2018-11-14 Uncategorized0



Enab Baladi newspaper and Rozana radio have, early in November 2018, signed a memorandum of cooperation, seeking to empower both entities and enhance collaborative action among Syrian media outlets.


Signing the memorandum followed a strategic planning workshop, conducted by the two entities in Istanbul last July, at a managerial level, through which the professional and organizational reality of the two outlets was analyzed, while the challenges facing the Syrian media and the various contexts under which it functions were studied.


During the workshop, the objectives and visions of Enab Baladi and Rozana were reviewed, their plans and programs were discussed, and suggestions were made as to develop and expand them.


According to the memorandum, this cooperation aims at the following:


Encouraging collaboration among local media entities.

Coordinating the efforts which increase access to the Syrian audience.

Developing the media and administrative abilities and boosting the professional capacity of both entities.

Organizing joint events, forums and workshops.

Enhancing the professional, administrative and financial independence of both entities.

Developing domestic policies and professional guides of both entities.

The cooperation between the two outlets includes, training and production, media and advertisement exchange, and the organization of media-related events and activities.


The two parties have built their agreement depending on the “no-cost cooperation” principle, as to utilize the human and innovative resources available at both entities, which is considered an advantageous economic model, based on free exchange of content, expertise and services.


The Executive Director of the Rozana Radio Lina Chawaf, said: “Cooperation between the Syrian media outlets, under these circumstances, enhances the effect they have on the world’s public opinion and the Syrian public opinion.”


The goal of this agreement “is to realize a free independent journalism and preserve the freedom of expression,” she added.


About the relation that this cooperation has with the challenges facing the independent Syrian media, on top of which is the cuts imposed on the provided funding, Chawaf declared that agreements of this type reduce costs and decrease the expenses of operation and production of the collaborating entities.


She hopes that the agreement succeeds to meet its goals and that Rozana with Enab Baladi be able to launch larger and more effective events, which separately they could not achieve.


Jawad Sharbaji, director-in-chief of Enab Baladi newspaper, believes that the agreement achieves immediate benefits for both parties, within a media environment that is striving with challenges and pressure. He is “optimistic” about the success of this cooperation and whishes that its outcome, at the end result, lie in “the interest of the independent Syrian media”.


He called for further networking among Syrian media outlets at different levels, pointing out to the successful cooperation which Enab Baladi had with Syrian newspapers and radios in the past years.


In the memorandum, the two parties have committed themselves to advancing a “professional and ethical” model of cooperation, which betters the image of the Syrian media, depending on transparency and respect for journalism’s professional conventions, most importantly the “Ethical Charter for Syrian Media.”


The two outlets work with a network of reporters and journalists inside Syria and abroad, several of whom received local and international awards for what they offered the new Syrian media.


Enab Baladi newspaper was founded in December 2011 in the city of Darayya, rural Damascus, with the efforts of a number of media activists. It is an independent Syrian media organization, presenting a 24-hour coverage through its interactive and multilingual website. Additionally, it issues a printed weekly, political, social and diversified printed version, along with several active social media accounts and other services.


The Rozana Media Foundation was launched in 2013 from Paris and then Gaziantep by a group of Syrian media personalities; it is an independent Syrian media organization. It includes FM radio broadcasts in the Turkish city of Gaziantep and parts of northern Syria, 24 hours a day. The Foundation also has a website in Arabic and English, a number of social media accounts, studios in Gaziantep and Paris, as well as a training center equipped with modern technologies in Gaziantep.

2018-10-11 Uncategorized0


Today we are contributing to one of our most important projects of this year: an online journalism training program launched by the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the International Media Support Organization (IMS).


The project targets both journalists and citizen journalists living in major conflict zones in the Middle East, namely: Syria, Yemen and Gaza, since media workers based in these areas cannot attend press conferences outside their countries due to complex security and field conditions.


The program will last for nine months and will cover training topics academically, in a way that enables citizen journalists in the field to enrich their experiences and that helps them boost their professional skills significantly.


Rozana Media Foundation will assist in the project by producing educational animations that help to clarify the content of journalistic trainings and that introduce information in a smooth and understandable way to participants.


The AUB program is issued in partnership with local media organizations in the three aforementioned countries, in addition to experienced professional trainers who are familiar with methods of academic journalism.


Rozana’s creative team has previously produced animations and motion graphic videos in partnership with media foundations and international organizations such as UNICEF, BBC Media Action and Relief International.

2018-09-24 Uncategorized0

The Rozana Media Foundation organized a training workshop for Syrian youth and teenagers on “Presentation and Preparation of Radio Programmes”. The workshop lasted for two days with 16 training hours.

The workshop was attended by 12 trainees, whose age ranges from 16 to 24 years, from the “Youth Forum” and the “We Can” team in Gaziantep, southern Turkey.

The training was overseen by the Executive Director of Rozana Lina Al-Shawaf and Programme Director Munir Al-Ayoubi. The workshop focused on three points:

1- Writing a script for a radio programme.
2- Preparation of the programme (from idea to presentation).
3- Radio presentation.

Coach Munir Al-Ayoubi commented on the workshop, saying that “the training provided youth and teenagers with basic skills in preparing programmes, as well as presenting and dealing with modern techniques in recording and broadcasting.”

He added that “the first day was limited to theoretical information and discussion of radio experiments and on the second day the trainees were divided into three groups and each group completed a radio programme from the idea to the recording stage.”

The groups produced three radio episodes, whose subjects varied between comedy, entertainment, and culture. The episodes were recorded in the Rozana Radio studio under the supervision of the trainers and in cooperation with the radio technical team.

Ahlam Nazzal, coordinator of the “Youth Forum,” said that “this workshop comes after the forum has recently participated in a workshop organized by Rozana on editing and photojournalism.” She pointed out that such workshops develop the skills of young people and enhance their role in their social milieu.

She added that “trainees in this workshop will transfer the skills they have acquired to the rest of their colleagues in the forum,” noting that “there are plans to organize new workshops in Rozana on the media work in general.”

As for the benefit of the workshop, the trainee Yomna Ghazal (student at the Faculty of Business Administration – Ghaziantep University) noted that “the training provided important information about voice training and control, and the handling of the mike.”

She added: “The workshop stimulated my desire to complete the acquisition of skills in presentation and radio programmes’ preparation to reach professionalism.”

In turn, the trainee Abdul Aziz Jawish, a student at the Faculty of Economics of Gaziantep University, said that “the information and activities of the workshop contributed to enhancing self-confidence and dealing with the read-aloud text, and added skills in speech and layers of sound trimming.”

The Rozana Media Foundation was launched in 2013. It includes FM radio broadcasting in Turkish Gaziantep, and northern Syria, and on the internet. The foundation also has a website and two studios in Gaziantep and Paris, as well as a training centre equipped with the latest technology in Gaziantep.

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