What We’re Planning: +120 Conference Sessions

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Here’s an early look at some of the 120+ sessions we’re planning for the Global Investigative Journalism Conference this November in Johannesburg, South Africa. You’ll find cutting-edge panels on corruption, cross-border reporting, and online search strategies, over two dozen sessions on the best data journalism, workshops on mobile journalism, security and funding, and more.

There will be lots of time for networking, brainstorming, and collaborative thinking. ICIJ’s Panama Papers team will be there, as will cross-border sleuths from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. There will be tracks on data, corruption, finance, new models, security, and more. We’ve got an academic track for professors, plus special sessions on human trafficking and LGBTQ issues.

We’re adding a host of more sessions. Have an idea? Write us here. Meanwhile, here’s an advance look at some of the sessions we’re planning:

  • Plenary Session: Investigating the New Autocrats
  • Cross-Border Collaborations
  • Masterclass: Mobile Journalism Workshop
  • The Art of Interviewing
  • The ABCs of investigative journalism
  • Women & Investigative Journalism
  • Business & Finance: Tracking Looted Wealth
  • Business & Finance: Tracking Supply Chains
  • Business & Finance: How to Read Company Accounts
  • Bulletproofing Your Story
  • Legal Clinic
  • Investigating Environmental Crimes
  • Investigating Climate Change
  • Plowing into Agribusiness
  • Digging into Extractive Industries
  • Drones & Sensors
  • Migration & Refugees
  • Terrorism & Extremism
  • Multimedia Productions
  • Producing the Investigative Documentary
  • Investigative Radio
  • TV/Video Investigations
  • Virtual Reality for Investigative Reporters
  • Verification: The Basics
  • Packaging & Marketing Your Work
  • Investigating the Arms Trade
  • Human Trafficking & Forced Labor
  • Editing the Investigative Report
  • Reporting under Repressive Regimes
  • Mapping Investigative Africa/GIJN Help Desk
  • Roundtable: Donors, Grantees, and Independence
  • New Models & Startups
  • Funding Your Investigation
  • Nonprofit Sustainability Workshop
  • Lightning Round: Great Stories You’ve Never Heard Of
  • Lightning Round: Favorite Data Tools
  • Investigating LGBTQ Issues
  • Investigating Health Issues
  • Covering Conflict
  • Covering Cops
  • Disaster Reporting
  • China in Africa
  • What Washington Is Doing in Your Country
  • Story-Based Inquiry
  • How Other Investigators Do It
  • Using FOI/RTI Laws Around the World
  • Shining Light Award winners

Data Track

  • Reporting with Numbers
  • Internet Search Strategies
  • Having a Data Strategy & State of Mind
  • Document Cloud for Annotation & analysis
  • Best Google Tools
  • Beginning Excel: Sorting, Filtering, Pivot Tables
  • Intermediate Excel: Calculations for Stories
  • Intermediate Excel: Visualizing Data through Charts
  • Advanced Excel: Using Statistics
  • Beginning Database Managers: Intro to SQL
  • Intermediate SQL: Grouping, Summing, Counting by Groups
  • Advanced SQL: Matching Datasets by Joining
  • Web Scraping
  • Beginning Data Cleaning: Excel and SQL
  • Beginning Data Cleaning: How Dirty is the Database
  • Advanced Data Cleaning: Open Refine
  • Dealing with PDFs: Easy & Hard Excel Conversions
  • Visualization: Best Free Online Tools
  • Mapping in Google Fusion Tables
  • Visualization: Using Free Tableau
  • Data in the Developing World
  • Verification: Ensuring Your Data Analysis Is Right
  • Editing the Data Story
  • Best Global Databases for Your Country
  • Finding African Data

Safety and Security

  • Digital Dangers
  • Encryption
  • Digital Safety Clinic
  • Physical Protection
  • Dealing with Online Harassment

Academic Track

  • Best Practices in Teaching Investigative Journalism
  • Best Practices in Teaching Data Journalism
  • Teaching Investigative Journalism in Africa
  • New Research

Networking/Brainstorming Sessions

  • Corruption
  • Organized Crime
  • LGBTQ Issues
  • Trafficking & Forced Labor
  • Africa Across Borders
  • For French-speakers

The conference begins with a reception the evening of Wednesday, November 15, and runs until 12 noon on Sunday, November 19.

So come and be inspired in Johannesburg — the City of Gold — and create new networks for reporting around the world. We’ll have more info soon on the program, so be sure to follow us for the latest news on Twitter at #GIJC17. See you in Joburg!

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