New reflections on exile and migration

Workshop in Beirut 16-17 March

Are you a journalist, someone with experience in media and writing, or someone working with refugees and migration? This workshop, held in Beirut on 16-17 March, will give you an opportunity to reflect on your own perspectives, develop better understandings of migration in Lebanon, and find ways to do better reporting on the topic.

The workshop is open to anyone with a journalistic experience, including writers, documentarians, photographers, bloggers, students and others, and anyone working with refugees and migration, in particular those in communication or documentation who come in close contact with journalists. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds.

During two full days, using participatory and reflective methods, we will look at ourselves as journalistic actors: how our own experiences have shaped us and our perspectives, how the way we report has an impact on others, and how we can do journalism in a way that defies stereotypes and promotes justice and equality.

The workshop will:

– give participants an introduction to migration in the Lebanese context

– promote critical ways of thinking about journalism in general and migration reporting in particular

– encourage an intercultural and self-reflective approach where journalists reflect on their own roles

– connect different actors in journalism and work collectively for a more just and equitable coverage

The organisers of the workshop are Jibal, a Lebanese non-profit promoting sustainability and social justice, and Mashallah News, a regional media collective publishing stories on society and urban culture. Angela Saade, co-founder of Jibal and a long-established trainer on youth and anti-discrimination projects, and Jenny Gustafsson, co-founder of Mashallah News and editor/journalist with a long experience of reporting on migration, will lead the workshop. The session on migration in the Lebanese context will be held by Fawwaz Traboulsi, historian, political scientist and accomplished author/journalist who has published widely on politics, culture and social movements.

Time: Friday 16 March and Saturday 17 March, 9.00–17.30, with breaks for lunch and coffee.

Place: TBD, Hotel seminar room in Beirut. There is a possibility to sleep in the hotel if needed.

Language: English and Arabic, with simultaneous translation

Price: full $70, reduced $50. If you cannot cover for the fee, please get in touch with us and we will find a solution. The price includes one hotel night and food during the 2 days  workshop.

To apply, fill in this form before 2 March.

For questions, write to info@mashallahnews.com or contact@jibal.org

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