The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Summer Conference

6–11 July 2020

Designed for journalists. Open to all.

The CIJ Summer Conference is the UK’s only journalism training event with an emphasis on teaching investigative skills.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 event took place online.
Watch all #CIJSummer 2020 free talks.

New format:

#CIJSummer 2020 Online took place over six days and have two distinct parts:

  • Free talks and lectures, days 1 and 6
  • Mix and match pay-as-you go training courses, days 2–5

Data Journalism, Using the Freedom of Information Act, Story-Based Inquiry Method and Open-Source Intelligence training took place over four days: divided into one to two hour classes each day.

Free Talks were broadcast live and free to “attend” via Zoom and/or CIJ YouTube. The audience was able to ask questions via the comments sections.


Published: 25 Jun 2020

Welcome from the Director of the CIJ

What a difference a few months makes. This time last year investigative reporters were digging into the convulsions wrought by Brexit, and following money and patterns of migration amid the fraying of liberal internationalism and a new global thirst for sovereignty and populist politics.
Published: 23 Jun 2020

New talk: US protests – Reporting From the Outside?

Three journalists from the US and Canada will speak about their experience of covering the protests provoked by the killing of George Floyd. Facing attacks by police and arrests, an avalanche of false information online, or dealing with the close relevance of a protest to one’s own experience and personal history, Andrea May Sahouri (Des Moines Register, Iowa), Craig Silverman (BuzzFeed News) and Montinique Monroe (photojournalist from Austin, Texas) will share their experience of covering the protests in the US.
Published: 08 Jun 2020

New talk: Behind the scenes of health and science reporting

Independent Dutch science journalist Jop de Vrieze and health correspondent for The Independent Shaun Lintern talk to Clare Wilson, medical reporter at New Scientist, about covering the health and science beat during a global pandemic: from misinformation to reliable sources, from scientific and government reports to witnessing human resilience and tragedy.
Published: 28 May 2020

Data journalists: the rock stars of news

Leading data journalists Helena Bengtsson of STV (Sweden), John Burn-Murdoch of The Financial Times (UK), and Pamela Duncan of The Guardian (UK) join our Covid-19: a Data Story panel. If the financial crisis of 2008 made finance and economic correspondents the stars of news, the Coronavirus pandemic made data journalists, science and health correspondents into household names.
Published: 15 May 2020

Katherine Eban talks Covid-19, pharmaceuticals, lies and President Trump

Katherine Eban, an award-winning New York-based investigative journalist, joins #CIJSummer 2020 Online from new York. She comes to the CIJ to talk about Covid-19, pharmaceutical drugs, lies and President Trump.
Published: 13 May 2020

New Keynote: Exiled Turkish Journalist Can Dündar

Veteran Turkish journalist Can Dündar will address the CIJ conference, giving insights from his life and career on how to continue to hold the powerful to account when not only your journalism, but your freedom and even your life are under threat.
Published: 12 May 2020

New speakers: Nadine White and Emma Youle

HuffPostUK news reporter Nadine White and special correspondent Emma Youle will give a talk on “SPAC Nation Exposé: An Exploited Congregation.”
Published: 20 Apr 2020

#CIJSummer Online hands-on courses confirmed

Data Journalism, Using the Freedom of Information Act, Story Based Inquiry Method and Open Source Intelligence training will take place over four days on 7-10 July as part of the #CIJSummer Conference.
Published: 15 Apr 2020

#CIJSummer goes online

We are delighted to announce that #CIJSummer 2020 WILL take place this year, but like everything else, it will move online.