Results: Creation of a Group of National Trainers



Results: Creation of a Group of National Trainers

 

Our comprehensive "Investing in the Future" training program started officially in 2007. We initiated the program by creating a platform of national trainers from 6 countries in the region: Lebanon , Jordan , Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen ,Morocco. This program consisted of two rounds. During the first round, four international workshops were held for a total of 120 journalists from the six countries, Kuwait, Syria, UAE and Sudan. From these 120, a group of thirty journalists was invited to attend the second or advanced training the trainers round. At the same time, a similar process was started, where 13 out of a group of 24 legal experts participated in an advanced workshop.

 

These trainers represent a variety of media organizations in each country. The trainees developed skills that will allow them to become trainers in their own countries and organizations. They will also be invited to partake in future ItF training workshops.

 

In 2008, this program continued at a lower pace in each of the six countries. Local training workshops we held in some of the countries and many junior trainer became actively involved in training in their own countries. Some of the junior trainers even created their own training organization.

 

TRAINING OF TRAINERS (ToT)

 

TrTrainers 01-01 for Journalists

Cairo, Egypt

17-21 April 2007

 

The kick-off of our Training of Trainers program (TOT) was held in Cairo, Egypt. 31 Journalists from seven different countries participated: Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen. The Dutch ambassador in Egypt, Mr. De Zwaan, performed the opening ceremony. The trainers of this founding course were training expert Mr. Petrus Schothorst, journalism trainer Mrs. Vera Illes, lawyer and trainer Mr. Ehab Sallam and professor in journalism Dr. Hamdy Hassan.

 

A public meeting was organized at the end of the workshop in the Al-Ahram Regional Press Center. Mr. Piët from the Dutch embassy awarded certificates for the trainees in the presence of diplomats representing six Arab countries and Egyptian journalists. Key speaker at the meeting was Mr. Osama Seraya, the general director of Al-Ahram. Also trainees held several presentations.

 

Media & Law Training

Amman, Jordan

4-8 June 2007

24 Media lawyers from Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen participated in a training workshop that dealt with a range of legal issues, including media legislation, jurisprudence, advocacy, etc. The lawyers are all specialized in defending journalists and are experienced in media cases. Mr. Negad al Borai, Egyptian lawyers and human rights activist and Egyptian training expert, Mr. Mohammed Hussein, gave the training.

 

TrTrainers 01-02 for lawyers and legal experts

Amman, Jordan

10-14 June 2007

The same group of lawyers continued their training with a train the trainers workshop. On June 8 a public event was organized in Amman. The trainees, the trainers and organizers were present. The official spokesman of the Jordanian government, Mr. Nasser Judeh, held a speech. The workshop was held under his auspices. Also present were the Dutch ambassador in Jordan, Mr. Scheltema, director of Free Voice, Mr. Bart Dijkstra and CDFJ-director mr. Nidal Mansour. Short presentations of participants to the workshop were held.

TrTrainers 01-03 for Journalists

Amman, Jordan

9-12 June 2007

A day after the ToT 1 for lawyers, ‘Investing in the Future’ organized a ToT 1 workshop for 30 journalists from Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Bahrain and Yemen. All different media disciplines were represented: daily and weekly newspapers, radio, television and Internet. One third of the participants was female.

 

Trainers were training expert Mr. Petrus Schothorst, lawyer and trainer Ehab Sallam and the Jordanian journalist and specialist in investigative journalism, Mrs. Rana Sabah. Since May 2007, Mr. Schothorst is workshop leader of the "Investing in the Future" program.

 

The funding of this workshop came from the Danish organization International Media Support (IMS). The training focused on practical issues: writing a training curriculum in the field of legal empowerment of media people, establishing and/or strengthening of legal assistance units for journalists. Also presentations were held.

 

TrTrainers 01-04 for Journalists

Amman, Jordan

1-5 September 2007

This was the largest workshop of the "Investing in the Future" program. 33 Journalists from Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Qatar, Syria and Yemen joined in. Trainers were Mr. Petrus Schothorst and Mr. Ehab Sallam.

 

An extra training workshop was organized in Beirut, Lebanon where Mr. Schothorst gave a special workshop for the Lebanese journalists who participated in the ToT earlier in 2007. In September and October Mr. Sallam also gave an additional one day workshops in Amman and Cairo. These workshops were organized in order to bring all trainees to the same level in preparation of the advanced trainers’ program.

                  

TrTrainer 01-05 for Journalists

Cairo, Egypt

20-24 October 2007

31 Journalists from Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Bahrain, Syria, Sudan and Yemen participated in this training workshop. Trainers were Mr. Petrus Schothorst and Mr. Ehab Sallam.

 

After this, the Program Committee of "Investing in the Future" and the trainers met to select 30 journalists and 13 lawyers to participate in the Advanced Training of Trainers (TtT 2). The other participants to the TtT 1 workshops were invited to participate in other training activities organized by the program and express their wishes through a questionnaire that was sent to them.

 

                                                 

Website Menassat.com, Here’s What’s Happening in Arab Media

Beirut, Lebanon

Since October 2007

In October 2007 the website www.menassat.com was launched. Menassat.com is dedicated to reporting on journalism and media developments and trends in the Middle East and North Africa. The editorial team is based in Beirut, Lebanon. The subscription service to the weekly newsletter provides the latest articles in this field to everybody who is interested.

 

A section of Menassat.com is a platform for the members, trainees and experts within the "Investing in the Future" network. It offers an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions on journalism and media developments. The "Investing in the Future" section also offers educational support like: a toolkit with articles, training material and e-coaching.

 

 TrTrainer 02-01 for Journalists

Dead Sea, Jordan

9-13 December 2007

15 Journalists from Jordan, Morocco, Bahrain and Yemen participated in this training workshop. Trainers were Mr. Petrus Schothorst, Mr. Ehab Sallam and Keith Stafford.

 

TrTrainer 02-02 for Journalists

Fayoum, Egypt

11-16 January 2008

15 Journalists from Egypt and Lebanon participated in this training workshop. Trainers were Mr. Petrus Schothorst, Mr. Ehab Sallam and Keith Stafford.

 

TrTrainer 02-03 for Lawyers an Legal Experts

Dead Sea, Jordan

28 February-3 March 2008

15 Journalists from Egypt and Lebanon participated in this training workshop. Trainers were Mr. Petrus Schothorst, Mr. Ehab Sallam and Keith Stafford.

 

Regional Conference for Media Leaders

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt

15-16 March 2008

15 Journalists from Egypt and Lebanon participated in this training workshop. Trainers were Mr. Petrus Schothorst, Mr. Ehab Sallam and Keith Stafford.

 

Results: Creation of a National Legal Training & Advice Team

Once the regional train the trainers was completed, the program continued with building legal capacities. In each of the six countries, legal trainers made a quick needs assessment of the media situation. This information was used to set priorities for a training workshop, that is tailor made to address the specific needs of journalists and media organizations. The trainers also further developed their coaching and advisory skills, so that they are now also able to give prompt and professional legal advice to journalists and media organizations in their country. Mr. Ehab Sallam, legal- and training advisor of the Investing in the Future program collaborated closely with the national trainers in the development of these workshops and assisted as co-trainer during the implementation.

 

Legal Awareness for Journalists 01

Amman, Jordan

22-24 May 2008

Twelve Jordanian journalists participated. Local trainers: Mr. Mohamed Qutaishat; Mr. Khaled Khlifaat, and Mr. Salah Ma’aitha.

 

Legal Awareness for Journalists 02

Manama, Bahrain

27-29 May 2008

Bahraini journalists participated. Local trainer: Mr. Nawaf al Sayed.

 

Legal Awareness for Journalists 03

Ain el Suhna, Egypt

24-26 July 2008

Egyptian journalists participated. Local trainers Mr. Ahmed Mohsen, Mr. Tawheed Ramzy and Mr. Tareq Beltaqui.

 

Legal Awareness for Journalists 04

Beirut, Lebanon

31July - 02 August 2008

Lebanese journalists participated. Local trainer: Mr. Tony Mikhael.

 

Legal Awareness for Journalists 05

Rabat, Morocco

21-23 August 2008

Moroccan journalists participated. Local trainers: Mr. Mohamed Chimao, and Mr. Omar Khorouj.

 

Legal Awareness for Journalists 06

Sana’a, Yemen

09-11 October 2008

Yemeni journalists participated Local trainer: Mr. Mohamed alMaswari, Mr. Ghazi alSamei; Mr. abdelRazag alHegri.

 

Results: Development of civil society reporting skills and a reporters’ network

The report “Investing in the Future” identifies the need for Arab journalists and other media professionals to increase their knowledge on topics such as journalistic research, reporting on the civil society, human rights, gender equality, etc. A series of workshops on `The Voice of Civil Society´ workshops were launched to respectively groups of TV, radio, print and internet journalists. Different journalistic genres were practised; e.g. feature; interview; background story; personal portrait; etc. Workshops were organized per country to enable a focus on local research on local conditions. Mr. Petrus Schothorst, general coordinator of the Investing in the Future program, collaborated closely with a content specialist in the facilitation of each workshop.

 

Voices of Civil Society 01

Amman, Jordan

14-18 June 2008

Twelve journalists participated. Trainers were Mr. Leo Enthoven.

 

Voices of Civil Society 02

Cairo, Egypt

24-27 June 2008

Fourteen journalists participated. Trainer was Mr. Leo Enthoven.

 

Voices of Civil Society 03

Beirut, Lebanon

09-27 July 2008

Ten journalists completed the workshop. Trainer was Ms. Froukje Santink.

 

Voices of Civil Society 04

Sana’a, Yemen

03-07 November 2008

Seventeen journalists participated. Trainer was Ms. Fatemeh Farag.

 

Voices of Civil Society 05

Rabat, Morocco

15-18 November 2008

Thirteen journalists completed the workshop. Trainer was Ms. Salma Hussein.

 

Voices of Civil Society 06

Amman, Jordan

26 November - 02 December 2008

Twelve journalists participated; two from each of the six countries. Trainer was Mr. Fons Peters.

 

Voices of Civil Society 07

Cairo, Egypt

15-19 December 2008

Fourteen journalists participated. Trainer was Ms. Fatemeh Farag.

 

Voices of Civil Society 08

Manama, Bahrain

03-07 November 2008

Sixteen journalists participated. Trainer was Mr. Saif Hamdan.

 

Results: Development of internet research skills

More and more information is available on the internet, making it a valuable resource for journalists. As a consequence of the abundance of information, finding the specific information that you need, without spending too much time is becoming a challenge. In addition to this, the source of information that you can find is not always clearly indicated and for this reason, not all information can be trusted. Journalists will be able to use the internet efficiently and effectively, without spending too much time on it. This program started in 2008 and will continue this year.

 

Searching the Web 01

Cairo, Egypt

 05-06 June 2008

Twelve alumni journalists participated; Trainer: Mr. Peter Verwije.

 

Searching the Web 02

Amman, Jordan

12-13 October 2008

Twelve journalists participated; Trainer: Mr. Peter Verwije.

 

Searching the Web 03

Cairo, Egypt

15-16 October 2008

Twelve journalists participated; Trainer: Mr. Peter Verwije.

 

Searching the Web 04

Cairo, Egypt

17-18 October 2008

Twelve journalists participated; Trainer: Mr. Peter Verwije.

 

Searching the Web 05

Cairo, Egypt

15-16 October 2008

Twelve journalists participated; Trainer: Mr. Peter Verwije.

 

Results: Upgrading financial reporting skills

Journalists increasingly need to understand how the world’s financial markets drive business reporting, economic change and political reactions. This workshop outlines concepts and terminology to equip reporters and editors with a broad overview of foreign exchange, equities, bonds, money markets, commodities, oil and derivatives markets. Journalists completing the course will have the confidence to inject financial background into copy, cover market developments and explain the impact of interest rate changes. Accumulated knowledge is reviewed regularly in writing exercises based around a deepening case study that begins with a government announcement and then charts its impact on various markets. Workshops held in 2008.

 

Financial Reporting 01

Beirut, Lebanon

18-22 October 2008

Eighteen journalists participated, three for each of the six countries. Trainer: Mr. Keith Stafford.

 

 Financial Reporting 02

Beirut, Lebanon

17-21 December 2008

Fifteen journalists participated, two for each of the six countries. Trainer: Mr. Keith Stafford.