The 12th Global Investigative Journalism Conference ended on the weekend, after five days of workshops, panels and networking sessions.
More than 1,600 journalists from 144 countries — a conference record — and six continents attended GIJC21.
JNI organised and led several sessions on the fourth day of the conference, which focused on Asia and the Pacific.
It was an opportunity to hear from leading journalists throughout the region, including from reporters in Japan, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Australia.
Highlights from Day 4 included:
- A panel discussion about press freedom in Asia featuring several journalists who contributed to our News in Asia report.
- A discussion about innovative storytelling techniques, led by JNI’s Grants Director Lisa Main.
- A session exploring The Guardian’s JNI-supported Pacific Plunder series, led by JNI’s Education Director Andrea Ho.
- A discussion on Asia Pacific reporting collaborations with journalists JNI brought together as part of its Asian Stories initiative.
- A session on Indigenous and First Nations investigations.
- A session for journalists wanting to investigate China.
Global journalism community rallies together
JNI’s Director of Education Andrea Ho said the conference — the first to be held entirely online — had given Asia Pacific journalists a rare opportunity to connect with their international peers.
“Investigative journalism is tough work,” she said.
“Reporters in our region have faced tremendous pressure from repressive regimes and organised crime, through to the pandemic.
“GIJC again reminded us that, though each journalist may be working alone, together we have the strength of a supportive global community of practice.
“While online never has quite the atmosphere of an in-person conference, it certainly made GIJC accessible for journalists in more remote locations such as the Pacific and parts of Asia.”
GIJC executive director David E. Kaplan said the conference showed the strength of journalism around the world.
“GIJC21 shows that despite all the challenges we face, investigative journalism is alive and well in this world,” Kaplan said.
“And we look forward to seeing everyone in person at next year’s conference in Sydney.”
The 2022 conference will be the first to be held in the Asia Pacific.