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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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.


Our conference venue, Wits University, provides a safe and relaxed environment, as do the recommended hotels. Each day during the conference, transport will be provided from the hotels to the conference venue. At other times Uber and recommended taxi firms are available. Visitors to Johannesburg are advised to take precautions against crime. Walking on the streets at night is not recommended.



There will be an official GIJC meet and greet desk at the Oliver Thambo Airport with official congress branding upon your arrival in Johannesburg.  DHM Tours are the official transporter for the airport and bus shuttles for the conference.  Should you require airport shuttles to and from your hotel please book your AIRPORT SHUTTLE transfer with DHM Tours on  dhmtours@iafrica.com.  They will have vehicles at the airport to take you to your hotel but YOU HAVE TO PREBOOK YOUR SHUTTLE service with DHM.  The rate per transfer is R400 which has been discounted for the congress.  Hotels charge R550. For any transport queries you can call Nicole Hoffmann +27 83 4568681 or Pieter +27 83 6535745. Other Options From the Airport: The O.R. Tambo International Airport is about a 25 km to 32km drive from the hotels. Travellers may take the train (called Gautrain) for which you need to purchase a pre-paid GAUTRAIN GOLD CARD at the airport. Gautrain serves other destinations; information can be found here.

The Venue

For #GIJC17, the world’s muckrakers are gathering at the Wits Science Stadium at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). The stadium complex was opened in June 2012. It consists of a former sports grandstand that has been converted into lecture theatres, and a new building housing laboratories. The structure contains five large lecture theatres, which can host capacities ranging from over 400 delegates to 200 plus delegates and a number of smaller tutorial rooms.  The lawns offer a perfect space to set-up a marquee for tea/coffee breaks and delegate lunches or even an evening event in warmer weather.  The venue has hosted many high-level conferences successfully and is a great option for a conference of this stature.  



1. What’s the Global Investigative Journalism Conference? Every two years since 2001, the world’s investigative journalism community has joined together in a different city, and the results have been extraordinary. The GIJCs are giant training conferences, with practical panels and workshops on the latest investigative techniques, data analysis, cross-border collaboration, and more by the best journalists in the field. Our conferences have trained over 5,000 journalists and resulted in the founding of investigative teams, nonprofit newsrooms, and headline-making stories around the world.