Social Media Solutions Training for Journalists in the Middle East and North Africa

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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 (MENA) 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 mobile and video reporting and make stronger connections with their audiences.  

ICFJ’s regional experts will also teach journalists the latest tools and best practices to secure their digital footprint and report in a safe manner, among other critical skills. 

Journalists participate in one of the workshops offered by ICFJ in the MENA region.

About the Program

The program currently offers two six-week online courses in Arabic available to all journalists across the MENA region. 

The webinar series on mobile and video journalism will teach journalists: 

  • Elements of visual storytelling for journalism 
  • Tools for video and mobile editing 
  • Best practices for live streaming video on social media and other digital platforms 

The digital and physical safety sessions will provide reporters with: 

  • Ways to protect valuable information from digital attacks 
  • Best practices to prevent online harassment 
  • Tips and resources for mental health 

ICFJ has also developed a Facebook group where participants can discuss and share resources with other reporters. Click here to join the community. 

 

Eligibility Requirements 

All journalists and journalism students from the MENA region are eligible to participate in the training webinars. If you are interested in attending one of the webinars, please fill out the interest form here.

 

Upcoming activities 

Previous Activities 

As an expansion of the Social Media Solutions Training, ICFJ selected 24 journalists from the MENA region to participate in a reporting program with mentorship. For three months, grantees produced stories about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in their countries.

 

Are you interested in partnering with us? 

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

 

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Partnerships

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.

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