In cooperation with the Prince Ahmed bin Salman Applied Media Institute, ICFJ conducted its first training courses in Saudi Arabia entitled Electronic Journalism and International Editing Standards. The two courses were given to 13 female Yemeni journalists and six female Saudi journalists also participated in the Electronic Journalism course.
The Electronic Journalism course tackled differences between the traditional media and New Media, explored different types of news Web sites and experimented with the use of multimedia. Participants also learned how to write and adapt stories for news Web sites, examined and compared news Web sites from Arabic-speaking countries and from countries around the world, and participants even created their own blogs where they posted comments about the course and all of their class exercises.
The International Editing Standards course was focused on common editing practices that can be applied by Arab editors. The class learned editing topics such as looking for holes in stories, ensuring objectivity and natural flow of news reports and cutting unnecessary information. They also practiced writing headlines, editing wire stories and discussed editing techniques during breaking news.