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CIJ investigative journalism conference and summer school


Friday 4 July 2014

Option 1: Three days (Friday 4 - Sunday 6 July) for workshops and conference

Option 2: One day (Saturday 5 July) conference only

NUJ members discounts apply

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New Academic Building, Goldsmiths, University of London


CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference and Summer School

Investigative Journalism: a New Stage

Over the last 10 years the Centre for Investigative Journalism’s (CIJ) annual Summer School has become a firm fixture in any journalist’s diary. This year the school - now known as the CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference and Summer School - takes place from 4-6 July at Goldsmiths, University of London.

The event is now entering its second decade and with a new format that will allow even more delegates to listen to some of the biggest names in investigative journalism.

The difference this year is that all the talks and panel discussions will be on the Saturday, allowing delegates with limited time to attend this day only, while those who sign up for the full three days will be able to participate in the practical, hands-on workshops that include data journalism, freedom of information, information security, covert filming and web documentaries.

Conference organiser, Marina Calland, explained the new format:

"We bring over some of the top journalists from all over the world and we wanted to give as many people as possible the chance to hear them speak.
"As many of our practical workshops are hands-on, we have to limit the number of participants, but by keeping the speakers to one day we are able to open up the conference to many more people."

Saturday’s speakers include Dana Priest of the Washington Post, Julian Assange and Sarah Harrison of Wikileaks, the blogger Brown Moses, Aron Pilhoffer formerly of The New York Times and now The Guardian's Executive Editor of Digital and Lena Thiele Europe's leading web-creator and creative director of interactive media.

The theme for this year’s Summer School and Conference is Investigative Journalism: A New Stage and will look at different models for carrying out and publishing investigations that have been made possible by new technology.

Marina spoke about how the idea for the theme came about:

"There are so many stories about cuts in budgets, fewer journalists doing more work and a fall in the quality of reporting – all doom and gloom - that we thought it was time we looked at the positive impact new technology could, and is having. Once we started looking, we realised just how much there is out there – webdocs that use multimedia for fully immersive storytelling, self-funded investigators, people just going out there and doing it themselves."

One of the panel discussions on the Saturday will deal with funding for investigations and consider the options available for journalists. And there are other speakers who look at going it alone; the blogger Brown Moses (Eliot Higgins) became an internationally renowned expert on the weapons used in the conflict in Syria without leaving his house in Leicester. We also look at models for collaboration with Ukrainian investigative journalists Natalie Sedletska and Oleg Khomenok who will be talking about Yanukovych Leaks, a unique open source investigative project.

As ever there will be plenty of networking opportunities with our drinks reception held on the Saturday evening. And on the Saturday we will be offering a sandwich lunch for all speakers and delegates, we hope this will provide a further opportunity to make contact with fellow journalists.

Those attending the full three-days will be able to learn data journalism with David Donald, information security with Arjen Kamphuis, story-based inquiry with Mark Lee Hunter and Luuk Sengers, understanding company accounts with Raj Bairoliya, how to get scoops from local councils with Paul Francis and Ted Jeory and much more.

Such is the popularity of the event, many delegates return year after year. Last year’s Summer School was described by one delegate as:

"The best thing that happened to me this summer I get so many new ideas. Thank you very much for all this inspiring content!"

While another said it was:

"Thoroughly enjoyable. Great delegates. Good contacts. I got out of it what I wanted. This was my summer holiday and so much better than a beach!"

This year marks another change for the event, as it is the first time that it will be held in Goldsmiths, University of London, the new home of the CIJ. Within easy reach of central London, it is well connected with two overground stations just a short walk away and numerous bus routes passing close by.

We try to keep fees for both the one-day Saturday conference and three-day conference and workshops as low as possible and the event is open to everyone.

To book a place visit the CIJ website.
Find out more about the event timetable.

The number of places, especially for the full three days, is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Three days: Friday 4 - Sunday 6 July includes lunch and drinks reception on Saturday 5 July. Full price: £460, NUJ/BECTU: £360, Students: £175.

One day: conference only (Sat 5 July) includes lunch and drinks reception. Full price: £160, NUJ/BECTU: £125, Students: £75*

*Only full time students qualify for the discount and must present a valid student card.


£460 - £75

Further details and contact information

Marina Calland
Telephone: 020 7717 2256

Event website

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