media production
Production and publications are the cornerstones of virtually all of MICT's projects. Typically, a training cooperation will yield journalistic material, which is then published on project websites such as correspondents.org, niqash.org or theniles.org. In all of these projects, articles and features by authors from the participant countries are edited, translated and published on these platforms. What distinguishes MICT's publications is the focus on local contributors, who report about current events in their native countries. MICT's role is to provide support for the journalists, which comprises editorial services and translation, as well as continuous coaching.

The selection of contributors and content aims at establishing a network of correspondents in all parts of the country, enabling them to report from the peripheries as well as the urban centers. This approach is based on the observation that certain parts of countries in transformation often develop at different speeds, resulting in disparate economic, cultural, and political structures. Examples include the attempts to establish autonomous regions in North and South Iraq, the ongoing tensions between Tripolitania and Cyrenaica in Libya, as well as the secession of South Sudan in 2011.

The concentration on political affairs in the national capitals, which is widespread in international media, thus obscures other, frequently contradictory, developments. MICT attempts to enable international recipients to understand the complexity and magnitude of political developments, by aggregating and contextualising local perspectives. This contributes to a more comprehensive picture, and integrates the view from the outside with the view from the inside.

Our correspondents from Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa often work as 'stringers' and 'fixers' (i.e. non-permanent, mostly uncredited staff) for international media, but they hardly ever get a byline. MICT attempts to address this disequilibrium between who is affected by current events and who interprets them by giving local contributors a stronger voice, shifting their perspectives from the margins to the centre.

MICT's magazine Correspondents, whose first issue was dedicated to the topic of 'Checkpoints', is an excellent example of such a collaboration. Young correspondents from Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt report on how they see their native countries in early 2013, and how they interpret the political turmoil they have experienced, and are still experiencing. Correspondents was awarded the Lead Awards Silver Medal in the category 'Newcomer of the Year'.