Global Investigative Journalism Network

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The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is "an international association of nonprofit organizations that support, promote and produce investigative journalism."[1][2][3][4] Its membership is open to "nonprofits, NGOs, and educational organizations" that are active in investigative reporting and data journalism.[5] As of March 2018, GIJN had 177 member organizations in 76 countries.[6]

The organisation’s projects include a help desk to provide investigative journalists with advice and assistance, a resource center with tips, tools, and manuals, and large training conferences that have attracted over 5,000 journalists from 100 countries.[7]


GIJN was formed in 2003 as a loose network in support of the biennial Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC), which had been launched two years earlier by veteran journalists Brant Houston and Nils Mulvad.[8][9] The GIJN secretariat was officially formed after participants of the 7th GIJC in Kiev voted for the formation of a provisional secretariat in 2013.[10][11] The organization registered as a nonprofit corporation in Maryland, United States of America in 2014 and was approved as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in October 2014.[1][10][6][12][13]


Member organizations include the Center for Investigative Reporting, Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), International Consortium of Investigative Journalism (ICIJ),[14] Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP),[15] Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ),[16] Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism,[17] Investigative Journalism Programme at Wits University,[18] Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and ProPublica,[19][2], Interlink Academy for International Dialog and Journalism [20].

Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC)[edit]

GIJN co-organizes a biennial Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC), to bring together investigative journalists across the globe to share their knowledge and expertise with each other and to form cross-border networks for collaborative reporting and referrals.[21][4]

The GIJC has been held in Copenhagen in 2001 and 2003,[8][22] Amsterdam (2005),[23] Toronto (2007),[24] Lillehammer (2008),[25] Geneva (2010),[26] Kiev (2011),[27] Rio de Janeiro (2013),[28], Lillehammer (2015)[29], and Johannesburg (2017)[30]. The next conference will be held in Hamburg, Germany in 2019.[31]

Since 2014, GIJN has organized investigative journalism conferences in Asia. The first Asian Investigative Journalism Conference was in Manila (2014), the second in Kathmandu (2016), and the third in Seoul (2018).[32][33][34]

Global Shining Light Award[edit]

GIJN gives out Global Shining Light Awards for excellence in investigative reporting "in a developing or transitioning country, done under threat, duress, or in the direst of conditions".[35][36]

The awards are presented to recipients in an awards ceremony held every two years at its biennial GIJC events. Past recipients include the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP),[37][38] Khadija Ismayilova from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,[36] and Sonali Samarasinghe from The Sunday Leader.[39]


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  14. ^ "Our Members". GIJN. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  15. ^ "Official website". OCCRP. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  16. ^ "ARIJ joins elected board of Global Investigative Journalism Network". The Jordan Times. 2014-06-29. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  17. ^ "Official website". Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  18. ^ "Investigative Journalism". Wits University. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  19. ^ "New Members: GIJN adds right nonprofits from five countries". GIJN. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
  20. ^ Eggert, Werner. "Interlink Academy for Dialog and Journalism". Interlink Academy for International Dialog and Journalism.
  21. ^ "Google puts US$170 million toward digital news innovation". ICJ. 2015-10-30. Retrieved 2017-01-15.
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  23. ^ "2005 Conferentie Amsterdam". Vereniging van Onderzoeksjournalisten. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  24. ^ "Toronto to host Global Investigative Journalism Conference". IFEX. 2006-11-22. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  25. ^ "Meet the world's leading investigative journalists". GIJN. 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  26. ^ "Balkan Fellowship Story praised at the GIJC". Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence. 2010-05-12. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  27. ^ "Lessons from a Fledgling Investigative Reporting Center". International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  28. ^ "Greenwald on Snowden leaks: The worst is yet to come". Time. 2013-10-14. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  29. ^ "Terrorism is a global threat, but so is organised crime". The Sydney Morning Herald. 2015-11-05. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  30. ^ "Investigative Journalism Can Still Make Bad Guys Squirm".
  31. ^ "Hamburg to host 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference".
  32. ^ "PDI to sponsor 10 delegates to int'l journalism conference". Philippine Daily Enquirer. 2014-11-07. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  33. ^ "Kunda Dixit's exile shows concern over Nepal's press freedom". The Himalayan Times. 2016-09-25. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  34. ^ "Uncovering Asia 2018". Uncovering Asia 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  35. ^ "Global Shining Light Award". GIJN. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  36. ^ a b "OCCRP journalist wins Global Shining Light Award". OCCRP. 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  37. ^ "OCCRP Wins Global Shining Light Award". OCCRP. 2015-10-12. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  38. ^ "The world needs investigative journalism". Al Jazeera America. 2015-10-13. Retrieved 2017-02-14.
  39. ^ "Sri Lanka project wins global award". GIJN. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2017-01-15.

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