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2021-04-08 Uncategorized0

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Rozana Media Foundation and MIDMAR signed a memorandum of understanding and partnership in the field of administrative, media development and cooperation with the aim of executing planned projects of common interest.

Rozana Media Foundation and MIDMAR signed a memorandum of understanding and partnership in the field of administrative, media development and cooperation with the aim of executing planned projects of common interest in the middle east and the Arab world.

MIDMAR is a non-governmental and non-profit organization, registered in Gaziantep (Turkey), which works on empowering individuals and communities affected by crises, with a special focus on Syria, the Middle East and the Arab World, in addition to host societies and Syrian Diaspora in different countries around the globe.

(Mr. Abdel Rahim Jamal – Director of MIDMAR Organization)

Rozana is a community media institution that seeks to delve into social issues and operates independently from political and religious agendas, while presenting a variety of programs that discuss the preoccupations and problems of Syria and the Syrian people, and provide a space for the expression of different points of view.

Meanwhile, Rozana Media Foundation works in cooperation with (RAM ) for  Media Development  to empower individuals and organizations operating in the media field and civil society.

 

(Ms. Lina Al-Shawaf – Executive Director of Rozana Media Foundation)

Rozana Media Foundation and MIDMAR share a set of objectives and values that aim at developing local organizations and Syrian institutions.


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2021-03-16 Uncategorized0

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Rozana Media Foundation announces the name of the winner of the logo design competition for the Rozana Media Development website, which will be launched soon.

After matching the viewpoints of the Rozana jury regarding the logos participating in the competition, which exceeded 24 designs, candidate Tarek Al-Youssef was selected as the winner.

The competition was announced in November 2020 by Rozana Media Foundation, and its conditions included that the design idea has to be new, unique and not inspired from other designs, and that the logo should be suitable for the activity of the RMD website.

The RMD website provides journalism training services, communication skills, and support and development services for newsrooms and media organizations.

The website also offers media content production services, as well as research and media consulting in various specializations.

Over the previous years, Rozana has organized dozens of training sessions for Syrian journalists, both inside Syria and in countries of asylum, as well as for Arab journalists and media institutions in several countries, including Yemen, Iraq and Libya.

Rozana Media Development Center provides, through its professional trainers, training services to journalists as individuals and to Syrian and Arab institutions in cooperation with leading Arab and international organizations that support free media in the Arab World.


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2021-03-04 Uncategorized0

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Rozana Media Development Center (RMD) organized a training session aimed at forging skills of appearing in media platforms and techniques for communicating the message through media.

Ten women and men from Tastakil organization participated in the training workshop, under the supervision of Rozana’s Executive Director Lina Shawaf and Program Director Munir Al-Ayoubi.

The training focused on several axes, including the definition of the types and pitches of sound and vocal colouring skills, in addition to applying exercises to improve sound quality and letter outputs.

The training also dealt with the effects of body language, such as the manner of sitting and hand movements, in improving the skills of making a media appearance, as well as identifying the skills of effective visual communication with the audience, the camera and the interviewing journalist.

The training included practical exercises for the trainees through conducting video interviews with them, appearing in front of the camera, and recording their voices.

The Tastakil organization is a group of civilian, non-political and non-profit organizations that aim to support and empower women in all fields.

The RMD provides, through its professional trainers, training services to institutions and individuals alike, most notably for Syrian journalists and institutions in North Africa, Yemen, Libya and Iraq, in cooperation with leading Arab and international organizations that support free media in the Arab World.


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2021-01-06 Uncategorized0

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The Rozana Media Development Center (RMD) participated in training journalists from the Middle East and North Africa to hone their skills in digital journalism, the most important of which are methods of information verification, storytelling tools, digital security for journalists, methods of public engagement and other topics that contribute to the development of journalistic work.

 

This training program was held in cooperation with the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) and its Social Media Solutions Program. The ICFJ and the Facebook Journalism Project launched a series of training webinars in Arabic on video and mobile journalism over a period of six weeks, from 12 November to December 2020.

 

After the first webinar held on 12 November as part of the ICFJ training sessions, initiated by the trainer at the Rozana Media Development Center (RMD) Journalist Mais Katt, who provided guidelines and instructions for journalists on how to use mobile phones in the production of journalistic content, the ICFJ organised on Thursday the second webinar, which lasted for two hours on 19 November and witnessed the  participation of 370 male and female journalists from the Middle East and North Africa.

 

During the second webinar, Egyptian journalist Mustafa Darwish detailed the advantages of using mobile phone in news reporting, including the low cost of equipment compared to expensive professional cameras and the expenses of hiring a camera crew, in addition to the quality of  mobile phones’ cameras, the convenience of filming and moving to different locations, which also helps protect the journalist, in addition to the quick access to live broadcasting and sending materials via smartphones.

 

In the fourth session, Mustafa Darwish provided practical advice on mobile journalism and information on the tools used to produce news reports using the mobile phone, while stressing the importance of paying attention to the sound quality when preparing reports using a mobile phone and recommended using an external microphone to record the audio.

 

The fifth session, facilitated by journalist Sarah Hoteit on 16 December, was attended by 295 journalists from all over the world, during which she spoke about the process of producing and editing videos using mobile phones.

The sixth and final session, entitled Social Media Platforms Solutions, was held on Thursday 17 December with the participation of 269 journalists and activists around the globe.

The training was delivered by journalist and media expert Sarah Hoteit, who started by talking about the importance of live broadcasting, pointing out that the Covid 19 pandemic crisis has led to a significant increase in the use of live broadcasts.

Hoteit also noted that the importance and attractiveness of live broadcasting emanate from its “immediate and instantaneous” aspects, as there is a growing interest in knowing what is happening during a particular moment, in addition to the fact that the spontaneity of live broadcasting is one of the factors that attract the public.

Hoteit added that interacting with the audience during these live videos increases its popularity and creates a bond between the person appearing in the video and the audience, explaining that planning the broadcast is very important, despite the fact that spontaneity is one of its defining features.

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).


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2020-12-20 Uncategorized0

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The digital department director at Radio Rozana Mais Katt continues to train journalists from the Middle East and North Africa region in order to hone their skills in digital journalism. Among the most important skills that Katt offered were methods of verifying information, storytelling tools, journalist’s cybersecurity, ways to engage the audience, and other skills that contribute to developing the journalistic material.

 

After the first webinar that was held on 12 November as part of the International Center for Journalists’ new training series on mobile and video journalism, which was inaugurated by the Syrian journalist Mais Katt, director of the digital department at Radio Rozana, who provided instructions and methods for journalists on how to use mobile phones to produce press content, the International Center for Journalists organized a second two-hour webinar on Thursday 19 November, with the participation and interaction of 370 journalists from the Middle East and North Africa.

 

During the training workshop entitled “How to build your visual story…start with the idea and do not stop after publishing,” Katt touched on several points, including the different stages of forming the idea, choosing the angle, the storyboard, interviews, the use of music, the publishing plan, as well as the continuation of the story events after publishing the video. 

 

At the start of the training session, Katt indicated that the visual content industry has greatly developed in recent years and the visual stories are reaching a greater number of audiences, which brings to the fore the importance of learning video story production skills nowadays. 

 

Katt explained that the visual story producers may use both video and pictures in their reports and that he/she can add animation and graphic elements to help the audience understand the content of the story. 

 

Katt brought up some of the questions that journalists should raise during the first stage of the work and before resuming the production process, such as: “What is the story you want to tell? How is it structured? Who are the heroes of the story? Who is your target audience in general?” Where will the material be published?  

 

Journalists should be concise as possible when writing the text of the visual story, said Katt, who provided several examples of distinguished graphic stories that the participants admired and asked for links to re-watch them.

 

The journalist also stressed the importance of analyzing the idea, in case it carries a new and creative concept, and that journalists should sense if the editor would agree to it. She also urged the participants in the session to present their ideas to the editor in an accurate and concise manner and use clear terminology. 

 

Moving on to outlining the storyboard plan, Katt explained that drawing an outline to sort out the visualization of the video story contributes to organised ideas. She presented a model for a work plan and explained how to use it, noting that “when journalists go to filming locations, they may encounter surprising changes in the filming plan which they must adjust to, however, these surprises will be less stressful and easy to overcome when the work is planned in advance.”

 

While talking about how to conduct interviews, Katt recommended that journalists ask the guests open-ended questions and in different ways in order to get clear answers.

 

Similarly, Katt highlighted the importance of making use of the power of music, that is, to use appropriate music while producing the story, instead of “monotonous music all through the video.”

 

Finally, when the publishing stage comes, “the publishing plan and video promotion are almost as important as content production,” said Katt, explaining the need for post-publication follow up, that is, “the stories that take place after publication.” 

 

She continued: “Many stories do not stop after the video is broadcasted, as publishing the story may bring about changes to people’s lives,” and at the end of the session, Katt suggested that journalists should produce new stories that highlight the changes that happened because of the story after being published. 

 

It is noteworthy that the training sessions were 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). The training workshops will be held weekly and will include interactive lectures with highly experienced trainers. 

 

Mais Katt is a journalist and expert in digital journalism and co-founder of Radio Rozana and the Rozana Media Development Center (RMD). Katt has trained many Syrian and Arab journalists and gave lectures on digital journalism and the digital and visual narration of journalistic stories. She has also worked in the field of investigative journalism with Arab and international institutions to prepare in-depth projects focusing on the Middle East and Syria in particular.



2020-12-12 Uncategorized0

 

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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.

 

 

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2020-12-12 Uncategorized0

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“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.



2020-12-05 Uncategorized0

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Rozana Media Development Center (RMD) is working, in cooperation with the Humanitarian Aid and Journalism organization (AHJ), on a new project entitled Makanati.

 

The project mainly aims at training journalism and media female students in Erbil, northern Iraq, to ​​write audio content for podcast platforms, through direct training online and via the Zoom platform.

 

This training is provided by trainer Lina Shawaf who provides her accumulated experience in radio formats and various audio models, which are suitable for modern platforms such as podcasts.

 

The training targets female journalists from several cities in Iraq, who are looking forward to achieving a bright future in journalism and media, and addressing women’s issues in their society.

 

Shaida Hosami, Founder and General-Manager at AHJ and Chief Supervisor at Makanati project, said that the “Makanati in Media” project was launched in Yemen and Iraq in early September 2020, and is aimed at empowering women facing exclusion and gender inequality, especially in the fields of journalism and media.

 

The Makanati project seeks to give women their true and well deserved place in the media sector, in addition to helping them achieve a stronger presence in community life generally.

 

Hosami added that the Makanati project is “from women and to women,” as it started now to train female students and graduates of journalism and media with the aim of sharpening their skills and support them to produce independent media content away from community censorship, in addition to assist them in overcoming all the challenges that they may encounter as women in the societies of countries like Yemen and Iraq.

 

“Makanati in the Media” project looks forward to pushing social change forward through the most important means, which is media.

 

Hosami concluded that the Makanati project is supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by CFI, in cooperation with AHJ and local partners, namely the Studies and Economic Media Center (SEMC) and the Iraqi Women Journalist’s Forum (IWJF).

 

Rozana Media Development Center provides, through its professional trainers, training services to institutions and individuals alike, most notably for Syrian journalists and institutions or in North Africa, Yemen, Libya and Iraq, in cooperation with leading Arab and international organizations that support free media in the Arab World.


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2020-11-11 Uncategorized0

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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) offers a series of journalistic trainings in Arabic on social media solutions and mobile journalism.

 

Our colleague, Mais Katt, of the Rozana Development Centre, will provide two of the six consecutive trainings. Journalists who attend the six “webinars” will receive a certificate of completion of training, provided by the ICFJ.

 

The training targets journalists in the MENA region, and lasts six weeks, from November to December, in the form of weekly webinars for the specified period.

 

Prominent journalists and experts from the Arab World will participate in the training to provide a summary of their knowledge and expertise through educational interactive sessions on journalistic solutions on social media, and video and mobile journalism, which has become of utmost importance for Journalists to reach different segments of the audience, and using mobile phones to create content, as the vast majority of users watch it on mobiles as well.

 

Do not miss the opportunity to attend the training and obtain the certificate, all you have to do is fill in the following form.

 

A member of the ICFJ will contact you with details on how to access and participate in the webinars.



2020-09-27 Uncategorized0

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In a collaboration between the French Agency for Media Development (CFI), and the Humanitarian Aid and Journalism organization(AHJ), and with the support of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. a virtual seminar is organized to launch a project “Makanati”.

 

The “Makanati” project encourages a wider participation of women in Iraqi and Yemeni societies and a better understanding by the local population of the challenges they face, particularly through the production and dissemination of information about women.

 

It also aims to raise awareness among journalists and future journalists of the subject of gender equality in the media and women’s rights.

 

In 28-29 September 2020 ،The “Makanati” Seminar consists of 4 sessions, on Zoom platform in French and Arabic with English and Kurdish translations.

 

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The journalist, Lina Al-Shawaf, will participate in moderating one of the discussion sessions in the seminar, namely: “Media and Gender in Iraq and Yemen: Analysis of the situation”.

 

The main objective of this seminar, is to create a constructive dialogue between 100 journalists and experts in media and gender, as well as with activists and students in journalism, or representatives of civil society organizations and governmental organizations about the current role of women in media in Iraq and Yemen today.

 

The seminar will examine the latest developments, difficulties and challenges that are encountered, and will shed light on existing initiatives as well as sharing concepts and building a common vision of the “place” women should have in the Media in their respective countries, and within their specific contexts.


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