FAQ

What is the International Journalism Festival (IJF)?
The biggest annual media event in Europe. The 2019 festival had 289 sessions and 631 speakers in the 5-day programme.

When and where does IJF take place?
Every April in Perugia, Italy. All IJF venues are situated in the stunning setting of the historic town centre of Perugia. The next festival (the fourteenth edition) will be from Wednesday 01 to Sunday 05 April 2020.

I want to attend IJF; what must I do?
Nothing. Just come to Perugia and enjoy the festival. All IJF sessions are free entry for all attendees, without any need for registration.

I want to see a specific IJF session; what must I do to be sure of getting in?
Access to all sessions is on a first-come-first-served basis. To guarantee access, you should arrive well before the start of the session.

Where can I stay during IJF?
There are plenty of hotels and other forms of accommodation in and around Perugia. We recommend that you book your room early.

I want to be an IJF speaker; what must I do?
Fill in and send this form. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2019. If your proposal is accepted you will receive a reply by 05 January 2020.

I want to be an IJF volunteer; what must I do?
The deadline for submission of the form (online in September) is 31 December 2019. The list of selected volunteers will be posted on the festival website by 15 January 2020. Volunteers will be selected on the basis of their skills and experience. Free accommodation in Perugia (in the youth hostel in the centre of town) and a free daily packed lunch will be provided for the duration of the festival for all selected volunteers.

I want to propose speaker(s) and/or session(s) for IJF; what must I do?
Fill in and send this form. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2019. If your proposal is accepted you will receive a reply by 05 January 2020.

I want a press pass for IJF; what must I do?
Fill in and send the form (online in September). The deadline for requests for accreditation is Friday 27 March 2020. More than 1500 press passes were issued for the 2019 festival.

I want to interview an IJF speaker; what must I do?
Write to Barbara.

My company/institution/organisation is interested in IJF sponsorship opportunities; who should I contact?
Write to Chris.

What is the link to the IJF speaker list?
Here is the 2019 speaker list. The initial 2020 speaker list will be online from early January 2020. For reference, here are the speaker lists year by year of previous editions of the festival.

What is the link to the IJF programme?
Here is the 2019 programme. The partial and provisional 2020 programme will be online from early February 2020. The definitive 2020 programme will be online in March 2020. For reference, here are the e-brochures and programmes year by year of previous editions of the festival.

How can I stay updated on IJF?
Follow the IJF Twitter account or the IJF Facebook page. An IJF Telegram page is also available. Furthermore, there is the IJF weekly roundup of journalism news and innovation published on Medium throughout the year. The hashtag for the 2020 festival is #ijf20.

And the festival app?
Here is the smartphone app. You can consult it whenever you need information about ongoing sessions, about speakers, or about the location of a given venue. You can access the profile and session(s) of each festival speaker. In the Map section you can discover where you are, and so choose your next session at a venue near you. A Personal Area allows you to create your own Wish List and be notified before the session you have selected begins.

Are IJF sessions live-streamed?
All festival sessions are live-streamed. The live-streams will be available for viewing during the festival on the festival website homepage.

How can I watch the on-demand video of an IJF session?
1. Via the online speaker list:
Videos of all sessions in which any given speaker has taken part from 2012 to 2019 are embedded at the bottom of his/her speaker profile. See the 2019 speaker list and/or the speaker lists from 2012 to 2019. The videos can be downloaded and used without restriction. For the 2020 festival, videos will be embedded as above within 12 hours of the end of each session.
2. Via the online video platform:
Videos of most sessions from 2013 to 2018 have been organised category by category, year by year in the online video platform. Additional videos such as off-session interviews of festival speakers are also available. The videos can be downloaded and used without restriction. For the 2020 festival, videos will be embedded as above within 12 hours of the end of each session.
3. Via the online programme:
Videos are embedded at the bottom of each session page in the 2019 programme and/or in the programmes from 2012 to 2019. Click on any given session in the online programme to see its video. The videos can be downloaded and used without restriction. For the 2020 festival, videos will be embedded as above within 12 hours of the end of the given session.

In what language are IJF sessions held? Is simultaneous translation provided?
All sessions are held in English or Italian, depending on session speaker composition. For selected sessions English-Italian simultaneous translation is provided free to attendees. The language of each session (and whether simultaneous translation is provided for that session or not) is indicated in the festival programme and in the festival brochure. A total of 54 sessions were provided with simultaneous translation at the 2019 festival. Please note that the simultaneous translation is not available via IJF live streaming or on the IJF videos.

What about Wi-Fi for IJF attendees?
A dedicated IJF Wi-Fi connection for attendees is available. The service is free. All venues at the 2019 festival provided this service and all venues at the 2020 festival will provide this service.

Who organises IJF?
IJF is totally independent and has no affiliation with any media organisation. It was founded in 2006 by Arianna Ciccone and Christopher Potter, who remain the two IJF directors and who are in charge of all aspects of IJF. There is no IJF advisory board or executive committee.

Who pays for IJF?
All IJF sessions are free entry for all attendees, so ticket revenue is zero. IJF revenue comes from sponsorships, philanthropic donations and institutional partnerships. The 2019 revenue split was approximately 50% sponsorships, 25% philanthropic donations and 25% institutional partnerships. 2019 IJF supporters include Craig Newmark Philanthropies, Facebook and Google.

I want information about the festival; who should I contact?
Write to info@journalismfestival.com (in English) or info@festivaldelgiornalismo.com (in Italian).