A workshop in Beirut in February helped 13 Iraqis with varying degrees of journalistic and public relations experience to advance their careers. The Journalism Training Program worked with the refugees on crisis management in the 21st century, the nature of news and the setting of priorities, the importance of linguistic skills, and the role of the press office.
The training included interviews, news conferences, building a strategic media plan, media ethics, and a visual identity scheme. JTP director Magda Abu-Fadil, explaining how to set up a digital newsroom, also introduced participants to the changing face of multimedia and the need to incorporate online and social media into their integrated communications thinking. The event was sponsored by International Medical Corps (IMC), a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training, and relief and development programs.