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  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.

About Us

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is the world’s largest international gathering of investigative reporters. The conferences are held every two years. Since our first gathering in Copenhagen in 2001, we have brought together more than 5,000 journalists from 100 countries. Later conferences have been held in Copenhagen (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Toronto (2007), Lillehammer (2008), Geneva (2010), Kiev (2011), Rio de Janeiro (2013), and Lillehammer (2015). The GIJCs are overseen and co-sponsored by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), in partnership with its national member organizations. The conferences are widely credited with playing a key role in the rapid global expansion of investigative reporting over the past decade.

Special Events

Our journalists work hard and they party hard. We’ll have a great line-up of special events where they can share drinks, brainstorm, get inspired, and dance the night away. Among the events we’re planning:
Keynote & Awards Event 
On Saturday: All participants are welcome to the Great Hall on the Wits campus for the conference highlight on Saturday evening, November 18. We’ll start with a reception and drinks, and then we’ll sit down for a keynote address by the extraordinary Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics (and a huge fan of investigative journalism). Next come the awards: GIJN will announce the remarkable winners of the Global Shining Light Award, honored for gutsy investigative reporting in developing and transitioning countries under duress or threat.


Note: Deadline for submissions was May 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (GMT -5). Submissions are now closed. 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. 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. 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.