Tunisia Youth Media Network

Tunisia Youth Media Network


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Lisa Kovack IWPR Tunisia

Lisa Kovack
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To enhance the engagement of journalists in the political and social changes under way in Tunisia since early 2011, IWPR is conducting a two-year programme to help build sustainable, diverse, and independent media in the country. The project aims to improve professional standards among journalists, and establish linkages between traditional and informal media.

A series of training workshops for young journalists and bloggers will cover basic reporting skills, best practices in political reporting, transitional justice, and effective use of social media.

Activity summary


Programme Highlights

Participants build networks and develop skills in reporting, blogging and production.

This handbook is a practical guide for journalists reporting on elections in Libya, and is based on IWPR’s wide experience of training and working with reporters in the Middle East and in Africa, Europe and Asia.

Related handbooks and printed materials produced by IWPR.

  • Training for over 70 journalists and bloggers as of June 2012;
  • Rapidly expanding networks of journalists and bloggers in six major regions: Sidi Bouzid, Kef, Gabès, Kairouan, and Tatouine;
  • Four internet centres serving as publication, training and resource hubs. Two are already up and running, in Sidi Bouzid and Gabès;
  • Launch of websites carrying news, analysis and multimedia content;
  • Promoting the use of video to documenting trends and events;
  • Facebook page connecting participating journalists, bloggers and other Tunisians; also specific Facebook groups for trainee groups.

Key Partnerships

  • National Syndicate for Tunisian Journalists (SNJT), the major media union, is working with IWPR on free speech issues, liaison with journalists and state institutions.
  • Tunisia Live, An online news agency established soon after the 2011 revolution, generating news and analysis. One of its flagship products is Tunisia Talks, a YouTube channel containing video footage documenting social and political trends. IWPR is working with Tunisia Live to develop Tunisia Talks further with high-quality video content generated by an extensive network of contributors from all across Tunisia.

Recent training events

  • Journalism:  two events to date, one in March 2012 in Gabès, the other in late April at IWPR’s main office in Tunis, both covering the basics of news gathering and production for print and broadcast.
  • Transitional justice:  training journalists, bloggers, and activists on transitional justice reporting, in conjunction with SNJT. Tunisia Live reporter Asma Ghribi subsequently published two articles on the theme, Debating Transitional Justice in Tunisia and Painful Path to Justice for Tunisian Families.
  • Video Production:  first in a series of workshops on video techniques. The workshop, a collaboration with Tunisia Live, aimed to build the capacity of the plethora of amateur video bloggers across Tunisia. The focus was on basic video-shooting and editing skills, and on the concept of citizen journalism as a social responsibility. Bourguiba Avenue Reads, a video produced during the training and posted on Tunisia Talks, covered a “happening” in Tunis in April in support of literacy.