The Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism Network, (ARIJ), supports reporters with the production of their investigative reports, by providing mentoring, editorial, and other support. Reporters from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, Tunis, or Bahrain, who have good story ideas that shed light on a problem, issue, or phenomena affecting society should apply. All proposals should meet ARIJ’s strict guidelines.
Prior to sending out the participation application, ARIJ requests the following:
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”. Applicants must narrow their scope and present a focused plan to explore the issue they have chosen.
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.