1. About the Conference

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    This year the CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference and Summer School will take place 4-6 July at Goldsmiths, University of London.

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  3. Class Information

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  4. Teachers and Speakers

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About the Investigative Journalism Conference


The CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference and Summer School
4-6 July 2014
Goldsmiths, University of London

Investigative Journalism: A New Stage

The CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference offers training for journalists, NGO workers, researchers, academics and students - anyone who wants to advance their investigative skills.

We will be offering lectures, talks and hands on workshops from data journalism to understanding company accounts, from covert filming to story-based investigations.

SPEAKERS: We are delighted to announce that Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Dana Priest of the Washington Post, will be speaking at the 2014 Conference and Summer School.

Aron Pilhofer, Associate Managing Editor of Digital Strategy at The New York Times will give us a glimpse of the future of digital journalism.

David Donald - world's leading data journalism trainer and practitioner. (The Centre for Public Integrity). 

Julian Assange and Sarah Harrison of Wikileaks (both by Skype). 

Blogger, Brown Moses (Eliot Higgins) will be talking about how he's become an internationally renouned expert on the weapons used in the conflict in Syria without leaving his house in Leicester.

The CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference and Summer School is moving to Goldsmiths, University of London. This will be our first event held here and we are excited to welcome everyone to this new and vibrant place. 

We are also changing the format. The event will be the usual mixture of keynote lectures and discussions, talks and hands-on workshops. The difference this year is that all keynote talks will take place on Saturday 5 July. Delegates lunch and networking party will take place on Saturday too. Friday and Sunday will focus on the training and workshops, with the timetable containing five strands as usual.

Booking options include a 'full three day' ticket or a 'conference only ticket' for Saturday only. Prices available in the booking section.

Topics covered include:

- New financial models for investigative journalism
- Inspirational investigations from all over the world
- Data journalism
- Understanding company accounts
- Freedom of Information Act
- Covert filming
- Story-based investigations
- I-docs (webdocs) and data visualisation

2013 Delegates' Feedback

As ever, demanding, original, cutting edge training, riveting masterclasses by the most eminent and best journalists in the business. Awesome! You are not just covering the usual conference beat. You are blazing a trail for the future of investigative journalism. Thank you.’ 
‘I think there are lots of practicing journalists in the UK who can really learn a lot.'
‘The best thing that happened to me this summer I get so many new ideas. Thank you very much for all this inspiring content!’
‘Varied, on the whole well delivered. Very well organised. Should significantly improve my techniques in both investigation and writing style.’
‘Fantastic. I came here rather than go on a summer holiday. Money better spent.’
‘Perfectly organised, warm atmosphere, wonderful experience! Thank you!’
‘I have been to many workshops and conferences and I think that this summer school was exceptionally fascinating, professional, and most importantly, practical.’ 
‘One of the best courses/conferences I’ve been to in the last two years.’
‘Great classes, great people, great weekend. Feel reinvigorated. So many ideas for research and stories.’
‘THE journalism even of the year! Very enjoyable and truly unmissable! Many thanks.’
‘This is the best investigative journalism school in Europe.’
‘The strongest component of the summer school has been quality of the speakers and their wiliness to engage with the students.’
‘I was very impressed with the range of speakers, especially Sy Hersh.’
‘Thoroughly enjoyable. Great delegates. Good contacts. I got out of it what I wanted. This was my summer holiday and so much better than a beach!’
‘Excellent, I would definitely be signing up again for next year.’



Bookings are now open. 

IMPORTANT! Please book your place before making a payment. Your place will be confirmed on receipt of payment.

Three days, includes lunch on Sat 15 July
Full price: £460
*Students: £175

Three days


Sat 5 July - conference only, includes lunch
Full price: £160
*Students: £75

One day

*Only full time students qualify for the discount and must present a valid student card. 

The number of places is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Cancellations policy
A full refund, minus £20 handling fee, is offered to cancellations made by email one calendar month before the start of the summer school. 
After that places are not refundable, but are transferable as long as the transfer is like for like or the difference paid.