Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) and Rory Peck Trust, have joined forces for the second time in less than a year to hold an intensive workshop for Libyan freelance journalists to enhance their professional skills and provide guidelines and training to help reporters and photojournalists protect themselves in conflict zones. 15 Libyan journalists will attend the event, which will be held on the 28th of March until the 2nd of April in Amman, Jordan.
The 6-day workshop has been designed for Libyan freelancers working on the ground in Libya and will focus on a range of practical skills that are essential for freelance reporters and news photographers and videographers to build a sustainable career in journalism. The workshop will take participants through each step of a news assignment, from researching the best media outlets for a given story to writing pitches and the most effective techniques of field reporting. A particular focus is security and risk assessment for journalists working in Libyan conflict zones.
“Working as a freelance journalist in Libya can be highly dangerous and difficult,” said LIAS Operations Director Mahmud Ben Zahra. There was a time when journalists were considered off-limits to violent factions. Today they are targets. This course aims to give freelancers the knowledge they need to protect themselves and their colleagues in high risk situations and to bring back and sell the very best stories.”
“The overall aim of this workshop is to give talented young journalists the background and training they need to deliver news according to the highest standards and practices and to build a strong free press in the country,” Ben Zahra added.
Three seasoned professionals with extensive experience working in conflict zones in the Middle East and North Africa will lead the workshop.
Paul Eedle, who led sessions at the LIAS-Rory Peck Trust workshop in June 2015, is a filmmaker and journalist who has worked on both sides of the commissioning table in 24 countries over four continents. His experience includes setting up the independent Iraqi News Agency Aswat al-Iraq, working as Director of Programs at AlJazeera English, and running Reuters operations in Japan and the U.S.A.
Rima Marrouch, who also guided participants at the 2015 LIAS-Rory Peck Trust workshop, is an award-winning Syrian-Polish journalist, the recipient of the 2012 “Anna Lindh Journalism Award for Reporting Across Cultures” for her coverage from Syria. She has worked for newspapers, radio stations and television channels in the Middle East and beyond and has built an extensive freelance portfolio covering the Arab Spring. She currently works for Reuters TV and al-Araby.
Abeer Saady is an award-winning Egyptian freelance journalist, consultant and training specialist, who has worked in a wide range of media across the Arab world for nearly quarter of a century. She has a distinguished record and an international reputation for her frontline work in the field of media development and training in conflict areas. In recognition of her work in 2014, Reporters Without Borders named her as one of the"100 Heroes of Information". She has managed and delivered training programs for journalists and news media in the Middle East, Europe and Asia and has conducted programs in English and Arabic. She works with international organizations and the media development community and has delivered speeches at many international conferences. She has written extensively on journalism, political affairs and media development.