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In partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) equips journalists in the Middle East and North Africa with the latest tools to sort fact from fiction online and use social media to support quality journalism.
In 2020, this initiative is especially focused on the digital skills that reporters need in order to address the challenges and risks that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. ICFJ is now expanding the Social Media Solutions program to help journalists improve their reporting and make stronger connections with their audiences.
About the Program
The program offers in-person workshops and online courses in Arabic. Trainers hold in-person workshops for journalists based in Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco. Online courses will be available to all journalists across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
The program’s curriculum, modeled off the previous year, focuses on four modules which will teach journalists:
Best practices to verify online content and separate fact from fiction
Basic safety and security protocols that should be taken to protect their online information and communications
How to build a rapport with audiences and establish a loyal following
How to create content for news reports using social media
As an expansion of the Social Media Solutions training, ICFJ has developed an Arabic-only series consisting of webinars, live chats and grants to enhance reporters’ skills and technical equipment.
This extension includes several options open to journalists from the MENA region:
Webinars with tips and strategies for reporting under quarantine, data collection training, ethical practices and mental health.
Reporting grants (read more about this initiative here)
All journalists and journalism students from the MENA region are eligible to participate in the training webinars. The in-country workshops will be open to journalists and journalism students in Morocco, Jordan and Lebanon.
If you are interested in attending one of the workshops or webinars, please fill out the interest form here.
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As an expansion of the Social Media Solutions Training program, we are offering a series of webinars specifically focused on the digital skills that reporters need in order to address the challenges and risks that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter in Arabic and get the latest on upcoming webinars.
ICFJ is seeking to build connections with journalist associations, media outlets and universities in the MENA region. If your organization falls under one of these categories and you would like to partner with ICFJ on this program, please fill out this form.
The Facebook Journalism Project has also partnered with ICFJ on the Facebook Reader Revenue and Video Accelerator programs. Read more about these programs here.