11:51am , Monday 27th June 2022

30 Journalists from 11 Countries Train on Podcast Production

August 25, 2021

ARIJ concluded a five-day virtual workshop on how to produce a podcast, in collaboration with Sowt (a podcast platform founded in 2016).

Thirty journalists from 11 countries trained on the basics of producing high quality audio content in Arabic, beginning with ideation of content, defining the target audience, and ending with publishing on different platforms.

On the first day, Tala El-Issa, the managing producer at Sowt, gave an overview of a podcast and its production stages. On the second day, the trainer Saleem Salama explained the pre-production stages, like the initial research, finding cases, and narrowing down angles. Trainer Mahmoud Al-Khawaja focused on writing for podcasts on the third day. On the fourth day, trainer Taysir Qabbani shed light on audio editing, recording, and the use of sound effects. Trainer Maram Al-Nabali concluded the fifth day by focusing on publishing, communication, promoting content, and the difference between publishing and streaming platforms.

Moroccan journalist, Youssef Askour, said that “the workshop organized my thoughts about podcasts which I knew about three years ago, and it cleared the route for me and could help me if I pursue this field.”

Nour Ahel, a voiceover from Palestine, said that before this workshop, she struggled to find a podcast training in Arabic. After five days of the training, she said she found what she was looking for. Presenter Nisreen Awad agreed with her and said, “the workshop gave us the essential tools with which we can go forward in this field.”

Motamed Abdel Ghany from Egypt, said his viewpoint on podcasts changed tremendously after the workshop. He added, “Now I know how the process goes.” Ahmed Hussein, from Egypt, said that now he can create a podcast from A to Z. Mahmoud Abu Ras, from Syria, believes he acquired planning, writing, and publishing skills after this workshop.

It is worth mentioning that 260 journalists from all over the Arab world applied to participate in this workshop, and the selection committee chose 30 0f them from Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia, Sudan, Morocco, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Algeria.