The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is the world’s largest international gathering of investigative journalists. The conference features training on the latest tools and techniques, cutting-edge workshops, and extensive networking and brainstorming sessions.
The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) serves as the international hub for the world’s investigative reporters, with 244 member nonprofits in 90 countries. Its staff works in a dozen languages daily, giving watchdog reporters the tools, technology, and training to go after abuses of power and lack of accountability.
Fojo Media Institute (Fojo), based at Linnaeus University in southern Sweden, works with partners around the world to strengthen and develop journalism and media so that it can contribute to a more democratic and sustainable world.
Föreningen Grävande Journalister (FGJ), the Swedish Association of Investigative Journalism, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and inspiration of profound, critical journalism. The association’s goal is to offer courses and seminars that improve the sharing of knowledge between journalists.
The Global Conference is held every two years. Since the first gathering in Copenhagen in 2001, the GIJC has brought together more than 10,000 journalists from 140 countries. Later conferences were held in Copenhagen (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Toronto (2007), Lillehammer (2008), Geneva (2010), Kyiv (2011), and Rio de Janeiro (2013). Rio was the 8th GIJC, and the first in the southern hemisphere, and was followed by a return to Lillehammer (2015) and then our first GIJC in Africa, Johannesburg (2017), followed by Hamburg (2019). In November 2021, the GIJC was held online, and in 2023, we will head to the historic city of Gothenburg, Sweden, on September 19–22, 2023.
The conferences are widely credited with playing a key role in the rapid global expansion of investigative reporting over the past decade. By focusing on skills and training, they have helped spread state-of-the-art investigative reporting, data journalism, and cross-border collaboration around the world. Attendees have returned home to run groundbreaking projects into corruption and abuse of power, launch investigative teams and nonprofit centers, and spread investigative reporting to where it is needed most.
Each GIJC is co-hosted by a member organization of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, which oversees and co-sponsors the conference. GIJN also co-hosts an Asian regional conference, Uncovering Asia, which was held in Manila, Philippines (2014) and Kathmandu, Nepal (2016) and Seoul, South Korea (2018). The Asian conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2020) was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.