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BBC Trust wraps up two-week Ma'an training course

Aug. 28, 2009 4:46 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 29, 2009 12:41 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - BBC World Service Trust completed a two-week specialised training course in television news production for Ma'an Network with the participation of network stations Bethlehem TV, Al-Amal TV, and Qalqiliya TV on Thursday.

The course, aimed at improving reportage, camerawork and photo editing, came as part of a two-year "Support to the Palestinian Media Sector" project funded by the European Union and the Dutch government.

The training focused on news reporting and the production of news stories, with participants producing 10 reports by the time training was completed. The course was complemented by an online seminar entitled, "Introduction to Journalism, Accuracy, Impartiality and Fairness and Straight Dealing," which was accessed via the BBC’s iLearn training resource.

Reporter Baseem Odeh from Qalqiliya TV said, "As a reporter, I now can shoot and edit pictures because the training was very comprehensive, and it proved in practice that teamwork is the core of television news."

For Abeer Abdul Kareem, a Ma'an reporter, the training "unified the standards and methods of all participating stations. The work of Ma'an Network depends on contributions from different stations, and one crucial problem was that each station works according to a different school of journalism. Now we will all be working according to one school."

The BBC World Service Trust's Support to the Palestinian Media Sector is a two-year project with a total budget of 850,000 euros (4 million Israeli shekels) funded by the European Union (80%) and the Dutch Government (20%).
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