Knight International Journalism Fellowships

Syria: New Online Network for Young Journalists


In the Middle East, bloggers and digital journalists are covering stories and sparking debates on topics avoided by mainstream media. Knight International created an online networking site in Syria that enables young reporters to share resources, experiences. Called Tawasul – Arabic for "connecting" – the network features multimedia stories, including photography, cartoons and animation, on social issues. Their stories focus on social issues such as maternal and child health, gender equality and religious tolerance. Led by Knight Fellow Mariam Sami, the project also received funding from the United Nations Development Programme.

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  • May 282009

    Knight International and UNDP Launch First Online Network for Young Journalists in Syria

    DAMASCUS, Syria (May 29) – The first online network for young journalists launched in Syria this week. Called Tawasul – Arabic for “connecting” – the network features multimedia stories on social issues, including photographs, cartoons and animation. The network also enables journalists to share ideas and resources. Read More...

  • Jan 82009

    New Network for Young Syrian Journalists Encourages Members to "Stay in Touch"

    Zaina Erhaim, a 24-year-old reporter for the Syria News website, has received a laptop as a prize for suggesting the name of a new online network for young Syrian journalists. The winning name: Tawasul, an Arabic word that loosely translates as “staying in touch.”

    The judging committee said they chose Erhaim’s submission from more than 100 entries because it reflected the network’s aim to be an online resource and outlet for journalists under 30.