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Training course for Moroccan radio journalists PDF Print

Dates: 29 March - 2 April 2010

Location: Marrakech, Morocco

The Media Diversity Institute is organising a 5 day production-oriented training course for young Moroccan radio journalists. The course will be run by Jean-Michel Duffrene, Editor at the BBC French for Africa Service, and Safi Naciri, Editor in Chief at Moroccan SNRT National Radio. Participants will be trained in the production of stories designed to give a voice to Moroccan citizens whose voices are not usually heard in the Moroccan media.  Applicants must work for a radio station in Morocco, commit to produce a short radio piece by the end of the course, and broadcast the story on their radio station.  The course will be conducted in French. The best trainees will be invited to visit the UK. For more information or to apply for the course please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Moroccan editors study media & diversity in the UK PDF Print

MDMCFeb10Ch4a2Twenty two of Morocco’s leading media owners and editors gathered in London on 25-26 February 2010, to attend a conference and study tour exploring Inclusive Journalism.

The event, organised by the Media Diversity Institute, called “Inclusive Media for Inclusive Societies” is part of a two year programme to support a more responsible and inclusive media in Morocco, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The opening session included a keynote speech by Lesley Abdela MBE, UK Woman Political Journalist of the year 2009, and a panel debate on how responsible and inclusive the British media is, particularly in relation to coverage of the Middle East & North Africa and the Muslim community in the UK. The panellists included Sharif Hikmat Nashashibi, Director of Arab Media Watch, Nick Carter from the Society of Editors, James Brandon, from the Quilliam Foundation, and Professor Robert Pinker from the Press Complaints Commission.

The two-day event also included visits to the BBC Diversity Department, BBC Arabic Service, Channel 4 Television, and the Guardian newspaper.

‘Seeing the Others’ – an insight into the Media Diversity Institute's work in Egypt, 2008-2010 PDF Print

Colorful Pigments 2The ‘Seeing the Others’ booklet offers an insight into the Media Diversity Institute project titled ‘Reporting Diversity: a media programme to promote inter-community dialogue and moderate voices as a means to prevent religious radicalization in Egypt’, in which Egyptian journalism professors, journalism students and journalists participated, during 2008-2010.

The project was set up to advance journalism education and journalism skills through hands-on production training for practicing journalists and through the development and implementation of specialized university curricula, related to responsible reporting on social and cultural diversity in general, and religious diversity in particular. 

The booklet contains comments from project participants and all of the newspaper articles on diversity issues produced during the training courses for journalists. All of the articles were published in the newspapers from which the trainees came during 2009-2010.

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Moroccan journalists explore Inclusive Journalism PDF Print

‘Before you write about me, walk a mile in my shoes…’

XavierIt’s not every day that mosquitoes, camels and cats get together to talk about that day’s news headlines – but that’s what happened in February 2010 at a training course for Moroccan journalists in Tangier, run by the Media Diversity Institute.

The 21-strong group had been divided into teams, assigned an animal and asked to create the front page of a newspaper reporting the news that a powerful developer was about to start work building a luxury holiday complex in an environmentally sensitive area. The developer announced that he was going to use pesticide to kill all of the mosquitoes and offer his guests camel rides – so each animal group had a unique take on the news.

The aim was to encourage the journalists to discuss how they could report this news fairly and accurately, while also expressing their own view of the proposals and reflecting others’ perspectives – a challenging task. Taking the discussion out of the human world and into an imaginary one helps the participants think more objectively and creatively about some of the cornerstones of journalism, such as the relationship between different opinions and ‘truth’, how conflicting viewpoints can be fairly reported, the importance of multiple sources, and the distinction between news and opinion.

Young Moroccan Radio Journalists produce stories on diversity PDF Print

Posted on: 5 February 2010

Country: Morocco

yan2 copyA drug addict musician, an AIDS patient, a single pregnant woman, a member of an extremist Islamic movement, a Berber magician, a Moroccan Jew who emigrated to Israel, an atheist, a millionaire from the city of Fes, an American gay doctor, his partner, a Sub-Saharan immigrant and a prostitute are all drifting at sea in a lifeboat. There is not enough food & water for all of them. They have to decide who will be thrown into the shark infested waters.

That was one of the role play sessions in a 10 day production oriented training course for young Moroccan radio journalists, run by former BBC journalists Jean-Michel Duffrene and Arjum Wajid, and Editor in Chief at Moroccan SNRT National Radio, Safi Naciri. The course was held in Casablanca from 23 January to 1 February 2010, and organized by the London-based Media Diversity Institute.

The outcome of the lifeboat role play session will not be revealed but, the participants were utterly shocked when they realized that a game can be so revealing and were even worried that the experience proved that their prejudices were stronger than their survival instincts.

The objective of the training programme was to encourage radio reporters to look at and reflect their society as it actually is: diverse, multi-cultural, pluralistic, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious rather than homogeneous and monolithic. The aim was to help journalists develop their professional skills to better represent this diversity in society through fair, balanced, well-researched, properly sourced, and prejudice-free coverage. They were asked to develop new ideas and innovative editorial approaches for features, packages, debates, and reports that truly reflect the diversity of life in Moroccan society today.

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