2020-11-06 Uncategorized0


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.

2019-02-24 Uncategorized0


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.

2018-12-06 Uncategorized0


From 23 to 30 November, the Canal France International (CFI), the Media Cooperation Agency organized a training workshop for 12 journalists from Yemen at the Dead Sea.


The first session of the training workshop presented by journalist Mohammed Al-Hani was aimed at training Yemeni journalists on training skills under the title “Trainers’ Training “.


The Syrian journalist, Lina al-Chawaf, the Executive Director of the Rozana Foundation, presented the second session under the title of “Humanitarian Journalism” and how our media turned into humanitarian

media in the difficult circumstances that Yemen is currently experiencing of dismantling and also of a deplorable humanitarian situation.


The French Media Cooperation Agency said that the aim of the training is to improve the dissemination of information to the affected population in Yemen, to give more flexibility to information of a humanitarian nature and to facilitate its treatment by journalists.


CFI is a subsidiary of France Medias Monde, which promotes media development in Africa, the Arab world and Southeast Asia.


The Rozana Media Foundation has trained several Syrian journalists over the last four years, under the supervision of professional journalists from several Syrian media outlets.


The Rozana Media Foundation established its training centre in 2014, broadcasts radio content via online digital broadcasting, as well as in Turkey via the fm frequency in Gaziantep. The Foundation also has a website and a radio studio in the French capital of Paris, as well as the Rozana application on Android and Apple.

2018-11-14 Uncategorized0



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.

2018-09-06 Uncategorized0


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.

2018-02-28 Uncategorized0


Last Sunday, Rozana Media Organization completed the training of trainers that it held at its headquarters in Gaziantep, southern Turkey, for 7 days with the participation of professional journalists, directors of institutions and directors of 10 Syrian media organizations departments.


The training session is the first part of the training project of Rozana Training Center SMS in cooperation with the Asfari Foundation and the International Media Support organization. There will be other stages of training trainers and cooperating with them to train a large number of journalists and Syrian citizen journalists throughout the upcoming period.


Trainer and expert journalist Mohammed Al-Hani has conducted five-day training on academic bases. During the last two days, expert trainers in various fields of journalism and other professions have participated in order to set the foundations of the general journalism training and apply them to the various forms of journalism. ARIJ institution has participated through the journalism trainer Musab Shawabkeh in training the trainers in the field of investigation, while journalist Ahmad Dib has provided training for the trainers in the field of audio-visuals. The third trainer, Mehran Oyoun, from Salamatech conducted training in the field of digital security and its techniques.



Syrian journalists from various media organizations have participated in the training to form a nucleus of reliable Syrian trainers who could be trusted in the future to train Syrian journalists. The training was attended by journalists from Enab Baladi organization, Halab Today TV, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed newspaper, Syrian Network for Print Media (SNP), Sada Al-Shaam newspaper, Orient TV, Syrian Press Center, Aleppo Media Center (AMC), Radio Rooh FM, Syrian Women’s Network (SWN), Syrian Journalists Association (SYJA) and a number of media professionals from inside Syria.

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