1. About the Conference

    Conference Updates

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

    Full details
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About the Investigative Journalism Conference


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


Investigative Journalism: A New Stage

This year's conference and summer school will be focusing on the new ways of doing investigative journalism and looking for ways for the investigative journalism to survive financially.


NEW! Nick Davies, the journalist responsible for uncovering the News of the World phone hacking affair and author of Flat Earth News, will be speaking about the often uneasy relations between the police and the media (Saturday 5 July). In The Police and The Press, Davis will be in discussion with veteran investigative journalist David Leigh.

William Binney, one of the most senior whistleblowers ever to have emerged from the shadows of the US intelligence establishment will talk about his experience as a whistlebower.

Anne-Lise Bouyer will be teaching about data visualisation skills using open spurce software (hands on) as well as talking about an exciting project Spending Stories and how you can make it yours.

Dana Priest, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist for The Washington Post will give a talk: Reporting on Intelligence: Lessons, Ideas, Sources and Methods.

The 2014 conference will also feature keynote speeches from:

- Aron Pilhofer, who has recently been appointed The Guardian's executive editor of digital (formerly associate managing editor of digital strategy at The New York Times) will give us a glimpse of the future of digital journalism with his keynote talk Journalists Will Save journalism.

- Lena Thiele, Europe's leading web-creator and creative director of interactive media (watch her latest project Netwars about cyberwarfare here) will be talking about the strategies for interactive storytelling.

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

- A panel discussion about the financial future of investigative journalism will incluse Israel Mirsky (Uncoverage), Mark Watts (Exaro) and Christoper Hird (The Bureau of Investigative Journalism).

Other speakers include blogger Brown Moses (Eliot Higgins), who will talk about how he has become an internationally-renowned expert on the weapons used in the conflict in Syria without leaving his house in Leicester, and Ukrainian investigative journalists Natalie Sedletska and Oleg Khomenok, who will discuss the unique open source investigative project Yanukovych Leaks, David Donald - world's leading data journalism trainer and practitioner (The Centre for Public Integrity) and many more. See our speakers list.


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

We are also changing the event format. The conference will still feature a mixture of keynote lectures and discussions, talks and hands-on workshops, though all keynote talks this year will take place on Saturday 5 July. The delegates' lunch and networking party will also take place on Saturday, with Friday and Sunday to be focused on training and workshops. The conference timetable will contain 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.


- New financial models for investigative journalism
- Inspirational investigations from around the world
- Data journalism
- Understanding company accounts
- Story-based inquiry
- Freedom of Information Act
- Covert filming
- Story-based investigations
- i-Docs (WebDocs) and data visualisation


"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 [from the conference]."
"The best thing that happened to me this summer - I get so many new ideas. Thank you very much for all this inspiring content!"
"Fantastic. I came here rather than go on a summer holiday. Money better spent."
"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."
"The strongest component of the summer school has been quality of the speakers and their willingness to engage with the students."
"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 closed. 

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

Three days, includes lunch on Sat 5 July
Full price: £460
*Students: £175

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

*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.