Brazilians to discuss digital media at investigative journalism congress this week

Starting this Thursday, June 30, the 6th International Investigative Journalism Congress will be held in São Paulo, organized by the Brazilian Investigative Journalism Association (Abraji in Portuguese).

Organized annually by Abraji since 2005, the conference unites journalists, students, and professors who are interested in best journalism practices and reporting techniques. More than 100 Brazilian and international speakers will lead the 70 roundtables, panels, and workshops that will take place during the event.

The main topic under discussion this year is online journalism and the challenges for doing investigative reporting on digital platforms. Among many topics, the schedule includes panels on organized crime, politics, major sporting events, reporting fundamentals, and Computer-Assisted-Reporting (CAR).

International presenters include New York Times interactivity editor Aron Pilhofer, who will discuss the paper’s work with database journalism, and Icelandic investigative journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson, who took over as spokesman for WikiLeaks after Julian Assange’s arrest.

Many big names in Brazilian investigative journalism will also be there, including Juca Kfouri, Marcelo Tas, Eliane Brum, Eduardo Faustini, Miriam Leitão, Elvira Lobato, Ricardo Noblat, Fernando Rodrigues, Marcelo Beraba, and Ricardo Gandour.

The 2011 congress will also include an homage to journalism professor Rosental Calmon Alves, the Knight Chair in International Journalism and UNESCO Chair in Communication at The University of Texas at Austin. Abraji calls Alves, the founder and acting director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, “one of the most respected journalism theorists on the planet today.”

Online registrations have now closed, but those interested in attending cam still register at the conference location: the Vila Olímpia campus of Anhembi Morumbi University in São Paulo. For more information, see the event website.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.