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Power Reporting – the African Investigative Journalism Conference Wits University, Johannesburg, 3 – 5 November 2014

Published on: 6-08-2014

Power Reporting is a three-day conference for and about investigative journalism.

Opportunities are open to 30 media professionals in print and broadcast journalists with a proven track record in investigative journalism who want to develop their investigative skills and learn from other African and international journalists.

The social consequences of mining and the extractive industries will be a major theme at this year’s conference, while the skills base will extend across computer research and data-driven journalism, physical and online security, understanding company documents, media law and script writing. Making documentaries for the web (WebDocs) including all the skills of story-telling, photography and film, will be a first for this conference.

Information about the conference will be available soon at

The bursary will cover flights to South Africa, airport transfers in South Africa, accommodation in single rooms at Stay City, Berea, and transport to and from the conference, meals and conference fees. It does not cover home-country transport or visa costs, which must be self-funded.

To apply for a place write a short motivation (maximum 500 words) and send it with your CV and at least one example of your published or broadcast work (preferably a link) to

Applications are open now and will close on 15 September. Early application is encouraged as decisions will be made throughout August and September, so that delegates who require visas have time to apply.

There will be two additional events around the main conference. If you want to attend either of these you must make this clear in your original motivation letter.

On Thursday 6 November, Wits Journalism’s China-Africa project will host a round table for journalists working on related projects, at Wits University. A separate motivation letter of 500 words is required.

FAIR, the Forum for African Investigative Reporters, will be holding a delegate meeting in Johannesburg either before or after the conference [subject to confirmation]. This is for FAIR members only.

Best wishes

Anton Harber

Head of Department

Margaret Renn

Conference Director

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