Global Investigative Journalism Conference 2021

GIJC21 heads to Sydney – 3 to 7 November 2021

The iconic Opera House in Sydney Harbor, at the center of a bustling, diverse metropolis of five million people. Credit: Tourism Australia via Internet GIJC
The iconic Opera House in Sydney Harbor, at the center of a bustling, diverse metropolis of five million people. Credit: Tourism Australia via Internet GIJC

The Global Conference, held every two years, is the seminal international event in investigative journalism. GIJC21 is scheduled to be held from 3 to 7 November 2021 at the International Convention Center in central Sydney. The GIJN staff reports that the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas will co-host the 12th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, in Sydney, Australia, during November 2021.

The Global Investigative Journalism Network, founded in 2003, is an association of 184 nonprofit organizations in 77 countries, working to strengthen investigative reporting worldwide. In South Asia, there are nine member organizations in Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan. 

The Sydney-based Judith Neilson Institute was founded in 2018 to support quality journalism in Australia and around the world. GIJC21 will be developed as an Asia Pacific event. It is the first time that the Global Conference will be held in the Asia Pacific region, home to 60 percent of the world’s population. 

“We deeply appreciate the Judith Neilson Institute’s support during these uncertain times,” said Brant Houston, chair of the GIJN board. “This presents GIJN with a great opportunity to hold its first global conference in the region.”

The Executive Director of JNI, Mark Ryan, said GIJC21 would be an unparalleled opportunity for journalists from Australia and the Asia Pacific to learn techniques and skills from the best journalists in the world. “It will also showcase the work of journalists from Australia and the Asia Pacific and share their lessons and experiences with the global journalism community,” he said.

The GIJCs are huge training events, featuring practical panels and workshops on the latest investigative techniques, data analysis, online research, cross-border collaboration, and more by the best journalists in the field. The conferences have trained over 8,000 journalists and resulted in the founding of investigative teams, nonprofit newsrooms, and headline-making stories around the world. The last conference, GIJC19, was held in Hamburg, Germany, in September 2019, and attracted 1,750 people from 131 countries.

Next year’s conference will again feature a robust fellowship program that brings in journalists from developing and transitioning countries to receive training. For the latest info on registration and the program, be sure to follow on Twitter (@gijn and @JN_Institute) and subscribe to the GIJN Bulletin. Those interested in becoming a GIJC21 donor or co-sponsor can please contact

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