Introduction to Investigative Journalism

Language Arabic
Start Date 20/05/2018
Duration 4 weeks
Effort 2 hours
Level Entry Level
End Date 17/06/2018

In today's world, coincidence is becoming less and less probable. Seemingly unconnected events are often representative of patterns that should be unearthed and uncovered.

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalists ARIJ launches its first MOOC on investigative journalism, inspired from their own and first Arabic Guide to Investigative Journalism.

This course will cover the tools and methodologies used to objectively unearth facts and create positive change for the greater good.

This course is brought to you by:

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism ARIJ

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) is the first and leading media organization in the region dedicated to promoting investigative journalism in Arab newsrooms, still a new practice.

The Amman-based ARIJ was formed in early 2005 to support independent quality professional journalism, through funding in-depth journalism projects, and offering training and media coaching. ARIJ helps journalists working in print, radio, TV and on-line media in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Bahrain, Palestine, Yemen and Tunisia.

What You Will Learn

  • An introduction to investigative journalism, its methodologies and differences from traditional journalism
  • The use of hypotheses to drive investigative journalism efforts
  • How to find sources and push them to disclose information for an investigative report
  • How to deal with the challenges, danger and emotional burdens of being an investigative journalist
  • Journalism ethics and integrity

Instructors and Team

Rana Sabbagh
Rana Sabbagh

A founder and executive director of ARIJ since 2005, Rana Sabbagh has dedicated the last ‎‎33‎‏ ‏years of her career as a journalist, columnist and media trainer to support free speech, independent media and human rights. She helped set up ARIJ – www.arij.net – a media support ‎organization spreading the culture of “accountability journalism” in newsrooms and among media professors and ‎students in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Bahrain and Tunisia. Now ARIJ is operating as a network in the Arab world. Sabbagh, the ‎former chief editor of The Jordan Times (1999-Jan 2002), became the first Arab female ‎in the history of the Levant to run a daily political newspaper. Earlier, she was a correspondent for Reuters International News Agency (1987-1997) in Jordan and the Gulf. She helped establish Jordan's newest newspaper, Al-Ghad (2003-2004). In addition to her post at ARIJ, she is the representative for the Middle East and North Africa on the first elected board of directors of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). She also is the former Jordan correspondent for The Times (of London), a regular columnist for Al-Hayat and al-Ghad newspapers as well as a media consultant/trainer for Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Yaser Zayat
Yaser Zayat

Since 1988, Yasser has been working to many newspaper, magazines, and training organizations in Egypt and outside. He participated in many conferences about supporting culture diversity, cultural dialogue, and freedom of expression. Yasser worked as Editor in Chief of the Investigative Unit at On TV, before later moving on to head the Arabic Editing Unit at Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

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