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    22-24 June 2017
    Goldsmiths, University of London

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About the CIJ Summer Conference

#CIJSummer Conference 2017
How to Fact-check 'Alternative Facts'

Thu 22 - Sat 24 June 
(Please note the earlier than usual date)
Professor Stuart Hall Building
Goldsmiths, University of London

The CIJ Summer Conference is UK’s only investigative journalism training event with an emphasis on teaching investigative skills. This year we will focus on the skills needed to counteract the world of 'alternative facts' and plain lies: from fact checking, holding the strong and powerful to account to grassroots journalism projects with hands-on classes, case studies and talks. 

Why attend #CIJSummer? 
Are you a journalist, editor, activist, student or simply not sure? Find your answer!

Keynote Speakers

Aron Pilhofer -
James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innoation at Temple University, University of  Minnesota and former Executive Editor of Digital at the Guardia and before that Associate Managing Editor for Digital Strategy at The New York Times. Aron will share his expertise of bringing digital and data journalism into newsrooms. 

How to fight 'Alternative Facts'? - a panel discussion with Natalia Antelava (Coda Story), Jessikka Aro (A Finnish journalists who investigated Russian internet trolls), Jasper Jackson (Assistant Media Editor of The Guardian), Alastair Reid (journalist, formerly from First Draft News). Chaired by Dr Yemisi Akinbobola (Birmingham School of Media).

Michelle Ye Hee Lee - is a reporter at The Washington Post's famous Fact Checker. 'Been fact-checking before it got cool'. See her experience of fact-checking the US Presidential campaign. 

Anabel Hernández - 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. She will deliver the inaugural Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Lecture

Others - TBC

Topics covered: 

- Fact-checking techniques
- Counteracting propaganda
- Data journalism
- Data visualisations
- Financial journalism
- Access to information laws, including FoIA
- Covert filming
- Story-based inquiry method
And much more. 

In this year's conference we will remember and honour our late director Gavin MacFadyen and legendary data journalism trainer David Donald. Both died of lung cancer last year.  

Previous #CIJSummer Conferences in the media: see our Media Coverage page. 


"Learnt so much in three days that I will need three months to go through the information."

"It was really worth it. I think the organisation was great, the speakers and trainers were highly prepared. (Food was good too)."

"Fantastic, inspiring, progressive, forward-thinking and very well organised." 

"Probably the best and most valuable event of my life. Quality programme, quality people, well organised."  
"The biggest disappointment was having to be in three places at once!"
"Always something to learn. Great access to speakers. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable fellow delegates."

"A truly enlightening experience! Well worth the money!"

"An amazing opportunity to meet people and interact with a variety of skills/knowledge. Networking opportunities were great."

"I am coming away inspired and with new skills."

"Exceeded all expectations!"

"The programme was superb. I'll be back!"

"The overlap between data journalism and investigative journalism opened the door to new approaches I can’t wait to experiment [with]."  
"Loved it! I would save my place for next year now if possible. "

*The previously advertised talk by Peter Pomerantsev has been cancelled, due to the speaker's work schedule. 




Big Organisations (10+ people)
Days 1-3 - £470
Day 1 - £188
Day 2 - £188
Day 3 - £95 (full price - £108)

Freelancers and Small Organisations (fewer than 10 people) 
Days 1-3 - £370
Day 1 - £150
Day 2 - £150
Day 3 - £75 (full price - £88)

Full-time Students
Days 1-3 - £178
Day 3 - £45 (£53)

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