"Supporting Citizen Journalism in Egypt" is a new project co-sponsored by the Regional Office of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNRF) in Cairo in cooperation with Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) and the support of the Rights & Democracy organization of Canada.
Citizen journalism – or publications of texts, videos or audio via the Internet by anyone who is capable of using these technical means – has become an important tool for self-expression and sharing uncensored information. This project aims at strengthening this new media by training bloggers (and those who aspire to become bloggers) and providing them with important and state of the art information. The project also aims at establishing and strengthening the cooperation between journalists working in the traditional media and bloggers.
The Foundation plans to organize together with her partners a series of educative activities in Egypt: Among these are workshops at which experts will teach the various aspects of blogging and help participants set up their own online-media. Prominent Egyptian bloggers have joined hands to write a hands-on manual that will provide information and tips and tricks regarding the various issues of blogging and citizen journalism in an Egyptian context. Finally, an international workshop will be held at which a selected number of Egyptian bloggers will be invited to exchange opinions and experiences with their colleagues from other Arab countries.
At this stage, we wish to invite Egyptian journalists and bloggers to apply for the first series of workshops. Successful applicants should demonstrate a genuine interest in the topic. Applicants should posses a blog (or another online publication) or have a proven track record in traditional journalism. We encourage applications from outside Cairo. Please note that applicants should be under the age of 35.
The application form should be filled and then sent to Sara.Abdel-Ghany@fnst.org.The deadline for receiving the applications is on the 3rd of July, 2010. Applications sent after this date will not be considered.
As part of its project to support citizen journalism in Egypt, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, with the support and collaboration of the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR), will launch four workshops designed to enhance the skills of citizen journalism for journalists and bloggers.
The first two workshops train journalists and bloggers on every aspect and every tool of blogging. The second two are training on the production of [Public Service Announcements (PSAs)]. A public service announcement (PSA) is a type of non-profit advertisement with the sole purpose of serving and benefiting the public. The purpose of this training is to teach the participants a creative and powerful tool to get their message through.
The trainers of the workshops are Egypt's most prominent bloggers and experts in the field like Malek Mustafa, Nora Younis, Hossam El Hamalawy, Adham El Shahabi, Deema Shaheen, Wael Abbas and Marwa Rakha.
A manual on blogging entitled "Express Yourself and Be Free" will be produced. The aim of the manual is to provide every Egyptian citizen with a practical guide on how to blog effectively, creatively and safely. The manual is authored by Egypt's most prominent bloggers and experts in the field like Malek Mustafa, Nora Younis, Hossam El Hamalawy, Adham El Shahabi, Deema Shaheen, Wael Abbas and Marwa Rakha. The EOHR has also contributed in writing the introductory and legal part of the manual.
A regional meeting in will be held at the end of the project to see the possibility of applying the project on a regional scale.