Country-focused newsrooms have reported on the effect COVID-19 on the economy in Yemen, medical shortages in Egypt, threats faced by journalists in Syria, and the mental health consequences of the Beirut blast. They have also been working on podcasts, infographics, and investigations. This wouldn’t have been possible without the six-month training program we organized with openDemocracy, where students learned about sourcing, digital security, investigative journalism, podcasting, open-source investigations, and others. The recordings of these sessions are available on YouTube.
We are again expanding this newsroom in 2021 to include students from Palestine and Sudan, and we will focus on training all our students on fact-checking health misinformation as we witness vaccine roll-outs in our countries. If you are interested to join us, please apply here before February 2021.
Students are using this blog as a training and a teaching space to enhance their writing and journalistic skills. Please feel free to share with us any constructive comments and ideas you have.