Twenty-five senior and experienced journalists were targeted in three-day, from the 21st until the 23rd of September, training workshop on investigative journalism that was conducted within the framework of “Protection and Mitigation of GBV against Women and Girls in Lebanon among Syrian Refugees and Vulnerable Host Communities” project that was implemented by Fe-Male in partnership with ABAAD and funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Lebanon.
The trainers were a rich mixture of investigative journalists, academics and experts in the technology of media and journalism those of which were Dr. Walid Saqaf, a specialist in the technology of media and journalism and a university instructor in Sweden, DR. Khouloud Khatib, Lawyer and Human Rights activist and founder of LOUDER NGO, Ms. Rouba El Helou, Communication Lecturer and Researcher, Ms. Madonna Khafaja, Co-founder for ‘Tabayoon’ for business development and digital solutions, and Ms. Youmna Fawaz, reporter and journalist in the field of investigative journalism. The workshop provided the journalists with knowledge and technical information on dialogism in the journalistic discourse, key concepts on gender and development, GBV guidelines to the advancement of gender-equality in their future projects, in addition to equipping them with the right skills to conduct an investigative written or filmed report.
The workshop also aimed at providing tools for the participants to spread awareness and advance investigative reports on GBV while managing the investigative process in terms of risk management (experiential, case studies, pitching a story…). They also learned the means to verifying the information, data and photos used in investigative reports and ways of integrating multimedia into your investigative reporting.
At the end of the workshop, it was announced that there will be financial and technical support for the top five investigative topics in which we received various proposals tackling child marriage cases, trafficking, bad living conditions in refugee camps, harassment at work and in universities, etc.
All of the five winning investigative reports were published on Fe-Male’s and Sharika Wa Laken’s social media platforms.