Public Service Journalism for Arabic-speaking Journalists

Online Course and Bootcamps Training on Public Service Journalism and Digital Technology


The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) held a six-week online course in Arabic on using digital tools in public service journalism and investigative techniques. The online course was the first part of a program that brought together journalists, citizen journalists and civil society actors from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, West Bank/Gaza and Yemen. The six-week online course guided 60 participants from the above mentioned countries to work on ideas for multimedia public service journalism projects.

Sherry Ricchiardi participating in ICFJ’s “boot camp” in Jordan, “Building a Digital Gateway to Better Lives.”

Throughout the online course, the selected participants learned:

  • How to identify and adapt emerging technologies
  • Twitter basics
  • Understanding and using social media
  • Reporting through crowdsourcing
  • Understanding and using mobile, SMS and location-aware services
  • Visual storytelling techniques
  • Mapping and mashups for beginners
  • Writing for the real-time Web
  • Online video production

The best participants in the online course were invited to Cairo for four digital media “boot camps,” where they had access to experts in technology, multimedia and online marketing. The best participants then traveled to the United States for two-week activities which included site visits and meetings reflecting their interests with representatives of civil society and non-profit organizations as well as journalistic organizations and government agencies.

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This program combines online training with an in-person digital bootcamp to equip journalists to report on public service issues. Here, participants reflect on the skills they learned at the recent boot camp held in Amman, Jordan.

The online course was the first part of a program that brought together journalists, citizen journalists and civil society actors from Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, West Bank/Gaza and Yemen. The six- week online course guided 60 participants from the aforementioned countries to work on ideas for multimedia public service journalism projects.

This program is made possible by the support of the American people through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the responsibility of ICFJ and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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  • Sherry Ricchiardi participating in ICFJ’s “boot camp” in Jordan, “Building a Digital Gateway to Better Lives.”

    08/09/2012
  • Participants from different Arabic-speaking countries interacting with instructors and discussing ideas for multimedia public service journalism projects. Photo by Frank Folwell.

    08/02/2011