Experience Immersive Virtual Reality at GIJC17

Immerse yourself in cutting-edge visual technology at the 10th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, in a special virtual reality showcase hosted by Emblematic Group and presented by award-winning film producer Cassandra Herrman. Emblematic, a California-based studio pioneering immersive video for investigative journalism, will set up a virtual reality experience at GIJC17 in Johannesburg on November 16-19. The group will demonstrate its work done in collaboration with Frontline, the U.S. Public Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship documentary series. The room-scale walk-around VR experience will place users inside a scene, allowing them to move through, interact, and play with the story. Using state-of-the-art technology such as photogrammetry and volumetric 3D video, the experience pushes the boundaries of immersive storytelling while exploring what virtual reality can bring to journalism.

Fellowships

Deadline to apply for the GIJC17 fellowship was May 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5). Applications are now closed. Winners will be notified via email by August 1, 2017. The Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) is the premier international gathering of investigative and data journalists, held once every two years. This year, the 10th conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from November 16 to 19, and is being co-hosted by the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Wits University Journalism Programme.

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Currency

The South African currency (R) or (ZAR) is denominated in rands and cents. R1 = 100 cents. Bank notes are issued in R10, R20, R50, R100, and R200 denominations and coins come in denominations of 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, R1, R2 and R5. Please note that debit and credit cards are widely accepted, particularly MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Diners Club. However, it will be useful to have cash in rands on hand for things like cab fares and tips and if you are visiting the local trading markets.

Need a Roommate?

We’ve created this Google doc to help people to find a roommate for the Conference. Just add your information in this spreadsheet. The changes will be automatically updated every few minutes. Note: Once you find a roommate please delete yourself from the list!

Shining Light Awards Open

Every two years, the Global Investigative Journalism Network presents the Global Shining Light Award, a unique award which honors investigative journalism in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions. Note: Deadline for submissions is May 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5), for stories published or broadcast between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016. The winner receives an honorary plaque, US$2,000, and a trip to the 2017 Global Investigative Journalism Conference to accept the award in front of hundreds of their colleagues from around the world. Online submissions are strongly preferred. If you need to send hard copy, mail it to: Global Shining Light Awards/GIJN, Pozsonyi Way 10, 2nd floor 8 door, Budapest 1137, Hungary.

Global Investigative Journalism Conference Set for November 2017

Be sure to join us for the seminal event in investigative reporting for 2017 — the Global Investigative Journalism Conference. The date is now set for November 16-19 in Johannesburg, South Africa. You don’t want to miss this one — it will be the GIJC’s 10th anniversary and our first time in Africa. There will be over 100 sessions, all targeted at working journalists determined to dig beneath the surface.