Call for Participants: Training Program for Journalists from the MENA Region


Due to Covid-19 outbreak, the Skills Labs will not take place in-person in Beirut as planned in June and July 2020. 

We are currently looking into alternative ways to conduct the planned workshops and we will be updating accepted applicants after the deadline.

The call for application is still open and the deadline is still April 20, 2020.

For any questions please contact us on [email protected]

Are you a journalist from the MENA Region reporting on religious freedom and human rights issues? Do you want to expand your knowledge on inclusive reporting, digital security, and fact-based reporting?

This training program is designed to promote a culture of respect for religious diversity in MENA countries by improving the quality, quantity, and dissemination of objective reporting on religious freedom.

The objectives are to increase the capacity of journalists to securely produce high-quality conflict-sensitive and inclusive content on key religious freedom issues and to enhance the availability of and access to high-quality conflict-sensitive and inclusive content as well as promoting dialogue on key religious freedom issues.

The program is a partnership between Internews Network, Maharat Foundation, and Samir Kassir Foundation. 

OBJECTIVES – What you will learn?

The program will equip its participants with the knowledge and connection to provide through three workshops – the Skills Labs, ongoing mentorship, and the opportunity to build a network of regional journalists. 

The skills Labs will cover the topics of: 

  • Inclusive reporting on key religious freedom issues and conflict-sensitive issues
  • Digital security skills and situational awareness
  • Fact-based reporting

ELIGIBILITY – Can I apply? 

You can apply to the program if you: 

  • Have a minimum of two years of professional journalism experience
  • Have an interest in or prior experience reporting on religious freedom issues
  • Are able to commit to multiple workshops, on-going mentoring and reporting and writing assignments scheduled over twelve months
  • Are from MENA Region countries 


Participants are expected to commit to the whole program. 

  • Skills Lab I: Key religious freedom issues and conflict-sensitive and inclusive reporting Training – 4 days in June 2020
  • Skills Lab II: Digital security skills and situational awareness Training – 4 days in July 2020
  • Skills Lab III: Fact-Based Reporting Training – 4 days in August 2020
  • Follow-up projects and assignments 

The main language of the training will be Arabic.
All workshops will take place in Beirut, Lebanon.
The program will run on a full-day schedule with several evening activities. Selected participants will have to commit to participating in all activities.

An innovation Lab will follow in October 2020. The most successful and dedicated Skills Lab Participants will be invited to apply separately to participate in an innovation Lab. More information will be shared upon selection. 


We will cover the following costs for each participant:

  • Accommodation, food, and domestic transport in Lebanon during the program
  • Flight tickets to Beirut, Lebanon (for participants from other MENA countries)
  • Visa costs  
  • Insurance 
  • Domestic travel to the airport in your home country 


To apply you need to submit this application form before April 20, 2020, 11:59 PM Beirut Time. 

Shortlisted applicants will be called for interviews by email. The interviews will be conducted online by the selection committee.

For more information or questions please contact: [email protected]

(Banner photo: St Georges Church in Beirut, Lebanon/CC)