After Rio: Call for Proposals for GIJC 2015

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after rioThe Global Investigative Journalism Conference is the most significant international gathering of investigative journalists. Held every two years, the conference attracts hundreds of reporters and editors from as many as 80 countries. Producing the event requires intense planning, fund-raising, and operational skills by its hosts, but the effort is worth it because of the high standards of GIJC speakers and sessions, its global impact, and the way it raises the profile and stature of the organizers.

The Global Investigative Journalism Network, which oversees the conferences, is now accepting proposals for the 9th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, to be held in 2015. If your organization would like to host the next GIJC after this year’s conference in Rio de Janeiro, now is the time to assemble and submit a proposal.

Deadline to submit a proposal is August 15, 2013.

The decision on the 2015 conference will be made by GIJN’s 80-plus member organizations. (Each organization gets a single vote.) Voting will be in person at the GIJN delegates meeting  at the Rio conference in October and by absentee ballot by those who cannot attend the Rio conference.

Proposals will be public and posted on the website.

The hosting organization will team with the GIJN Secretariat and GIJN member groups to finance and organize the conference. We recommend detailed proposals of at least five pages that discuss:

  • Fundraising strategy, including the host organization’s ability to find funding and sponsorships. (The average cost of a GIJC is about US$500,000.)
  • Ability of the host organization to obtain local support.
  • Host organization’s experience at organizing conferences.
  • Host organization’s experience in management.
  • Advantages of holding the GIJC in the suggested city, including environment, transportation, logistics, security, visas, and cost.
  • Estimated budget for the conference.
  • A description of the potential venue (hotel, conference center, university) for the conference.
  • Suggested focus and structure of conference panels, workshops, and other events.

Please let us know if you have any questions or need any clarifications on requirements by contacting

Proposals should be sent to

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