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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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2020-12-16 Uncategorized0

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Rozana’s trainers continue, together with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Facebook Journalism Project, to provide training for journalists in the Middle East and North Africa, mainly on video and mobile journalism. The workshops were held in the Arabic language and lasted for six weeks.

 

After the first webinar held on 12 November as part of the ICFJ’s training sessions on mobile and video journalism, which was initiated by the trainer at the Rozana Media Development Center (RMD) Syrian journalist Mais Katt, who provided instructions and methods for journalists on how to use mobile phones to produce journalistic content, the ICFJ organised a second webinar on Thursday, 19 November that lasted for two hours and witnessed the participation and interaction of 370 journalists from the Middle East and North Africa.

The fourth session was held for two hours on 3 December, with the participation of 311 journalists and students, during which Darwish provided practical advice on mobile journalism and information on the tools used to prepare journalistic reports using mobile phones, while stressing the importance of paying attention to sound quality when preparing reports with a mobile phone and recommended using an external microphone to record the audio.

Darwish mentioned a number of microphones that can be used to enhance and purify sound, including the ones used in interviews, such as the BOYA wireless microphone, which he referred to as a good option because of its capacity to record good quality sound at a moderate cost.

Darwish also recommended the Rode microphone, which is his favourite and the one he used to produce the report that won the Thomson Foundation Award. However, the trainer noted that this microphone is a bit more expensive, while presenting a number of devices suitable for the different conditions of the shooting location. Hence, in case the journalist could not use the external microphone, Darwish recommended using the phone’s speaker to record.

The journalist also referred to the importance of using a tripod when starting to shoot the story and stressed that the first step is to choose the right phone mount, while presenting some of the recommended tripods with mentioning their advantages and other details regarding the devices’ weight, capacities and prices.

He indicated that the heavy weight of some good tripods constitutes a disadvantage, unless the devices can offer more stability, in addition to introducing the Flexible Tripod, which is a small rubber stand that is both flexible and affordable; in addition to recommending the Manfrotto and the Regetek tripods.

After introducing the aforementioned tools, Darwish went on to talk about other gadgets used for motion photography, noting that using these tools are easy, useful, and allow the journalist to take photos like a professional cinematographer.

He explained that scenes captured using the motion tools are usually horizontal shots, saying that the latest versions of Osmo Mobile also allow taking vertical shots.

Darwish presented devices manufactured by Zhiyun and Osmo companies and talked about their capabilities, features and prices, in addition to demonstrating an example of taking shots with motion tools in a video report broadcast by RTE TV.

On the other hand, participants asked questions about the different tools that were presented and the best ways to use it, while Darwish explained that each report needs specific tools, depending on the shooting conditions. He pointed out that not all of the aforementioned tools are necessary for each journalistic report, but there are always two important tools, which are the microphone and the tripod.

Darwish presented smartphone brands available in the market that can be bought from stores or online and can assist journalists in preparing their reports, pointing out that the latest generation of smartphones is advanced; hence, journalists should look for the right features that may assist them in preparing reports such as battery lifespan and storage space.

The journalist said that as long as the camera (or cameras) has a good quality, good reports can be produced using a mobile phone and with the help of the tools he mentioned earlier. The participants were very interested in the aforementioned devices and asked if these tools are available in Arab countries.

 

As for external lenses that can be attached to the mobile phone, Darwish recommended using Moment lenses.

 

With regard to lighting, the first piece of advice was to photograph outside whenever possible, but if the journalist had to conduct an interview indoors, spotlighting devices like the Manfrotto could be used to improve lighting.

 

Darwish concluded his presentation by talking about some useful applications that can be uploaded on mobile phone, including FilmicPro, which is a paid app and one of its most important features is the ability to emphasise focus and lighting.

 

He explained that the application allows shooting videos with different screen sizes and even in portrait mode, which is useful when producing Instagram and Facebook reports.

 

Darwish also recommended the Adobe Premiere Rush montage app for iPhone and Android users, as well as Lumafusion and iMovie, which are available for download on iPhone.

 

It is noteworthy that the training sessions were held online, 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).



2020-12-12 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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2020-12-01 Uncategorized0

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Trainer at the Rozana Media Development Center (RMD), Journalist Mais Katt, continues to train journalists from the Middle East and North Africa with the aim of honing their skills in digital journalism.

Among the most important skills Katt provided are news verification methods, storytelling tools, digital safety for journalists, methods of public engagement and other topics that contribute to the development of journalistic work.

After the first webinar held on 12 November as part of the new training sessions launched by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) on mobile and video journalism, the centre organised a second webinar on Thursday 19 November which lasted for two hours and witnessed the participation and interaction of 370 journalists from the Middle East and North Africa.

During the 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 (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 visual stories are reaching a greater number of audiences, which brings to the fore the importance of learning video story production skills nowadays.

 

The trainer 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 as 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 working on it. She also urged the participants 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 producing 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 methods 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 integrating “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 the publication of the video.”

 

The trainer continued: “Many stories do not end 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).


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2020-11-19 Uncategorized0

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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).



2020-11-14 Uncategorized0

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Rozana Media Foundation participated in the “Last chance for media pluralism” conference in Luxembourg

Rozana’s Executive Director, Lina Shawaf, discussed in a speech she delivered during the conference, held last October, the importance of community media, especially in conflict zones such as Syria.

Shawaf also referred to Rozana’s experience during the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis, which has been sweeping the world since the beginning of 2020.

During her participation in the conference, Rozana’s Executive Director presented many reports and programs, produced and broadcasted by Rozana platform, since the eruption of the pandemic.

The “Last chance for media pluralism” conference was sponsored by Radio ARA, broadcasting its programs on FM waves and via the Internet, which is considered the voice of all immigrants in Luxembourg with their different languages ​​and cultures.

It is noteworthy that Rozana Media Foundation is a member of the Community Media Forum Europe (CMFE), and is part of the forum’s board of directors.


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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.



2020-11-06 Uncategorized0

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Rozana Media Foundation has welcomed a group of Syrian journalists, based in France, to delve into the experience of working in integrated newsrooms.

 

During two weeks, a number of journalists participated in this workshop, during which they learned about the differences between traditional newsrooms and the flow of news work in the integrated newsroom.

 

The training workshops were moderated by editor-in-chief of Rozana Radio, Loujain Haj Youssef.

Loujain Haj Youssef said that “Rozana has been utilizing the integrated newsroom model since 2016, and our staff have been trained to master multiple skills to produce journalistic content that can be suitable for the institution’s various platforms.”

 

Loujain Haj Youssef added: “We present an opportunity to journalists during the training to learn how to implement a successful media integration strategy in the newsroom while maintaining the work quality and providing additional news coverage, in addition to benefiting from the expertise of Rozana Media Foundation, which have been accumulated over the past years in different fields (strategy – motivating journalists – planning).

 

The editor-in-chief advises media institutions to work on building integrated newsrooms according to available resources, while making sure to apply quality standards to the topics published online.

 

Rozana’s expertise in adopting the integrated newsroom model is one of the few experiences in Syria, amid prominent challenges, most notably the journalists’ lack of necessary skills to keep up with technological developments and the absence of adequate technical infrastructure.


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