Dates: November 16-19, 2017 | Register here
Price: USD 250,- (funding available)
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2017

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) is the premier international gathering of investigative and data journalists, held once every two years. This year, the 10th conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from November 16 to 19, and is being co-hosted by the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Wits University Journalism Programme.

GIJC17 incorporates this year’s African Investigative Journalism Conference and will feature more than 120 exciting panels, workshops, and networking sessions, ranging from cross-border collaboration and corruption to advanced data analysis. Here’s a chance to learn from the best in the field and enhance your skills with the latest tips and tools.


Get ready for an extraordinary event. This is the 10th global conference and the first time on African soil. Global Investigative Journalism Conference will be bringing you over 120 panels, workshops, and special events.

There will be lots of time for networking, brainstorming, and collaborative thinking. ICIJ’s Panama Papers team will be there, as will cross-border sleuths from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. There will be tracks on data, corruption, finance, new models, security, and more. We’ve got an academic track for professors, plus special sessions on human trafficking and LGBTQ issues.

So come and be inspired in Johannesburg — the City of Gold — and create new networks for reporting around the world!

Special Events

During the conference will be a great line-up of special events where they can share drinks, brainstorm, get inspired, and dance the night away.

Gala Dinner

All participants are welcome to the main gala dinner on Saturday evening, November 18. Join your colleagues for a sumptuous meal, drinks, and some great entertainment arranged by our hosts at Wits Journalism. During the festivities, GIJN will also announce the extraordinary winners of the Global Shining Light Award. The Gala Dinner is included in the conference package, so don’t miss it.

Welcome Reception

Join an informal networking reception on Wednesday evening. There will be an open bar and snacks for everyone, some entertainment, and a warm welcome to the world’s most extraordinary journalists.

Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture

The annual Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture, sponsored by Wits Journalism, features a prominent journalist focusing on media freedom. Come get inspired by those who have put their lives on the line to fight for free speech and an independent media.

The Muckrakers

If you’ve been to any of the five last GIJCs, chances are you’ve seen GIJN’s own band, The Muckrakers. Formed at a jam at the Lillehammer conference in 2008, the R&B group has gone on to play to packed crowds from around the world in Geneva, Kiev, and Rio, plus a rockin’ reunion at GIJC15 back in Lillehammer.

Global Investigative Journalism Conference Fellowships

Application deadline: May 15, 2017 | Apply here

With the support of the sponsors, GIJN and Wits Journalism are offering fellowships to both established and young promising journalists in developing and transitioning countries to participate in this prestigious event. Competition is keen so you need to convince us that you’ll make great use of the training GIJC17 offers. Between 40 and 60 fellowships will be offered to African journalists, and nearly 100 more for journalists elsewhere.


  • Open to full-time print, online, television, video, and multimedia journalists in developing or transitioning countries
  • Experience in investigative or data journalism a plus
  • Following the conference, fellows are required to either produce a story or give a presentation in your home country, based on what you learned at the conference.

GIJC17 Fellowship Includes

  • Round-trip airfare to Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Hotel room for four nights
  • Transport between Johannesburg airport and the conference hotel
  • Breakfast and lunch on conference days
  • Award ceremony banquet dinner
  • Conference fee

NOTE: The fellowship does not include a per diem, visa fees, or transport to and from your home country airport. Fellows are expected to pay for these costs.

For more opportunities, check our opportunities sections and subscribe to our weekly newsletters.


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