Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) is the first and only nonprofit organization in the region dedicated to promoting investigative journalism in Arab newsrooms, still an alien practice.
The Amman-based ARIJ was formed in early 2005 to support independent quality professional journalism, through funding in-depth journalism projects, and offering media coaching. It helps journalists working in print, radio, tv and on-line media in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Bahrain, Palestine, Yemen and Tunisia.
The mission of ARIJ is to enhance excellence in investigative journalism, which is essential in a free society and remains key to ensure transparency, accountability and a diversity of views and opinions based on documented facts, research and multi-sources. We accomplish this by:
- Providing training, resources and a community of support to investigative journalists.
- Promoting high professional standards.
- Protecting the rights of investigative journalists.
- Ensuring the future of ARIJ as an umbrella for several national investigative journalism chapters.
- Introducing new platforms for research and publication.
ARIJ is the brainchild of several leading Arab journalists, editors, media activists and professions who came together with a like-minded group of Danes driven by commitment to professional in-depth reporting for the benefit of local communities. They held several meetings in Copenhagen, Damascus, Beirut and Amman before the program was set up with funds from the Danish Parliament, disbursed through the Copenhagen-based International Media Support (IMS). The Danish Association for Investigative Journalism (FUJ) provided technical support. Over the years, more donors joined like Foundation for Open Society, UNESCO, The Washington-based International Center for Journalism (ICFJ), The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and others. As of October 2011, SIDA will become a key core donor of a three-year program.
The regional office operates in partnership with journalists, editors, and publishers in mostly independent-media in the nine Arab states. A joint ARIJ-ICFJ program, begun in 2010, has set up five investigative journalism units at media in Jordan, Palestine and Egypt. More units will be set up over the next four years in all countries of ARIJ operation to ensure sustained professional media development.
We provide training on both the basics of investigative journalism in line with the ARIJ Manual "Story-Based Inquiry" and the application of Computer Assisted Reporting tools -- the survival kit for today's modern multi-media tasked journalists.
We support journalists and editors to conceive an idea, research, write, edit and publish professional investigative journalism reports. The final results of the investigative projects are published in participants’ respective media organizations, and posted on the website of ARIJ along with relevant documents, a diary of both the reporter and the coach to help share the knowledge with other Arab journalists and media students.
Journalists normally initiate ideas for issues they would like to investigate, write up a proposal outlining the story, what he/she expects to prove, how this will be done, the sources of the proof, a time framework, a draft budget, previous writing samples, and a letter of commitment from their editor or publisher, to consider publishing or broadcasting the final product.
On-line application forms can be found on our website www.arij.net . Please fill out the form and submit on-line, or send it by email to the address firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to +962 6 4640406.
The selected candidates will get a formal letter authorizing the start of the project, along with an invitation to attend a media training workshop on investigative journalism.
Local coaches, working with ARIJ, will oversee the investigative project, from A to Z, working with every journalist to facilitate the investigation, and to help resolve any challenge that might delay or obstruct the investigation. ARIJ-appointed lawyers will offer pre-publication counseling.
• ARIJ will cover the following expenses:
• Freelancer when a staff reporter has to work on an investigation.
• Internal travel, hotels, etc
• Access to national and international databases
• Pre-publication/broadcast legal screening
• Legal support if legal action is taken against a journalist or investigation supported by ARIJ.
In addition, we will help publish your investigations in other countries, and ensure they are carried by websites of international investigative reporting networks, including SCOOP, a regional support structure and network for investigative journalism in central and Eastern Europe.