4M BEIRUT FORUM

Published in 4M BEIRUT FORUM 2014

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How are online media changing the very foundations of news production and broadcasting in the Arab world?

What impact are they having on the public debate?

At a time when life in the Arab world is becoming more turbulent than ever, the 4M forum in Beirut from 17 to 19 October will analyse the role and place of online media in this complex and highly charged context: how are online media changing the very foundations of news production and broadcasting in the Arab world? What impact are they having on the public debate?

Discover the 20 interviews conducted during the three days.

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On 6 December 2013, 4M Mashreq was officially launched in Beirut, with the aim of providing tailored guidance to new independent and innovative online news media which have a high potential for development.

The mission of 4M Mashreq is to identify new players in the online news sector in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Palestine and to help them with their editorial, technical and financial development.
The project is being led by CFI, the French media cooperation agency, in partnership with Alt City (an enterprise facilitation and support organisation in Lebanon), Skeyes (Fondation Samir Kassir) and the Institut Français in Beyrouth.

 

Guidance over a period of several months

Following a call for applications from existing organisations and the selection of projects, five incubator sessions will be held in 2014 at Alt City’s offices in Beirut. During these sessions, the projects will be supervised and developed with one-to-one coaching by international experts. The sessions will focus particularly on developing groundbreaking audio, video and data content, finding technical solutions, business models, and team leadership.

The most promising projects selected for 4M Mashreq will also be able to benefit from financial support under the European "Media and Culture" programme (terms and conditions apply).

 Between each session, participants will be supervised by two teaching coordinators, Julien Le Bot (journalist and founder of the Yakwala news platform) and David Munir Nabti of Alt City. The best media projects developed will be presented at the 4M Mashreq Forum to be held in November 2014.

To mark the official launch of 4M Mashreq and the call for projects, CFI is organising a one-day professional conference in Beirut on 6 December, on the theme of “New Media: the Crucibles of Innovation”.

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Provisional timetable for 4M Mashreq:

  • 21 to 26 April: session 1
  • 16 to 21 June: session 2
  • 4 to 9 August: session 3
  • 8 to 13 September: session 4
  • October 2014 : session 5, followed by 4M Forum Beirut

4M Mashreq call for applications

4M Mashreq call for applications (arabic version)

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