GIJN Board Elected, Summer Schools, New Resource Pages

GIJN Elects New Global Board

The results are in! GIJN members have voted for their first elected board of directors, selecting 15 people from 11 countries. The week-long online election ended June 16. The winners are:

Regional Representatives
  • Umar Cheema -- Asia (Two years.)
  • Anton Harber – Africa (Two years.)
  • Brant Houston -- North America (One year.)
  • Rana Sabbagh -- Middle East/North Africa (One year.)
  • Fernando Rodrigues -- Latin America (One year.)
  • Margo Smit -- Europe (Two years.)
At-Large Representatives 
  • Marina Walker Guevara (One year.)
  • Jan Gunnar Furuly (One year.)
  • Carlos Eduardo Huertas (Two years.)
  • Oleg Khomenok (Two years.)
  • Nils Mulvad. (Two years.)
  • Paul Radu (One year.)
  • Bruce Shapiro (Two years.)
  • Mzilikazi wa Afrika (One year.)
The full vote count can be seen on this spreadsheet. In addition, a 15th board position goes to the host organization of the next Global Investigative Journalism Conference, in this case SKUP of Norway. 

The new GIJN board structure reserves six positions for representatives of six geographic regions. To start the new board, members are elected to terms of one year or two years (and thereafter for two years). The current term lengths were determined by a coin toss. Regional seats went to the top vote-getter in each of the six regions.

In all, 20 people ran for the board. There was broad participation, with votes from 66 member organizations – nearly 70% of the GIJN membership. "It's a really strong board with a good mix of people from different countries and regions, and also a good combination of GIJN veterans and new members," said GIJN co-founder Nils Mulvad. "In fact, there are also many great people who ran but were not elected this time. I hope we can count on them to help us where they have expertise."

Thanks to everyone who took time to vote. Special thanks to SKUP’s John Bones, who generously volunteered to manage this online election, and to the GIJN Election Committee of Nils Mulvad and Margo Smit. 

Summer School Is in Session!

Summer is just around the corner in the northern hemisphere and, with it, summer schools for learning the art of investigative reporting. The season starts July 4 with the Centre for Investigative Journalism summer session at the University of London. On July 7, the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia's J-School holds a three-week Intensive Course in New York. There's the SSE Summer School in Riga, Latvia (August 14-16) and don't forget the BIRN Summer School in Becici, Montenegro (August 22-30).
New Resource Pages

Have you checked out our newest Resource Pages? We’ve been updating GIJN's popular Resource Center, which now includes a great guide to covering extractive industries, a comprehensive list of legal aid organizations for journalists, and a guide to sustainability for nonprofit journalism groups. Lots more to come in the coming months!


News Start Ups Don’t Spend Enough on Making Money, Michele McLellan 
Top Ten #ddj: The Week’s Most Popular Data Journalism Links, June 6-12May 22-30, GIJN Staff 

Abraji’s Security Manual for Covering Street Protests, Abraji 

Newsroom Mezhyhirya: The Story of YanukovychLeaks, GIJN Staff 

YanukovychLeaks: After The Ousting, A Festival, Ana Baric

Danish Journos To Appeal Fines for Exposing Superbug Spread, Staffan Dahllöf

June 18: International Whistleblowers Conference, Amsterdam

June 26-29: Investigative Reporters and Editors conf. San Francisco 

June 30 - July  2Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, Bonn

July  4-6: CIJ Investigative Journalism conf. & summer school, London

July 4 - 5Netzwerk Recherche Investigative Journalism Conference, Hamburg

July 7-25Columbia University Summer Course, New York

July 24 - 26:  Abraji International Congress of Investigative Journalism, Sao Paulo

August 14-16: SSE Summer School of Investigative Reporting, Riga, Latvia

August 23-30BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting, Becici, Montenegro

September 3-7Society of Environmental Journalists Conference, New Orleans

September 25-27Online News Association Conference, Chicago

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