The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

#CIJSummer 2024 Talks and Training Proposals

We are opening submissions of talks and training proposals for the #CIJSummer 2024. We would welcome proposals on new, innovative or emerging investigative practices from journalists, researchers, experts and technologists.

Subjects usually covered include (but are not limited to): Data Journalism, Open-Source Intelligence, FOI and other information access law, Information Security and Source Protection, Financial investigation, Climate Journalism.

Please read the information below carefully before submitting your proposal.

Submission deadline: Sun 17 March at 23:59 UK time

What is #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference?

#CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference is our annual flagship event, and the UK’s only training conference dedicated to teaching investigative skills.

The 2024 dates are 3-4 July at Goldsmiths, University of London.


Who teaches/speaks at #CIJSummer?

Each year we invite some of the best investigative journalists and trainers to London.

We are a small organisation with a small budget, so we have limited funds to invite international speakers as well as UK journalists.


What proposals are we looking for?

It is a training conference. All talks and classes must have an educational aspect, so the participants can come out with new knowledge and/or skills.

We are looking for two types of session:

Case studies talks – where a speaker talks about their investigative story/stories in detail, focusing on the investigative methods and/or techniques they used as well as skills they needed to conduct the investigation.
We do not accept panel discussion proposals unless a story was investigated by more than one journalist, each contributing different skills to the investigation. Maximum number of speakers for such case studies is three.

Examples of these talks from last year include:

Investigating Covid Loan Fraud: How to Overcome Obstacles and Win an Award

The Keys to the Algorithm: Inside an AI System
Watch this talk on our YouTube channel.

Open-Source: Finding Russia’s Filtration Camps

Investigating Sexual Assault at the Workplace: the Case of Crispin Odey


Training: demos, workshops, or courses – where trainers teach the participants how to use a particular investigative tool or teach them a particular investigative skill.

Demo – showcase of a tool, platform or technique which will show participants how they can integrate it into their own work, but will not include hands-on practical elements.
Workshop – presentation of a tool, platform or technique with some practical exercises included.
Course – in-depth and hands-on session(s) in which the majority of time will be spent guiding participants through practical use of a tool, platform or technique.

Training proposals can take place over multiple sessions if needed.
Sessions are typically 60-70 mins long, including Q&A.
Maximum number of trainers per workshop is two.
Maximum number of trainers for demos is one.

Examples of hands-on practical workshops or demos from last year include:

Workshop – Source Protection Programme: Phishing 101

Demo – OSINT: Finding People

Course – Data Journalism: Spreadsheets 1-3. Hands-on.

Course – Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 1-2


Why teach/speak at #CIJSummer Conference:

#CIJSummer Conference is a small, informal and friendly event with a strong collaborative atmosphere and plentiful networking opportunities. Speakers and trainers are invited and encouraged to attend the full conference and learn from their colleagues, as well as sharing their own skills with others.

There are no green rooms – we all mix together, exchanging knowledge, ideas, skills and contacts.

All speakers and trainers are also invited to our very popular speakers dinner.



We are a small charity with a very small budget.

We have very limited funding for travel and accommodation, especially for international speakers.

We have limited funding for speakers’ fees.

If your organisation can cover all or part of your travel and/or accommodation costs – this would help us invite more speakers to the event / offer more affordable places for students and freelancers.

Some speakers donate their speakers fees to the CIJ – it is by no means expected, but very much appreciated.

We do not make money on the #CIJSummer Conference or any of our events or training  – the aim is to train as many people as possible at affordable prices. Any surplus is reinvested into developing and subsidising our training.


How to submit your proposal?

Please note, the conference is conducted in English and we are unable to provide translations. All speakers/trainers must be fluent in English to be considered.

You can submit proposals for training sessions (workshop/course/demo) and case study talks, but the maximum number of proposals per person, per year is three.


Applications for session proposals are now closed.

Deadline: Sun 17 March at 23:59 UK time

Only successful speakers/trainers will be contacted.