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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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2020-12-16 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).



2020-11-14 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.



2019-02-24 Uncategorized0

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Rozana Media Foundation started working on a project, along with the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), to support Syrian women and girls, and provide them with media platforms; a space through which they can voice their concerns.

 

Rozana and the UNDEF’s joint project aims to promote the role of women in local communities and support their rights in order to increase their participation in social, political, and cultural life in Syria nowadays and in the future.

 

Rozana will be responsible for producing information and press materials that give voice to these women through all its platforms, highlighting the way Syrian females contributed to the production process.  Thereby, the foundation will provide a large and free media space for all of these women to express their opinions and talk about their stories and experiences in different aspects of their lives.

 

UNDEF supports projects that voice out civil society, promote the rule of law and human rights, and encourage all groups to contribute and participate in democratic processes. Established in 2005 by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the Fund is the United Nations’ only project with the word “democracy” displayed in its name.  It is the only body whose main purpose is to support democracy through empowering civil society. The fund is also one of the UN’s most recent projects.



2018-11-14 Uncategorized0

 

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Enab Baladi newspaper and Rozana radio have, early in November 2018, signed a memorandum of cooperation, seeking to empower both entities and enhance collaborative action among Syrian media outlets.

 

Signing the memorandum followed a strategic planning workshop, conducted by the two entities in Istanbul last July, at a managerial level, through which the professional and organizational reality of the two outlets was analyzed, while the challenges facing the Syrian media and the various contexts under which it functions were studied.

 

During the workshop, the objectives and visions of Enab Baladi and Rozana were reviewed, their plans and programs were discussed, and suggestions were made as to develop and expand them.

 

According to the memorandum, this cooperation aims at the following:

 

Encouraging collaboration among local media entities.

Coordinating the efforts which increase access to the Syrian audience.

Developing the media and administrative abilities and boosting the professional capacity of both entities.

Organizing joint events, forums and workshops.

Enhancing the professional, administrative and financial independence of both entities.

Developing domestic policies and professional guides of both entities.

The cooperation between the two outlets includes, training and production, media and advertisement exchange, and the organization of media-related events and activities.

 

The two parties have built their agreement depending on the “no-cost cooperation” principle, as to utilize the human and innovative resources available at both entities, which is considered an advantageous economic model, based on free exchange of content, expertise and services.

 

The Executive Director of the Rozana Radio Lina Chawaf, said: “Cooperation between the Syrian media outlets, under these circumstances, enhances the effect they have on the world’s public opinion and the Syrian public opinion.”

 

The goal of this agreement “is to realize a free independent journalism and preserve the freedom of expression,” she added.

 

About the relation that this cooperation has with the challenges facing the independent Syrian media, on top of which is the cuts imposed on the provided funding, Chawaf declared that agreements of this type reduce costs and decrease the expenses of operation and production of the collaborating entities.

 

She hopes that the agreement succeeds to meet its goals and that Rozana with Enab Baladi be able to launch larger and more effective events, which separately they could not achieve.

 

Jawad Sharbaji, director-in-chief of Enab Baladi newspaper, believes that the agreement achieves immediate benefits for both parties, within a media environment that is striving with challenges and pressure. He is “optimistic” about the success of this cooperation and whishes that its outcome, at the end result, lie in “the interest of the independent Syrian media”.

 

He called for further networking among Syrian media outlets at different levels, pointing out to the successful cooperation which Enab Baladi had with Syrian newspapers and radios in the past years.

 

In the memorandum, the two parties have committed themselves to advancing a “professional and ethical” model of cooperation, which betters the image of the Syrian media, depending on transparency and respect for journalism’s professional conventions, most importantly the “Ethical Charter for Syrian Media.”

 

The two outlets work with a network of reporters and journalists inside Syria and abroad, several of whom received local and international awards for what they offered the new Syrian media.

 

Enab Baladi newspaper was founded in December 2011 in the city of Darayya, rural Damascus, with the efforts of a number of media activists. It is an independent Syrian media organization, presenting a 24-hour coverage through its interactive and multilingual website. Additionally, it issues a printed weekly, political, social and diversified printed version, along with several active social media accounts and other services.

 

The Rozana Media Foundation was launched in 2013 from Paris and then Gaziantep by a group of Syrian media personalities; it is an independent Syrian media organization. It includes FM radio broadcasts in the Turkish city of Gaziantep and parts of northern Syria, 24 hours a day. The Foundation also has a website in Arabic and English, a number of social media accounts, studios in Gaziantep and Paris, as well as a training center equipped with modern technologies in Gaziantep.



2018-11-07 Uncategorized0

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Rozana Media Foundation is participating in the eleventh ARIJ Investigative Journalism Forum, which will be held at the end of this month at the Dead Sea resort in Jordan for a period of three days.

Rozana competes with an investigative investigation that exposes the corruption of military recruitment departments in Syria. The investigation was produced in the editorial room of Rozana by colleague Malek Al-Hafez, and is participating in the ARIJ Investigative Journalism competition for the category of written investigations.

The forum, organized by the awards-winning Arab Reporters Network for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), is expected to attract more than 400 media professionals and investigative experts from the region and the world to benefit from 50 training sessions and workshops to explore how technology and digital tools can improve research and coverage methods, which are pivotal for strong accountability journalism.

The 2018 Forum is titled “The Future of Investigative Journalism: Trends, Tools and Technology Systems,” which are issues of immense importance amid the rapid development of digital tools.

The forum offers training workshops on blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, fact-checking, physical safety rules and cybersecurity, as well as online investigation tools, understanding and analysing company records, and virtual reality, in addition to new trends of data journalism and storytelling, and other headlines about mobile journalism and podcasting.

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn how to combine traditional journalism and media technology.



2018-09-19 Uncategorized0

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Radio Rozana won the third award among Arab nominees for Media Migration competition in the Euro-Mediterranean Region for the story entitled Susan’s Story: Four Migrations and Announced Death delivered by Paris Studio.

 

The second edition of the Migration Media Award awarded 41 journalists from 18 countries for their excellent journalistic skills in dealing with the topic of migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region. An international jury of 14 senior professional journalists assessed more than 200 applications.

 

The Editor-in-Chief, Loujein Haj Youssef received the award today during a ceremony held in Carthage, Tunisia, for the category of web journalism and Arabic language.

“Radio Rozana” won the competition thanks to the story Susan’s Story: Four Migrations and Announced Death written by Loujein Haj Youssef, who has been working in the media sector for more than 12 years. The award was granted to the original female author of the story, for how much courageous she was to tell details about her own life, and to Syrian women, who are the most vulnerable party in the conflict in Syria.

 

In the six categories of video, print, online, photo, multimedia or radio in the English, French or Arabic languages, the winning entries feature fact-based and impartial reporting on the complexity of migration, its many challenges and opportunities.

 

The Ambassador of the European Union in Tunisia, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Malta, the Director General of the Migration Policy Development Center, the Executive Director of the European Asylum Support Office, and the Director of Development at the Thomson Company, attended at the ceremony.

Rozana Radio received the second prize in the Media Migration Award ceremony in the “Euro-Mediterranean Region” among the nominated Arab radios for the radio program “Fox” presented by Soulafa Lababidi.

 

This award has been granted given the negative effects the current discourse had on migration in Europe and all over the world during the past decade. This situation calls for a review of the methods of gathering, sharing, and disseminating data among different actors. This has a major impact on migration policies and the perceptions of public opinion.

 

The Migration Media Award is an EU-funded journalism competition bringing together four partners based on the initiative of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).

 

The programmes EUROMED Migration IV and OPEN Media Hub, funded by the EU, developed the scheme in partnership with the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) and Malta’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion.



2018-09-06 Uncategorized0

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In cooperation with the Norwegian Institute of Journalism, Rozana Media Institution, organized a workshop on “Video Production and Storyboards Creation”. The 3rd and 4th of September, were two successive working days in the storyboards creation workshop at the Rozana office in Gaziantep, Turkey. This event was attended by professional Syrian journalists who have different experiences in the field of video production and the management of reporter photographer teams in several Syrian media institutions.

 

Syrian journalists were trained by the Danish journalist Torben Shaw, the Norwegian journalist Frudeh Rikf, with the presence of the director of the digital media department at Rozana Media Institution, Mais Katt.

 

In an interview with Rozana, journalist Frudeh Rikf said “the Norwegian Institute of Journalism is a center specialized in training professional journalists. We started working with Rozana Media Institution three years ago and this is the fifth training that we have planned together.” He added: “At the Norwegian Institute of Journalism we rely on professional coaches who train European journalists or journalists in the Middle East in the same way. However, we use different forms that are commensurate with the nature of each group’s work, taking into account the societal differences and the differing field press working conditions.”

 

The training workshop focused the creation of the press storyboard in modern ways, planning the filming, writing the scenario, selecting the appropriate and effective shots, and the most important ways of communication with the correspondents who are responsible for working on filming and dealing with the filmed raw materials.

 

In his commentary on the method he adopted during the workshop, Coach Torben Shaw said: “For me, storytelling  has to do with feelings. As journalists, we have to show joy and sadness and we have to learn the little tricks to attract the audience to follow our stories and to influence them.” Torben also says that this is the first time that he participated in training Syrian journalists: “All  thetrainees are highly experienced, they have previous practical experiences, which helped us to avoid  the simple basic information process. Everyone was integrated into the training and interested in the information provided … it was a unique experience for me.”

 

The training was attended by Syrian journalists who work as video editors at Rozana Media Institution and other Syrian institutions such as the Syrian Journalists Association, Enab Baladi newspaper, the Syrian Women’s Network, and Lamba Media Production. Amar, one of the trainees who were interviewed by Rozana, said “The training has changed  my conception about  press storyboard creation. We get very interesting subjects from reporters, but we make some mistakes in dealing with them as filmed raw materials. I have learned how to draw a filming plan in details so that the reporter would be surrounded with all the details that, in my opinion, are important to produce the required video while respecting his ideas and his own plan.”

 

For more than four years, Rozana Media Institution has trained dozens of Syrian journalists and citizens through workshops and trainings that have covered various media arts. It is expected that a training course will be organized to complete developing the video production skills in November.



2018-08-20 Uncategorized0

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Rozana Media Foundation announces providing the following logistic services to international and local organizations and companies at its headquarters in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, Turkey,:

 

A training centre, equipped with all necessary equipment, to train at least 30 trainees.

A photography studio equipped for normal and chroma photography and for satellite transmission for TV channels.

A sound studio equipped for all types of audio recording for programs, songs, and advertising and awareness campaigns.

 

For further inquiries, please contact us via email:

rozana.fm@rozana.fm

Or at:

00905550032888


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