Amman, August 11, 2008 – The Amman-based Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) has been chosen by International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) (www.icfj.org) to provide specialized training in investigative reporting to Egyptian journalists and editors by January 2009. ARIJ, operating in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon since 2006, will provide training to 10 Egyptian coaches and 30 Egyptian journalists on investigative reporting skills under a six-month media support program. The coaches will guide the journalists in the production and dissemination of their reports. The Egyptian participants will be linked to ARIJ’s regional network of trainees and mentors. The completed investigations will be published in the journalists’ respective media, and posted on the ARIJ website (www.arij.net) for the benefit of the wider Arab media community. In tandem, ICFJ and ARIJ will cooperate to develop a specialized tool in Arabic on Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR), key for today’s investigative reporter. The CAR Kit will also be available online. “ARIJ is delighted to share its home-grown expertise with journalists and editors in other Arab countries, to nurture a culture of investigative journalism across the region, among and by Arab media professionals, for the benefit of the Arab public,” said ARIJ executive director, Rana Sabbagh-Gargour. ARIJ’s methodology is unique to the Arab World as it is based on international standards of investigative reporting which have been customized for the Arab World, and applied by over 70 journalists who have been trained so far. A total of 25 investigations have been produced and published under ARIJ, while another 20 are in the pipeline.