The 6th Global Investigative Journalism Conference is now finished. The various panels that took place in Geneva were very successful. They promoted the work of many extremely talented journalists and were an important reminder of the role of journalists.
GIJC concerned about visa restrictions affecting foreign journalists
Sunday, 25 April 2010 11:42
The GIJC 2010 Organising Comitee of the 6th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, held in Geneva 22-25 April 2010, is proud to announce that the Conference was a great success, despite last minute chaos due to the Islandic volcano. However, the Organising comitee would like to raise its concern about the increasing difficulties encountered by our colleagues from the developing world, particularly from Africa, in getting their visa on time to attend the Conference.
An interview with the man who threw his shoe at George W. Bush
Monday, 07 June 2010 16:57
Muntazer Al Zaïdi unleashed various reactions after he threw his shoe at George Bush. What we may not realize is that Muntazer is also a respectable and brave journalist, who works against the suffering of Iraqi civilians. He was the guest of the Global Conférence of Investigative Journalism.
As an important factor of democracy, the media needs to be proactive in investigating the reasons of the huge gaps in distribution of incomes. In other words, the media needs to unfold its watchdog role. Tuomo Pietiläinen, investigative reporter for Helsingin Sanomat in Finland, gave us his best tips to investigate rich people.
Stéphane Haumant, rédacteur en chef de « Spécial Investigation » sur Canal Plus, et Luc Hermann, producteur et rédacteur en chef de l'agence « Premières Lignes », ont détaillé les erreurs à ne pas commettre quand on veut vendre un reportage.
Crowdsourcing is a research method that consists of delegating tasksto a network of internet usersusing their knowledgeto create large amounts of data.Het Nieuwsblad, the second most sold Dutch newspaper in Belgiumwith a circulation of 260’000 copies, put this project forward three years agoin order to create more involvement withits readers. One of the journalist of this newspaper, Jana Wuyts, explained us what this project is exactly.
China promises Costa Rica to buy for 300 million dollars of bonds, to invest in the economy, as well as make it the first tourist destination for the Chinese. What are the stakes in such a phenomenon? That is what our three interventionists – Richard Behar, John Grobler and Giannina Segnini – have tried to discover in different regions of the world.
There is very much a future in internet journalism
Saturday, 24 April 2010 16:11
The GIJC had the honour of starting the day with a presentation from Stephen Engelberg, managing editor of the non-profit media organisation, ProPublica. The session sought to discuss ProPublica’s structure as perhaps a possible future business model for investigative journalism.
The investigative journalism in emerging countries
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 12:11
Is it possible to create an efficient business model for investigative journalism in emerging countries? This question was debated in Geneva by Margo SMIT (Dutch-Flemish Association Of Investigative Journalists), Evelyn Groenink (FAIR, South Africa), Charles Rukuni (FAIR, Zimbabwe), and Shantanu Guha Ray (Tehelka news magazine, India).
Yesterday night, we listened a beautiful song about the conference, written by Andrew Sullivan, from the Organized crime and corruption reporting project, in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The title of this song is "Icelandic ash hole".
The newsletter, in the journalistic sense, is one that is printed and which you pay for. Maurice Botbol, editor in chief of Indigo publications (8 newsletters), explains to us why he has chosen this model.
William Karel - "If we don't find witnesses, we don't do the film"
Saturday, 24 April 2010 16:40
During his conference, the french documentary filmaker William Karel insisted on doing investigative journalism. "I am not a documentarist", he says. So, the genre would be called "mockumentary" or "investigative documentaries". Recently, Karel did one on the last 12 hours in the life of Margaret Thatcher, Mais qui a tué Maggie? (2009). His TV documentaries include The World According to Bush (2004) or CIA: Guerres secrètes (2003).
Today’s conference presented three situations of where different states organisation charts seem to resemble more of a family tree, than anything else. Theophilus Abbah from Nigeria, Ahmed Benchemsi from Morocco and an impromptu contribution from Ugandan journalist, Frank Nyakairu, all discussed the political workings and for some, corruption, of their respective countries. Conclusion from all, the freedom of the press is truly in danger.
This morning at the GIJC, the american journalist Seymour Hersh talked in details about his work on My Lai in Vietnam, Abu Graïb, and about his particular relationship with sources. Between several anecdotes, he confessed about his vision of investigation.
Récession économique, crise de la presse, désintérêt du public pour l'investigation... Le satyrique et délicieux "Le Canard enchaîné", lui, nage à contre-courant. Son rédacteur en chef Claude Angeli était au GIJC vendredi 23 avril pour réaffirmer la vigueur de son modèle économique.
A few hours after the death of Juan Antonio Samaranch, former president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) whose mandate was sullied by a corruption scandal when electing Salt Lake City as organizing city of the 2002 Olympic Games, the conference of the Austrians, Rainer Fleckl and Eric Vogl, took on a particular importance.
Today, three journalists gave us very good tips to investigate terrorists. The conference was done by Vivienne Walt (from the Time magazine, USA), Mohamed Al Ahmady (Al Ghad, Yemen) and Souad Mekhennet (The New York Times, Germany). What did they tell ?
Investigative climate change requires creativity and imagination. Creativity to find and approach sources, imagination to exploit the information from the sources, which often lead the journalist to other sources and connected subjects.