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.

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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.

Opportunities at AIJC2020
We seek:
Programming Assistant. This person would assist in identifying, organising and preparing speakers for the conference and planning the programme. The post requires strong organisational skills and a knowledge of the field of journalism. Continent networks are a recommendation. The post is for 3-4 months part-time, (though full-time during the conference), starting August 1.
Newsroom editor. We need a journalist with editing skills and experience too run the conference newsroom, commissioning and editing material, and ensuring quality control. This is a two month full-time post (September-October).
Sub-editor. We need a copy editor to assist the newsroom editor with processing, editing and posting material from and about the conference. This is a full-time post for the month of October.
Please address an email with the subject APPLICATION PROG ASS or APPLICATION SUB-EDITOR and include a motivation letter and a CV to by July 10, 2020.

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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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