Frequently Asked Questions
A Little Help For You

Who will judge the contest?

The jury will consist of a jury head, two senior ARIJ graduates (who may not compete in the awards) and two well established, senior non-Arijeans Arab journalists.

What are the contest categories?

  • Best multimedia piece
  • Best television piece longer than 15 minutes
  • Best television piece category 7-15 minutes
  • Best multimedia investigative piece in the Arab world (open to ARIJ and non-ARIJ journalists)

Do you accept entries in languages other than Arabic?

All entries must be submitted in Arabic.

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

Yes. You may only apply to one category.

What is the deadline for entering the contest?

The deadline to enter is Oct. 20, 2019.

What work is eligible?

All work must have been published or aired between Nov. 10, 2017 and Oct. 30, 2018.

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?

The awards competition is open to ARIJeans, and two categories are also open to Arab
journalists unaffiliated with the organization.

The deadline to enter is Oct, 15 2019.

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 (ABC)

– personal and professional initiative taken

Who is eligible to enter the contest?

The ARIJ’s Awards program seeks to eliminate all conflicts of interest. Works that included any significant role by an ARIJ contest judge are ineligible.

The contest is strictly open to both Arab and non-Arab journalists as long as the investigation is in Arabic.

Who should I contact if I have any other questions?

Email nada@arij.net for more information, answers to questions, and to give comments and feedback.

What’s The ARIJ Annual Forum?

In a field as complicated as investigative journalism, ARIJ’s annual awards program is a gesture of appreciation, encouragement and educational tool, modeling thorough and ethical work.

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