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Centre for Investigative Journalism

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is a think-tank, alternative university and an experimental laboratory set up to train a new generation of reporters in the tools of investigative, in-depth, and long-form journalism across all media.

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is a think-tank, alternative university and an experimental laboratory set up to train a new generation of reporters in the tools of investigative, in-depth, and long-form journalism across all media. Registered as a charity, we robustly defend investigative journalists and those who work with them.

Established by the late investigative journalist and filmmaker Gavin MacFadyen in 2003, the CIJ quickly established a reputation for educating both journalists, and the public in the craft, culture and methods of journalism in the public interest. With roots both in the United States and in mainland Europe, through an industry-standard training programme in the UK and lively public events and symposia around the world, we work to educate both practitioners and the public on issues of interest to investigative journalism. Via the dissemination of handbooks and online courses in the tradecraft of journalism, and building up a library of literature and resources, we help with the education of journalists both in the UK and overseas.Since 2003, the key event in our calendar has been the annual #CIJSummer Conference (formerly Summer School) in London. Thus far it’s attracted over two thousand journalists from thirty-five countries: including Iraq, China, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico and Serbia. Since 2003, the CIJ Summer School’s pioneering training in data journalism, operational and computer security, advanced internet research, Freedom of Information Act requests, business document analysis and the mechanics of story in an age of ubiquitous data have transformed investigations in newsrooms across Britain.

While welcoming investigative journalists of all stripes, the CIJ is itself committed to social justice and critical thinking. In an era of dwindling print and TV budgets for real investigation, we believe that a diet of badly produced, inferior quality media online risks making us ill – that good journalism of any kind requires patient work and investment, and that cutting corners is liable to make the product look inferior and cheap.
Now housed in the rich, inter-disciplinary environment of Goldsmith’s College within the University of London, we want to draw on a range of educational resources and vibrant experiments to refresh both the theory and practice of journalism – to improve investigative journalism’s understanding of itself, the better to stimulate creative new thinking about where it might go from here. Join us!
The CIJ is a member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN).
The CIJ is a registered charity (number 1118602). We do not make any profit on our events, all money is used to organise training and educational events.

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