27.06.2014 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Humanized Media Workshop takes place in Amman


Amman - Twenty youth have participated in a workshop on “Humanized Media: Human Story Interest in Reportages” on June 21, 2014 at Princess Basma Youth Resource Center (PBYRC), Amman. The five-day intensive training on radio reporting, editing and broadcasting was facilitated by Yarmouk FM and Farah Al Nas radio.

The workshop explored conflict-sensitive reporting and interviewing practices with a special focus on humanized media and targeted Jordanian youth involved in the preparation of reportages for the “Sa’a Suriya” radio programme.

Sa’a Suriya radio programme is part of a UNESCO project “Sa’a Suriya” that, implemented in partnership with Un Ponte Per (NGO) and funded by the Government of Japan, aims at enhancing access to information and freedom of expression for Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians through radio programmes. The programme provides on air psychosocial counseling and raisies awareness on vital issues of concern to local communities and urban Syrian refugees in Amman, Irbid, Mafraq and Zarqa. It also provides information about the latest services offered by the government and by local and international organizations to Syrian refugees and Jordanian host communities.

The bi-weekly live radio show is broadcasted every Monday and Wednesday, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Yarmouk FM which covers Irbid and Mafraq governorates in the North, and every Sunday and Tuesday, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm on Farah AlNas Radio reaching Amman and Zarqa governorates in central Jordan.

Each episode of the programme focuses on a different topic among a variety of priorities such as Education, Health, Legal, Psychosocial Support, Child Labor, Water and. Different experts are hosted during the episodes, and listeners in host communities participate through reportages and phone-calls on air.

Sa’a Suriya radio programme serves as a platform that gives the the opportunity to voice personal stories and draw attention to vital issues. The radio programme also contributes to the promotion of freedom of expression and provides Jordanian communities with an independent forum to express their concerns.

In line with the UNESCO project components, an additional capacity development phase began on 6 July with a training for 10 Jordanian youth held at Yarmouk University. Over the course of five days, the 10 youth will be familiarized with, and will acquire the skills of interviewing and reporting methods, and will expand their knowledge of journalism, including montage and editing techniques. The youth will be equipped with the necessary skills for successful participation in the radio program, whether carrying out interviews and reportages or by taking part in the program presentation on air.

Sa’a Suriya has become a very successful program for both refugee and host communities in Jordan according to the feedback received by participants and beneficiaries. The programme will now further increase its outreach reach and disseminate even more information on available services to communities. 

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