2020-12-12 Uncategorized0



Rozana Media Foundation has signed  a memorandum of understanding with the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) on establishing professional cooperation and publishing of joint investigative work, in addition to developing cooperative coordination in the field of training, research and networking.


This step came to reinforce the Foundation’s goal of supporting investigative journalism, as Rozana has participated in Syria in-Depth project funded by the Guardian Foundation and the International Media Support Corporation (IMS) over a period of three years. The Foundation is also working in partnership with the Syrian Investigative Reporting for Accountability Journalism (SIRAJ) in the production of investigative projects and podcasts.


Rozana was the only Syrian media outlet to participate in the Panama investigations/ papers, along with more than 100 partners and other media outlets around the world, to collect and search for leaked documents that revealed prominent corruption files involving politicians and states’ leaders, in addition to taking part in the investigations of the “Russian Laundromat” and “European weapons” along with Arab and international media institutions.


ARIJ is the first media network in the Arab world to pioneer investigative journalism in the Arab region following a modernist and professional approach.


Rozana Media Foundation started in the French capital Paris mid-July 2013, to open later in 2014 a program studio in the Turkish city of Gaziantep in 2014.


Since its inception, the Foundation has launched a radio station that broadcasts programs online via its website and Smartphone application, as well as FM waves in Turkey and northern Syria.


Rozana presents an important set of investigations and journalistic reports on its official website and social media platforms, in parallel with providing in-depth and entertaining topics both in its programs that interest and affect the Syrian society, in addition to covering aspects of life in Syria with high sense of objectivity and professionalism, away from any political or religious agendas.


Rozana focuses while preparing its programs on the Syrian citizens, at homeland and abroad, primarily on the social level and the changes that have occurred in the Syrians’ lives in general, whether at home or in the different countries of asylum.


Rozana established its training centre (RMD) in 2018, whereby it works to qualify trainers and cooperate with them to train a large number of Syrian journalists and citizen journalists.


The Foundation has been working recently on a “training project targeting media institutions in Yemen” focused on training four Yemeni radio stations, in order to produce humanitarian and community content that gives priority to civilians and allows them to express themselves, interact and benefit from various media platforms in improving their daily living conditions and create a better future for themselves.


ARIJ is the first network in the Arab region dedicated to instilling investigative journalism in Arab media in accordance with an advanced and new methodology in newsrooms.


ARIJ’s mission is to raise the standards of investigative journalism, as an essential component of free societies based on documenting facts and conducting in-depth investigations to search for facts from multiple sources.


ARIJ has been a guarantor of transparency, accountability and provided a platform for a diversity of views and perspectives over the last decade.




2020-12-12 Uncategorized0


“Prisoners Without Medicine” is a Yemeni film about the suffering of Yemeni prisoners during the coronavirus pandemic.


The film was chosen to compete for the Qumra Academy Award at the Yemeni Film Days Festival. It was produced with a grant from the International Center of Journalists (ICFJ) and under the sponsorship of the Rozana Media Development.


The director and producer of the Yemeni film,  journalist Muhammad Amin, was awarded a grant from the ICFJ, which provided financial support for media projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region).


The film presented an accurate depiction of the Yemeni prisoners’ health condition during the coronavirus pandemic.


The International Journalists’ Network (IJNet) contracted with Rozana Media Development. Our colleague, Mais Qat oversaw the training and production of a set of films and stories supported by data and visual storytelling.


This coverage was distinguished by in-depth stories related to the coronavirus epidemic in Lebanon, Yemen and Sudan that have been published last month.


The film will be screened on the seventh day of the Yemeni Film Days Festival, organised by Qumra Academy in its first session.


The Academy was established in 2017 with the aim of boosting and developing the skills of Yemeni filmmakers.


2020-11-19 Uncategorized0


The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Facebook Journalism Project have launched a series of training webinars in Arabic on video and mobile journalism. Trainer Mais Katt from the Rozana training centre organised two workshops out of six dedicated to the programme.


These workshops will be held over a period of six weeks, from 12 November to December 2020. Participants in the live webinar sessions via Zoom will receive a certificate in video journalism.


The webinars are part of the ICFJ’s expansion of its Social Media Solutions program, which aims at helping journalists in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region) hone their skills in digital journalism, information verification methods, key storytelling tools, journalists’ digital safety, approaches to engage the public, and other topics that contribute to the development of journalistic work.


Journalists participating in these webinars will be able to define the basics of visual storytelling, become familiar with video-editing and mobile phone-related tools, in addition to learn more about the best ways to broadcast live videos on social media and other digital platforms.


List of training sessions’ dates and addresses:


Webinar 1: Use your mobile phone as a professional video journalist


On 12 November, Syrian journalist Mais Katt initiated the first two-hour webinar of the ICFJ’ new series of workshops on mobile and video journalism.


The session was attended by 418 participants from the Middle East and North Africa. Thus, journalists and activists asked Katt many questions and wrote comments, to which the trainer responded by providing the most pertinent tips and instructions.


Mais Katt, trainer and journalist at the Rozana Media Development Center (RMD), initiated the first training session entitled “Use your mobile…Use it as a professional video journalist from now on,” with delivering an introduction to video journalism, including a summary of the early beginnings of this journalistic discipline.


Katt tackled two main topics, namely, the forms of video content that can be produced online and via social media platforms, and key methods for producing high quality visual content.


Katt pointed out that “the emergence of video journalism and the increase in the use of mobile phone cameras to film news stories in recent years reflect the importance of new skills which transcend traditional methods*such as writing and interviewing” for today’s journalists.


She referred to the “enormous change in global media organisations,” encouraging the webinar participants to develop their skills to keep pace with this evolution and continue to produce outstanding journalistic work.


In this regard, journalist Katt also indicated that the behavioural change in the audience and the way of receiving information, stressing the need for journalists to be aware of these changes to adapt their work accordingly.


She explained that “a person who follows the news on his cell phone is different from another who reads the news in a newspaper, which necessarily affects the method of content creation.”


According to Katt, “70 percent of the audience do not read texts, articles and reports word for word, but scan instead, and that is why journalists have to use fewer words and write in a clear way, in addition to adding subtitles.”


During the webinar, Katt presented different models of visual content, including live streaming, silent video, info video, 360-degree video, longitudinal video and social media stories, in addition to providing example for these different types of reports, pointing out that producing high quality reports does not require the use of a sophisticated mobile phone.


In the second part, Katt clarified the basic elements of the video story, including the subject and the idea, and gave tips on how to choose the idea, while recommending careful selection, thorough research and a good drafting of the story before moving on to shooting.


Speaking about the importance of the emotional impact of the story, Katt stressed the vitality of having a strong beginning and including the most impactful shots at the start of the video, saying that “the first few moments prompt the viewer to decide whether to continue watching the video or not.”


The third and most pertinent element of video journalism is sound, and here the trainer highlighted the importance to preserve the surrounding sounds and use the commentator’s voice only when “it is necessary and useful,” noting “the importance of having a human being or a group of people as the heroes of the video story.”


After talking about the importance of sound and ways to record and integrate voices in the video, Katt tackled the focal aspects of visual appeal and visual sequence.

It is noteworthy that these training sessions are held remotely, as an extension of the training of journalists in the Middle East and North Africa within the “Social Media Platforms Solutions” program, which was launched in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project and in cooperation with the Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum held by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet).


2020-06-16 Uncategorized0


Syrian journalist Mais Katt, director of the digital department at Rozana Radio, provided advice related to digital storytelling directed at investigative journalists during their coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Katt explained that in the era of digital devices and the Internet, “it has become idle for journalists to present media materials in a traditional way.” Therefore, journalists today have to think of tools that enable them to present their content in innovative ways that involve the audience in the story.

According to Katt, the coronavirus crisis has been accompanied by an abundance of information, which is rather complex and sometimes contradictory; this is why sentences alone cannot communicate all data and the journalist needs to use innovative media tools to present information to the public.

Digital storytelling is especially important in covering wars, natural disasters, epidemics and diseases, and today, the coronavirus crisis, while its tools help journalists attain their goals in a much better way, either through awareness-raising messages, the representation of numbers and statistics, and even by means of documentation, detection and tracking.

Digital storytelling (also known as visual storytelling) is the method of transforming written stories into interactive and visual digital stories. This technique is new as it became practised in the media field less than ten years ago. There are some platforms in the Arab World that use digital storytelling, such as Inkyfada from Tunisia, InfoTimes from Egypt, Drawer from Lebanon and Rozana from Syria, in addition to others.

Types of digital storytelling

A journalist needs to present information in different formats in order to make it easier for the audience to understand and possibly enjoy watching. There are different tools that suit the different capabilities and skills of the audience, i.e. some tools suit technology experts and other ones are designed for the younger generations that lack advanced knowledge about technological gadgets.

Digital storytelling is a mode of narration made specifically for digital platforms such as those on the web and found on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube, including all forms of “stories” and mobile games. Hence, these digital modes are difficult to integrate into traditional media such as print newspapers, radio stations and or television. 

As for the easy-to-use modes, Katt referred to still images, motion images, 360 angle images, 3D images on Facebook, videos, 360 angle videos, drone camera videos, live broadcasts, interactive maps, infographics, video graphics, and motion graphics, in addition to animations, polls, and other digital modes that we can use. Of course, each template has a special style of narration that serves the purpose of communicating information in a different way than other forms.

Interactive digital storytelling is a narration mode that is based on telling the journalistic story and dealing with the audience as a recipient, reader, viewer, or actor in the story. Interacting with the story is either by clicking on the like button, sharing the post, commenting, clicking on the video and watching it, continuing to read the post, browsing the interactive map, answering questions or sharing a questionnaire, or other options if any.

According to Katt, interaction is prior or takes place automatically through “crowd sourcing”, whereby the journalist obtains the elements of his/her visual story from the audience, by asking them for pictures on a specific topic, for example, or cooperating with them in building the story; and thus the audience becomes a key party in structuring the story.

Examples of interactive digital storytelling

– An interactive file produced by colleague Ahmed Awwad from Egypt, Egyptian newspaper Al Mal News

– An investigation on Rozana website entitled Coronavirus in Syria … Distance education is a fake procedure!

– An Investigate on Rozana website entitled Syrian IDP’s: We cannot buy detergents … Our tents are made of garbage

– An interactive map on Al-Mayadeen website How the world faces coronavirus with hope

– A virtual 360 angle image:  A virtual image of Al-Oqab Prison in Syria

– 360-degree video produced by BBC, filming Mosul in 360-degree technology

– A website site that provides interactive coronavirus tests, a virtual test — Palestine Remix

– “Cognitive test” cookies in a Facebook story about coronavirus, an interactive game

– A story about George Floyd on the CBC News account on Snapchat — the story of George Floyd

– Infographic – Info video

-Motion graphics- Animation example

-Interactive digital games, the story of the Iranian journalist

What skills do you need to have in order to tell a good digital story?

It is important to know that digital storytelling is based on creating content and is not limited to a set of technical tools that can be used to tell a story. Also, having access to research and tracking information tools is essential in this process, in addition to the ability to be creative and resourceful in telling the story of your investigation, as well as to being aware of the latest technical tools available. 

Steps to produce a multimedia material using a correct language

First, choose the angle with a strategy to build the story, and then define your sources and the type of materials that you can obtain, including sounds, pictures, video, or others, if any.

Second, assess your team’s technical capabilities appropriately, set the cost, create a plan, then develop it while building your story in its written form, in addition to making sure that the work is done within an atmosphere of team spirit, and finally enjoy the result.

Third, when drafting sentences accompanying photos, videos, and infographics, make sure to always abbreviate and choose words that are direct “like an arrow”, as Mis Katt puts it. Also, stay away from demonstratives, relative nouns, and long, complex sentences.

User experience is key to the success of the interactive story

The user experience varies according to the target group, there is no single measurement that fits all groups, and based on this point, we must be keen to provide a digital experience that can be understood and interacted with, in a way that the user understands the way to watch, enjoy and interact with the material automatically without explanation or complication. An example of a suitable user experience is presented by Inkyfada, and another example of a specific target group is the article about European Weapons. 

Tools you can use:

– Websites that provide digital storytelling services: Shorthand, the example of “The grooms of cyberspace”

– Digital services website ex.co, an example from City dog website

– Google Maps services, Google online training on the use of Google Maps

– Freebpik website offers free photos, montages and graphic elements

Pixlr which is an online photo editing website

-Squaready app allows writing on photos and converting videos and images into GIFs.

– Enapseed free mobile photo editing and effects app

– Atavist allows you to create a free account and publish directly on the platform

2019-03-06 Uncategorized0


The Rozana Training Center SMS has offered a series of digital marketing trainings to 70 traders and entrepreneurs as part of the “Start” initiative launched to support small businesses, which is organized and managed by SIAD, in partnership with Spark Foundation, and supported by the Dutch government.


The training, which was held in five different Turkish cities and provided by Mais Katt, on behalf of Rozana, in collaboration with colleague Khaled Alharbash, included the basic elements for building a successful digital marketing plan, in addition to offering an insight about the golden keys to reach the target customers in the best way possible. The workshop was delivered by means of practical applications and exercises related directly to the participators’ projects.


SIDAD is in charge of “Start” initiative which is mainly directed to Syrian entrepreneurs based in Turkey. It offers them trainings and follow-ups designated to develop their’ businesses professionally. Some of the entrepreneurs involved in the program also received financial grants at the end of the project.


Rozana plans to cooperate with SIAD to organize several business development trainings, focusing on digital marketing tools and platforms. On the other hand, Rozana continues to provide audiovisual services as well as commercials, in addition to e-marketing trainings for Syrian entrepreneurs and businesses owners especially in Turkey.

2018-10-30 Uncategorized0


Through its SMS training center, Rozana Media Foundation has launched an initiative to train journalists on the “Media Chart of Honor” as part of its press training programs.


Aware of the great role media is playing as regard to shaping public opinion through performing its role in a professional and objective way and reporting the truth without being biased as well as assuming the role of monitoring and accountability, Rozana has begun the Syrian Media Chart of Honor training program as a fundamental part of its overall press training.


Rozana Media Foundation, along with other 19 media organizations, has been involved in the drafting of the Charter of the Press, relying on the general ethical principles acknowledged by the international conventions, declarations, and covenants of the world of journalism.


Rozana Media Foundation has provided training to many Syrian journalists over the last four years, under the supervision of professional journalists from several Syrian media outlets.


Rozana’s training workshops included the fundamentals of investigative journalism, journalism ethics and standards, cyber security and data protection. All the training has been carried out through online platforms.


The topics that the training workshops have tackled include the basics of editorial press, the process of press materials and news making, TV reporting, data journalism, and photojournalism.


Rozana Media Foundation has established its training center in its regional office in Gaziantep, Turkey, in 2014. It is working to broadcast Radio programs online, as well as fm frequency in Gaziantep. The Foundation also has a website and a radio studio in Paris, the French capital. Rozana also has a mobile app for Android and iTunes.

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.

2018-05-17 Uncategorized0


Last may, the training centre of Rozana Media Foundation organized training workshops for dozens of citizen journalists within Syria, under the supervision of professional journalists from several Syrian media outlets.

The topics covered by the training ranged from the fundamentals of press editing, news industry, to other types of press productions, in addition to television reports, data journalism, and press photography.

The workshops also focused on investigative journalism standards, journalistic ethics, digital safety and data protection. All the exercises were conducted online, except for one workshop held in Azaz, north of Aleppo.

9 trainers, 47 trainees and 105 training sessions

Professional journalists and citizen journalists from various Syrian audiovisual media platforms collaborated with trainees, alongside with other independent media practitioners. Thus, the media outlets involved in the trainings were Enab Baladi, Orient News, Halab Today, al-Arabi, and Rozana.

The training was supervised by journalists and technical specialists from several media centres, namely Abssi Someisem, Ammar Ezz, Mais katt, Ahmad Gbaly, Ibrahim Zaarour, Basil Ibrahim, Ahmad Haj Hamdo, Owaies Akkad, and Yahya al-Subaei.

47 trainees have participated in nine online trainings, under the supervision of nine trainers and with an average of 15 training discussions per session.

The Pedagogical Coordinator, Mohammed al-Hani, told Rozana that “the training started on May 3, which coincided with World Press Freedom Day. The coincidence was intended to deepen the training effort reinforced by basic journalistic values, especially freedom in Syria, which is considered as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists in the world”.

In February, trainers at the workshops completed a training course for trainers (TOT) organized by Syria Media School at Rozana Foundation’s headquarters in Gaziantep, southern Turkey.

Owaies Akkad, one of the trainers, stated to Rozana that, “a number of obstacles have been overcome, including the weakness of the Internet connexion in Syria and the lack of equipment”. Akkad added that the training was a personal challenge for each trainee to develop his/her own skills and deliver good quality reports.

The online training follows the first part of the workshop held last February as part of the 2018 training project in partnership with the Asfari Foundation and the Danish International Media Support (IMS).

Rozana CEO and Director of the Training Program, Lina Chawaf, stated that the two-part training, organized by Rozana, aims at providing the Syrian media institutions with a qualified and well-trained staff, which will contribute into enhancing and developing media production in general.

She added that the second part of the training program related to the Syrian interior, is a step to develop the skills of citizen journalists at home, as they have become the mainstay of media work in Syria after 2011.

Rozana Media Foundation was launched in 2013. It includes a radio broadcast on the FM in Gaziantep, Turkey, and Online. The Foundation also has a website and a studio in Paris in addition to a training centre.

2018-04-04 Uncategorized0


The training center of Rozana Media Foundation has completed a training session entitled “Press Freedom and Ethics.. Experiments and Comparisons”. It is the second training program the center has organized for the current year.


Twelve journalists and citizen journalists, all of whom are inside Syria, have benefited from the online training. They were trained for two consecutive days. During the training, two trainers, Mais Katt and Lujain Al-Haj Youssef, adopted a curriculum that focuses on trainings and practical examples in order to apply the theoretical ideas related to journalism ethics in the field of fieldwork in the press and facilitate the delivery of ideas to trainees.


Rozana has trained dozens of journalists during the past year and has completed a training session for trainers this year as part of a project under the auspices of Asfari Foundation and the International Media Support Organization in order to hire professional journalist trainers who would be capable of training their fellow journalists, improving the competencies of Syrian journalists, and strengthening skills and knowledge as regards the profession.


Rozana is planning to organize several press training sessions this year with the help of distinctive Syrian journalism training staff.

2017-07-04 Uncategorized0


Radio Rozana won the second prize of the Migration Media Award (MMA) for the Euro-Mediterranean Region among Arab radio stations, for one of the episodes of the vox program broadcasted from the Paris studio.

The award was given to the significant news presented in the episode entitled “Organ Trade … Its Secrets and links to refugees” from the vox program, which is prepared and presented by the journalist Soulafa Lababidi, who has been working in the field of media for more than ten years.

The festival management is holding a special award ceremony on the island of Malta on 14 June.

Radio Rozana participated in the competition with three topics related to Syrian refugees, produced by journalists working for the foundation

The submitted journalistic materials were subjected to an eligibility examination, then the content was evaluated and scored by the jury and finally came the selection process, so the work was done with the institutions and journalists producing the winning materials.

This prize is awarded to informative materials that address the issue of migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region in all its aspects.

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