Investigative journalism conference in Rio: be there in October

Investigative journalism conference in Rio: be there in October

The international investigative journalism fraternity is heading to Rio de Janeiro, the economic capital of Brazil in South America, for the 2013 Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) on 12-15 October.

If you firmly believe in investigative journalism and savour the postive impact it has been making across the world over the past decade, then you should start making plans to be there.

“We have spread investigative reporting and data journalism around the world, sparked the creation of dozens of investigative reporting centers, and led to hundreds of great stories and collaborations,” Rosental Calmon Alves, director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, said in a statement posted on the conference’s website.

Alves, who calls the upcoming GIJC conference the “World Cup of Investigative Journalism”, said this year’s event will be the largest ever international gathering of investigative journalists, as it will combine Latin America’s annual COLPIN conference on investigative reporting, and the national congress of ABRAJI, Brazil’s investigative journalism association.

The organisers said the conference’s highlights includes the following, among others:
•    More than 100 panels, workshops, and seminars on new trends and tools in investigative and data journalism, digital and physical security, and topics as offshore tax havens, extractive industries, and climate change
•    Four tracks on corruption and organised crime, the environment and resources, sports, and data
•    Announcement of the Global Shining Light Award, Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Award and Latin American Investigative Journalism Awards
•    Nearly 40 data journalism sessions on spreadsheet skills, data visualization, mapping, database managers, tracking social media, statistics, network analysis, text mining, web scraping, and cleaning data
•    Collaboration workshops designed to link up journalists with stories, data, and colleagues worldwide
•    An International Conference for Investigative Journalism workshop with its Offshore Secrets
REGISTER HERE. A limited number of travel grants are also available for those who cannot afford the trip.

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