Special Events

Our journalists work hard and they party hard. We’ll have a great line-up of special events where you can share drinks, brainstorm, get inspired, and dance the night away. Among the events we’re planning:

Keynote & Awards Event 

On Saturday: All participants are welcome to the Universität Hamburg (Audimax) for the conference highlight on Saturday evening, September 28. We’ll start with a reception and drinks, and then we’ll sit down for a keynote address. Next come the awards: GIJN will announce the remarkable winners of the Global Shining Light Award, honored for gutsy investigative reporting in developing and transitioning countries under duress or threat. Then it’s time for dinner and dancing.

Welcome Reception

The Cruise Center HafenCity. © Gebler

On Wednesday (6pm to 9pm): Join us on Wednesday evening at the Cruise Center HafenCity, as we greet our guests from around the world with an informal networking reception. We’ll have an open bar and snacks for everyone and a warm welcome to the world’s most extraordinary journalists.

The Muckrakers

On Friday: If you’ve been to any of our last six Global Conferences, chances are you’ve seen GIJN’s own band, The Muckrakers. Formed at a jam at the Lillehammer conference in 2008, the R&B group has gone on to play to packed crowds from around the world in Geneva, Kiev, and Rio, plus a rockin’ reunion at GIJC15 back in Lillehammer, and then a great gig in Johannesburg in 2017. The international band will feature most of the original cast — the incomparable Ana Simonovska on vocals (Macedonia), Mark Lee Hunter on slide guitar (France/US), Dave Kaplan on harmonica (US), and Freddy Schaal on drums (Norway). Don’t miss this gig — on Friday night The Muckrakers play on a boat in Hamburg harbor — on the MS Stubnitz, a famous monument to German ship-building and fishing, now converted into a floating events venue. Anchoring in 20 European ports over the past two decades, the Stubnitz has hosted over 4,000 acts.

The cargo hold of the famous MS Stubnitz has been converted into a performance area with great acoustics and original architecture that creates “a post-industrial space, with atomic age appeal.” Holds up to 400. Full bar.


For more highlights, be sure to check the #GIJC19 program on Whova under “Special Events.”