The largest international gathering of investigative reporters, the Global Investigative Journalism Conference (#GIJC17), will be held from November 16 to 19 on the Wits campus in Johannesburg


Hosted by the Global Investigative Journalism Network and Wits Journalism, it will also incorporate the African Investigative Journalism Conference (previously Power Reporting). Since its first gathering in Copenhagen in 2001, GIJN has held nine conferences around the world, bringing together more than 5,000 journalists from 120 countries. The events have been widely credited with playing a key role in the rapid global expansion of investigative reporting over the past 15 years.

The conferences, which are overseen and co-sponsored by GIJN in partnership with its 145 non-profit organizations in 62 countries, focus on skills and training and are led by many of the world’s top investigative reporters and data journalists.

Here’s an advance look at some of the more than 120 sessions we’re planning:

  • Plenary Session: Investigating the New Autocrats
  • Cross-Border Collaborations
  • Masterclass: Mobile Journalism Workshop
  • The Art of Interviewing
  • The ABCs of investigative journalism
  • Women & Investigative Journalism
  • Business & Finance: Tracking Looted Wealth
  • Business & Finance: Tracking Supply Chains
  • Business & Finance: How to Read Company Accounts
  • Bulletproofing Your Story
  • Legal Clinic
  • Investigating Environmental Crimes
  • Investigating Climate Change
  • Plowing into Agribusiness
  • Digging into Extractive Industries
  • Drones & Sensors
  • Migration & Refugees
  • Terrorism & Extremism
  • Multimedia Productions
  • Producing the Investigative Documentary
  • Investigative Radio
  • TV/Video Investigations
  • Virtual Reality for Investigative Reporters
  • Verification: The Basics
  • Packaging & Marketing Your Work
  • Investigating the Arms Trade
  • Human Trafficking & Forced Labor
  • Editing the Investigative Report
  • Reporting under Repressive Regimes
  • Mapping Investigative Africa/GIJN Help Desk
  • Roundtable: Donors, Grantees, and Independence
  • New Models & Startups
  • Funding Your Investigation
  • Nonprofit Sustainability Workshop
  • Lightning Round: Great Stories You’ve Never Heard Of
  • Lightning Round: Favorite Data Tools
  • Investigating LGBTQ Issues
  • Investigating Health Issues
  • Covering Conflict
  • Covering Cops
  • Disaster Reporting
  • China in Africa
  • What Washington Is Doing in Your Country
  • Story-Based Inquiry
  • How Other Investigators Do It
  • Using FOI/RTI Laws Around the World
  • Shining Light Award winners



Data Track

  • Reporting with Numbers
  • Internet Search Strategies
  • Having a Data Strategy & State of Mind
  • Document Cloud for Annotation & analysis
  • Best Google Tools
  • Beginning Excel: Sorting, Filtering, Pivot Tables
  • Intermediate Excel: Calculations for Stories
  • Intermediate Excel: Visualizing Data through Charts
  • Advanced Excel: Using Statistics
  • Beginning Database Managers: Intro to SQL
  • Intermediate SQL: Grouping, Summing, Counting by Groups
  • Advanced SQL: Matching Datasets by Joining
  • Web Scraping
  • Beginning Data Cleaning: Excel and SQL
  • Beginning Data Cleaning: How Dirty is the Database
  • Advanced Data Cleaning: Open Refine
  • Dealing with PDFs: Easy & Hard Excel Conversions
  • Visualization: Best Free Online Tools
  • Mapping in Google Fusion Tables
  • Visualization: Using Free Tableau
  • Data in the Developing World
  • Verification: Ensuring Your Data Analysis Is Right
  • Editing the Data Story
  • Best Global Databases for Your Country
  • Finding African Data


Safety and Security

  • Digital Dangers
  • Encryption
  • Digital Safety Clinic
  • Physical Protection
  • Dealing with Online Harassment


Academic Track

  • Best Practices in Teaching Investigative Journalism
  • Best Practices in Teaching Data Journalism
  • Teaching Investigative Journalism in Africa
  • New Research


Networking/Brainstorming Sessions

  • Corruption
  • Organized Crime
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Trafficking & Forced Labor
  • Africa Across Borders
  • For French-speakers

The conference begins with a reception the evening of Wednesday, November 15, and runs until 12 noon on Sunday, November 19.

GIJN is the world’s premier international association of investigative reporting organizations, sponsoring global and regional conferences, training, providing resources and advice, and promoting best practices in investigative and data journalism. Past supporters of GIJN conferences include major news organizations, high-tech companies, foundations, and GIJN’s member organizations around the world.

For more information about the conference, or to register, go to