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Press freedom Students

Norwegians and Palestinians studied press freedom together 

By Emily Solem-Young 

In May, Norwegian and Palestinian students collaborated at OsloMet, investigating the conditions of press freedom in seven countries  

The Norwegian and Palestinian students worked together in small groups (Photo: Emily Solem-Young). 

The Rig on press freedom is a journalistic end-of-year-project that has been an annual happening for the first year journalism students at OsloMet for more than a decade. 

Professor Elsebeth Frey and her colleague Mathias Falch have arranged the same project at An-Najah National University in Nablus, Palestine in 2017 and 2019, and in May this year, Palestinians that participated in these workshops joined the Norwegian students during the Rig. 

Farid Abudheir, Assistant Professor, Communication & Digital Media, An-Najah National University in Nablus in Palestine (Photo Oona Solberg) .

The Norwegians and Palestinians worked together in small groups with interpreters, writing news stories about the press freedom in Tanzania, Lebanon, Tunisia, South Africa, Austria, Spain, and the Czech Republic. 

This is the first time OsloMet receives student visits from abroad during the Rig. 

Marie Lauvdal collaborated with Reem Maree on an article about freelancers in Lebanon. 

Reem Maree and Marie Lauvdal collaborated during the Rig (Photo Emily Solem-Young).

– It helped a lot when we were interviewing sources from Lebanon since Reem spoke Arabic. She also helped me translate various websites and videos, Lauvdal said. 

Aziza Jaljouy worked with the Tanzania group. 

– It makes you think about how different press freedom is in different countries, she said. 

The Palestinian students enjoying the Norwegian spring after school (Photo Private).

Read more about the Palestinians experience of the Rig: 

https://eco.najah.edu/en/news/2022/06/students-and-graduates-department-communication-digital-media-najah-national-university-complete-training-session-entitled-rig-press-freedom-oslomet-university-norway/ 
(by Aziza Jaljouy) 

Read more about the cooperation and read all the news stories on Journalen (in Norwegian): 

https://journalen.oslomet.no/2022/05/samarbeider-om-pressefrihet 
(by Emily Solem-Young) 

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Photo journalism Students

Nepal by 6 young photographers 

By Sagar Chhetri

The final showcase of 6 photo stories by 6 Nepali photographers at the international storytelling workshop this year took place in The Yellow House in Sanepa outside Kathmandu 22 April 2022.  

The event was hosted to showcase that the talented 6  Nepali photographers had given their heart and soul to bring out important stories from Nepal, the organizer photo.circle reported.  

This years participants – 6 visual storytellers from Nepal.

The participants were Priyanka Tulachan, Samagra Shah, Tulsi Rauniyar, Bijayabar Pradhan, Sonam Choekyi Lama and Rojan Shrestha.  

It was a special night, after a long time we hosted a public showcase and the audience turnout made it a successful event, according to the organizer: We were even lucky to have Shahidul Alam and Tanvi Misra in the audienceTheir presence was encouraging and made the evening a memorable one

Shahidul Alam, Person of the Year by Time Magazine in 2018.

Alam is the founder of Pathshala South Asian Media Institute and a Person of the Year by Time Magazine in 2018. Misra works with images as a photo editor, curator and writer based in New Delhi in India. 

The audience made the evening a memorable one.

Photo.circle is a platform for photographers and the art community in Kathmandu, Nepal. The first direct cooperation with OsloMet and Pathshala was in 2010 and 2012. Since 2018, young photographer/photojournalists from Nepal have participated in the workshops in China and last year in Nepal. Photo.circle is the key organizer of the Photo Kathmandu festival in Nepal.

https://www.photocircle.com.np/

https://www.instagram.com/photocircle_np/

All photos by photo.circle.

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Exhibition opening and book launch 

By Jon Petter Evensen 

This years International Storytelling Program with 20 photojournalist students from Nepal, Bangladesh and Norway has come to an end with the opening of the outdoor exhibition at and book launch at OsloMet campus Wednesday 25 May. 

From the exhibition at OsloMet. (Photo: Jon Petter Evensen)

This year the program was further developed with national book editing and design workshops in Nepal and Bangladesh. All three editions of the book titled “A State of Flux”” was for sale together with postcards from the projects.  

The students Hanna Johre and Live Austgard gave speeches and introduced the cooperation and the projects. 

Student Hanna Johre introducing the projects to the audience. (Photo: Jon Petter Evensen)

Check the stories here: https://www.flux2022.com 

The book is also for sale on the webpage.  

Video from the opening:  

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tv/Cd-wbTQqomC/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link 

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Students

Youth Speak Up on Philippine Elections

By: IAWRT Philippines  

An online event before the presidential elections in the Philippines 9 May showcased the youth’s views about the elections and their criteria for selection of candidates.  

Speakers, moderators and Zoom staff. (Photo: IAWRT Philippines).

International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) Philippines gathered student leaders and communications students from various schools in the country with support from JMIC 28 March.    

The two-hour online event “Media, Youth, and the Elections – May Alam at May Pakialam:”  

was carried via Zoom and Facebook live. Excluding the speakers and moderators, a total of 203 inviduals was in the Zoom meeting room.  Meanwhile, the Facebook livestream on IAWRT’s page was cross-posted by Kodao Productions on their page and garnered 742 views since its publication.  

The event drew the participation of women speakers  from five schools, namely: Athina Bayles of Wesleyan University, Chantelle Palloran  of Miriam College, Marvilyn Medrano of  Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Micah-Gel Cadenas Kadano of Cagayan State University, and Daylight Abas of Cavite State University.   

Moderator Janess Ann Ellao with a sign language interpreter. (Photo: IAWRT Philippines).

Moderators were IAWRT officers Janess Ann Ellao, a journalist and teacher, and Sonia Capio, also a teacher. producer and radio host. A youth reactor, Sophia Dianne Garcia, also a Filipina and fellow at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, USA, shared her own insights after the discussion.     

Lynda Garcia, head of IAWRT Philippines, and Project leader Oona Solberg of the Journalism & Media International Center (JMIC) at OsloMet delivered welcome remarks during the program.  

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Press freedom Students

THE RIG ON PRESS FREEDOM IN UGANDA 

By: Gerald Walulya

The Department of Journalism and Communication, Makerere University in Uganda has hosted a one week session of the Rig Press Freedom project. 

Some of the participants in The Rig on press freedom posing for pictures with some of their lecturers at the former faculty of arts building at Makerere University. (Photo: Sharon Muzaki)

The reporting on press freedom focused on five countries namely; Rwanda, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Germany and Burundi. 

Thirty three final year journalism students participated in the project. They were divided into five groups, with each group focusing on one country. The five groups of students were supported by five local teachers and one support teacher, Dr. Florence Namasinga Selnes from Oslo Metropolitan University.  

Students of journalism at Makerere University attending a lecture about press freedom. The lecture, given by Florence Namasinga Selnes focused on the state of freedom of the press in the world in general and in Uganda in particular. (Photo: Sharon Muzaki)

The main task of the participating students was to write news stories on the media freedom environment in the assigned countries. The project started on Friday 22, April with a lecture to students and staff of Makerere University on Press Freedom that was given by Dr. Namasinga Selnes. 

According to the participants, the project has been very beneficial and full of experiences, making it a better orientation into the journalism practice. 

Some of our students discussing Rig stories. (Photo: Gerald Walulya)

“I have learnt how to report international stories. I have received exposure of how to relate with international sources, “Rehema Namagembe, one of the participants said. “My participation in the Rig has helped me to build confidence in interviewing people on phone and making thorough research on stories outside Uganda,” Daphine Nakabiri, said. Another participant, Gloria Irankunda said: “I got to know that media houses in most African countries operate under hardships in form of threats and physical assault.”  

The Head of Department of Journalism and Communication, Dr. Aisha Nakiwala spoke of the students experience with the Rig as enriching in terms of helping students to appreciate the press freedom environment in other countries.  

The project was sponsored by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Journalism & Media international Centre (JMIC) of Oslo Metropolitan University. This is the second time the Department of Journalism and Communication, Makerere University has hosted this project. The first Rig project was conducted in 2018. 

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Photo journalism Students Workshop

Online editing workshop 2022

By: Ellen Lande Gossner

After a month in the field in Nepal, Bangladesh and different European countries working on individual projects, the students returned for a five day online editing workshop led by Munem Wasif. 

Munem Wasif from his intro lecture on editing principles. 

The editing process was a part of the International Storytelling project 2022 for the 6 students from photo.circle in Kathmandu, 6 students from Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka and 9 students from OsloMet. 

The week consisted of lectures on the editing process and different editing exercises. The participants edited and gave feedback to each other in groups. 

Berlin-based Barbara Stauss, a photo director and founding member of Mare magazine, gave a lecture on editing work in editorial spaces.  

Katrin Koenning showing images from her own exhibitions.

Katrin Koenning gave an engaging and personal artist talk where she shared and explained the various processes of editing in books and exhibitions.   

The main questions for the students’ individual editing were: 

·   What is the story all about? 

·   Does the edit reflect the idea behind the story? 

·   Does the edit have enough visual variety or is it repetitive? 

·   Do you develop any logic for editing it? 

The five day workshop ended Friday April 1 with a an online presentation session, where each of the students had to critique another student’s work.  

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access to information Globalization Students

Program for GRJH seminar 24 September 12 noon Oslo, Norway Time: 12.00

Producing podcast and journalism during a Global Pandemic 

Streamed YouTube: Link for audience is: https://youtu.be/EQH1_o5HuDc

  1. 12:00 Intro by students and podcasters Thomas, Åsta, Stine
  2. 12:05 Video greeting from Rector at OsloMet
  3. 12:10 Jordan Gass-Pooré from CNN and WADUP: 

WADUP a Mentorship Program  and  a Solution for a Global Journalist Model during Crises?

Jordan Gass-Pooré
Jordan Gass-Poore’ is a CNN soundproducer. She is an expert on podcast production and investigative journalist with more than a decade of experience in the industry in the US and UK. Jordan is the co-founder of the women-led local news podcast, Local Switchboard NYC. She is also a story coach with WADUP, an international storytelling collective run by young people and creative producers. An alumna of City, University of London’s investigative journalism program, Jordan co-founded the campus radio station, Carrot Radio.

4. 13:00 Craig Templeton from The Guardian Masterclass

Craig Templeton
Craig is an audio journalist, documentary maker, radio producer and the co-founder of Tempo & Talker.  For nearly 20 years he has  made audCio content for BBC Radio – and managed audio projects for The Guardian, The Economist and the Royal Society of Arts.  He has also produced podcast series for some of the biggest bands to come out of the UK, including Pink Floyd, Oasis, and Joy Division/New Order.  His documentary work for the BBC covers a broad range of subjects. Amongst others a programme made during the first UK lockdown on the consequences of our response to Covid-19. Craig once spent an afternoon in Woody Allen’s private screening room in Manhattan. He seemed very tired.

5. 14:00 Jo Healey from BBC

Interviewing During Trauma – The Need for Sensitivity During Crises

Jo Healey
Jo Healey has covered people’s highly sensitive stories for more than thirty years. She was a reporter for newspapers and radio before moving to BBC TV, becoming a senior news journalist. There she devised and introduced Trauma Reporting training for journalists. She is the author of Trauma Reporting, A Journalist’s Guide to Covering Sensitive Stories. The founder of Trauma Work, Jo now trains journalists and media teams all over the world in how best to work with victims, survivors and vulnerable interviewees. (website: www.traumareporting.com)

6. 15:00 Aryana Noroozi Pulitzer Prize Fellow

Covid-19 up-close – visual storytelling during times of crisis

Aryana Noroozi
Aryana Noroozi is a visual storyteller, photojournalist, and digital artist who earned her master’s degree at The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has been featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune and the Los Angeles Times. Aryana worked as a Migration and Refugee Fellow at The GroundTruth Project where she discovered her passion for solutions- journalism. Aryana utilized this reporting along with documentary photography to cover education within and the representation of San Diego’s refugee communities during COVID-19. Most recently, her photography and writing focus on overcoming the odds of addiction in the American Midwest.

7. 15:45 Conclusion  – a Global Goodbye by OsloMet students: Thomas, Åsta & Stine

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A Global Pandemic and a Global Podcast

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In the middle of the pandemic three students started working together with Dr. PhD Maria Konow Lund, Associate Professor at Department of Journalism and Media Studies at OsloMet, on a podcast that explores the risks within journalism. The global Covid-19 pandemic was the spark that set the wheels in motion

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Photo journalism Students

Exhibition + book launch!

Photos: Jon Petter Evensen
Teacher Ellen Lande Gossner giving a celebration speech to her students.

The International Storytelling Program with photojournalist students from Nepal, Bangladesh and Norway has come to an end with the opening of the exhibition and book launch at OsloMet campus, Friday June 4.

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Photo journalism Students

The International Storytelling Program

man in crowded street holding a cloth over his mouth.
photo by William Gomes

The International Storytelling Program, with students from Nepal, Bangladesh and Norway, met again online on March 22 for a week long digital editing workshop.