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

See below to find out the latest information on our upcoming webinars!

Continuing our partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is expanding our work with journalists in the Middle East and North Africa by equipping participants with the latest tools to sort fact from fiction online and use social media to support quality journalism. More than 10,000 journalists across the Middle East and North Africa will learn to identify social media solutions that will strengthen the quality of reporting and help them make stronger connections with their audiences, by 2020.

Indeed, the need for digital and social media training is acute in the MENA region. A new ICFJ study, the State of Technology in Global Newsrooms, found that digital-only newsrooms are on the decline in the MENA region.  Participants in the first round of this program expressed the need for more training on topics related to: verification, security, engagement and storytelling. ICFJ’s regional experts will teach journalists the latest tools and best practices to identify fake accounts, secure their digital footprint and improve the connection with their audiences, among other critical skills.

Participants in Morocco training workshop in December 2019

About the Program

The program will offer in-person workshops and online courses in Arabic. Trainers will hold in-person workshops for journalists based in Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco. Additional in-person workshops will be held in Jordan for journalists from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Sudan. For these regional workshops only, ICFJ will provide roundtrip transportation to the workshop city, lodging, and funds for per diem expenses during the training. 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, will focus 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

Eligibility Requirements

All journalists and journalism students from the MENA region are eligible to participate in the training webinars. The in-country workshops are open to journalists and journalism students in Morocco, Jordan and Lebanon. Journalists from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan are eligible to participate in one of two regional trainings which will take place in Jordan.

If you are interested in attending one of the workshops or webinars, please fill out the interest form here.


  • Webinar

Our next webinar will be held on Thursday, April 16. Due to recent world events, this webinar will focus on how to engage your audience in the midst of a pandemic. Apply to join the webinar by April 15


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.

Program Dates:
12/1/2019 - 1/1/2021
Program Type
In-Country Program
Funded by