UNESCO publication “The Global Casebook of Investigative journalism” announced at the 6th Global Investigative Journalism Conference

A UNESCO commissioned publication “The Global Casebook of Investigative Journalism” was announced by its editor Professor Mark Lee Hunter at the 6th Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) which was held in Kiev, Ukraine, 13-16 October 2011. Mr. Janis Karklins, the Assistant Director of General for Communication and Information of UNESCO, addressed the conference with a video message.

The Casebook follows and complements "Story-Based Inquiry: A Manual for Investigative Journalists"  (UNESCO 2009), which has been adopted by many journalism programmes in the Arab States, Asian countries, the United States of America and the Russian Federation. The Casebook contains more than 20 recent investigative stories from nearly every region of the world, with afterwards explaining how the authors conducted their research and writing. Many of the authors belong to the Global Investigative Journalism Network, and their stories exemplify the cutting-edge techniques and high standards developed within the network.

Mr. Janis Karklins reiterated in his video message UNESCO’s full support of strengthening investigative journalism throughout the world which crucially contributes to freedom of expression and freedom of information. He stated that “this casebook will complement the training manual by providing a valuable resource for journalists and media professionals, as well as for journalism trainers and educators. It will also be used by UNESCO field offices to conduct journalism training on investigative reporting”.

Dr. Hunter, an Adjunct Professor at the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, who edited the Casebook and wrote its introduction stated: “Our goals were, first, to provide teachers and trainers with great stories that they can use in the classroom.  Our contributors come from many countries and cultures, from India and the Philippines to Africa, Eastern Europe to North America.  They include work done by independent reporters, by major news organizations, by non-profit centres, and by transnational teams.  Some of that work was done in places where investigative journalism had never flourished before and this is the first time it has been brought together. The variety of investigative techniques and writing skills on display here demonstrates the vitality and innovation of investigative journalism now.”

Above 500 investigative reporters from 70 countries attended dozens of panels at the 6th Global Investigative Journalism Conference which marks the tenth anniversary of the first meeting of the founder in Copenhagen. The Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC) has since its first edition in Copenhagen 2001, become the world's most important event for investigative reporters. At GIJC reporters from all over the world exchange experiences, get new contacts, attend workshops, arrange transnational investigations and expand their networks.

A UNESCO webpage dedicated to sharing good cases of investigative reporting based on this book is under construction and the PDF version of the case book will be available at the UNESCO website shortly.

For more information on the 6th GIJC meeting please visit the conference website http://gijc2011.org/?page_id=2

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