GIJN Crowdfunding at 90%, New Conference Site, Special
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Crowdfunding Campaign at 90%: Help Us Finish!

GIJN has received an extraordinary 87 contributions from 21 countries in our campaign to crowdfund fellowships to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference. Our Indiegogo campaign is now 90% funded, thanks to you. We’re almost there but still need your help. The more we raise, the more fellowships we can offer. These are our final 10 days and we hope to reach 100% of our goal and 100 contributors. Big thanks to everyone who responded, with special shout-outs to Netzwerk Recherche, Germany’s investigative journalism association, which donated $3,000, and Henk van Ess & Eric Hennekam, who raised $500 by donating funds from their Internet research workshop.

Meet Our Indiegogo Fellows

Here's where the Indiegogo funds are going -- meet our first two fellows: 
  • Aung Ye Maung Maung is the executive editor of Myanmar Freedom Daily in Yangon, Myanmar, which is emerging from years of censorship.
  • Rosemary Nwaebuni is an investigative reporter with the POINTER newspaper in Delta State, Nigeria, an area known for big oil and widespread corruption. 

New Site Launches for GIJC13

Excitement is building as we get close to the Global Investigative Journalism Conference! Journalists from more than 70 countries are planning to attend. On our new website you'll find the provisional program for the big event, packed with nearly 150 panels, workshops, and seminars. There's also a list of expected speakers, including Pulitzer Prize winners, top data journalism specialists, security experts, and reporters from the front lines in some of the toughest, most corrupt spots in the world. Among the features: 

Special Events at GIJC13 

Yes, we've got panels and workshops with great journalists from 50 countries, but there's lots more happening at GIJC13. Join us for our awards ceremony at the magnificent Theatro Municipal, featuring the cool samba of Moacyr Luz and the hot beats of AfroReggae. And don't miss our big Saturday night cocktail reception, Abraji's special documentary exhibition, and a rockin' blues party played by GIJN's own band, The Muckrakers.

A Note on Visas

Brazil requires citizens of many countries to obtain visas before a visit. (Here’s a list.) That means forms, photos, a fee, and a trip to the closest consulate. If you haven’t done it yet, better get on it. The process can take up to three weeks. Important: If you are having trouble, write us at GIJN and Abraji are ready to help you.

Need a Hotel? A Roomate?

The Royal Tulip Hotel, where GIJN staff and guests are staying, is now sold out. We have a backup hotel, the Everest Rio Hotel, from where we also hope to arrange shuttle service to the conference venue. You can get a discounted rate at this link, where you'll also find other hotels identified by our host Abraji. Need a roommate? There’s a sign-up form on the conference site.

After Rio: Help Us Choose GIJC15

The host of the 9th Global Investigative Journalism Conference, to be held in 2015, will be chosen at the GIJN members meeting in Rio on October 13, 2013. Each member organization is entitled to one vote. GIJN now has strong proposals for three exciting locales: Amman, Jordan; Lillehammer, Norway; and Vancouver, Canada. You can check out the proposals here. 
  • November 15-16: VVOJ Conference (Dutch-Flemish Assoc. of Investigative Journalists), Zwolle, Netherlands

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