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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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2021-03-04 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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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.


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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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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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2020-11-14 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.



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.



2020-05-02 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.


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