In Syria, the first "free and independent" media emerged in 2011, some in the "liberated" north of the country and others in regime-controlled zones. Most frequently, however, the new media made their appearance in Turkey and even in Europe.
This project aims to provide support for Syria's SMART News Agency, which is based in Turkey. Launched in August 2013, this agency offers various Arabic-language news media (text, photographs, videos). Although it has a number of competitive advantages, in order to secure its long-term future it must consolidate its structure and strengthen the professionalism of its teams.
This project is just one of the ongoing actions implemented by CFI in connection with the Syrian media since the beginning of the uprising in the country, particularly the opening of a Syrian media incubator in Gaziantep (Turkey) from early 2014 to late 2015.
50 professionals from the Syrian agency
After analysis of how the agency operates and of the quality of its products, solutions will be proposed for developing teams' competences and setting up the new editorial policy.
Support for the agency's production from an expert who will assume the role of editor-in-chief. Assistance with drafting the agency's Style Book along the lines of Reuters' Handbook of Journalism.
The teams will be made more familiar with thematic reporting and also investigative reporting.
In accordance with requirements, the teams will take training courses in the basic principles and techniques of journalism, conducting interviews, processing economic information, video production, photography and also data-journalism.
Implementation of an evaluation and the drafting of recommendations.
Implementation of an expert legal review of intellectual property, training in the field of intellectual property and on negotiation techniques in the event of security problems.
Benchmark studies of other agencies' rates and the identification of new prospects.
Digital, e-commerce advisory services and the setting-up of a long-term development plan.
And roll-out of the English version of the agency's website.