(Jamal Dajani, Internews VP of the Middle East & North Africa, is interviewed in this CNN video report.)
Two years after the Arab Spring began, how are journalists coping? With a newfound freedom of press and help from media development NGOs, has the mideast media become more transparent? Michael Holmes reports.
Internews’ Youth Beat project trains young Tunisian journalists to improve their reporting skills on elections, civic participation and the future of Tunisia. Here are the profiles of three women who participated in an investigative journalism and radio reporting workshop hosted by Internews and partner Radio Le Kef. During the training, protests erupted in the town of Seliana, 18 miles away, giving the journalists an opportunity to cover breaking news, with wide exposure for their work.
As heads of state began to arrive in Doha last week to start the high-level COP18 negotiations towards a legally binding climate deal, more than 120 journalists, scientists, activists and communications experts gathered at the second annual Climate Communications Day to discuss how best to communicate climate-related issues.
Cleveland - Her current United States passport has had extra pages added four separate times. It is filled with colorful visa stamps from countries around the world. Many are places most Americans would avoid.
“I used to watch TV [and] radio, but never realized that I can do film or be an announcer,” said Mohamed Ahmed, one of 50 Egyptian students who recently took part in two social media camps designed to expand youth participation in Egyptian media.
Hosted by Internews in collaboration with the Egyptian Association for Media Creation and Development and the Hawaa Al-Mostakbel Society, the three-day camps served as a platform for students to learn practical media skills such as objectivity, accuracy, ethics and the negative consequences of hate speech, as well as work collaboratively and share knowledge with their peers.
The oil industry is critical to Iraq’s future, accounting for almost 95% of the government’s revenues. Yet much of the public – and Iraq’s media – don’t have a strong understanding of the complex issues surrounding the international oil industry.
Through a mentorship program organized by Internews, a select group of local journalists now have long-term access to international mentors with strong backgrounds in energy reporting.
Yasmine Amin, a young journalist in Aswan, Egypt, established a public campaign using social media tools to address discrimination against women and tribal power in elections.
“The winds of the Tahrir Revolution have not been felt strongly in Aswan,” said Amin, whose campaign grew out of a workshop as part of Internews’ “Partners II: Media and Youth for Community Participation” project.
New content analysis of Libyan local media illustrates considerable gaps in the professional skills of Libya’s new journalists, while trainings conducted by Internews are contributing to the development of a cadre of Libyan journalists capable of producing high quality, independent, and professional media content.
In the first half of this year, Internews completed extensive television and radio content analysis, embedded media management experts and journalists at several independent Libyan media outlets, and conducted nine open trainings for all journalists in Tripoli and Benghazi.
Social media and user-generated content played an important role in coverage of the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya; however, content from the public was supplementary to traditional newsgathering in media coverage.
By contrast, in Syria, with the tight control and exclusion of foreign media, news organizations had to rely almost exclusively on user-generated content, particularly in the early months of the uprising. Much of the user-generated content used by news outlets came via Syrian activists inside Syria and in exile.