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Wednesday, November 15
 

18:00

Welcome Reception
Welcome to Johhanesburg! Join us on the campus at the Wits Club, as we greet our guests from around the world with an informal networking reception. We’ll have an open bar and snacks for everyone, some entertainment, and a warm welcome to the world’s most extraordinary journalists.


Wednesday November 15, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
The Wits Club 1 Jan Smuts Ave, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
 
Thursday, November 16
 

09:00

Plenary (Introductory Remarks)
Join us as we kick off the 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference -- our first in Africa! We're excited that we have 1,000 extraordinary journalists from over 100 countries joining us. Come in, get seated, and we'll be quick with a few announcements and some advice on how to get the most out of this unique conference. 

The GIJC is a giant training event, designed by and for working journalists. We're interested in practical tips and techniques, not war stories and egos. Our sessions are a buffet of demos, workshops, and panels, so feel free to walk around and sample them until you've found what you're looking for. 

We're able to bring you all together because of a lot of help. From co-hosts GIJN and Wits Journalism, of course, but also many sponsors, donors, We have some great people we need to thank -- who made this event possible. So let us take care of some fast business and then we'll open things up for a great four days. 

Speakers
avatar for Anton Harber

Anton Harber

Professor, Journalism and Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
Anton Harber is Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. His research interests include journalism; media; and history of South African media. Harber is the Founding Editor of the Mail & Guardian newspaper (previously known as... Read More →
avatar for David Kaplan

David Kaplan

Executive Director, Global Investigative Journalism Network
David E. Kaplan is executive director of Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), the international association of investigative reporting organizations, with 155 member groups in 68 countries. He has worked as an investigative journalist for more than 30 years, reported from... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 09:00 - 09:30
The Great Hall 3 Jorissen St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

09:30

Plenary: Investigating the New Autocrats
Journalism in general, and investigative journalism in particuar, is fighting back against a global backlash of autocrats, oligarchs, and unaccountable power. Even in countries where we thought we were secure -- in Europe, the United States -- the media finds it is under assault in ways not seen for generations. What is at risk is extraordinary: the future of democracy, rule of law, transparency and human rights, to name a few. 

We have asked prominent journalists from six front-line countries in this battle to talk about how they are dealing with the new environment -- India, the Philippines, Russia, South Africa, the U.S., and Venezuela. What strategies are they using to keep fighting the good fight, where are they being successful, and where do they most need help? Despite the weighty challenges we face, we think you will find much to be inspired by here. 

Moderators
avatar for Ferial Haffajee

Ferial Haffajee

Editor-at-large, Huffington Post SA
Ferial Haffajee is editor-at-large of Huffington Post South Africa.  She is also editor-in-chief of a Pan-African investigative journalism portal called the African National Centres for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR).   Previously, Ferial edited two leading South African titles... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Roman Anin

Roman Anin

Editor, Novaya Gazeta
Novaya Gazeta. Until 2008 Roman worked in the sport section, specialising on sport investigations (fixed matches, corruption etc.). In August 2008 he was sent to cover the war in South Ossetia, and once back from the war he was offered to move to the investigative section of the... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Evangelista

Patricia Evangelista

Multimedia Manager, Rappler
Patricia Evangelista, 32, is a multimedia journalist who covers disaster, conflict, human rights and development issues. Before joining online news agency Rappler, she co-created and produced the New York Festivals winning television narrative series Storyline and wrote an opinion... Read More →
avatar for Thanduxolo Jika

Thanduxolo Jika

Senior Investigative Journalist, Sunday Times
Thanduxolo Jika is a multi-award winning senior investigation journalist with the Sunday Times. He has won top investigations awards including CNN African Journalist of the Year and the Taco Kuiper for his work in the Marikana massacre and the State Capture respectively. He has... Read More →
avatar for David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston

Editor in Chief, DCReport.org
David J. Johnston has been an outstanding American investigative reporter for more than 50 years. He is a 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner, a former president of the IRE Board of Director, and a best-selling author. He specializes in economics, regulatory and tax issues. His book "The Making... Read More →
avatar for Ritu Sarin

Ritu Sarin

Executive Editor (News and Investigations), Indian Express
Been in the news business for over three decades; handling investigations for The Indian Express for two decades; ICIJ member for over a decade. Awarded Ramnath Goenka and Prem Bhatia awards. Specializations: strategic affairs, corruption and money laundering/black money. Handled... Read More →
avatar for Ewald Scharfenberg

Ewald Scharfenberg

Co-Director, Armando.info
I work as correspondent in Venezuela for a spanish newspaper, El País from Madrid. Since 2014 I participate as member of the jury in the Latin American Investigative Journalism Award, anually organized by Transparency International and Ipys.


Thursday November 16, 2017 09:30 - 10:45
The Great Hall 3 Jorissen St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

17:15

"African Muckraking" Book Release
Africa Muckraking is the first collection of investigative and campaigning journalism written by Africans and about Africa. The editors delved into the history of modern Africa to find the most important and compelling pieces of journalism on the stories that matter. Among the contributors expected to attend are this book release are Prue Clarke, Will Fitzgibbon,  Catherine Gicheru, Evelyn Groenikm Ferial Haffajee, Anton Harber, Rodney Hsieh, Peter Klein, Lydia Namubiru, Khadija Sharife.

This collection of 41 pieces of African journalism includes passionate and committed writing on labour abuses, police brutality, women’s rights, the struggle for democracy and independence on the continent and other subjects. Each piece of writing is introduced by a noted scholar or journalist who explains the context and why the journalism mattered. Some of the highlights include: Feminist writing from Tunisia in the 1930s, hair-raising exposés of the secret tactics planned by the South African government during apartheid, Richard Mgamba’s searing description of the albino brothers in Tanzania who fear for the lives, the piece by Liberian journalist Mae Azongo’s on genital cutting which forced her to go into hiding.

This edited collection includes the legends of African journalism and writing: stories on corruption and brutality by Mozambique journalist Carlos Cardoso and Angolan writer Rafael Marques, a loving profile of the legendary cameraman Mo Amin and his writing on the Ethiopian famine, Drum’s investigative reporter Henry Nxumalo who went undercover in South Africa to write about labour conditions on the notorious potato farms of Bethal. Nigerian novelist Okey Ndibe describes Chinua Achebe’s passionate writing on the war with Biafra and Kenyan novelist Peter Kimani describes the Hola Massacre while Ken Saro-Wiwa warned of the coming war in the Niger Delta. Like their counterparts all over the world, African Muckrakers have been imprisoned and even killed for their work.

Speakers
avatar for Anya Schiffrin

Anya Schiffrin

Director of International Media, School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University
Anya Schiffrin is the director of SIPA's International Media, Advocacy and Communications Specialization. She spent 10 years working overseas as a journalist in Europe and Asia, writing for a number of different magazines and newspapers. She was bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswires... Read More →



Thursday November 16, 2017 17:15 - 18:30
WITS Science Stadium - Auditorium 2

18:45

“Don’t Shoot the Messenger” - Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture
The annual Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture commemorates a Wits graduate and Mozambican journalist assassinated in the streets of Maputo in 2001 while investigating corruption at the country’s biggest bank and involving senior political figures. This year’s speaker, lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, is a prominent freedom of expression campaigner in Zimbabwe, a country where journalists have been frequently harassed and persecuted. Mtetwa has defended journalists at great personal risk. In 2005, she won the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Moderators
avatar for Anton Harber

Anton Harber

Professor, Journalism and Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
Anton Harber is Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. His research interests include journalism; media; and history of South African media. Harber is the Founding Editor of the Mail & Guardian newspaper (previously known as... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Beatrice Mtetwa

Beatrice Mtetwa

Human Rights, Lawyer
Beatrice Mtetwa is a Zimbabwean lawyer who has been internationally recognized for her defense of journalists and press freedom. She has litigated on human rights issues since 1990 with an emphasis on Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media. As a result of her work she has... Read More →


Thursday November 16, 2017 18:45 - 20:00
The Great Hall 3 Jorissen St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa
 
Friday, November 17
 

17:45

GIJN Members Meeting
This conference is made possible because of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, an association of 155 nonprofits and kindred organizations in 68 countries. GIJN works with its members, partner groups, and journalists to build and strengthen the practice of investigative journalism worldwide. The GIJN Board of Directors will hold an open meeting, with reports by the chair and executive director, followed by presentations from those hoping to host the Global Conference in 2019. 

Moderators
avatar for Brant Houston

Brant Houston

Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting, University of Illinois
Brant Houston is the Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting at the University of Illinois where he teaches and works on projects and research involving the use of data analysis in journalism. He is co-founder of the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Institute for Nonprofit... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jan Gunnar Furuly

Jan Gunnar Furuly

Journalist, Aftenposten
Journalist at the investigative unit at daily Aftenposten in Oslo, Norway. Board member at Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and member of the Advisory Council at SKUP in Norway.
avatar for Marina Walker Guevara

Marina Walker Guevara

Deputy Director, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Marina Walker Guevara is deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, an independent network of reporters headquartered in Washington, DC. A native of Argentina, her investigations have won and shared more than 25 national and international awards... Read More →
avatar for Anton Harber

Anton Harber

Professor, Journalism and Media Studies, University of the Witwatersrand
Anton Harber is Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. His research interests include journalism; media; and history of South African media. Harber is the Founding Editor of the Mail & Guardian newspaper (previously known as... Read More →
avatar for Carlos Eduardo Huertas

Carlos Eduardo Huertas

Director, CONNECTAS
Carlos Eduardo Huertas is the Director of CONNECTAS and also the Chief of Party of the Investigative Reporting Initiative in the Americas, a project of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). CONNECTAS is a regional journalistic platform that promotes the interchange of information and knowledge about key issues in the Americas. It started during Huertas period as a Nieman Fellow 2012 at Harvard University with the support of the Knight Foundation. Now, this platform... Read More →
avatar for Eva Jung

Eva Jung

Investigative Journalist, Berlingske
Eva Jung has been working as an investigative journalist since 2011 with daily Berlingske, Denmark. Since 2017 also based in Brussels as EU correspondent. Through 2017 and 2018 investigated the 200 bn euro money laundering scandal at Danske Bank. Jung and colleagues have been awarded... Read More →
avatar for David Kaplan

David Kaplan

Executive Director, Global Investigative Journalism Network
David E. Kaplan is executive director of Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), the international association of investigative reporting organizations, with 155 member groups in 68 countries. He has worked as an investigative journalist for more than 30 years, reported from... Read More →
avatar for Oleg Khomenok

Oleg Khomenok

Senior Media Advisor, Internews Network
Oleg Khomenok is a Global Investigative Journalism Network Board member, senior media advisor of Internews Network, and program manager of Strengthening of Investigative Reporting in Ukraine project (Slidstvo.info). He has more than 20 years of experience in journalism, media education... Read More →
avatar for Syed Nazakat

Syed Nazakat

Board Member, Global Investigative Journalism Network
Syed Nazakat is an award-winning journalist, media entrepreneur, founder and Editor-In-Chief of DataLEADS, which is a data-driven Indian initiative aimed to create new platforms of data research and storytelling. DataLEADS conducts series of unique data boot camps in different parts... Read More →
BS

Bruce Shapiro

Executive Director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
avatar for Margo Smit

Margo Smit

ombudsman, GIJN/ICIJ
Margo Smit is news ombudsman since August 1, 2015, overseeing the journalistic output of the Dutch public broadcasters at NPO since january 1, 2017.Smit has been working in journalism since 1989. She was successively a desk editor at commercial and public broadcasters, parliamentary... Read More →



Friday November 17, 2017 17:45 - 19:15
Wits Science Stadium - Auditorium 3 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,

21:30

The Muckrakers
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

 If you’ve been to any of the five last Global Investigative Journalism Conferences, 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. The international band — featuring Ana Simonovska on vocals (Macedonia), Mark Hunter on guitar (France/US), Dave Kaplan on harmonica (US), Peter Klein on keys (Canada), Geir Aage Vollan on bass (Norway) and Freddy Schaal on drums (Norway) — will play Friday night at The Orbit, a classic jazz club (with room to dance). The Orbit finds its roots and spirit in a small Jazz Social Club established in the historic Johannesburg suburb of Troyeville in the early 2000’s.


Friday November 17, 2017 21:30 - Saturday November 18, 2017 00:30
The Orbit 81 De Korte St, Braamfontein 53-Ir, Johannesburg, 2001, South Africa
 
Saturday, November 18
 

17:30

Reception
Saturday November 18, 2017 17:30 - 18:15
The Great Hall 3 Jorissen St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

18:15

Keynote Address/Awards Night
Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz will address the full conference, under the theme Media Power in a Post-Truth World. Using an interview format, Prof. Stiglitz will be questioned by Sheila Coronel, academic dean of the Columbia Journalism School. Following that will be special presentations of the annual African Fact-checking Awards (by Africa Check) and the biennial Global Shining Light Awards (by GIJN). 

Moderators
avatar for Sheila Coronel

Sheila Coronel

Dean of Academic Affairs, Columbia University
Sheila is academic dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She is concurrently also director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Stabile professor of professional practice. She began her reporting career in the Philippines and was co-founder... Read More →
avatar for David Kaplan

David Kaplan

Executive Director, Global Investigative Journalism Network
David E. Kaplan is executive director of Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), the international association of investigative reporting organizations, with 155 member groups in 68 countries. He has worked as an investigative journalist for more than 30 years, reported from... Read More →
avatar for Mojak Lehoko

Mojak Lehoko

MC - Awards Ceremony
Mojak Lehoko began performing in 2009 at Cool Runnings Melville at the 
longest-running comedy club in South Africa (better known as The Underground). 
His comedy could be regarded as observational and spontaneous, with a knack for identifying 
the humour in even the most “dire... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz

Nobel Laureate, Economics, Columbia University
Joseph E. Stiglitz was born in Gary, Indiana, in 1943. A graduate of Amherst College, he received his PHD from MIT in 1967, became a full professor at Yale in 1970, and in 1979 was awarded the John Bates Clark Award, given biennially by the American Economic Association to the economist... Read More →


Saturday November 18, 2017 18:15 - 20:15
The Great Hall 3 Jorissen St, Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa

20:30

Dinner
After the keynote address and the awards ceremony, walk back with us to the big tent near the conference center. We'll be serving dinner for a thousand colleagues, followed by drinks and dancing. 

Saturday November 18, 2017 20:30 - 21:30
Library Lawns Wits University
 
Sunday, November 19
 

12:00

Farewell & GIJC19 Announcement
Come say good-bye to the organizers as we do a final session, announcing the results of voting for the GIJN board and the site of the next Global Investigative Journalism Conference in 2019. Where will we meet next? Will it be Dublin, Hamburg, Lima, or Riga?

Sunday November 19, 2017 12:00 - 12:15
Wits Science Stadium - Auditorium 3 West Campus, Torrance St, Johannesburg,