Juliana Ruhfus

Senior Presenter / Investigative Filmmaker, Al Jazeera English

Juliana Ruhfus is an award winning investigative journalist, filmmaker, and producer of innovative, interactive journalism projects. She currently work as the senior reporter for Al Jazeera English’s “People & Power” strand where her film on Liberian ex-combatants launched the channel’s programming content in 2006. Nearly 50 films later she has gone undercover in Turkmenistan and in Cambodian orphanages, produced the critically acclaimed, five-part “Corporations on Trial” series, and her two-part investigation into the trafficking of Nigerian women into the Italian sex-trade ranks among the most-watched People & Power episodes ever. In 2012 Juliana began to experiment with interactive work resulting in the multi-award winning “Pirate Fishing - Interactive Investigation”, a gamified version of the RTS-nominated TV documentary. This was followed by the award-winning #Hacked mobile web app that allows users to embark on a real life investigation of Syria's cyberwar. In July 2017 she received a funding grant from the Google Digital News Initiative to develop a generic open source interactive storytelling app "InterviewJS". Juliana's work has been awarded with the Ochberg Fellowship and a scholarship for Havard’s Global Trauma Program. She serves on the board of European board of directors of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma, the advisory board for the International Bar Association's EyeWitness project and she is a trustee to the Environmental Justice Foundation. Outside television Juliana has twice worked as a consultant to the United Nations Security Council monitoring the arms embargo on Somalia and as an investigator for environmental NGO’s. Films can be viewed at www.julianaruhfus.com

Juliana is speaking at

Safety & Security
September 26, 2019
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
MS Stubnitz Hold 1 (Vorschiff)


  • ALI AL IBRAHIM (Speaker) Investigative journalism
  • Marcela Turati (Speaker) Reporter, Quinto Elemento Lab México
  • Juliana Ruhfus (Speaker) Senior Presenter / Investigative Filmmaker, Al Jazeera English
  • Cait McMahon (Moderator) Managing Director, Dart Centre Asia Pacific


Journalists have an obligation not to re-traumatize victims they are interviewing, while at the same time taking care of their own psychological well-being when covering traumatic stories.

This session brings together three award-winning journalists who have reported traumatic stories in extremely difficult places, including Syria, Mexico, Somalia, and Libya. They will look at issues raised when reporters immerse themselves in traumatic stories and discuss crucial coping strategies.

September 28, 2019
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
Holcim Auditorium, HafenCity Universität (HCU)


  • Nils Hanson (Mentor) Investigative editor, Swedish Television
  • Marc Perkins (Mentor) Investigations editor, BBC Africa
  • Jean-Philippe Ceppi (Mentor) Producer, journalist, Radio Television Suisse
  • Juliana Ruhfus (Mentor) Senior Presenter / Investigative Filmmaker, Al Jazeera English
  • Serena Tinari (Mentor) journalist, trainer, Re-Check.ch
  • Claudine Blais (Mentor) Editor in chief - Enquête -Investigations, Télévision Radio-Canada


Deadline to apply is over. 

For the first time, GIJN opens up a space for a one-on-one session with a TV editor to get advice on your investigative documentary project.

This is a coaching and mentoring session to help you figure out the best strategies to make a great film out of your investigation.

How does it work?

Conference attendees can apply for a 15 minutes slot.

Projects are matched with an experienced investigative documentaries editor.

GIJN will select the projects and get back to you with a meeting schedule.

Please note

We have limited capacities and cannot guarantee all projects will be matched.

We guarantee to keep material you send us strictly confidential and only to share it with the selection committee and the assigned mentor.

This is not a pitching, nor a commissioning session. Editors are there for you as pro bono mentors, to help you make your ideas become a good investigative documentary.

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