Google News Initiative powers digital journalism training for MENA

Journalists around the world have access to a wide range of digital tools that can help inform their research and shape their reporting—whether it’s digital fact-checking techniques, mapping tools or data journalism.

In the Middle East and North Africa, digital integration in news and storytelling differs across the region—some major newsrooms are experimenting while others still lack the capability to use new digital technology in their reporting.

According to a recent survey from the International Center For Journalists, 77% of newsrooms across the region are concerned about their ability to create quality content. There’s a pressing need to support journalists, whatever their experience so far, and help them experiment with digital tools.

As part of our efforts on the Google News Initiative we’re announcing a new partnership with the ICFJ’s local team, IJNET Arabic, to provide training on digital tools to 4,000 journalists across six countries in the Middle East.


Journalists training with IJNET Arabic

In her own words, the ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan said “the MENA region lags in providing digital journalism and inspiring trust at a time when young audiences are clamoring for it. We hope that this far-reaching program can close the tech gap in the MENA region, and enhance the quality of digital news.”

A team of nine industry experts will help spread digital know-how, with IJNET Arabic hosting in-person newsroom workshops across the region. In the coming weeks, hundreds of journalists will take part in the first virtual session live from Dubai, from then training workshops will be held in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and UAE.

We’ve launched similar Training Networks in Germany, Indonesia and the United States. You can learn more about our training options, and learn how to use the tools yourself, on our website