) have contracted Mr. Victor Bwire (Media Council of Kenya) and Anton Harber (Wits Journalism), to carry out a mapping study on investigative journalism hubs, to find out where innovative, in-depth, relevant journalism and professional media work is produced and published in Sub-Saharan Africa.

This study will help in building a database of potential partners in a planned pilot project aimed at exploring different initiatives and discussing concepts and definitions of good, quality, innovative and relevant journalism. It will also be used to identify potential participants in the African Investigative Journalism Conference, which takes places at Wits every October.

The mapping follows a holistic approach that includes looking at more established outlets for training and publication of journalistic works and also initiatives that are still in an early development phase, but have potential to develop. Thus, the focus is not limited to actual media outlets but on content produced and published.

Kindly recommend any investigative journalism hubs in Africa by filling the form in this LINK, or share contacts with the email below. Any requests for confidentiality will be fully respected.

Thank you for your support. In case of any inquiries, kindly contact Victor Bwire on vicbwire@gmail.com , victorbwire@mediacouncil.or.ke .

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About African Investigative Journalism Conference

The African Investigative Journalism Conference is an annual event organised by the Journalism Programme of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University) in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is Africa’s premier investigative journalism conference. The conference gives African and international investigative journalists an opportunity to learn new skills, hear about the top investigative stories and share experiences.

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