Johannesburg, South Africa
The 3-day 2014 Power Reporting Investigative Journalism Conference is designed to provide intensive training to build journalists' investigative skills such as "following the money, using data, telling stories, using a computer as a research tool, making a freedom of information request, knowing media law, finding sources, interviewing techniques, mapping or data visualisation."
The conference will feature a wide range of practical workshops, such as "reporting the mining industry; turning your local environmental problem into global news, or your news item an investigative story; how to protect yourself – on line and in dangerous places – and how do you protect your sources; and Twitter for investigations." There will also be a number of seminars in which reporters share their experiences in the field.
The workshop is run by the University of the Witwatersrand, in collaboration with the Global Investigative Journalism Network, The Centre for Investigative Journalism, and Investigative Reporters and Editors.
Just to highlight two sessions that will take place:
Reporting Ebola using maps and data - As the Ebola crisis escalates, Brant Houston, Knight Chair in Investigative Reporting from the University of Illinois, will take delegates through a special session on the resources available to journalists around the world, using maps and data on the Ebola outbreak and other diseases.
Making documentaries for the web - this is a course on making innovative, investigative documentaries for the web. French film maker, Arnaud Dressen, will showcase Journey to the End of Coal, a film about coal mining in China, and teach delegates how to make similar films.
Click here for more information about the conference and other sessions.
The conference invites journalists to register. The fee is R3000, including conference sessions, coffee, lunches, reception, and films.
Click here to register online.