To meet 21st century audiences’ and users’ needs, journalists and newsroom managers must be fully engaged, must capitalize on social media, and must update their news gathering and production operations, Qatar-based journalists were told.
The advice was part of a two-day workshop Media Unlimited director Magda Abu-Fadil provided at a workshop in Doha at the headquarters of Al-Sharq daily newspaper and news portal.
The October 2015 event aimed at providing professional development advice and practical training to writers, reporters, editors and the daily’s portal content producers.
Abu-Fadil showed participants how the editorial departments of the newspaper and a common newsroom could be turned into a control center complemented by mobile journalists, user-generated content and social media.
She also engaged them in a lively presentation and discussion on media ethics.
A second component of the workshop zeroed in on digital-first journalism with case studies on how best to implement it.
The State Department’s U.S. Speaker Program, in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy in Qatar, organized the workshop.