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 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. 2021 program activities will also include mentoring and  reporting grants. 

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

Through the Social Media Solutions Training, thousands of participants are gaining the skills to engage audiences more effectively, improve digital storytelling, better protect themselves online and vet possible misinformation using the latest fact-checking techniques.

The program has covered the following core components: VerificationAudience Engagement, Digital Storytelling Methods, Digital Security.

Additionally, more than 1,850 Arabic-speaking journalists in the program also are connecting with one another and sharing resources through a vibrant Facebook group.


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.


Previous Activities 

From January 2019 until present, more than 7,000 journalists have taken part in the Arabic-language initiative, in a region facing serious challenges on a host of fronts. A total of 38 online courses were held, in addition to in-person trainings in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia.

More than 2,000 people were trained on investigative journalism, mobile journalism, human rights, visual storytelling, data visualization and sourcing designed for journalists covering the pandemic. In addition, 25 journalists from Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Sudan and Yemen received $2,500 reporting grants and two months of mentorship to support COVID-19 reporting.


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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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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