How to carry out an investigative report with ARIJ
The Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism Network (ARIJ) supports any reporter in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, Tunis, or Bahrain, with a good idea towards the execution of an investigative report based on fact and documentation, in accordance with strict guidelines and with the aim of shedding light on a problem, issue or phenomena affecting society.
Prior to sending out the participation application, ARIJ requests the following:
- That the idea that the reporter has is innovative and of concern to the public
- That the applicant has already carried out preliminary research on the idea at hand and explored the possibilities of executing an investigative report that would yield results.
ARIJ will not support any idea for investigation that is vague and based on wide generalities such as a report that may be presented on the idea of an investigation of “pollution in Lebanon” or “drugs in Jordan”. The applicant has to narrow down his scope and present his focussed plan on the issue that he would like to delve into.
ARIJ has supervised and funded a number of reports on environmental pollution such as the leftovers resulting from the grinding of olives in Jordan and the emission of the carcinogenic Dioxin gas from hospital furnaces in Syria as well as the spread of drugs at university campuses in Jordan. These three examples indicate the following: the existence of a problem (an action), the presence of victims (object) and the responsibility of a certain party or parties (subject). Therefore ARIJ network will only provide funding to creative and innovative reports that will shed light on new data of concern to the public at large. The reports have to be supported with documentation that has been gathered and will act as proof for the report.