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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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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).


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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.



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.



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.


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