More than 450 investigative reporters attended the 3d Global Conference on investigative journalism, between the 29th September and the 2nd October. Organised by the Dutch-Flemish association of investigative reporters (VVOJ), it showed that the network launched in Copenhaguen three years ago is now taking its full force. This network is getting stronger and this year we had for instance a great attendance by our asian colleagues who contributed to the success of the Conference.
There were about 50 workshops and 80 speakers and the conference introduced for the first time very useful “meeting points”, allowing journalists to meet each other around the same topics (terrorism, immigration, multinationals, etc…). You can find the program and the working documents of the Conference on this web site.
There were numerous highlights. We have appreciated in particular panels dedicated to the use and challenges of hidden cameras, investigating pharmaceutical companies, and the brilliant investigation of our Swedish colleagues on the secret American network of the globalisation of torture. Practical workshops on the “Hidden web”, on Computer assisted reporting or investigative blogs and their economic models had a great success.
Most important: personal and informal meetings between investigative reporters around the world have been active and rich. The global network is getting stronger and stronger.