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    3 to 5 November 2014

    Be inspired. Improve your skills.

    Learn something new.

    The best investigative stories and speakers


    A conference for every journalist who wants to improve skills, whether its following the money, using data, telling stories, using a computer as a research tool, making a freedom of information request, knowing media law, finding sources, interviewing techniques, mapping or data visualisation.

    The Carlos Cardoso Memorial Lecture will be given by given by Rafael Marques de Morais of Maka Angola: ‘Strongmen thrive on their ability to keep people in fear’.

    Tom Burgis, of the Financial Times, on the way China does business in Africa. Tom will also take part in the China-Africa round-table.

    Africa is being mined for its mineral wealth to grow the world economy. At what price? Guest speaker Jock McCulloch on Manufacturing  Ignorance: Risk, Lies and Gold Mining. David Fig on the legacy of asbestos mining. And does Witbank have the ‘dirtiest air in the world’?

    When Governments lie: secret weapons to Saudi Arabia, with award-winning Swedish journalist Daniel Öhman and from South Africa: The Nkandla story with team amaBungane.

    Forensic accountant Raj Bairoliya with the investigative journalist’s guide to company accounts (including the book).

    Tobore Ovuorie from Nigeria on the risks of going undercover with people traffickers (who also traffic organs).

    New this year: the legal risks in social media, with media lawyer Dario Milo.

    Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World (and that includes Africa) with Anya Schiffrin of Columbia University. Read a review.

    Innovative and investigative documentaries on the web with Arnaud Dressen. See Journey to the End of Coal

    A range of data journalism classes with Ron Nixon, New York Times, and Brant Houston, author of the best-selling Computer-Assisted Reporting manual. Learn the skills to map your story: Ebola: Mapping the outbreak  and the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

    There will be workshops on reporting the mining industry; turning your local environmental problem into global news, or your news item an investigative story; how to protect yourself – on line and in dangerous places – and how do you protect your sources. Twitter for investigations.

    The China-Africa journalists’ round table on Thursday 6 November will bring together experienced African and Chinese journalists to discuss challenges and insights, plus briefing sessions to provide practical knowledge, skills and tools, based on five years’ work by the Wits China-Africa Reporting Project This event is not a part of the conference programme. Separate applications to Brigitte.read@wits.ac.za

  • Power Reporting Programme 2014 – Download pdf

    Power Reporting 2014 Data Journalism Classes – Download pdf

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  • Power Reporting 2014 Speaker Biographies – Download pdf


  • Registration is open until Friday 31 October. Click on the Register Now button to the right of the screen and complete your details. Remember to press confirm and submit. A confirming email will be sent to the email address you supply

    All our bursary schemes are now closed.

  • The First National Bank Building, Wits University East Campus – MAP

  • We use the Parktonian and the Devonshire in Braamfontein and Stay City in Berea to accommodate delegates and speakers. Transport will be organised from these hotels to the conference each day.






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3 -5 November 2014 @Wits University, Johannesburg

  • Conference fee R3000 (including coffee, lunches, reception and films)
  • Early bird fee R2000 (until 30 September) * Group discounts available
  • Bursaries available for SA Journalism students *Click on the 'Registration' tab for more information
  • Bursaries available through AIP for community journalists

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