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TAP - Mediterranean seminar on use of video in news agencies

TUNIS/Tunisia(TAP) - A professional symposium on the use of video at news agencies is held on June 17 and 18 in Tunis, at the initiative of the Tunis-Afrique-Presse (TAP) news agency, in co-operation the with the La Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) foundation and the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN).
Several experts, officials and journalists representing the various Mediterranean news agencies are participating in this meeting.
They stressed the importance of audiovisual content in the journalistic product of news agencies, especially in the face of media development and the proliferation of information on social networks.
TAP CEO Rachid Khechana stressed, at the opening of the meeting, the Agency's concern during the next stage to include audiovisual content in the texts and news produced.
TAP plans to create a new journalistic production unit specialising in the insertion of videos, he said.
Speaking about the Algerian experience, Mohamed Rahmouni, head of the multimedia department of the Algerian News Agency (APS), stressed the importance of investing in human resources (journalists and technicians) to guarantee an optimal quality product that respects professional standards and can compete with those of other media.
The seminar brings together participants from Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Syria, Palestine, Turkey, France, Greece, Spain and Albania.

 

TAP - Seminar on uses of video in news agencies recommends mainstreaming mobile journalism and various multimedia
TUNIS/Tunisia - (TAP) - The seminar on Uses of Video at News Agencies: Comparative Mediterranean Approaches, organised on June 17 and 18 in Tunis by Tunis-Afrique-Presse (TAP) news agency, in association with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), recommended at the end of its work to promote the use of mobile journalism in newsrooms because of its important role in diversifying content and increasing production.

It also recommended giving due importance to videos for their important role in redesigning press work in news agencies and diversifying their media and news products.

The recommendations of the seminar also call for the diversification of technologies used besides mobile phones, cameras and editing technologies to produce digital content of high quality and value.

Emphasis was placed on the need to support training and rehabilitation efforts aimed at improving the skills of agency journalists and to provide them with the needed skills to use modern media and their techniques as part of a strategy aimed at investing in human resources and adapting them to the challenges of the interactive digital landscape.

Participants also recommended adjusting the marketing plan for the new video service after determining the appropriate business model.

They therefore stressed the need of studying the smartphone user base in accordance with the characteristics of each country's community mode and the human and material opportunities available to each agency, while working to create the different forms of video production.

Secretary-General of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) George Penintaex called for the need to develop a programme of co-operation and exchange of experiences between AFP and TAP news agencies, while seeking to invest in young talents capable of creativity and innovation in content industry.

During the seminar, the experiences of the various Mediterranean news agencies in the use of videos and various working methods were reviewed.

Representatives of the participating agencies emphasised the need to mainstream video production and create an audiovisual production unit as an added value of the work in news agencies and due to its role in strengthening the role of news agencies in their environment as a major source of professional news shifting from traditional journalism to multimedia journalism offering diversified products.

The seminar, which was opened Monday by CEO of TAP Agency Rachid Khechana, the Secretary-General of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies and Resident Representative of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Holger Dix, is part of TAP's preparations for launching a video production unit in the coming weeks, a project funded by the European Union under the Media Support Programme in Tunisia.

 

TAP seminar on uses of videos in news agencies closes
TUNIS/Tunisia - (TAP) - Tunis-Afrique-Presse (TAP) news agency held on June 18 and 19 a professional seminar on Video Uses at News Agencies: Comparative Mediterranean Approaches, in association with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN).

The seminar, which was attended by more than 30 journalists from several Arab and Mediterranean countries, is part of TAPs concern to learn more about comparative experiences in the production of videos and audiovisual contents and to expand professional consultation before launching this new service in future TAP products.

During the two-day meeting presided over by TAP CEO Rachid Khachana, participants discussed topics related mainly to the production of video content, the video editing process and the selection of audio clips in connection with the editorial line and the professional and commercial contribution this kind of product may provide to the news agency.

Rami Samara, head of the multimedia department at the Palestinian news agency, gave a presentation on "the importance of video production in the news agency", while Mohamed Rahmouni, assistant editor-in-chief of the audiovisual department in APS spoke about: "Investing in human resources: When Technology is not solely a technical issue.

For her part, Nadia Abram, editor-in-chief of the audiovisual department at the Moroccan News Agency (MAP) focused on the experience of her agency in video content production, saying MAP provides preferential services to its customers and partners.

Tuesday's speeches by Csar Akl, head of the audiovisual division at the Lebanese news agency and Ignacio Martin, a journalist from EFE news agency, and George Kouvaras, a journalist with the audiovisual section of the Greek news agency tackled the issue of video production from a press and technical perspective.

The discussion focused particularly on a central issue: which complementarity between writing and video?

For his part, Yilmaz Yaman, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at Turkish Anadolu news agency highlighted the marketing and promotional aspects of video productions, while Sherif Al-Toukhi, a video journalist at Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA), gave a presentation titled "Video journalism and its impact on social media sites.

Rachid Khechana, Chief Executive Officer of TAP news agency, George Penintaex, Secretary General of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN) and Holger Dix, resident representative of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Tunisia had stressed at the opening session of the seminar the importance of this meeting in sharing experiences in the production of video contents between news agencies from the technical and editorial viewpoints.

They emphasised the need to the make the most of successful approaches in the two shores of the Mediterranean, especially the North Mediterranean likely to strengthen exchange and co-operation between them in a vital and important area which is the production and industry of digital content.

 

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Anadolu Agency launches new Energy News Training
26-day program begins with 23 international participants from six different countries

By Muhsin Baris Tiryakioglu

ANKARA - Anadolu Agency on Monday launched its Energy Journalism Training for international participants in Ankara in collaboration with the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and Anadolu Agency's News Academy.
Twenty-three international trainees began the program from six different countries - Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Mongolia.

Representatives from the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Ministry, Turkey's Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA), Turkish Petroleum (TP) and academics from Turkey's Ankara University, Middle East Technical University (METU), the Turkish Energy Law Research Institute and the Institute for Energy Markets and Policies (EPPEN) will deliver training in accordance with Anadolu Agency's vision of establishing specialized reporting in different sectors.

As part of the program several subjects will be addressed, including reporting and interview techniques, energy policies, the global natural gas and oil market plus energy law. Simultaneous Russian translation will be provided to trainees.

Carried out by Anadolu Agency's News Academy, the training is unique as it offers a 26-day program covering both theoretical and practical classes. The program will continue until Nov. 17.

Successful participants will be awarded internationally-recognized certificates at the end of their training. The agency, which has over 1,500 subscribers both in Turkey and abroad, also plans to launch a Spanish service soon.

 

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Anadolu Agencys war journalism trainees graduate
25 international reporters complete 12-day intensive war journalism program

By Diyar Guldogan and Satuk Bugra Kutlugun

ANKARA - A group of 25 international journalists, who took part in Anadolu Agencys 13th intensive war journalism training program, graduated on Friday.

The 12-day program organized by Anadolu Agencys News Academy in collaboration with the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the Turkish Police Academy, began on Oct. 9.

Journalists from Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kenya, Kosovo, Ethiopia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Serbia were trained by Turkeys military, police, emergency services and public order bodies in Ankara.

As part of the program, several subjects -- including journalism, personal security, first aid, advanced driving techniques, water-survival techniques, survival during chemical and biological attacks and media management in hostile environments -- were taught.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Mehmet Yilmaz, head of TIKA's External Affairs & Partnerships Department congratulated the reporters for "successfully" finishing the course.

"I hope that you will never [have to] need a certificate that you receive today," Yilmaz added.

Mucahit Muhammed Soykan, the agencys director of Human Resources and Administrative Affairs, congratulated the participants for completing the "tiring and difficult" training.

Amir Nuspahic, who joined the program from Bosnia-Herzegovina, graduated top of the group.

Successful participants were awarded internationally-recognized certificates at the end of their training.

 

1st Meeting of Environmental Meeting of Environmental Journalists from News Agencies in the Mediterranean

Mediterranean enviromental journalistsand communicators along with representatives of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), convened in Malaga on 18 Decwmber, 2015 on the occasion of the First Meeting of Environemtal Journalists from Mediterranean News Agencies called by thr IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation.

 

1st Meeting of Environmental Meeting of Environmental Journalists from News Agencies in the Mediterranean

Mediterranean enviromental journalistsand communicators along with representatives of the Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies (AMAN), convened in Malaga on 18 Decwmber, 2015 on the occasion of the First Meeting of Environemtal Journalists from Mediterranean News Agencies called by thr IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation.


 - Malaga Declaration
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Speech by GP - IUCN

 

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" JOURNALISM AND SOCIAL MEDIA " - Barcelona

EFE, as 2015 AMAN President, had host a seminar on JOURNALISM AND SOCIAL MEDIA: "Challenges in a changing region"  from 27th-29th April 2015

The seminar was with the collaboration of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed)

 

 - Seminar Program
 - List of Participants


 

 

 

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