The ARIJ (Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism) annual forum is the Arab world’s biggest gathering for investigative journalists and supporters of independent media. The 2020 Forum is held under the theme: “Connecting the World”.
This year has been phenomenal in all senses of the word. For the first time in so long, one big story has consistently been the focus of all news and investigative outlets around the world. Investigative journalists are expected to be there; watching, reporting, editing, recording and blowing the whistle on injustice and state failures. In situations like this coronavirus calamity, investigative journalists are the first responders of justice — and history. Failing to do so could have global consequences, so damaging that we might as well stop calling ourselves journalists. In this context our theme “Connecting the World”, is born.
With so many of us being asked to work from home, and remain at home during non-work hours, ARIJ 2020 Forum will be our 1st fully virtual Forum. We know this is not an easy decision, but as investigative journalists, part of our DNA is seeing that the sky's the limit.
The ARIJ Forum is a chance to network and share knowledge with leaders of Arab and global investigative journalism movements; and is an annual event to boost reporting skills, learn new tools, and get acquainted with the latest trends in investigative reporting. There are also opportunities to network with TV broadcasters, technology companies, and universities from around the globe. Journalists will learn how to counter the legal, political, professional, economic, and societal challenges hindering the role of the “Fourth Estate” in ensuring accountability. ARIJ’s Forum is a golden opportunity to train and equip journalists to serve as society’s watchdogs in favour of democracy, transparency and the rule of law in one of the world’s most autocratic regions. It also gives Arab media lecturers and media students a chance to interact with professionals.
The 2020 World Press Freedom Index, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), shows that the coming decade will be decisive for the future of journalism, with the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting and amplifying the many crises that threaten the right to freely report on independent, diverse and reliable information.
The index suggests that the next 10 years will be pivotal for press freedom because of converging crises affecting the future of journalism: a geopolitical crisis (due to the aggressiveness of authoritarian regimes); a technological crisis (due to a lack of democratic guarantees); a democratic crisis (due to polarisation and repressive policies); a crisis of trust (due to suspicion and even hatred of the media); and an economic crisis (impoverishing quality journalism).
Join us at one of the most significant Forums in Journalism in the Arab World. Benefit from 100+ speakers from 30+ countries, offering over 30+ sessions to equip yourself with the needed tools to provide better reporting.Register now
Our speakers come from 30+ countries to share knowledge, and to stimulate innovation and growth in Investigative Journalism in the MENA region
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As our 13th Annual Forum, and 1st Virtual, we expect over 1,000 participants from all over the world.
Get ready for an extraordinary event as this year's sessions discuss a wide variety of 2020 Investigative Journalism Topics and Future-Looking Topics:
COVID-19 Investigative Journalism New Challenges: Risk Assessment and Ethics Codes
COVID-19 Investigative Journalists: Physical, Digital and Psychological Safety Measures and Assessments
Solidarity amongst Invsetigative Journalism organisations within more polarization and repressive policies
Free press vs authoritarianism' regimes with lack of democratic guarantees
Fighting misinformation, does it require journalism and/or secret algorithms?
Investigative Journalists get left behind in the media industry’s decline & economic crisis
Cross Border, Data Journalism and Open Source Investigations
Race and gender aren’t a 2020 story — they’re the story
The promise of nonprofit Invsetigative Journalism vs a crisis of trust due to suspicion and even hatred of the media
Impact vs Outreach: Publishers move beyond the metered paywall
How to reach Gen Z with hardcore investigations? (Shall we pay more attention to attention & think small (screen))
The reader/listener/viewer-revenue models
Storytelling vs. Technology
Media Leadership isn’t something you learn on the job
Prepare media students for skills, not job titles
Investigative Journalism: the race to 2021
In addition, you will be able to enjoy access to the ARIJ Annual Awards Ceremony (open to all Arabic-language Investigations).
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ARIJ’s annual forum is the biggest gathering in the MENA region for investigative journalists and supporters of independent media. Come and join over 1000 Arab and international investigative journalists, coaches, editors and supporters from more than 30 countries, and benefit from over 30 edge-cutting panels and hands-on workshops. ARIJ20 is held under the theme: “Connecting the World”.