Centre for Investigative Journalism

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The Centre for Investigative Journalism
Founded April 2003
Founder Gavin MacFadyen, Michael Gillard
Type 501(c)(3)
Focus Investigative Journalism
  • London
Area served United Kingdom
Key people Gavin MacFadyen, Director
Gavin Millar QC, Chair
Elaine Potter
Slogan The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) advances education for, and public understanding of; investigative journalism, critical inquiry, and in-depth reporting and research.
Website tcij.org

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is a British non-profit organisation providing training to journalists, researchers, producers and students in the practice and methodology of investigative journalism. Founded in 2003, using grants from the Lorana Sullivan Foundation, the Centre organises annual three-day summer schools, an annual investigative film week and courses in datajournalism and investigative techniques. It has provided training to hundreds of journalists, researchers and students from over 30 countries.[1] The CIJ is based at the Department of Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London.[2]

The Centre supports and encourages Freedom of Information,[3] Computer Assisted Reporting,[4] and the protection of whistleblowers.[5] The CIJ offers particular assistance to those working in difficult environments where free speech and freedom of the press are under threat and where truthful reporting can be a dangerous occupation.[6] The CIJ's training programmes are designed to encourage in-depth reporting on injustice, corruption, the integrity and transparency of institutional power and to hold the powerful to account.

The CIJ’s supporters include reporters from the BBC Radio and Television, Canal Plus (Paris), CBS 60 Minutes, Channel Four, Private Eye, Sunday Times Insight Team,[7] the New York Times.[8] World in Action producers and WikiLeaks

In 2007 the CIJ acquired registered charity status and attracted support from a number of foundations including the Open Society Institute, the David and Elaine Potter Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Park Foundation, the Reva and David Logan Foundation, Democratie en Media, Goldsmiths, University of London and several smaller private trusts.

In 2009, the CIJ was instrumental in helping found the Bureau for Investigative Journalism,[9] an independent, foundation-supported producer of in-depth reporting in defence of the public interest.

In 2012, the CIJ instituted a programme of active pro bono assistance, counselling and defence to whistleblowers and those who have exposed crimes in their workplace.

The CIJ recently launched a programme on information security, organising workshops for journalists, researchers and lawyers on encryption, Tor, OTR and other protective technologies.


  1. ^ http://www.mediakritiek.be/blog/2009/07/the_renaissance_of_investigative_journalism_summer_school_at_the_cij_in_london.html
  2. ^ Goldsmiths, University of London
  3. ^ http://www.yrtk.org/2006/article-future-of-investigative-reporting/
  4. ^ http://www.tcij.org/training-material/data-journalism
  5. ^ http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate-uk/2009/05/19/whistleblowers-need-protection/
  6. ^ http://www.journalism.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1022&Itemid=5
  7. ^ http://adrianmonck.com/2008/06/harry-evans-is-new-centre-for-investigative-journalism-patron/
  8. ^ http://www.journalism.co.uk/2/articles/535132.php
  9. ^ http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/

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