James Harkin is New CIJ Director
The staff and board of the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) are happy to announce that James Harkin has been appointed new director for the Centre for Investigative Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London.
James Harkin is a journalist who covers social change and political conflict and whose work appears in Vanity Fair, Harper’s, GQ, The Smithsonian, Prospect and The Guardian. A former director of talks at the Institute for Contemporary Arts (ICA), he once taught politics at Oxford University, and was associate producer on Adam Curtis’s two BBC series The Trap and All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace.
For the last five years he’s been reporting on the Syrian conflict from all sides. His last book, Hunting Season, an investigative account of the rise of the Islamic State group and its campaign of kidnapping journalists, was published in November 2015 by Little, Brown in the UK and Hachette in the US.
Last October the CIJ’s founder and director Gavin MacFadyen died of lung cancer. Journalist and CIJ Bertha fellow Matt Kennard, took over as acting director when Gavin became ill in 2016. Matt is now stepping down to focus full-time on his investigative journalistic practice.
The board and staff of the CIJ thank Matt Kennard for his loyal support and management of the CIJ during this period of transition.
James Harkin will start as director of the CIJ as of the 1 May 2017.
The CIJ is a charity that champions critical, in-depth reporting and the defence of the public interest. It came into being in 2003 to address a deepening crisis in investigative reporting. The primary mission of the CIJ is to provide a centre of excellence for the training of journalists; to raise the standard of investigative reporting to a high professional level.
This year, #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference will take place on 22-24 June at Goldsmiths, University of London. At the opening Anabel Hernández will deliver the inaugural Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Lecture. She is a Mexican journalist who has confronted head-on – at significant personal risk to her and her family – corruption and the narcotics trade in Mexico.
The Centre for Investigative Journalism – www.tcij.org
#CIJSummer Conference 2017 – www.tcij.org/summer-conference