Frequently Asked Questions
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What work is eligible?

Any Arabic-language investigation that has been published or aired between Oct. 15, 2019, and Sep. 20, 2020.

What are the ARIJ Annual Awards?

ARIJ Annual Awards are an opportunity for some of the best investigations from the MENA region to be rewarded and put on display in front of the field’s leading members. In a field as complicated as investigative journalism, ARIJ’s annual awards program is a gesture of appreciation, encouragement and training tool, modelling thorough and ethical work.

Who will judge the contest?

The jury, which consists of a Jury Head and four members coming from some of the best media organisations in the Arab world.

What are the contest awards in 2020?

  • Best Arab Investigation – Gold Award
  • Best Arab Investigation – Silver Award
  • Best Arab Investigation – Bronze Award
  • Best Arab Investigation on Covid-19 Issue

Do you accept entries in languages other than Arabic?

No. All entries must be submitted in Arabic.

Is there a limit to the number of entries I can submit?

Yes. You may only submit one application for one investigation. 

What is the deadline for entering the contest?

Sep. 30, 2020.

How much does it cost to enter?

The awards competition is free to enter.

Can you send me an example of a contest entry to help me prepare my entry?

You can browse previous winning pieces here.

How do I participate?

Submit your entry by Sep. 20, 2020. 

What are the judging criteria?

Entries will be judged based on:

  • originality and relevance
  • clarity of hypothesis
  • research and sourcing
  • risk calculation
  • structure and storytelling
  • data presentation and visual treatment
  • law and ethics
  • use of language
  • accuracy, balance, clarity 
  • personal and professional initiative taken

Who is eligible to enter the contest?

The awards competition is open to all Arab investigative journalists; whether based in the Arab World or living abroad.

Who should I contact if I have any other questions?

Email info@arij.net with any questions or queries.

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