The Global Investigative Journalism Conference is the world’s largest international gathering of investigative reporters. The conferences are held every 18 to 24 months. Since the first gathering in Copenhagen in 2001, they have brought together more than 5,000 journalists from 100 countries. Later conferences were held in Copenhagen (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Toronto (2007), Lillehammer (2008), Geneva (2010), Kiev (2011), and Rio de Janeiro (2013). Rio was the 8th GIJC, and the first in the southern hemisphere.
The conferences are widely credited with playing a key role in the rapid global expansion of investigative reporting over the past decade. By focusing on skills and training, they have helped spread state-of-the-art investigative reporting, data journalism, and cross-border collaboration around the world.
Each GIJC is hosted by a member organization of the Global Investigative Journalism Network, which oversees and co-sponsors the conference. Producing the event requires intense planning, fund-raising, and operational skills.
The host of the 9th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, to be held in October 2015, was chosen at the GIJN members meeting in Rio on October 13, 2013. After considering strong proposals for two exciting locales — Lillehammer, Norway, and Vancouver, Canada — GIJN members voted to return to Norway, site of the fifth GIJC. The conference will be organized in partnership with GIJN.
Here is the winning proposal, submitted by SKUP, Norway’s investigative journalism association: