Global Investigative Journalism Conference Sweden

Gothenburg, Sweden, 19-22 September 2023

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Clips from the Global Investigative Journalism Conference Hamburg, Germany in 2019. The last conference was held in 2021, online. Photo credit: Nick Jaussi

The much-awaited in-persion 2023 Global Investigative Journalism Conference will be held at Gothenburg, Sweden on 19-22 September 2023, where a record 2,000 journalists from over 110 countries are expected to participate, the website reported.

The conference — designed by journalists for journalists — is famous for its focus on practical, advanced reporting techniques. The last conference was held online from 1-5 November 2021. The 2019 in-person edition was held in Hamburg, Germany.

The line-up of speakers will feature the best in the business — top journalism award winners, pioneers of data journalism, and fearless investigators who have exposed corruption and abuses of power almost everywhere.

There will be experts on following the money, online searches, cross-border reporting, and satellite imagery. Top podcast producers and documentary directors. Specialists in safety and security, media law, and fundraising.

Speakers from India include Sunita Narain, director general of the think-tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), which brings out the reputed environment magazine Down To Earth, Vinod Jose, former editor of The Caravan, Pari Saikia, an independent human trafficking journalist, Deepak Tiwari, Global Investigative Journalism Network’s Hindi Editor and former Vice Chancellor of Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism and Communication, Bhopal.

More than 400 pitches and proposals have been integrated, as well as what past attendees have said. There will be nearly 200 workshops, expert panels, networking sessions, and special events.

Highlights of the program:

*Watchdog Reporting in the Age of Digital Subversion

*Investigating War Crimes

*AI in Investigative Journalism

*Open Source Reporting

*Data Analysis, Visualization, Mapping, & More

*Criminal States & Kleptocracies

*Investigations that Save Democracy

*An Investigative Agenda for Climate Change

*Fighting Back against SLAPPs

*Following Money, from Laundromats to Central Banks

*Visual Forensics

*Exiled Media Techniques

*A Cyber Investigations Toolkit

*Investigating War Crimes

*Tracking Planes & Ships

*Satellite Tech

*Plus tracks on Women, Biz & Finance, Safety & Security, and more.

The Main Conference

The main conference will feature the world’s most enterprising journalists offering a smorgasbord of expert panels, hands-on workshops, roundtables, discussions, and lightning talks. Then there is the latest in digital surveillance and online sleuthing, cross-border collaboration, and exiled media tips and tools. This year, there will be special tracks on climate change, the threat to democracy, war crimes, corruption and kleptocracy, and survival strategies — along with the latest on media law, dealing with stress and burnout, and security clinics where one can get their gear checked for spyware. There will be top podcast producers and documentary directors, experts on sensors, satellites, and undercover reporting. Plus sessions on Indigenous issues, femicide, and rewriting history.

Data Journalism

In GIJC tradition, data plays a central role in our conferences. Leading data journalists will offer more than 40 sessions on using AI, the best visualization software, analyzing social media, doing big data projects, basic coding, and a review of the best data journalism projects over the past two years. Hands-on training will include Excel and Googlesheets, database managers and SQL, building your database, web scraping, mapping, social network analysis, intros to R and Python, and open source reporting techniques, the website reported.

Academic Track

Sessions in the academic track will focus on best teaching practices, discussions of ethics and objectivity, and the presentation of juried papers on investigative and data journalism. Among the proposed papers: the challenges of investigative reporting in the Global South, analysis of transnational investigative journalism, the intersection of fact-checking and investigative reporting, effective uses of big data analysis, best practices in data visualization, and adapting AI to investigative reporting.

The 2023 Global Investigative Journalism Conference (#GIJC23) is brought by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN), Fojo Media Institute at Linnaeus University, and Föreningen Grävande Journalister, Sweden’s national association of investigative journalists.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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