GLOBAL INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM CONFERENCE 

Apology to lecturer and student

Wits Vuvuzela published a report on 8 September about a university investigation into a romantic relationship between a lecturer and a student in the School of Geology, Archaeology and Environmental Sciences. The couple, who were not named in the report, laid a...

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Learning how to solve the “fake news” dilemma

Freelance journalist Raymond Joseph breaks down the process of online fact-checking and provides tactics for tackling misinformation, commonly called “fake news.” By Eric Deyo The term “fake news” is everywhere these days, but freelance investigative journalist...

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Ten tips for documentary filmmakers

Doccie filmmakers weighed in on challenges to broadcasting.  There is a growing demand for investigative documentary filmmaking, believes Swiss journalist and film producer, Jean-Philipie Ceppi. Ceppi, who moderated a panel on documentaries at the 10th annual Global...

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Secrecy enables corruption, says Joseph E. Stiglitz

The global economy allows secrecy to flourish and investigative journalists are needed to help unveil this secrecy and root out corruption By Aidan Jones Nobel Laureate economist Professor Joseph E. Stiglitz emphasized that investigative journalists are needed to...

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Winners of the Global Shining Light Awards 2017 announced

Journalists from Nigeria and Iraq were the recipients of the $2000 prize at this year’s Global Shining Light awards. The work of Emmanuel Maya from Nigeria and Iraq’s Assad Al Zalzali were chosen from 211 projects submitted by journalists across the world for work...

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African fact-checking mavericks celebrated

The inaugural winner of the student journalist category of the African Fact-Checking Awards was crowned tonight in the fifth year of the awards' history. Senegal’s Moussa Ngom was awarded the student prize for his article “Pourquoi Macron a tout a faux”/Why Macron has...

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Building investigative networks

The ideas of sharing and collaboration were the main themes during a session based on building journalistic networks on the African continent. Journalists from across Africa and the world had the opportunity to share their most commonly covered journalistic stories...

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Much more to Google than meets the eye

Google is now an essential part of research in journalism.  By Mfundo Knowledge Mthembu In less than 20 years, Internet search engine Google has established itself as an information powerhouse. Journalists at the ‘Beyond Google: Doing Better Searches’ discussions at...

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Cracking the Case

Police inefficiencies leave a gap for journalist investigation into unsolved crimes. By Ashley Seymour Journalists from across the globe drove home the importance of media investigations when police failure limits uncovering crime on Saturday. Speaking at the Global...

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Collaborating on stories might just be the future

Useful tips to use when collaborating on data driven investigative stories. By Nosipho Nyide Collaborating on data driven stories was the topic  presented by investigative journalists Jeff Kelly Lowenstein, a professor at the Grand Valley State University, Anuska...

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Encryption, a powerful tool for protecting your sources

Encryption is essentially protecting yourself and your source from any danger. By Kwandokuhle Njoli Encryption is the most effective way to archive data securely. Encryption is the process of encoding information in such a way that outsiders cannot read the...

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Data mining made accessible for journalists at GIJC

How to successfully work with large data sets. By Franco Havenga “Journalists already know how to ask the right kind of questions when approaching data,” maintains Lailah Ryklief at a workshop on How to Mine Data for Storytelling at this year’s Global Investigative...

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Eight possible strategies to fight fake news

Journalists share ways to combat fake news.  By Bastian Kaiser and Sira Thierji  Pictures used in a wrong context, at a different place, manipulated and staged content – fake news can take several forms. Journalists have lost their gatekeeping power to other...

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Seeing is believing

Visual investigative reporters share the challenges they face on the ground. By Andiswa Ngenyane The power of broadcast or visual investigations came under the spotlight on the fourth day of the GIJC17 at Wits University. Ugandan reporter Solomon Serwanjja joined...

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“There is really no story worth dying for”

The freedom of information is under attack in many parts of the world. By Vonani Ngomana “There is really no story worth dying for.” These were the words of publisher and journalist of the Nepali Times, Kunda Dixit. Dixit sat on the panel discussion titled Journalists...

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Cross-border collaboration critical to muckraking

Trust and teamwork across the border goes a long way to solving complicated problems By Wesley Ford Human trafficking, health, disease and corruption are some of the international issues which sometimes demand cross-border journalism collaborations. A panel on the...

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WITS NEWS

Wits embraces the future of data science

Wits offers new post graduate courses in e-Science. The university created a national e-science teaching and training platform and is leading the pack in combating the scarcity of scientists and professionals qualified in dealing with data science amongst five other...

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Wits to launch inequality project

Research centre to be launched  WITS WILL this month launch a five-year interdisciplinary project to focus on inequality in South Africa. The project entitled the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS), was initiated by the dean of commerce, law and management,...

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OPINION 

SLICE OF LIFE : Be fully present in every space you exist in

WHEN I was 17-years-old I published my first article on Destiny Online. The title for my article was ‘The unapologetic woman’. At the time, the talk and ideas around feminism or being “woke” were not a popular discourse to me and my generation. But after timeless...

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Q&A with Kanyisa Qaba

FIRST-YEAR BA Law student and fashion designer Kanyisa Qaba, has been running a clothing line, House of Manik, that caters for youth. She started the clothing line in high school with a friend, but has been running it as a solo operation since 2015 when the...

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