19.02.2017 - UNESCO Office in Amman

Digital media training for mid-career journalists begins in Amman

@Lidija Sabados/UNESCO

Amman, 19 February 2017 – Under the framework of the EU funded and UNESCO Amman Office implemented “Support to Media in Jordan” Project, CFI (the media cooperation agency from the French government) today began an extensive training program for mid-career journalists in Jordan.

The training program begins in Amman at the cutting-edge SAE Institute and will also take place in Irbid and Aqaba in March 2017. Over 100 journalists will be trained around the Kingdom on data journalism, cross media information, collection and verification of information, cyber security and protection. Lina Ejeilat and Ramsey George, who both have extensive experience in new media, journalism and training, will conduct the training sessions, in addition to other trainers.

“UNESCO is pleased to partner with Canal France International on this ambitious training project; it is the first time many journalists will receive such training, and we hope that in the end the capacity of the media to inform the public, and perform their jobs well will be improved,” said Ms Costanza Farina, UNESCO Representative to Jordan. “A free, independent and professional media sector is fundamental to the process of democracy and sustainable development,” she added.

In order to plan the training, and ensure its relevance to the needs of the Jordanian media, CFI together with researchers from the Jordan Media Institute conducted a Training Needs Assessment in late 2016. CFI then designed the current training program based on the results of that assessment.

The training is part of the broader “Support to Media in Jordan” Project component dealing with entry-level journalism education and systematic quality training for media professionals in which UNESCO Amman Office is partnering with CFI.

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Background information:

UNESCO is known as the ”intellectual” agency of the United Nations. At a time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and sustainable development, people must rely on the power of intelligence to innovate, expand their horizons and sustain the hope of a new humanism. UNESCO exists to bring this creative intelligence to life; for it is in the minds of men and women that the defences of peace and the conditions for sustainable development must be built. UNESCO’s mission in Jordan is to work with the government of Jordan and other stakeholders to provide effective high quality educational, scientific, cultural and communication programmes.

CFI is the cooperation agency of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development tasked with coordinating and implementing France’s aid policy for the development of media in the South.

For more information, please contact:

Lidija Sabados

Associate Project Officer, Support to Media in Jordan

UNESCO Amman Office

l.sabados(at)unesco.org

Tel.: +962 (6) 5929621 Ext 328

Mob.: +962 (7) 96830012




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