Print and broadcast journalism training course
The Doha Centre for Media Freedom organised in Doha, the capital of Qatar, a print and broadcast journalism training course for 14 journalists from South Sudan under the theme "basics of reporting" on April 25 - May 3.
Earlier this year, an overwhelming majority of the residents of southern Sudan voted to secede from the country. This summer, the region is expected to create an independent state called South Sudan.
Judit Neurink, one of the trainers leading the seminar, said the goal of the course was to prepare the journalists for the new country and government they would be covering.
"Will it have free media, and if it doesn't, how will you cope with that?" she asked the journalists, who hail from TV and print backgrounds.
The training sessions covered civil journalism and citizen journalism as well as the ethics of the profession during the practice. Journalists were trained in various editorial and technical aspects related to television news packaging as well as the basics of print journalism, interviews techniques and news stories editing, based on international editorial standards.
"I learned a lot, like (about) pictures, what type of pictures (to take), the duration of the report, (and) to not make the report longer," said Gordon Morris, a 30-year-old cameraman from Juba, who participated in the seminars.
He said the training was basic, but necessary to improve his skills and the quality of his work.
Neurink, a Dutch journalist with more than 25 years experience, took the lead in print training. Hassan Rachidi, a senior producer and former Morocco bureau chief for Al Jazeera, served as the broadcast trainer for the course, which began April 26, and wrapped up yesterday.
Jan Keulen, director of the Doha Centre for Media Freedom, lauded the team spirit of the group. He said the centre hopes to organise more training sessions in the future for the benefit of Qatari journalists and others.
The South Sudanese journalists were given diplomas in a short ceremony on May 2 at the centre's forum discussing media's role in the Arab revolutions.
The participants were trained and supervised by Judit Neurink and Hassan Rachidi.
Judit Neurink - Print Trainer
Judit has worked in journalism for 25 years - for Dutch media, for radio, newspapers and magazines. For the last 10 years, she has been a Middle East editor for Dutch newspaper Trouw.
In March 2011, her book Mijn Iraakse Familie (My Iraqi Family) was published, recounting her time in Iraq and the people around her, portraying the development of Iraqi Kurdistan through her friends. Two years earlier, in 2009 she penned De Bange Stad (The Frightened City), a novel on surviving in Baghdad.
Judit has served as vice-president of the Dutch Association of Journalists NVJ, and Press Now, an organisation supporting media in countries in transition. For Press Now, she trained journalists in Iraq and Iran.
She currently leads the Independent Media Centre in Kurdistan, based in Sulaymaniyah, where she provides training and consultancy for journalists across Iraq.
Hassan Rachidi - Broadcast Trainer
Hassan is a senior producer at Al Jazeera, and the channel's former Morocco bureau chief, where he oversaw a team of 60 staff. He has worked in broadcast journalism for more than 30 years.
As a journalist, Hassan has covered conflicts in Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Iraq. He previously served as director of programmes at Abu Dhabi TV and as the chief editor of Dutch broadcaster RNW's Arabic service.