The ethics and techniques of journalism are relevant in some way to all Syrian students today, regardless of what profession they choose. Following the news and being aware of who produces it and how means becoming a selective, critical and engaged reader rather than a passive recipient. 

 

About the journalism program

Syrians consume a lot of news.

Yet most of the displaced Syrian teenagers that we work with do not know where does "news" come from. They do not know what journalism really means. They have been exposed to either government-censored or advocacy group media, both often confused with journalism. 

In the first track of the program we deconstruct their pre-existing perceptions of journalism and create a new foundation for reporting and writing after they understand the ethics and the principles that govern the craft.

By the end of the first workshop, students are expected to:

  • Become more critical news consumers
  • Understand the difference between journalism and advocacy
  • Understand the ethics of journalism
  • Understand the different types of stories: breaking stories, features, news articles, opinion pieces and profiles
  • Understand how a story is written (the inverted pyramid)
  • Learn how to find news online 

The second track of the journalism workshop is an advanced multimedia workshop during which we identify, train and mentor students who want to pursue a career in journalism. After the advanced workshop, some students will train at a local newspaper in Istanbul while attending English and Turkish language courses. An advanced workshop was conducted in September 2015 for 15 students. Three of them got an internship in Istanbul and trained in a local paper for 4 months while taking Turkish classes. Click here for their story.

 

Previous Journalism Workshops

November 2015

Reyhanli, Turkey - Al Salam School

An introductory workshop for 40 students, we deconstructed the student's pre-existing perceptions of journalism and created a new foundation for reporting and writing after they understand the ethics and the principles that govern the craft.

September 2015

Reyhanli, Turkey - Al Salam School

Advanced multimedia workshop. A group of experienced reporters conducted an advanced workshop for 15 students teaching them how to tell their stories using video, radio and pictures.

July 2016

Workshop cancelled following attempted coup.

November 2015

Reyhanli, Turkey

The second introductory workshop.

 

ADVANCED JOURNALISM WORKSHOP, September 2015