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2021-03-16 Uncategorized0

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Rozana Media Foundation announces the name of the winner of the logo design competition for the Rozana Media Development website, which will be launched soon.

After matching the viewpoints of the Rozana jury regarding the logos participating in the competition, which exceeded 24 designs, candidate Tarek Al-Youssef was selected as the winner.

The competition was announced in November 2020 by Rozana Media Foundation, and its conditions included that the design idea has to be new, unique and not inspired from other designs, and that the logo should be suitable for the activity of the RMD website.

The RMD website provides journalism training services, communication skills, and support and development services for newsrooms and media organizations.

The website also offers media content production services, as well as research and media consulting in various specializations.

Over the previous years, Rozana has organized dozens of training sessions for Syrian journalists, both inside Syria and in countries of asylum, as well as for Arab journalists and media institutions in several countries, including Yemen, Iraq and Libya.

Rozana Media Development Center provides, through its professional trainers, training services to journalists as individuals and to Syrian and Arab institutions in cooperation with leading Arab and international organizations that support free media in the Arab World.


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2020-12-26 Uncategorized0

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Rozana Media Development Center (RMD) organised a training workshop on editorial guidelines and sources of news in coordination with Stabilization Support Unit in the Syrian interior (SSU) from 14-17 December with the participation of 10 citizen journalists.

The training presented by the editor-in-chief of Radio Rozana to Loujain Haj Youssef, aimed at developing the trainees’ skills of writing the news and verifying  its sources, in addition to familiarizing them with types and styles of news and editorial processes, its components, perspectives, and gender considerations in news writing.

The training also covered international journalistic charters of  writing news and methods of verifying sources and fake news.

The training was carried out online due to exceptional circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide and in Syria particularly.

This training comes within the framework of the Journalistic / Media Development Project launched by the SSU, which aims at providing support and upgrading the expertise of the workers in this field.

Rozana Media Development Center provides with the help of its professional trainers training services to institutions and individuals alike, and to journalists and institutions in Syria or 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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2020-12-01 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).


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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).



2018-10-30 Uncategorized0

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Through its SMS training center, Rozana Media Foundation has launched an initiative to train journalists on the “Media Chart of Honor” as part of its press training programs.

 

Aware of the great role media is playing as regard to shaping public opinion through performing its role in a professional and objective way and reporting the truth without being biased as well as assuming the role of monitoring and accountability, Rozana has begun the Syrian Media Chart of Honor training program as a fundamental part of its overall press training.

 

Rozana Media Foundation, along with other 19 media organizations, has been involved in the drafting of the Charter of the Press, relying on the general ethical principles acknowledged by the international conventions, declarations, and covenants of the world of journalism.

 

Rozana Media Foundation has provided training to many Syrian journalists over the last four years, under the supervision of professional journalists from several Syrian media outlets.

 

Rozana’s training workshops included the fundamentals of investigative journalism, journalism ethics and standards, cyber security and data protection. All the training has been carried out through online platforms.

 

The topics that the training workshops have tackled include the basics of editorial press, the process of press materials and news making, TV reporting, data journalism, and photojournalism.

 

Rozana Media Foundation has established its training center in its regional office in Gaziantep, Turkey, in 2014. It is working to broadcast Radio programs online, as well as fm frequency in Gaziantep. The Foundation also has a website and a radio studio in Paris, the French capital. Rozana also has a mobile app for Android and iTunes.



2018-05-17 Uncategorized0

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Last may, the training centre of Rozana Media Foundation organized training workshops for dozens of citizen journalists within Syria, under the supervision of professional journalists from several Syrian media outlets.

The topics covered by the training ranged from the fundamentals of press editing, news industry, to other types of press productions, in addition to television reports, data journalism, and press photography.

The workshops also focused on investigative journalism standards, journalistic ethics, digital safety and data protection. All the exercises were conducted online, except for one workshop held in Azaz, north of Aleppo.

9 trainers, 47 trainees and 105 training sessions

Professional journalists and citizen journalists from various Syrian audiovisual media platforms collaborated with trainees, alongside with other independent media practitioners. Thus, the media outlets involved in the trainings were Enab Baladi, Orient News, Halab Today, al-Arabi, and Rozana.

The training was supervised by journalists and technical specialists from several media centres, namely Abssi Someisem, Ammar Ezz, Mais katt, Ahmad Gbaly, Ibrahim Zaarour, Basil Ibrahim, Ahmad Haj Hamdo, Owaies Akkad, and Yahya al-Subaei.

47 trainees have participated in nine online trainings, under the supervision of nine trainers and with an average of 15 training discussions per session.

The Pedagogical Coordinator, Mohammed al-Hani, told Rozana that “the training started on May 3, which coincided with World Press Freedom Day. The coincidence was intended to deepen the training effort reinforced by basic journalistic values, especially freedom in Syria, which is considered as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists in the world”.

In February, trainers at the workshops completed a training course for trainers (TOT) organized by Syria Media School at Rozana Foundation’s headquarters in Gaziantep, southern Turkey.

Owaies Akkad, one of the trainers, stated to Rozana that, “a number of obstacles have been overcome, including the weakness of the Internet connexion in Syria and the lack of equipment”. Akkad added that the training was a personal challenge for each trainee to develop his/her own skills and deliver good quality reports.

The online training follows the first part of the workshop held last February as part of the 2018 training project in partnership with the Asfari Foundation and the Danish International Media Support (IMS).

Rozana CEO and Director of the Training Program, Lina Chawaf, stated that the two-part training, organized by Rozana, aims at providing the Syrian media institutions with a qualified and well-trained staff, which will contribute into enhancing and developing media production in general.

She added that the second part of the training program related to the Syrian interior, is a step to develop the skills of citizen journalists at home, as they have become the mainstay of media work in Syria after 2011.

Rozana Media Foundation was launched in 2013. It includes a radio broadcast on the FM in Gaziantep, Turkey, and Online. The Foundation also has a website and a studio in Paris in addition to a training centre.


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