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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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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).



2020-12-05 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.



2020-11-06 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.



2020-11-02 Uncategorized0

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The Rozana Media Development Centre (RMD) is working, in cooperation with the Danish International Media Support (IMS), with Yemeni media organizations to develop Yemen’s humanitarian journalism, through direct training and long-term support.

 

In this training, the team of trainers at Rozana Foundation offers a summary of their expertise in press coverage of the humanitarian situation in Syria, as one of the most prominent areas of conflict since years, to support Yemeni media institutions and journalists in providing press content and media coverage of humanitarian issues, including individual humanitarian stories, and solutions journalism, with different modules and modes compatible with modern media platforms, through which radios reach the largest segment of the audience.

 

The training targets the experts and press teams in the Yemeni radio stations: The Yemen Times, Seiyun Radio, Al-Ittihadiya, Radio Lana, which are located in different regions of Yemen, and operate as community radios that aspire to improve the humanitarian situation of civilians in Yemen through the establishment of humanitarian journalism units prioritizing human journalism in the next phase.

 

Journalists and trainers Lina Al-Shawaf, Mais Katt, Loujain Haj Youssef, Mounir Al-Ayoubi, Mohsen Ibrahim and Tamam Al-Moubayed, with the support of Ahmed Jebali, will provide structured training, which is designed to meet the needs of each of the aforementioned radios separately.

 

The training will be adapted to suit the capabilities, needs and target audience of these Yemeni media establishments, in order to promote their editorial policies and journalistic code of ethics.

 

The training will also cover studying journalism and media institutions’ crisis response strategies, and the types, modes and topics of media content, as well as to the best practices related to field coverage and the safety of the radio team and correspondents.

 

The RMD professional trainers provide training services to establishments and individuals, including institutions and journalists in Syria, North Africa, Yemen, Libya and Iraq, in cooperation with leading Arab and international organizations that support free media in the Arab World.



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.



2020-05-02 Uncategorized0

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The project includes a ten-month free online training program, which aims to hone the professional skills of journalists and enable them to enhance their ability to produce professional content.

 

The project targets journalists and citizen journalists working in the Arab region (Syria, Yemen, Gaza, Sudan), given the difficulty of receiving journalistic training via methods other than communicating via the Internet.

 

The training program consists of 11 courses, the topics of which revolve around on the basics of journalistic thinking, media ethics and principles, risk assessment and security conditions, as well as research methodologies, news production, and digital journalism.

 

The training will also focus on creative journalistic writing, visual narration, interview techniques, publishing on social media, and constructive journalism, in addition to transitional justice and journalism, and journalism and trauma.

 

Rozana Media Foundation will participate in the project by producing an educational animation video collection, which helps to clarify the content of the journalistic training exercises, and provides information in a smooth and understandable way for the participating students.

 

Rozana team has previously produced animation and motion graphics in partnership with media outlets and international organizations such as UNICEF, BBC Media Action and Relief International.

 

Rozana has also organized, since 2014, many workshops and training sessions for Syrian and Arab journalists and citizens, under the supervision of professional Syrian, Arab and foreign journalists.

 

It is noteworthy that, in 2014, the Rozana Media Foundation established a training center, which is equipped with the necessary tools and instruments to realize audio-visual and written media content productions.

 

Additionally, the foundation publishes media content through its website and radio broadcast (FM) and online.

 

To apply for the training program, please click here.



2020-04-27 Uncategorized0

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The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) published an investigation prepared by the Rozana Media Foundation entitled Jahim Ala Al-Yabisa (Hell on the Ground), which reveals hidden secrets about the prisons of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), formerly Jabhat Al-Nusra.

 

The investigation was published on the network’s website as part of the Weekly Muckraker Guide, which is usually followed by prominent investigative journalists.

 

The investigation was produced with the participation of colleague Mais Katt and journalist Nael Al-Ahmad, as part of the Syria in Depth project, sponsored by a grant from the British Guardian Foundation and the International Media Support Foundation (IMS).

 

The investigation presents the testimonies of men and women about their stories and touching experiences in the HTS prisons and horrifying cellars.

 

The investigation also displays, using modern graphic tools, the methods of torture that the HTS detainees were subjected to, in addition to an accurate visual depiction of Al-Iqab Prison, the terrorist organization’s most infamous prison in Syria.

 

The GIJN is one of the most important organizations that support in-depth journalism and provides investigative tools for interested journalists around the world.

 

Rozana has previously participated in the completion of investigations like the Panama Papers, the Russian Laundromat, and the European Weapons, along with Arab and international media organizations.


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