From 23rd to 25th June Riccione hosts the DIG Awards, the international journalism award and festival focusing on investigative journalism in video format. The event will feature a series of conferences and training sessions focusing on contemporary investigative practices and related issues.
Candidates can submit their works for six categories, among them the DIG Pitch section, which is open to video projects that are still in the development or pre-production phase and are dealing with European issues.
Selected works in all the categories will be judged by an international jury composed of prominent journalists from Italy, Europe and the US. President of this year’s jury is US investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill who, together with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, co-founded The Intercept.
Others on the jury: Maggie O’Kane, The Guardian; Morten Møller Warmedal, Norwegan public broadcaster NRK; Alexandre Brachet, Upian; Riccardo Chiattelli, Laeffe (Italy); Corrado Formigli, anchorman La7 (Italy); German reporter John Goetz; Nils Hanson, Swedish tv SVT; Marco Nassivera, arte tv channel; Alberto Narazzini, Italian TV freelancer; Pino Corrias, Italian public broadcaster Rai; Andrea Scrosati, Sky Italia and Margo Smit, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
This year, DIG will have a particular focus on the relationship between hacking, digital security and journalism, a theme that will also be covered by a series of training sessions for journalists. Among others, partners of this year’s DIG Award edition are The European Journalism Observatory, Sky Italy, the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Centre for Investigative Journalism.
The name (in local pronunciation Arcaton) comes from the Greek and Byzantine occupation dated back to the sixth century AD: "Archeion" is the name of a plant, the burr, which still grows spontaneously in some areas of the beach now occupied by the bathing establishments but which was once abundant on the desert shore of Riccione.