Iraqi women to get journalism training in the US

Iraqi women to get journalism training in the US
Oct 31, 2005

A new initiative to train Iraqi women journalists working in local media is under way, and it includes in-studio training in U.S. cities.

The Iraqi Women’s Media Initiative is a new project of the London-based Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR). In its October 20 announcement, IWPR said it has brought three journalists to the U.S. for training on radio shows, with help from some of the most accomplished American talk show hosts.

The program's goal is to improve the journalists' skills on hosting and announcing for radio shows, a widely popular medium in Iraq. The three journalists are: Sahar Al Haydari Hussein, Mosul correspondent for Radio Dijla and main news correspondent for Radio Mosul; Muna Mushin Muhammad, host of Radio Baghdad’s ”Miyat Halla” show; and Awaz Saleem Abdulla, an announcer and program host at Radio Nawa, the new independent national station broadcasting from Sulymaniyah and Baghdad.

IWPR is organizing other activities and events for the group. In New York, the women will meet with Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists, and they will participate in a panel discussion at Columbia University's School of Journalism. In Washington, D.C., the National Press Club will host them at a Newsmaker event on November 1.


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