Investigative Journalism Key Measure of Democracy Health

A democracy is measured by its citizens’ ability to speak freely, Catalina Botera, special rapporteur for freedom of expression at the Organization of American States, said yesterday during the opening plenary at the eighth biennial Global Investigative Journalism Conference. “Half the population doesn’t live in a democracy. The other avatar.jpg.75x75px50 percent struggle to protect freedom of speech,” she said. “In the alleged democracies, the thermometer is free speech. And investigation journalism is the mercury. Only if we protect investigative journalists can we say we live in a democracy.”

Delivering Muckrakers’ Tales Without the Advertisers

Establishing new avenues for digging-in and delivering on the muckraker’s craft is a double-edged sword: freeing investigative journalists from kowtowing to advertisers but requiring that they navigate through some lean times. “The commercial model has been: make money from advertising. And you rarely go after your own advertisers,” longtime investigative journalist Charles Lewis told a packed room on Saturday in a panel discussion on successful business models at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC13). “Most media models function from advertising. You could see their ads.

Training Investigative Journalists for New Skills and Old Threats

International investigative journalists are working under threats – ranging from physical brutality to government prosecutions – yet their craft is expanding in emerging democracies and long-established Western newsrooms, according to a panel of four veteran reporters who explored the state of global muckraking on a GIJC2013 panel Saturday morning.While reporters from Latin America, South Africa, and the Middle East heralded the extraordinary exposes by media groups of government corruption and social abuses conducted by media groups, the panel also highlighted the challenges and opportunities brought about by technology. And, all seemed in agreement, to meet those challenges and opportunities media organizations must invest in education.

Just in! US$7,000 in Seed Grants for Best Prototypes at GIJC13 Hackfest

Mariano Blejman, director of the News Innovation Program for Latin America ( and Justin Arenstein, executive committee representative of the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), have announced that their organizations will pledge US$ 7.000 in seed grants for best prototypes developed during Hack in Rio, the hackday at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, an event that combines the 8th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, the annual Latin America Investigative Journalism Conference (COLPIN), and the International Congress of ABRAJI (Brazil’s investigative journalism association).

Hack in Rio 2013

Come join us for Hack in Rio, a data journalism hackday focused on developing visualizations, apps, tools and web projects about government corruption, sports corruption and environmental issues.

Coming to GIJC13 in Rio? Here’s What You Need to Know

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is getting close! We have more than 800 journalists from nearly 90 countries heading to Rio — Be sure to check our conference site, which is full of tips on everything from tourist spots to what clothes and adapters to bring. Here’s a quick guide on what to expect on arrival, getting to the conference site, food, wifi, and more.

Eight Finalists Named for Global Shining Light Award

Eight finalists have been selected for consideration in the fifth Global Shining Light Award, a unique prize which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions. The award will be announced and presented at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference this October 14 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The winner will receive an honorary certificate and $1,000.

You did it! GIJN Crowdfunding Campaign Nears Finish Line

Great news! We not only reached our crowdfunding goal of raising $12,000 — we’ve now surpassed it. We’re already using those funds to bring three great young journalists to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference — from Myanmar, Nigeria, and Peru. Big thanks to everyone who helped. To date we’ve received an extraordinary 105 contributions from 22 countries.

Crowdfunding: Meet Our First Fellow

Our crowdfunding campaign is now 55% funded, all because of you — 66 amazing contributors in 19 countries. Thanks so much for your support. Here’s a look at what your generosity is making possible: Meet our first fellow! Rosemary Nwaebuni is an investigative reporter with the POINTER newspaper in Delta State, Nigeria, an area known for its big oil production and widespread corruption. There’s no way she could have attended workshops at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference without your support.

GIJC Crowdfunding Campaign Launched

GIJN launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. And we need your help. We’re raising funds to bring promising journalists from developing and transitioning countries to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference this October, where they’ll get training in state-of-the-art investigative reporting, data journalism, and cross-border collaboration. This is a great way to help fight corruption and stand up for accountability and transparency around the world. You can read more about it on Indiegogo. And check out our campaign video, featuring investigative reporters on the front lines in Kenya, Macedonia, Pakistan, and Tunisia. So how can you help? 

Donate: Please go to our campaign page and make a contribution.