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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).



2018-12-06 Uncategorized0

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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.



2018-11-02 Uncategorized0

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Rozana Media Foundation organized a training course on “making video stories” at its headquarters in Gaziantep, Turkey, in cooperation with the Norwegian Institute of Journalism, and with the participation of a number of journalists and media activists.

 

The training workshop, which lasted for about four days from 28 to 31 October, aims at writing a script to produce a good and interesting video story.

 

About 15 trainees participated in the workshop under the supervision of two trainers from Norway and Denmark. During the training the participants presented and discussed the videos they produced, in addition to covering a number of recommendations, including the basics of making video stories.

 

The trainees also produced a number of video stories during the training course. Therefore, the trainers Torben Schou and Frode Rekve were satisfied with the results attained by the trainees during the workshop.

 

Trainers Mais Katt and Loujain Haj Youssef concluded the training by touching on the topic of journalistic ethics, through reading into and reviewing the charter of ethics for journalists in cooperation with the Ethical Charter for Syrian Media and Syrian Journalists Association, which granted the trainees certificates of attendance.

 

Trainee Ahmed Al-Kanjou told Radio Rozana that this training was one of the most important workshops he attended so far, adding that the trainer gave him insight into new  data, different  from the traditional routine of the Arab media approaches.

 

Trainee Mohamed Ghorab confirmed that it was a new, fun and unique experience, during which he grasped new information about “making video stories.”

 

Rozana Foundation’s training centre had previously organized training workshops during the month of May for dozens of media activists inside Syria, under the supervision of professional journalists from several Syrian media outlets. Rozana also held a training session at its headquarters in Gaziantep last year, entitled “How to develop work culture in the media institution”, which was facilitated by Fouad Al-Alani.

 

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. 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.



2018-10-30 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.



2018-09-24 Uncategorized0

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The Rozana Media Foundation organized a training workshop for Syrian youth and teenagers on “Presentation and Preparation of Radio Programmes”. The workshop lasted for two days with 16 training hours.

The workshop was attended by 12 trainees, whose age ranges from 16 to 24 years, from the “Youth Forum” and the “We Can” team in Gaziantep, southern Turkey.

The training was overseen by the Executive Director of Rozana Lina Al-Shawaf and Programme Director Munir Al-Ayoubi. The workshop focused on three points:

1- Writing a script for a radio programme.
2- Preparation of the programme (from idea to presentation).
3- Radio presentation.

Coach Munir Al-Ayoubi commented on the workshop, saying that “the training provided youth and teenagers with basic skills in preparing programmes, as well as presenting and dealing with modern techniques in recording and broadcasting.”

He added that “the first day was limited to theoretical information and discussion of radio experiments and on the second day the trainees were divided into three groups and each group completed a radio programme from the idea to the recording stage.”

The groups produced three radio episodes, whose subjects varied between comedy, entertainment, and culture. The episodes were recorded in the Rozana Radio studio under the supervision of the trainers and in cooperation with the radio technical team.

Ahlam Nazzal, coordinator of the “Youth Forum,” said that “this workshop comes after the forum has recently participated in a workshop organized by Rozana on editing and photojournalism.” She pointed out that such workshops develop the skills of young people and enhance their role in their social milieu.

She added that “trainees in this workshop will transfer the skills they have acquired to the rest of their colleagues in the forum,” noting that “there are plans to organize new workshops in Rozana on the media work in general.”

As for the benefit of the workshop, the trainee Yomna Ghazal (student at the Faculty of Business Administration – Ghaziantep University) noted that “the training provided important information about voice training and control, and the handling of the mike.”

She added: “The workshop stimulated my desire to complete the acquisition of skills in presentation and radio programmes’ preparation to reach professionalism.”

In turn, the trainee Abdul Aziz Jawish, a student at the Faculty of Economics of Gaziantep University, said that “the information and activities of the workshop contributed to enhancing self-confidence and dealing with the read-aloud text, and added skills in speech and layers of sound trimming.”

The Rozana Media Foundation was launched in 2013. It includes FM radio broadcasting in Turkish Gaziantep, and northern Syria, and on the internet. The foundation also has a website and two studios in Gaziantep and Paris, as well as a training centre equipped with the latest technology in Gaziantep.



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.


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