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African Investigative Journalism Conference – Here’s what you need to know

The African Investigative Journalism Conference takes place from 28 to 30 October. The annual conference is organised by Wits Journalism. Here’s what you need to know.

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The African Investigative Journalism Conference takes place at the Wits Science Stadium at West Campus on Torrance Street from 28 to 30 October 2019.

According to the organisers, the conference gives “African and international investigative journalists an opportunity to learn new skills, hear about the top investigative stories and share experiences.”

Now in its 15th year, the conference brings together journalists, students, and media scholars; 90 speakers will present 62 sessions over the course of three days.

African Investigative Journalism Conference – 2019 Programme

Highlights from this year’s programme includes a panel to survey the “state of investigative journalism across the continent,” and to highlight the challenges that journalists face.

That was followed by Cheryl W Thompson, an investigative corresponded, who presented a master class titled, “ABC of Investigative Journalism”.

In addition, two leaders in data journalism – Dorothy Otieno from Media Nation Group, and Mohammed Haddad Al Jazeera – shared their experiences.

“I have not been able to publish some stories because the children do not have guardians. I have had to seek help from experts to speak to these children for therapy. This takes a while but I find myself not being a journalist. I find myself being a human being.”

Vanessa Offiong on reporting about children, especially those were affected by the Boko Haram crisis.

Tuesday’s lineup includes a master class titled, “Developing 30 investigative stories in 30 minutes,” followed by a talk on how to investigate non-profits and NGOs.

Investigative journalist Pauli van Wyk discussed her coverage of the Gupta leaks story, as well as the SARS investigation and the VBS scandal.

The complete African Investigative Journalism Conference programme can be viewed here.

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African Investigative Journalism Conference – Speakers

Speakers at this year’s event include:

  • Adam Oxford, Freelance journalist and co-ordinator of Hacks/Hackers Johannesburg
  • Adriaan Basson, Editor-in-Chief at News 24
  • Alphonce Shiundu, Kenya editor, Africa Check
  • Aunicio da Silva, Editor-in-Chief, Ikweli newspaper, Nampula
  • Bob Wekesa, Wits Journalism lecturer
  • Caroline Jarboe, Development Director, GIJN
  • Charles MafaJournalist Mentor, BBC Media Action
  • Daneel Knoetze, Journalist, Viewfinder
  • Gemma Parellada, Africa correspondent, CNN
  • John-Allan Namu, CEO/ Editorial Director, Africa Uncensored
  • Khadija Sherife, Africa Editor, OCCRP
  • Mohammed Haddad, Interactive editor, Al Jazeera
  • Pauli van Wyk, Investigative journalist, The Daily Maverick
  • Sibusiso Biyela, Digital Science Communicator, Science Link
  • The complete list can be viewed here.

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