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.

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  2. Timetable 2014


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  3. Class Information

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    Detailed information about what you can expect at the 2014 CIJ Investigative Journalism Conference and Summer School.



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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

You can download the Summer School brochure as a pdf


Investigative Journalism: A New Stage

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


The list of speakers included Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Dana Priest of The Washington Post, who spoke about covering security issues; William Binney, one of the most senior whistleblowers ever to have emerged from the shadows of the US intelligence establishment; Julian Assange and Sarah Harrison of Wikileaks,  Aron Pilhofer The Guardian's executive editor of digital (formerly associate managing editor of digital strategy at The New York Times) spoke about the future of digital journalism; Nick Davies, the journalist responsible for uncovering the News of the World phone hacking affair and author of Flat Earth News, spoke about the often uneasy relations between the police and the media and Lena Thiele, one of Europe's leading interactive storytellers, who shared her experience of creating a fact-based project Netwars.  

We also discussed the financial future of investigative journalism with Israel Mirsky (Uncoverage), Mark Watts (Exaro) and Christoper Hird (The Bureau of Investigative Journalism), chaired by Miranda McLachlan of Goldsmiths. 

Other speakers included blogger Brown Moses (Eliot Higgins), who spoke 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 discussed the unique open source investigative project Yanukovych Leaks, Anne-Lise Bouyer who taught data visualisation skills using open spurce software as well as spoke about an exciting project Spending Stories and how you can make it yours.See our speakers list.


- 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

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We have launched three new handbooks at the Conference and Summer School: two in the Longan Series: Information Security for Journalists (available as a free ebook), that helps journalists protect themselves and their sources online, DPA Without the Lawyer, which shows how the Data Protection Act can be used as a tool for journalists, and the CIJ handbook The Investigative Journalist's Guide to Company Accounts that makes accounts accessible to journaliusts that do not have a financial background.  

DPA Without the Lawyer is £6 and The Investigative Journalist's Guide to Company Accounts is £9.50. Both can be purchased from the CIJ office or ordered. Please add £2.50 for P&P. Contact juliet@tcij.org for more information. 


"Top class speakers."

"Inspiring, lots of great people to meet and start new projects with. Amazing speakers."

"I am coming away inspired and with new skills."

"Greatly exceeded all expectations for content, contacts and firing up my own ideas."

"Learnt so much in three days that I will need three months to go through th einformation."

"Always something to learn. Great access to speakers. Inthusiastic and knowledgeable fellow delegates."

"Inspired me on a number of issues for my work. Made some new contacts."

"Would have been awful to miss such a fantastic opportunity. Though a first-timer, what I have learned in three days have set in an explosive manner."

"The event couldn't have been better!"

"Gets better every year!"

"A truly enlightening experience! Well worth the money!"

"Exceeded all expectations!"

"The programme was superb. I'll be back!"



Bookings are now closed. 

Prices 2014.

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

Sat 5 July - conference only, including 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.