As of this Tuesday (Aug 11, 2020), registration for the biggest journalism meeting in Latin America is open. The 15th Abraji International Investigative Journalism Congress will be held virtually, on September 11, 2020 and September 12, 2020. Due to the health and economic crises, there will be the possibility of free registration, but participants are invited to donate any amount to strengthen Abraji's work. Click here to subscribe.
Held annually since 2005, the Abraji Congress brought together, in 2019, over 1,200 people. With the virtual format, an increase the number of participants from various regions of the country is expected. Two other side events are part of the program: the 7th Research Seminar (Set 10, 2020), which discusses academic research on investigative journalism; and the 2nd Data Sunday (Set 13, 2020), a marathon of data journalism courses. Registration for these side events, which count on international participants, are also open.
Marcelo Träsel, president of Abraji, highlights the importance of Congress for reflection on journalism in this time of pandemic, political crisis, and impending climate disaster:
“The 2020 Congress was one of the most challenging for the organization, both because of the move to the online platform and because of the number of urgent topics to be addressed. We believe that the planned activities will help Brazilian journalists to navigate a little bit better through this period of uncertainty. We are also excited about the possibility of this virtual Congress allowing the participation of many more students and reporters from all over Brazil and even from other Portuguese-speaking countries.”
This year the participation of at least 15 international guests for the two days of the conference is confirmed, such as Nikole Hannah-Jones, a reporter for the New York Times who specializes in covering racial issues and who launched Project 1619, a multimedia initiative in which she reviews the history of slavery in the United States.
Confirmed speakers and panelists include Jason Stanley, author of How Fascism Works: The Politics of Us and Them; Craig Silverman, of BuzzFeed Canada, one of the leading experts in disinformation; Neena Kapur, expert on doxing (exposure of personal data on the internet) at the New York Times; Cécile Prieur, responsible for the Le Monde innovation team; Sally Lehrman, from the Trust Project; Meera Selva, director of the fellowship program at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism; and Jeff Jarvis, director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at City University of New York and author of "What Would Google Do?"
Abraji responded to requests from members and participants of other Congresses and expanded the diversification of outlets and regions, emphasizing collaborative models and specialized in its own themes. The sessions also considered issues of race and gender. Among the journalists working in major Brazilian media are Maiá Menezes, Sônia Bridi, Fernando Rodrigues, Flavia Lima, Renato Aroeira, Eugênio Bucci and Patricia Campos Mello.
In 2020, Abraji maintained the 5 traditional axes of the Congress (jobs and ways of doing things; scenarios and trends; journalism under attack; learning and theory; and learning and practice).
They are inserted in different models: Lecture (presentation of just one guest, followed by questions asked by the mediator), Panel (presentation with guests who discuss the same theme); Behind the Reporting (when professionals discuss their verification / editing processes) and Minicourses (without the need of computer practice).
At the 7th Research Seminar, the selected researchers will present their scientific work, with the presence of a mediator. On the 2nd Data Sunday, the format will be Courses / Workshops (practical training, using a computer, sometimes with previously installed programs).
In the digital version, in an effort to ensure quality, the well-being and tranquility of speakers and participants, some lectures will be recorded, others will be broadcasted live, and some will be recorded, but with live Q&A after streaming.
15th International Congress of Investigative Journalism
September 11 and 12, 2020
Enroll here: congresso.abraji.org.br