• The First National Conference on the Prevention of Violence against Children and Women, “Reality and Challenges”

    Workers providing health, social, legal and educational services to women and children will convene on December 18 to review and address challenges hindering progress in the prevention of violence against children and women.

    The First National Conference on the Prevention of Violence against Children and Women, “Reality and Challenges”, will also bring together representatives from several UN organisations, the media and academia.

    Hani Jahshan, chairman of the conference, told reporters yesterday that the two-day event seeks to deliver a serious message to all segments of society that violence against children and women is unjustifiable and must be prevented at the national level.


  • Home Agenda for ARIJ’s Fourth Annual Conference for Investigative Journalists 2011

    Every year, over 300 investigative journalists from the Arab world meet for three days at our annual conference to share tools of the trade and learn how to perfect their jobs. The first and only pan-Arab conference is packed with panels, workshops, plenary sessions and roundtables covering the latest developments and research techniques in the international and regional field of professional investigative reporting.

    Over 120 brave journalists and editors from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine and Tunisia who have produced edge-cutting investigations supported by ARIJ, present working methodologies they have used to unveil an issue of concern to their local communities and discuss the positive changes that have occurred after the publication or broadcasting of their investigation.
    Of course, international award-winning investigative journalists, prominent editors and media academics are also invited, to both pass on their professional strategies and to network with Arab journalists eager to engage in cross-border investigations.

    The conference has become known for the practical tips, story clips and ideas shared by participants. Sessions range from hands-on computer training and tools to dig deeper into stories and give readers the information they want, to panels on more specialized techniques and thematic training such as following corruption.
    Subjects range from the latest in Computer Assisted Reporting (CAR) tools and multi-media and info-graphic publishing techniques, to crowd sourcing strategies to improve data collection and presentation.

    Everyone is there to give and to take for the benefit of a more professional and independent media in the region and beyond. Everyone wants to share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations.

    Do not miss this golden opportunity to be among journalists who have joined the media bandwagon of the 21st century and are eager to be part of the international investigative reporting movement. Join the discussion on how to practice investigative journalism in print, broadcast, web and alternative newsroom models.

    Conference Website


  • Arab-US Association for Communication Educators – October 27-October 31

    The Media Studies Program at the American University of Beirut is delighted to host the 16th annual conference of the Arab-US Association of Communication Educators.

    This year, the AUSACE conference theme will tackle two current, pressing, and interdependent concepts: digital literacy and media literacy, and their evolutionary and revolutionary roles in contemporary media education, media practices, and media policies. Kindly note that we are no longer accepting abstracts.

    About AUSACE
    The Arab-U.S. Association of Communication Educators is an organization dedicated to the advancement of Arab-U.S. relations among communication educators and media professionals. Established in 1995, AUSACE is the longest-running organization of its kind. AUSACE also publishes the Journal of Middle East Media, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated exclusively to communication research and media studies in the Middle East.

    About the Media Program at AUB
    The Media Program at the American University of Beirut is a growing program that currently offers an undergraduate Diploma in Media Communication and a Master of Arts in Media Studies. The program is currently housed in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies. It strives to establish a leading regional media education program that graduates outstanding experts, scholars, and educators.

    About Beirut and Lebanon
    Beirut is the capital of Lebanon, and is considered a jewel of a city located on the Mediterranean coast. The small country of Lebanon, with its rich history and culture, offers tourists breathtaking scenery, unparalleled hospitality, mouthwatering cuisine, and elegant accommodations at affordable prices. Perhaps the best time of year to travel is in the fall when temperatures are moderate and travel and accommodation costs are lower.

    AUSACE 2011 Organizers

    Conference chair: Dr. Jad Melki, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, and Coordinator of the Media Studies Program at AUB.
    Conference co-chair: Dr. Nabil Dajani, Professor of Mass Communication, and chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies (SAMS) at AUB.
    Conference manager & web editor: Michael Oghia, graduate student, SAMS Dept.
    Conference assistant manager: May Jabado, undergraduate student, SAMS Dept.

    View Conference Program Early registration available online now


  • 7th MENA Regional Media Forum – 28-29 September 2011

    Tentative Agenda

    – Introductory remarks: Shahida Azfar, UNICEF Regional Director for the
    Middle East and North Africa
    – Special guest: TBC
    – Q&A

    Theme of the year: Children in MENA, rights and challenges

    Panel Discussion:
    Victims or active participants: How have children and young people been
    represented in the media during the Arab Spring?

    Testimonies from participating journalists

    Slide show of recent UNICEF pictures from region
    – Panel Discussion: How should aid agencies and the media work to
    preserve the children rights and what are the challenges they both face?

    Media Award Ceremony