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Interviews – “Media and Innovation”: Opportunities for Sustainability of Independent Media Startups
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“Media and Innovation”: Opportunities for Sustainability of Independent Media Startups
Maharat Foundation and Deutsche Welle Akademie are organizing a workshop “Media and Innovation”: Opportunities for Sustainability of Independent Media Startups”
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Applications closed for Media Management Training
16 June 2017 | Applications are now closed for the Media Management Training (Journalism) running January to May 2018. Maharat
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Idea Labs in Beirut, Amman and Casablanca
19 May 2017 | As part of the initiative Digital Media Viability Lab, three one-day “idea labs” were held in April
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Applications open for Media Management Training
15 March 2017 | Applications are now open for a Media Management Training (Journalism) course that will run from January
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German Government Funds Digital Media Viability
1 January 2017 | The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development has agreed to support the Digital Media
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Success of Digital Media Viability Conference
2 December 2016 | The conference “Digital Media Viability | Middle Eastern and International Perspectives” ended yesterday after three very
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Three one-day “idea labs” were held in April and May of 2017 in Beirut, Amman and Casablanca. The events were organised by Maharat Foundation and DW Akademie as part of their programme Digital Media Viability 2017-2019.

 

Around a dozen people, chosen from the media scene in each country, attended each event. The idea was that the invitees be a diverse group in which each person could bring an interesting perspective to the question of digital media viability in their home market.
The activities the group was asked to take part in during the day were designed using techniques from the methodology of human-centred design.

In the morning session, the group was split in pairs. In these groups of two, each person interviewed the other about their reaction to the question - “What do your country’s media need to become better businesses?” The results of these interviews were then presented to the entire group and discussed.

 

In the afternoon session, the invitees were spilt into groups of three or four and each smaller group had to come up with a detailed proposal outlining how they would spend USD$500,000 in two years to help the sustainability of media organisations in their country. These proposals were then presented to entire group and discussed.