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Support for Palestinian media sector: project concludes radio training in Gaza and West Bank.

Jerusalem / Alix de Mauny - As part of the 'Support to the Palestinian Media Sector' project funded by the European Union and the Dutch Government, the BBC World Service Trust successfully concluded, in April and May, a specialised radio training in five radio stations in Gaza. Journalists working for Alwan, Fursan Al-Erada, Sawt A-Sha'ab, Al-Eman and Gaza FM radio stations were trained in news management, writing and interviewing skills, news selection, production of news bulletins with audio inserts and programme design. Wafa Hamdan from Alwan Radio noted that "The training was unique, as it combined both theoretical and practical methods on the same level, so at the end of the training we were able to produce a radio programme according to what we have learned." For radio presenter Samia Zubaidi, who produces a programme called "She and the Society" for Radio Sawt A-Sha'ab, the training was the first of its kind "I realised that I have to start all over again with my programme, in terms of timing, duration, style, content and outreach to the audience." In the West Bank, the BBC World Service Trust concluded a course of radio training targeting managers, producers, presenters and reporters working for Maan Radio Network, radio Zein in Jenin, Tareeq Al-Mahabeh FM in Nablus, Radio Bethlehem 2000, Raya FM and A-Sharq Radio in Ramallah. Led by BBC trainer Tony Howson, the three-week course focused on Understanding Audiences, Breakfast Shows, Package Making, Drivetime Programmes and News Management. The face-to-face training was complemented with on-line components using the BBC World Service Trust's iLearn training system: Introduction to Journalism, Accuracy, Impartiality and Fairness and Straight Dealing. 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 New Israeli Shekels) funded by the European Union (80%) and the Dutch Government (20%). The project aims to support the Palestinian media sector and strengthen its role and service to the public through greater commitment to standards of ethical journalism, as well as increase the level of networking and dialogue between media professionals in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

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Date:May 14, 2009
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