CIJ Christmas Shopping List

It's that time of year again when we all start wondering what on Earth to give to our nearest and dearest, what to do during the festive season and what to give ourselves to survive it all. So here is the CIJ's handy guide to the holiday season.


A CIJ training course!

No wrapping, no air miles, no waste! In fact, why not treat yourself, while you are at it? All courses take place at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Covert Filming (18 January), Investigating Data with R (26 January), Finding Stories with Data (8 February), Data-Driven Investigations (9-10 February), Introduction to Code for Journalists (22-23 February).

A good book.

Because that's the best present, isn't it? Gujarat Files: Anatomy of a cover up by our Gavin MacFadyen Memorial speaker Rana Ayyub.  Or recently published A Massacre in Mexico: The True story behind the missing forty three students by the corageous journalist Anabel Hernandez, another Gavin MacFadyen Memorial speaker at the #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference.

And if you liked the #LOGANCIJ Symposium (or missed it), you will enjoy these books by its speakers: 

Nervous States: How feeling took over the world by William Davies;

Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right by Angela Nagle;

Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet by Yasha Levine;

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman;

The Age of JihadIslamic State and the great war for the Middle East by Patrick Cockburn.

And don't forget the Man Booker Prize winner 2018 Milkman by Anna Burns.

While you are at it, support your local book shop too. We spend all our book money at The Word Bookshop in New Cross Gate. 


Cool Stuff

We love this journalism mug, which we found on Etsy.

Don't forget we have some CIJ T-Shirts here for you all to wear! Contact sami(at) to get hold of one. :)



Lowell Bergman

Here are a few classics you must add to your (and your friends') watchlist. Investigative journalism and why it matters (with some ace casts too!)


All the President's Men. A political thriller film about the Watergate scandal.  Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star as investigative journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

The Insider. A story of Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe), a whistleblower in the tobacco industry and investigative journalist and our speaker and supporter Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino) fighting for the story to see the light of day.

The Post with Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The behind-the-scenes on the Washington Post expose of a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents.

Spotlight, a chilling investigation into child abuse by Catholic priests. Marty Baron then editor of the Boston Globe is portrayed by Liev Schreiber. You can watch Marty, now editor of the Washington Post speaking at the #logancij talk last year.


Crime + Punishment intimately observes the real lives and struggles of a group of black and Latino whistleblower cops known as “The NYPD 12” and the young minorities they are pressured to arrest and summons in New York City.

Field of Vision is a filmmaker-driven documentary unit that commissions and creates original short-form, episodic, and feature-length nonfiction films about developing and ongoing stories around the globe, led by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Laura Poitras and curator & producer Charlotte Cook. All Field of Vision shorts are available on their website.

National Bird follows the harrowing journey of three U.S. military veteran whistleblowers determined to break the silence surrounding America’s secret drone war.


Dial M for Mueller. Podcast. An inside story of a crime - the hacking, data misuse, illegal financing and potential interference in the EU referendum. By Orwell Prize-winning Observer journalist Carole Cadwalladr and Peter Jukes.

Tip Off Podcast. Each episode digs into an investigative scoop - hearing from the journalists behind the work as they tell us about the leads, the dead-ends and of course, the tip offs. Brilliantly hosted and produced by Maeve McClenaghan of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.


Andrew Hosken Wins 2018 Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Award

Donate to media organisations which make a real difference: support your local community media, help whistleblowers and last but not least support the work of the CIJ.

The Bristol Cable - a Bristol based media cooperative. Community owned. Publishes stories which matter to its readership. Our long-standing colleagues, who do some excellent and truly innovative work.
The Ferret - an award-winning investigative platform for Scotland. Once again, innovative community and collaborative journalism.
The Manchester Meteor - a not-for-profit, independent media project – an alternative, radical, community-based publication for the people of Manchester.
Star and Crescent - Community media for people of Portsmouth. As well as covering local issues, focusing on the stories deemed 'too small' for the nationals, it gives a voice to those who do not have it. Also uses satire to bring local stories into the mainstream.
Compassion in Care (The Whistler) - is a whistleblower-lead charity which helps families and people in care. With an excellent track record of exposing neglect and wrongdoing in many care homes around the UK, it works closely with the media, shining a light on the problem. Also campaigns to change whistleblowing law in the UK to better protect whistleblowers. Each year they present the Gavin MacFadyen Memorial Award, which goes to journalists/editors chosen by whistleblowers for their work.
Support the work of the CIJ - our aim is to teach cutting edge investigative journalism skills and support the profession. We are not a commercial organisation and do not make profits on the events and courses, but we make sure that the prices are kept low and accessible, to train a new generation of investigative journalists.

So now you are sorted. Happy holidays!