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To offer online meetings to Arabic-speaking journalists during the crisis period caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
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June 2020
August 2020
This project is finished


At a time when journalistic practices are being disrupted due to the repercussions of the Covid-19 health crisis, CFI, in partnership with the Lebanese media outlet Daraj and Tunisian media outlet Barr Al Aman, is offering journalists from the Arab world online meetings and resources to provide them with some possible tools to adapt. Indeed, the pandemic has rapidly become omnipresent across all media, favouring the coverage of "hot" topics, to the detriment of other news that still remains essential for the population.

CFI's experience and networks in the Arab world, combined with those of media outlets in the Levant and Maghreb regions, are assets for strengthening ties between journalists in the region, promoting the sharing experiences and offering expert advice to inform them about complex issues.

"Ama baad", an Arabic expression meaning "and after", evokes, beyond the strictly health aspect of this crisis, the desire to "move forward" to analyse its effects on our societies and enable journalists to better report on its consequences.

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Project beneficiaries

Arabic-speaking community journalists from CFI and its partners.

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1.Weekly meetings with experts (online conversations)

Every Thursday, starting on 4 June 2020, the Arabic-speaking journalists are offered a 45-minute meeting in Arabic, with a guest (a sociologist, an economist, etc.) and led by a moderator: the first part (25 minutes) on the analysis of a topic by an expert, guided by questions from the moderator, and the second part (20 minutes) during which the expert answers questions sent by the journalists taking part.

Here are some examples of the topics covered:

  • Health crisis vs economic crisis: how to stay connected to the field?
  • Mental health, the media's big omission, why?
  • How are epidemics and the "fake news" that accompanies them created?
  • Food security vs food sovereignty: the great post-Covid-19 challenge?

Ama Baad: Mental Health & Media: the great forgotten topic?

June 11, 2020

This week, CFI, Daraj and Barr Al Aman are welcoming you to talk about Mental Health & Media: the great forgotten topic?

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Ama Baad: how do they appear along with a pandemic?

June 18, 2020

This week, CFI, Daraj and Barr Al Aman are welcoming you to talk about Fake news : how do they appear along with a pandemic?

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Civil war, foreign interference and Covid-19...

June 25, 2020

Civil war, foreign interference and Covid-19...

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Food security vs food sovereignty: the major post-Covid19 challenge?

July 2, 2020

Join the conversation on Thursday, 2nd of July with the sociologue Saker El-Nour from IRD and the journalist of L'Orient-le Jour, Suzanne Baaklin

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Racism in the media: what is the responsibility of journalists?

July 9, 2020

Can we be racist without knowing it? Is racism in Arab countries "harmless" as some claim? ?

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Journalists: How to better inform about migrations?

July 17, 2020

How to talk about migrants in their daily normality, without any ideology?

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2.Creation and Moderation of a Facebook group

A Facebook group, moderated by the Daraj team, supports these weekly meetings. In order to provide a space for discussions, primarily in Arabic, between professionals from the region; only journalists are invited to join this group.
A hub of content associated with the topics to be covered makes it possible to prepare for the meetings and promotes interaction.

Online meetings and resources to adapt the practices of journalism in time of COVID-19

June 4, 2020

COVID-19 is generating unprecedented media coverage; health constraints are disrupting journalists' working conditions.

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3.Content production support

Media outlets and journalists in the region receive support for content production. They are invited and connected with the "Ama Baad Conversations", to allow some of this content to be discussed or presented during these conversations.

Dream FM tackles the coronavirus in Tunisia

June 22, 2020

Dream FM, a community radio station that broadcasts throughout the Governorate of Kairouan and its surroundings, has been playing a full and active role as a local media outlet since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

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