Addis Ababa, October 13, 2021 (FBC) – As Africa’s investigative journalism conference (AIJC) is happening in five cities across the continent, Fojo-International Media Support (IMS-Fojo) is cohosting the sessions that take place here in Addis.
The conference is taking place in five major cities across the continent: Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Abuja, Dakar, and Johannesburg. In each of the host cities, the primary host, Wits University is working with co-hosts: Code for Africa in Nairobi and Dakar, Premium Times in Abuja; and Fojo-International Media Support in Addis.
Aiming to give African and international investigative journalists a chance to learn new skills, hear about the top investigative stories and share experiences, in what is considered the largest gathering of investigative journalists on the continent, the conference also goes online so that those who cannot make it to one of the five cities are still able to participate in the program.
The conference takes place during three full days of conferencing (Oct 11-13), with two more days of intensive online training opportunities for participants (Oct 14-15).
The IMS-Fojo Program Manager Sofie Gullberg said the conference showcases some of Africa’s best journalists sharing knowledge, experience, and networking, and offer training in the latest investigative tools and techniques.
The AIJC21 in Addis covered topics such as fact checking dynamics, the future of Investigative journalism practices in Ethiopia, safety whilst investigating, sustainability of investigative journalism and a master class training on civic signal, a new platform for a news analysis for Africans from Code of Africa.
The conference puts forward key skills to be taken by media managers and practitioners to kickstart investigative reporting in their media house and in the industry as well. It covers the need for investigative reporting, challenges with best practices from the other co-hosting cities in Africa, which is believed to contribute for the real implementation of the reporting.
The event is held to inspire the Ethiopian media and practitioners to develop skills, networking and share best practices of the Investigative reporting, training, and catch up on cutting edge tools and techniques.