The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is a charity committed to the education and training of journalists, editors and researchers towards critical in-depth reporting and defence of the public interest.
The CIJ provides and facilitates the education of the public and the community in the craft, culture and methodology of journalism, for the benefit of public integrity, accountability and an informed body politic.
To achieve this, we provide a centre of excellence in practical expertise and in-depth research resources for journalists, researchers, non-governmental organisations, graduate students and others interested in high standards of factual accuracy, fairness, ethics and professionalism.
Through public fora, the provision of educational resources in history, politics, economics, health and environmental protection, government and the publication and dissemination of educational material, lectures, research, and hands-on training the CIJ assists journalism educational programmes across the UK and abroad.
The CIJ offers particular assistance to those working in difficult environments where freedom of the press is under threat and where reporting can be a dangerous occupation.
The founders and directors of the CIJ are motivated by a strong commitment to the principles of social justice, human rights, whistleblowing and the protection of the environment.
The key event in the CIJ calendar is the annual Summer School held at City University in central London. Since its inception the school has attracted over 1000 journalists from 35 countries including Iraq, China, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico and Serbia.
Since 2003, the CIJ Summer School's pioneering training in database journalism, computer security, advanced internet research, and business document analysis have transformed investigations in newsrooms across Britain.
An important part of the CIJ's work is mentoring less experienced journalists and graduate students - many of whom are from countries with oppressive regimes or severe restrictions on the freedom of the press.