Journalism workshop

A different perspective: writing on exile & migration

A boy runs out from his home in a tented settlement in the Bekaa Valley (Karim Mostafa)


Lebanon April 8-16 2017 Germany August 13-20 2017 France January 14-21 2018

We invite journalists between 18 and 30 years old, living in Lebanon, Germany and France, to collaborate in a media project on cultural diversity and social justice. This workshop, which will be held on three occasions, one in each country, aims to:

  • Give participants a better understanding of today’s refugee situation through social, political, economical and cultural perspectives, looking at different local contexts and promoting critical ways of thinking.
  • Encourage the development of an intercultural approach to reporting on refugees, where journalists, regardless of media, acknowledge and reflect on their own perspectives and positions.
  • Build an international network of journalists and media outlets, working in different countries, to exchange knowledge and experiences.
  • Work collectively for a more just and equitable coverage of issues relating to migration and what roles migrants and refugees play in society.


Who can participate?

Anyone aged 18-30 with an experience in journalism or the media, who speaks Arabic, French or German.


How does it work?

There will be three exchanges with the same participants: the first in Lebanon, the second in Germany and the third in France. During these workshops participants will share experiences and get to know the situation for refugees in each of the three countries. Sessions will be given by the organisers and local partners, and there will be collaborative content production. Trainers and participants will live together during the workshops, to make the most out of each exchange.


Dates and fees

Participants are expected to take part in all three sessions.

Phase 1 / Lebanon / April 8 – 16, 2017 / $160*

Phase 2 / Germany / August 13 – 20, 2017 / $160*
Preliminary workshop on European context for Lebanese participants in Lyon: August 10 – 11.

Phase 3 / France / January 14 – 21, 2018 / $160*

*This fee includes the programme, trip (flights to Germany or France), housing and food.

If you are unable to cover this amount, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will try to find a solution.


Information and registration

Mashallah News: info@mashallahnews.com

If you are interested in taking part, please fill in this questionnaire.

The approach

This training will be based on the concept of participatory education, where each person taking part becomes more aware of his or her role as an actor in society. The idea is to produce better, more locally connected and diverse journalism.

Each of the three workshops will put the participating journalists from Lebanon, Germany and France at the centre, both in terms of creating content and producing knowledge. Through sharing experiences, both personal and professional, and through learning from actors working in each of the three locations, we will seek out new and more inclusive ways of reporting on refugees and migration. There will be collaborative sessions on the political and social contexts of each country, exercises on how to pick news angles and working in different local contexts, and sessions with visiting organisations and people whose work relates to refugees and migration. All three languages (Arabic, German and French) will be used during the workshops, and translation will be provided by the organisers.



Bapob is a German youth exchange organisation focusing on intercultural and civic education. Bapob has organised  international meetups and workshops since 1980, with the goal to encourage independent and critical thinking and intercultural learning


Tabadol is a French association working to act against exclusion and discrimination. Through looking at identity formation and cross-border relationship building, Tabadol seeks to promote critical thinking and deconstruct biases and stereotypes.


Mashallah News is a collaborative online media platform covering the Arab world, Turkey and Iran, with an editorial base in Beirut and contributors living across the region. Since the start in 2010, the team has produced stories on culture, society and everyday life, published a book on Beirut, and organised or taken part in several cross-border media collaborations. Mashallah News does this workshop in collaboration with FRAME.

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