Article Atelier 4M Alger 2013The goal of this coming 4M workshop is to support the development of the online press in Algeria. It is aimed at 20 journalists from the major Algerian pure players Algérie Focus , Maghreb émergent and NessNews , the site of the Envoyés Spéciaux Algériens .

The programme revolves around four main themes: economic organisation, technical development and innovation, structural and professional evolution, and social networks at the service of journalism. Each theme will be explored principally through exchange between participants and led by both French and Algerian experts. The main objective is to provide practical advice, which can be implemented upon return to the different editorial teams.

This workshop will also help to evaluate the professional needs of the participants and subsequently set up training operations within the editorial teams in the coming months.

4m-sidibouzidCFI has just launched a new project in Tunisia to create citizen journalism clubs in youth centres; this project is in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Tunisia and the Tunisian Nawaat blog, and is supported by CONFEJES - Conférence des Ministres de la Jeunesse et des Sports de la Francophonie (Conference of Ministers of Youth and Sports of Francophonie).

Initially, training will be held from September 25 to October 9, 2011 in Sidi Bouzid. It will involve trainers who will be in charge of moderating these clubs and to train the youth on video techniques and on participatory journalism on the Internet.

Two CFI experts established the framework for this project: web-journalist Manuel Liutkus and documentary filmmaker Mylène Sauloy, and also by two web experts in Nawaat - Riadh El Hammi and Oussema Mssaoud. Ten moderators from five different regions will receive two weeks of practical training on citizen journalism.

After the workshop, they will be able to do a citizen report or story independently, to publish their reports online using social media, and to train other young people on the same techniques.

In the second phase, these moderators will organise clubs in their respective youth centers. CFI will ensure that the clubs are monitored by carrying out a second round of activities in the five youth centers that participated in the first session. When these two workshops are completed, the project may eventually be developed to cover other youth centres.

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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

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