28 – 30 AUGUST 2006




View: Map and Directions



Wits University’s Investigative Journalism Workshop (IJW) will host the second Power Reporting Workshop. The Workshop will be conducted in collaboration with the London Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Johannesburg Institute for the Advancement of Journalism and will take place from August 28 – 30, 2006 at the university's Sturrock Park-West Campus.

Top speakers include:
– Kenyan whistle-blower John Githongo
– Danish Computer Assisted Reporting training expert Tommy Kaas
– A host of top local investigative reporters such as Wisani Waka Ngobeni, head of the Sunday Times investigative team; Barry Sargeant, author of “Brett Kebble. The Inside Story”; Deon Basson, six times winner of the Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year Award; Martin Welz, editor of Noseweek; Ferial Haffajee, editor Mail & Guardian
– Director of the London Centre for Investigative Journalism, Gavin MacFadyen
– Business investigative reporting expert Michael Gillard.
– David Fanning, the South Africa-born creator and executive producer of Frontline, who will be running a television master class

The first Investigative Journalism “Power Reporting” conference took place last year. The IJW’s partnership with the London Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) and the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) in Johannesburg provided a range of reporters from around Southern Africa their first opportunity to engage leading investigative reporters on the tools of their craft.

Feedback from last year’s participants showed that the greatest value was found in the small workshop settings where reporters could learn techniques from top investigative reporters to improve their reporting.

This year the Investigative Journalism Workshop is therefore expanding the number of workshops to increase the professional benefit of the three-day meeting. Workshops will be conducted amongst others by Manoa Esipisu, Reuters; Ruda Landman, Carte Blanche; Richard Calland, ODAC.

Even if you did attend the 2005 session, this year’s conference will allow for further practical learning within a workshop setting. There will be four streams of workshops looking at Case Studies; Investigative Tools (entry level); Computer Assisted Reporting; and Investigative Tools (advanced level). Entry to the television Master-Class will be limited.

The plenary sessions and workshops are focused on the implementation of investigative reporting in the newsroom and include sessions on:
• Computer Assisted Reporting (Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced);
• Forensic business Reporting;
• Acquiring non-conventional evidence;
• Number crunching;
• Source building;
• Internet Research Tools;
• Freedom of Information; and,
• Interviewing Techniques.
Top South African investigative reporters will also share their case studies.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2006 conference. The programme outline and speakers’ biographies can be found on www.journalism.co.za

For bookings, please call Debby Kramer at (011) 341-0767 or email

Conference costs are: R 1,200 per person; bursaries and discounts will be made available to independent community journalists, freelancers and journalism students on a selective bases.

Bursary recipients will be provided with accommodation at Wits University's Education Campus.
View Map of Education Campus.