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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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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.
Arabic-speaking community journalists from CFI and its partners.
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?
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.
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.
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