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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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2020-12-01 Uncategorized0

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

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

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

During the workshop entitled How to build your visual story…start with the idea and do not stop after publishing, Katt touched on several points, including the different stages of forming the idea, choosing the angle (storyboard), interviews, the use of music, the publishing plan, as well as the continuation of the story events after publishing the video.

 

At the start of the training session, Katt indicated that the visual content industry has greatly developed in recent years and visual stories are reaching a greater number of audiences, which brings to the fore the importance of learning video story production skills nowadays.

 

The trainer explained that the visual story producers may use both video and pictures in their reports and that he/she can add animation and graphic elements to help the audience understand the content of the story.

 

Katt brought up some of the questions that journalists should raise during the first stage of the work and before resuming the production process, such as: “What is the story you want to tell? How is it structured? Who are the heroes of the story? Who is your target audience in general?” Where will the material be published?

 

Journalists should be as concise as possible when writing the text of the visual story, said Katt, who provided several examples of distinguished graphic stories that the participants admired and asked for links to re-watch them.

 

The journalist also stressed the importance of analyzing the idea, in case it carries a new and creative concept, and that journalists should sense if the editor would agree to working on it. She also urged the participants to present their ideas to the editor in an accurate and concise manner and use clear terminology.

 

Moving on to outlining the storyboard plan, Katt explained that drawing an outline to sort out the visualization of the video story contributes to producing organised ideas.

 

She presented a model for a work plan and explained how to use it, noting that “when journalists go to filming locations, they may encounter surprising changes in the filming plan which they must adjust to, however, these surprises will be less stressful and easy to overcome when the work is planned in advance.”

 

While talking about methods to conduct interviews, Katt recommended that journalists ask the guests open-ended questions and in different ways in order to get clear answers.

 

Similarly, Katt highlighted the importance of making use of the power of music, that is, to use appropriate music while producing the story, instead of integrating “monotonous music all through the video.”

 

Finally, when the publishing stage comes, “the publishing plan and video promotion are almost as important as content production,” said Katt, explaining the need for post-publication follow up, that is, “the stories that take place after the publication of the video.”

 

The trainer continued: “Many stories do not end after the video is broadcasted, as publishing the story may bring about changes to people’s lives,” and at the end of the session, Katt suggested that journalists should produce new stories that highlight the changes that happened because of the story after being published.

 

It is noteworthy that the training sessions were held remotely, as an extension of the training of journalists in the Middle East and North Africa within the “Social Media Platforms Solutions” program, which was launched in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project and in cooperation with the Global Health Crisis Reporting Forum held by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the International Journalists’ Network (IJNet).



2020-11-06 Uncategorized0

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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2020-06-16 Uncategorized0

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Syrian journalist Mais Katt, director of the digital department at Rozana Radio, provided advice related to digital storytelling directed at investigative journalists during their coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Katt explained that in the era of digital devices and the Internet, “it has become idle for journalists to present media materials in a traditional way.” Therefore, journalists today have to think of tools that enable them to present their content in innovative ways that involve the audience in the story.

According to Katt, the coronavirus crisis has been accompanied by an abundance of information, which is rather complex and sometimes contradictory; this is why sentences alone cannot communicate all data and the journalist needs to use innovative media tools to present information to the public.

Digital storytelling is especially important in covering wars, natural disasters, epidemics and diseases, and today, the coronavirus crisis, while its tools help journalists attain their goals in a much better way, either through awareness-raising messages, the representation of numbers and statistics, and even by means of documentation, detection and tracking.

Digital storytelling (also known as visual storytelling) is the method of transforming written stories into interactive and visual digital stories. This technique is new as it became practised in the media field less than ten years ago. There are some platforms in the Arab World that use digital storytelling, such as Inkyfada from Tunisia, InfoTimes from Egypt, Drawer from Lebanon and Rozana from Syria, in addition to others.

Types of digital storytelling

A journalist needs to present information in different formats in order to make it easier for the audience to understand and possibly enjoy watching. There are different tools that suit the different capabilities and skills of the audience, i.e. some tools suit technology experts and other ones are designed for the younger generations that lack advanced knowledge about technological gadgets.

Digital storytelling is a mode of narration made specifically for digital platforms such as those on the web and found on Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube, including all forms of “stories” and mobile games. Hence, these digital modes are difficult to integrate into traditional media such as print newspapers, radio stations and or television. 

As for the easy-to-use modes, Katt referred to still images, motion images, 360 angle images, 3D images on Facebook, videos, 360 angle videos, drone camera videos, live broadcasts, interactive maps, infographics, video graphics, and motion graphics, in addition to animations, polls, and other digital modes that we can use. Of course, each template has a special style of narration that serves the purpose of communicating information in a different way than other forms.

Interactive digital storytelling is a narration mode that is based on telling the journalistic story and dealing with the audience as a recipient, reader, viewer, or actor in the story. Interacting with the story is either by clicking on the like button, sharing the post, commenting, clicking on the video and watching it, continuing to read the post, browsing the interactive map, answering questions or sharing a questionnaire, or other options if any.

According to Katt, interaction is prior or takes place automatically through “crowd sourcing”, whereby the journalist obtains the elements of his/her visual story from the audience, by asking them for pictures on a specific topic, for example, or cooperating with them in building the story; and thus the audience becomes a key party in structuring the story.

Examples of interactive digital storytelling

– An interactive file produced by colleague Ahmed Awwad from Egypt, Egyptian newspaper Al Mal News

– An investigation on Rozana website entitled Coronavirus in Syria … Distance education is a fake procedure!

– An Investigate on Rozana website entitled Syrian IDP’s: We cannot buy detergents … Our tents are made of garbage

– An interactive map on Al-Mayadeen website How the world faces coronavirus with hope

– A virtual 360 angle image:  A virtual image of Al-Oqab Prison in Syria

– 360-degree video produced by BBC, filming Mosul in 360-degree technology

– A website site that provides interactive coronavirus tests, a virtual test — Palestine Remix

– “Cognitive test” cookies in a Facebook story about coronavirus, an interactive game

– A story about George Floyd on the CBC News account on Snapchat — the story of George Floyd

– Infographic – Info video

-Motion graphics- Animation example

-Interactive digital games, the story of the Iranian journalist

What skills do you need to have in order to tell a good digital story?

It is important to know that digital storytelling is based on creating content and is not limited to a set of technical tools that can be used to tell a story. Also, having access to research and tracking information tools is essential in this process, in addition to the ability to be creative and resourceful in telling the story of your investigation, as well as to being aware of the latest technical tools available. 

Steps to produce a multimedia material using a correct language

First, choose the angle with a strategy to build the story, and then define your sources and the type of materials that you can obtain, including sounds, pictures, video, or others, if any.

Second, assess your team’s technical capabilities appropriately, set the cost, create a plan, then develop it while building your story in its written form, in addition to making sure that the work is done within an atmosphere of team spirit, and finally enjoy the result.

Third, when drafting sentences accompanying photos, videos, and infographics, make sure to always abbreviate and choose words that are direct “like an arrow”, as Mis Katt puts it. Also, stay away from demonstratives, relative nouns, and long, complex sentences.

User experience is key to the success of the interactive story

The user experience varies according to the target group, there is no single measurement that fits all groups, and based on this point, we must be keen to provide a digital experience that can be understood and interacted with, in a way that the user understands the way to watch, enjoy and interact with the material automatically without explanation or complication. An example of a suitable user experience is presented by Inkyfada, and another example of a specific target group is the article about European Weapons. 

Tools you can use:

– Websites that provide digital storytelling services: Shorthand, the example of “The grooms of cyberspace”

– Digital services website ex.co, an example from City dog website

– Google Maps services, Google online training on the use of Google Maps

– Freebpik website offers free photos, montages and graphic elements

Pixlr which is an online photo editing website

-Squaready app allows writing on photos and converting videos and images into GIFs.

– Enapseed free mobile photo editing and effects app

– Atavist allows you to create a free account and publish directly on the platform



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.



2018-12-11 Uncategorized0

 

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The Rozana team is taking new responsibilities today in addition to working in a media foundation that broadcasts news and programs through its various media platforms.

 

Our professional team offers various services, such as marketing, development, entrepreneurship, training, media and advertising production.

 

Rozana’s marketing team supports emerging businesses or companies that wish to develop their business and reach new society segments by setting up marketing departments for each company, conducting commodity purchasing behavior studies and developing accurate marketing strategies for goods and merchandises to boost profits.

 

Rozana also produces ads using the latest promotional techniques. Commercial companies that join Rozana’s Entrepreneurship Development Program receive video clips, motion graphic animations, promotional posters and stickers, or even take advantage of the creation or development of a visual brand for the company and its products.

 

Companies and organizations can benefit from the conference room located in the heart of Gaziantep and from the distinctive organizational services that Rozana Media Foundation provides. The conference room accommodates more than 30 people and is equipped with all means of assistance for large meetings or trainings, with a large terrace for breaks.

 

Rozana has a studio in Gaziantep, Turkey, and another in the French capital Paris. Our media foundation offers sound recording services (Voice Over) with voices of professionals having many years of experience in this specialty. Rozana has also a Chroma studio in Gaziantep that is suitable for satellite broadcasting and it is equipped with the most advanced technologies.

 

Rozana now offers a new footprint in the field of entrepreneurship, technical production services, advertising and media campaigns management that help entrepreneurs to develop their business using the latest international marketing and advertising techniques, supported by studios, rooms and high expertise provided by its professional team working in Turkey and Europe.

 

Rozana also offers multi-disciplinary trainings through its specialized SMS Training Center, backed with professional trainers in journalism, media, social media,marketing, and business development. Rozana Media Foundation organizes its trainings in the city of Gaziantep in Turkey or in the French capital Paris or through the latest online teaching methods to cover various disciplines.

 

For more information you can always contact us on:

rozana.fm@rozana.fm



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.



2018-11-04 Uncategorized0

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Rozana Media Foundation has agreed with the Dolphine advertising agency to join efforts in the field of advertising and news, to provide media coverage for about 7 million people inside and outside Turkey.

 

Rozana welcomed the Dolphine Agency’s request to broadcast advertisements in the Turkish, Kurdish, English and Arabic languages, in order to enrich and provide advertising services for major companies inside or outside Turkey.

 

Rozana Media Foundation and the Dolphine Agency agreed to produce advertisements and slogans for brands, in addition to jointly recording and producing songs in all languages ​​with the help of a professional team from the two organizations.

 

Rozana Media Foundation was launched in 2013, and includes a radio station broadcasting on FM waves in Gaziantep, Turkey and northern Syria, and on the Internet with high quality that can be compared to world-famous radios. The Foundation also has a website and two studios in Gaziantep and Paris, as well as a training centre equipped with modern technologies in Gaziantep.



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.


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