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Abraji gets ready to host “World Cup of investigative journalism” in Rio de Janeiro in October



Three international events will make Rio de Janeiro the destination for investigative journalists from around the world in October of this year.  The eighth Global Investigative Journalism Conference, put on by the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN); the fifth Latin American Conference on Investigative Journalism (COLPIN), put on by the Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS); and the eighth International Congress of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji) will happen simultaneously from October 12 to 15 this year.

According to Knight Center director Rosental Calmon Alves, the 2013 congress will be the “World Cup of investigative journalism.”  Abraji, which turned 10 last year, is getting ready to host around 1,200 people from the US, Europe, and Latin America – almost double last year’s attendees.

“This year we will have three meetings in one.  The organization has been very challenging because each conference has its format and we need to integrate them, but I’m sure that we will have a great journalism event,” said Marcelo Moreira, president of Abraji, in an interview with the Knight Center.

According to Moreira, the program will include events like a hackathon promoted by the Mozilla Foundation, “a kind of marathon with young journalists and programmers to develop applications related to investigative journalism.”  In addition, three important prizes will be handed out in the Teatro Municipal of Rio de Janeiro during the event: the Global Shining Light Award, the Daniel Pearl Awards for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting, and the Latin American Prize for Investigative Journalism.

Other highlights include collaborative workshops where investigative reporters will exchange experiences and a thematic group of events prepared by professors and trainers from Reportagem com Auxílio do Computador (RAC).

To keep from getting lost in the enormous offerings of activities and events, which will include more than 100 panels, seminars, and workshops, attendees will be able to follow themed tracks like “corruption and organized crime,” “the environment,” “sports,” and “data journalism.”  “We’re organizing activities to allow the participant to choose the topic that most appeals to him and not miss anything about it,” said Moreira.

Among the confirmed international speakers are Pulitzer Prize winner Sarah Cohen (New York Times), Sheila Coronel (Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism), Kevin Davis (Investigative News Network), Mark Horvit (Investigative Reporters and Editors), David Leigh (The Guardian), Gustavo Gorriti (IDL-Reporteros), and David Kaplan (Global Investigative Journalism Network).

Brazilian speakers include current president of the Supreme Federal Tribunal Joaquim Barbosa, Míriam Leitão (O Globo), Rubens Valente (Folha de S. Paulo), Eliane Brum (Época), Marcelo Beraba (O Estado de S. Paulo), Fernando Rodrigues (Folha de S. Paulo), Marcelo Moreira (Abraji/TV Globo), Jose Roberto de Toledo (O Estado de S. Paulo), Angelina Nunes (O Globo), and Gustavo Faleiros (Knight International Fellow).

The Global Investigative Journalism Conference will take place October 12-15 at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ).  The last conference was held in Ukraine, in 2011, and this will be the first time in eight conferences that it will be held outside of Europe.



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