Anja Wollenberg, Sven Recker and Koumay Mulhem during an MICT journalism seminar in Tunisia
Media Academy Iraq eyes upcoming vote



Gearing up for Iraq's provincial elections, the Media Academy Iraq will start a string of workshops in April. Taking place in Baghdad, Kerbala and Najaf, the training sessions aim to hone balanced electoral reporting ahead of the ballots in late April.

Launched in 2011, the Media Academy Iraq offers training and consultancy to media outlets across the country. Iraqi experts work with media professionals via in-house training, open classes or mentorship programmes. These focus on journalistic and technical skills as well as marketing, financing and business development.
Shortcuts to Journalism handbook out now

Shortcuts to Journalism: The Basics of Print, Online and Broadcast Reporting is hot off the press. Written for aspiring journalists as well as seasoned professionals, this handy, bilingual booklet (English-Arabic) delves into the basics of reporting. Concise summaries and checklists get to the bottom of questions including: How do I pitch an idea to an editor? How can I make a broadcast-quality video on my smart phone? How can I protect myself when reporting in a conflict area?
Supporting independent and citizen media in Syria

MICTs first programme to support Syrian media producers just concluded with workshops in Aleppo, Erbil, Amman, Beirut and Gaziantep. Since the end of 2012 MICT has provided tailor-made support for key players in the emergent, independent and citizen media scene.
Participants included a photographers’ collective, online reporters, underground newspapers and radio stations as well as a recently-formed independent journalists association.
Media & Makers: Khartoum 2013



On May 4-5th MICT will host a conference in Khartoum on Open Knowledge and Sustainable Management for Media in Sudan. It follows in the footsteps of last year’s event “Media & Makers: Juba 2012,” organised in cooperation with UNESCO and local partners, where 70 participants gathered in the South Sudanese capital in December. Like the Juba event, the Khartoum forum will feature working groups where media business people and journalists sit alongside international experts.

The 24-page documentation of the previous conference in Juba, complete with sketchnotes by Julian Kücklich is available for download.
Tunisian round-table probes relations between media and politics

On March 15th-16th Tunisian journalists came face-to-face with public relations officers from parties and ministries at Tunis' Manouba University to strategize on improving information sharing and coordination between media and politics. The round table discussion was a collaboration between the Institut de Presse et de Sciences de l`ìnformation of the Manouba University in Tunis (IPSI), the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (LMU) and MICT. Beyond the round table event, MICT’s team in Tunis also cooperates with IPSI on the capacity building of its students.
.iq just released!

The print magazine .iq – Portrait of an unknown country offers unusual geographical insight into Iraq. Formed like a road trip, the publication sweeps readers from the autonomous Kurdistan region in the north to Iraq’s port city Basrah in the far south. The country's regions, cities and people are captured in reports and images by Iraqi journalists and photographers. In addition to the 100-page-long journey, .iq – Portrait of an unknown country includes a 15-page Iraq business report 2012/2013 which collates relevant data on Iraq’s economy, key sectors and business opportunities.
Jour Fixe 2013 brings together actors of German media development scene



On April 10th 2013 MICT and Reporters Without Borders will organize an expert meeting for practitioners, actors and academics of the German media development scene. Held in Berlin, the one-day conference “Jour Fixe for Media and Development” is the largest get-together of its kind in Germany. The Jour Fixe is an event of the FoME (Forum Medien und Entwicklung), a platform of German media development experts.
Iran Media Events Series continues in Berlin

In cooperation with Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance a discussion forum will be held on “Electoral Coverage in Iranian Media“ on June 10th 2013 in Berlin. Well-known Islamic studies scholar Prof. Udo Steinbach and MICT´s political scientist Adnan Tabatabai will host experts from political and media sciences to discuss the journalistic coverage of Iran's 11th presidential elections. It will be the third forum in a series of events called “Media landscape and public discourse in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” underway since autumn 2012.
Financial sustainability for media houses in North Africa



Capacity building for 15 radio stations, newspapers and TV channels in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, focusing on sustainable financing, fundraising and marketing have just kicked off in cooperation with MICT’s sister organization Plural Media Services.
THE NILES: 2012 edition



The new 2012 edition of The Niles Newspaper has just been released, marking the first anniversary of South Sudan's independence. The Niles Newspaper is realized by over 20 journalists from the whole of Sudan as an example of independent, balanced and accurate coverage of Sudanese and South Sudanese affairs. About 5,500 copies were distributed in South Sudan already, distribution in Khartoum will start soon.
correspondents.org


13/07/2012 A magazine by local reporters from TUNISIA, LIBYA and EGYPT. Starting in July, the website will publish first-hand accounts from journalists on the ground, from inside and across the three Arab Spring countries.
New MICT Study: The Sudanese Press after Separation



19/07/2012 This brand new MICT study examines the history of the Sudanese press over the past century. It shines a spotlight on Sudan’s current media landscape and provides an in-depth analysis of Sudanese journalists’ experience of print journalism.
THE NILES

17/06/2012 The peoples of Sudan and South Sudan are witness to a momentous process that poses tremendous challenges. While South Sudan’s independence on July 9, 2011, was widely celebrated, bilateral issues concerning citizenship, national borders, constitutions, oil wealth and debt sharing are still on the agenda. The region’s diversity of cultures, religions and languages, along with its abundance of natural resources, holds great potential to foster positive development. The media in Sudan and South Sudan will play a key role in shaping the future of both nations.

The Niles is a project to promote independent, balanced and accurate coverage of Sudanese and South Sudanese affairs. Working with some fifty journalists from throughout Sudan – and now South Sudan - since 2009, MICT conducts practical training and coaching to help advance reporters’ skills in relaying the stories that shape people’s lives. The results are published by local newspaper & radio stations and on www.theniles.org.
New MICT Libya Publication



Reinventing the public sphere in Libya. Observations, portraits and commentary on a newly emerging media landscape.

MICT visited post-revolutionary Libya and spoke to many locals working in the media in Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata, and other Libyan cities. The result is a publication that analyses the newly emerging media landscape in the country. It contains in-depth background research as well as interviews with, and portraits of, the most significant publishers, editors, and media activists.
Afghanistan Today

The Afghanistan Today (AT) project brings together media professionals from across Afghanistan. The project’s website, www.afghanistan-today.org, is a place for reports, diaries, photos and films from all over Afghanistan.

AT brings together up to 20 Afghan journalists, photographers and filmmakers from around Afghanistan with the aim of enriching the debate about Afghanistan with local perspectives. Since 2012, when AT began to include journalists from Tajikistan and Pakistan, working together with their Afghan colleagues on cross-border issues, it has become a truly regional project.

And at the same time, AT is a training project because we are convinced that learning on the job makes more sense than sitting in seminar rooms.
Media Academy Iraq: Achieving Media Sustainability

The Media Academy Iraq (MAI) supports the sustainable development of an independent media industry through the recruitment, training and empowerment of Iraqi media professionals.

“By Iraqis for Iraqis” is the operating mandate and governs the breadth of MAI's activities - from the recruitment and training of MAI leadership to the distribution of our training programs in media houses throughout the country.

MAI management and operational staff are Iraqi media experts. Recruited, trained and supported by German and international industry professionals, they extend their knowledge of modern media management and production to local journalists, producers and managers.

MAI's trainers teach custom-made curricula in the Erbil headquarters, online, and in media houses across the country. But the training involves more than words on a blackboard. Through our mentorship program and the use of Niqash.org the students are offered an immediate opportunity to practice their knowledge in an active media environment.

Established in 2005, Niqash.org delivers critical reporting on the political developments of Iraq. MAI students participate in the editorial direction and production of the website, making Niqash.org a live publication platform for their work in news reporting, photojournalism, multimedia production, and more.
Wirtschaftsplattform Irak

In 2009, MICT launched www-wp-irak.de (WPI), an online platform for German businesses and companies interested in working, and investing, in Iraq. During the past three years, WPI has reached an important and potent circle of decision makers in both business and politics. The website contains detailed information on local legislation, economic regulations and current political, social and developmental issues in Iraq today.

Among the regular features is business news, reports on tenders, in-depth analyses and background reportage, as well as up-to-date events notes. The Wirtschaftsplattform Irak is put together by a team of experts based in Berlin, in conjunction with journalists, activists and business operators in Iraq and the wider Middle East.
First edition of THE NILES Newspaper

During the past three years,a group of over 50 media practitioners from the whole of Sudan have taken part in the MICT project ‘sudan votes’, which aims at locating current affairs in a Sudanese context. Spanning diverse age, ethnic and religious groups, the ‘sudan votes’ journalists work across the political divide. The bilingual newspaper The Niles was produced jointly by journalists from Sudan and newly independent South Sudan.
SUDAN VOTES MUSIC HOPES Remixed

Yes to political participation! Yes to a peaceful referendum! The project aims to increase awareness of the 2011 referendum on the independence of South Sudan on an international level. The first release presents the Emmanuel Jal EP "Kuar" in two remixed versions by Olof Dreijer and Henrik Schwarz.

Several organisations have come together from across the world on the Sudan 365 - A Beat For Peace campaign to promote international awareness and advocate a free and fair referendum. The Sudan Votes Music Hopes Remixed project by MICT joins this global campaign.
tabadul.de: German-Iraqi Academic Exchange

The Iraqi-German scholarship programme will be run annually. Every year up to 100 Master's and PhD scholarships can be awarded if there are enough qualified applicants. The scholarship covers living costs and study costs, including German language courses. The programme is run jointly by MICT, The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MoHESR) in Iraq and the DAAD in Germany.
Iraq Election Coverage Network

The Election Coverage Network is a voter education project for the parliamentary elections in Iraq in January 2010 financed by UNAMI. On July 5th 2009 a consortium of journalists from all parts of Iraq started the production of radio interviews, reports, and information on election issues in cooperation with a German-Arabic team of editors.

The project aims on providing the Iraqi people with background information about parties, candidates and details on the voting process. The products will be made available to a network of FM radio stations across Iraq and via Internet.