The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Summer Conference

5–8 July 2021


Welcome to the #CIJSummer 2021 Resources page.

We will be updating it throughout the event with all the links and resources our speakers and trainers provide.


Speakers’ Books

#CIJSummer Keynotes: Associated Press’s Global Investigations Editor Ron Nixon. 6 July.

Selling Apartheid: South Africa‘s Global Propaganda War by Ron Nixon









Reporting Poverty: Narratives around Need. 7 July. 


And Their Children After Them by Dale Maharidge

Fucked at Birth: Recalibrating the American Dream for the 2020s by Dale Maharidge





The Shame Game: Overturning the toxic poverty narrative by Mary O’Hara

Austerity Bites: A Journey to the Sharp End of Cuts in the UK by Mary O’Hara









Investigating Africa. 8 July. 


Do Not Disturb: The Story of a Political Murder and an African Regime Gone Bad by Michela Wrong

Borderlines by Michela Wrong

It’s Our Turn To Eat. “The Story of a Kenyan Whistleblower” by Michela Wrong

I Didn’t Do It For You. “How the World Used and Abused a Small African Nation” by Michela Wrong

In The Footsteps Of Mr Kurtz. “Living on the Brink of Disaster in the Congo” by Michela Wrong

All Michela Wrong books on*




The End of Where We Begin: A Refugee Story by Rosalind Russell

Burma’s Spring: Real Lives in Turbulent Times by Rosalind Russell








CIJ Director

Hunting Season: The Execution of James Foley, Islamic State, and the Real Story of the Kidnapping Campaign that Started a War by James Harkin







Where to Buy

*We try to promote independent book sellers. and support High Street and independent book shops. These are UK based.

Or why not buy second-hand and help cut waste. See if any of our authors’ books are available on


CIJ Handbooks

We have a selection of paperback handbooks available on subjects ranging from Company Accounts to Freedom or Information Act, from Investigative Methodology to photography.
You can view and order handbooks here.




Resources from Workshops and Courses

5 July

Story-Based Inquiry

CIJ Handbooks: The Hidden Scenario by Luuk Sengers and Mark Lee Hunter
The Story Tells the Facts by Luuk Sengers and Mark Lee Hunter

Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists, edited by Mark Lee Hunter

The Global Investigative Journalism Casebook, edited by Mark Lee Hunter, Supply Chain Investigations

The Trase Platform, for investigating environmental impacts of commodity supply chains
Trase Finance, bringing transparency to the investment behind deforestation


6 July

Understanding company accounts
CIJ Handbook: The Investigative Journalist’s Guide to Company Accounts by Raj Bairoliya

How Nike Stays One Step Ahead of the Regulators. When one tax loophole closes, another opens. by Simon Bowers for ICIJ.

The House of Commons Reports. The collapse of Carillion. 14 March 2018. 


7 July

Aleph: the Tool that Turns Data into Leads
The Aleph Platform, from OCCRP


Investigating Covid Contracts
UK Covid-19 Contracts Explorer, from Open Contracting Partnership


8 July

Freedom of Information Act for Journalists

CIJ Handbooks: FOIA Without the Lawyer by Lucas Amin and Brendan Montague
EIRs Without the Lawyer by Lucas Amin and Brendan Montague
DPA Without the Lawyer by Jenna Corderoy and Brendan Montague

FOI Directory is a free resource for researchers, academics, journalists, and anyone involved or wanting to know more about the Freedom of Information Act in the United Kingdom and beyond. Created by Matt Burgess.

Why the Freedom of Information Act matters and why it is in danger. British government slammed by regulator over ‘unacceptable’ FOI failures by Jenna Corderoy and Peter Geoghegan.

Art of Darkness: How the Government is Undermining Freedom off Information, by Lucas Amin, 2020