Journalism Trainings

One difficulty is that the media have little or no memory. War correspondents have short working lives and there is no tradition or means for passing on their knowledge and experience. The military, on the other hand, is an institution and goes on forever. The military learned a lot from Vietnam and these days plans its media strategy with as much attention as its military strategy.

Phillip Knightley, Fighting dirty, The Guardian, March 20, 2000

Bosnia

In Bosnia we will visit Sarajevo, Tuzla (the head office of the International Commission on Missing Persons) and Srebrenica. During our visits we will interview and simultaneously film journalists, humanitarian aid workers, government officials (e.g. Dutch Embassy), the UN and other INGO’s, lawyers, survivors of the genocide, war documentation centers, relatives of victims (Mothers of Srebrenica NGO), documentary film makers, etc.

Based on these visits and meetings during the week that they spent in Bosnia, they will have to write stories, while being coached by professional war/conflict correspondents. We will also discuss the (digital) safety issues etc.

You know, you don’t necessarily know what your norms are or your values are. You try them out in different circumstances and you discover them. But anybody in the postwar generation will feel that the Holocaust was supposed to be a one-time event, that it could not happen again, that it should not happen in Europe, that we couldn’t let this sort of thing go on, and that if we, the reporters, don’t report it, then it could go on. So we all have this obligation.

Roy Gutman on the war in Bosnia

Turkey

In Turkey we will mainly visit Istanbul and Gaziantep, where most of the Syrian refugees reside. During our visits we will talk to Syrian refugees, humanitarian aid workers, government officials, journalists, war documentation centers, lawyers and experts. Among others, Pullitzer Prize Winner Journalist Roy Gutman will give us guest lectures on Bosnia, Syria, Ukraine and other war countries he worked in. Currently he is based in Istanbul.

Based on these visits and meetings during the week that they spent in Turkey/Syrian border, they will have to write stories, while being coached by professional war/conflict correspondents. We will also discuss the (digital) safety issues etc.

Lebanon

In Lebanon we will visit organisations for missing persons, human rights activists, lawyers, war documentation centers, journalists and experts.

Based on these visits and meetings during the week that they spent in Lebanon, they will have to write stories, while being  coached by professional war/conflict correspondents. We will also discuss the (digital) safety issues etc.

Palestine

In Palestine we will visit organisations for missing persons, human rights activists, lawyers, war documentation centers, journalists and experts.

Based on these visits and meetings during the week that they spent in Palestine, they will have to write stories, while being coached by professional war/conflict correspondents. We will also discuss the (digital) safety issues etc. 

The Netherlands

In The Netherlands we will visit human rights activists, refugee centers, lawyers, minority organisations, war documentation centers, journalists and experts.

Based on these visits and meetings during the week that they spent in The Netherlands, they will have to write stories, while being coached by professional war/conflict correspondents. We will also discuss the (digital) safety issues etc. 

Want to join?

For more information on our Journalism Center, please visit our webpage Ibn Khaldoun Center for Committed Journalists.