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January 28, 2012
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One of my new experience, London.

I have seen before Italy, France but nothing like London.

Now i’m studying my MA in International Liaison and Communication. It’s a wonderful course where you meet people from all the world of different languages, in addition to the experience you’ll gain. I just have been in London for few weeks and i could notice the order, the laws, construction, the arrangements, the culture…

Briefly i can say London is one of the most wonderful countries where there’s interaction between different cultures.

It’s as it’s : GREAT BRITAIN…


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Darash Hebrew

September 23, 2011
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Spring’s course offering booklet presented last year a new Spanish course. This step was highly appreciated, since the university always looks to develop its curriculum so that students would benefit to the maximum. The Spanish language, which is the 3rd ranked spoken language, is spoken by more than 500 million people around the globe. This is not the first foreign language offered at the university, but we had Deutsch too. But don’t we need languages that probably benefit us due to our certain culture and geography? Languages like French and Hebrew are languages that would boost student’s interest to learn them. At LAU, there are no classes that teach French language, although Lebanon belongs to the Francophone committee. It is true, that most students at LAU speak fluent French, but yet, we need this as a language since it benefits our needs. “Know you enemy’s tongue, so you can defeat him”, it is a famous proverb which insists on recognizing our enemy’s language to be secured from him. And since Lebanon declared the war with Israel, I believe that we had to learn Hebrew at the university to strengthen our knowledge about the Israel society. The Hebrew language carries all what we need to understand Israeli’s thoughts and beliefs. We don’t need, of course, to reinforce their culture, but to learn from it. We could read their culture the way they wrote it and can understand their beliefs and theories. Eventually, know how to face their conspiracies. In addition, it is a cultural weapon to face Israeli’s lies concerning the recording of history. And it must not be taught only for military reasons, but we can benefit from their sources of science and technology. Not to forget, The Arabic and Hebrew share the same Semitic roots. And we have lots of common in words: in Arabic they call the calendar “Roznama” and in Hebrew it is called “Louh Sana” (Year’s board). “Sa3a” and “Sha3a” carries a similar rhythm which means the clock. Arabic is taught in world’s greatest universities as well in the Israeli colleges. So, we should have a system that includes this language in our curriculum. At Last, the war is not about arms and battles only; it also involves the cultural and scientific challenge

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The Christ Series- Al Nabe Issa

September 23, 2011
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   An award in ALVatican for the Christ series and Christian churches in Lebanon ban it.The Christ (AL NABE ISA) is the series that was banned from airing on the Lebanese television. The Christ was supposed to be aired on ALMANAR and NBN TV in the holy month Ramadan in August. The series got the approval, and advertisements for it fill the Lebanese streets. The audiences were very interesting in the series and waited it. Then the shock came after airing two episodes. Directly after two episodes in the first two days of Ramadan, the two channels stopped airing the series with no specific reason. The only note we realized is that as usual, the Lebanese Freedom of Expression is not freedom of expression at all. Both channels declared that the decision to stop broadcasting the show is “in respect of some sensitivity and to avoid any attempt for negative exploitation.” The two channels stated that the series highlighted on the personality and the divine message of the prophet Isa Bin Mariam, and it reflects his life, role, pain and his sacrifices, with the full honor (Almanar, 2010). The Lebanese constitutional law gives the right to all Lebanese channels to have freedom of expression, and this series must be aired due to this freedom of expression.

    The series caused a problem for some Christians as one of the Bishops admitted. Pastor of the Maronite Catholic church in Byblos, Beshara Raii has said that the series is based on Gospel of Barnabas, a Gospel not recognized by their church. He added also that the series has events which contained distortion to the Christian Ideology and it undermines the basics and foundations of every religion ( AlManar, 2010). The NBN Director-General Qassem Sweid defended “The Christ” saying it does not harm the Christians at all. Sweid said that they made sure that it was produced in accordance with the Koran, and all the reasons they were told about don’t convince to stop the series. Sweid moreover was surprised by Raii’s position and that also of the Catholic Information center.

  The series was to be broadcast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time when the rate of television viewing is particularly high in the Muslim world. It was also broadcast by the Iranian Arabic-language channel Al-Kawthar TV.  When it was stopped on the Lebanese channel, it continued to be broadcast on Al- Kawthar TV and also it was found on videotapes and DVDs. The Christian community in Lebanon strongly protested the program. This is not the first time a program on the TV is stopped. Once before also on AlManar tv, broadcasted a program in November 2003 a Syrian-produced series Al-Shatat (“Diaspora,” i.e., the exile of the Jewish people from their homeland), and from Lebanon it was distributed to many other countries. This series presented an anti-Semitic, pseudo-historical survey of the history of the Jewish people and Zionism, and included the anti-Semitic blood libel (i.e., that Jews baked the Passover matzo with the blood of Christian children).  The series whatever the reasons are, a series must be shown to all people. In Lebanon we have diversity of religion, politics, and sects. Each can has his own program and point of view and has to be expressed so the Lebanese Freedom of expression could be achieved.

Ibrahim Farhat a manager in ALMANAR TV said that: “AlManar is a channel that cares about the subjects that is related to the messages from God and about has a job in the basics of religions. One of these jobs is to express the messages of God so that AL-Manar could be named the channel of dialogue between religions and cultures.” Moreover, Farhat said: “The film, the Christ has been seen by the national security and also was sent to the Catholic Church in Lebanon and there was no convincing reason from the church to ban it”.  Farhat continued that before they showed Mariam Al Mokadassa and AL Nabi Youssef and there were no objections, they don’t know why there were all these objections on AL NABE-Issa series although the film was shot in a clear vision that he is a prophet and has some miracles, the same as the Christians believe. It’s not only shot due to the Koran, also there was participation from the Bible, but the Catholic Church admitted that they don’t believe in these Bibles! ALManar took the approval for the movie series a year ago and advertisements has done n high levels, but suddenly one of the bishops of the Catholic Church, Abdou abou Kasem, called the Manar tv and expressed his objection towards the series before its airing and he told the Manar that he didn’t watch it yet and they don’t have it. So the Manar send the series to the catholic church and ask for all their notes, but the church replied only by saying it should be banned without watching it.

Farhat said that the series wasn’t relying on the west style, it’s an eastern style and this was supposed to let the Lebanese support the series. For example in America if they wanted to do a movie or film about the prophet Mohammad, we’ll not reject; however’ we accept it. Each is free to express his opinion but in Lebanon we have to make sure that there are no problems and conflicts because politics play a big role and people are provoked easily by the politicians.

Farhat added that after two days of showing the series when it was banned, the Catholics made a news conference that thanks both the Manar and NBN because they stopped the series. They could say that they don’t agree with some points and explain, but in this way they just prevent it without any remarks or observations which here we could say there is no freedom of expression.

In the freedom of expression the law gives the right to broadcast whatever the TV station wants except it doesn’t cross the red lines. In this case the Manar station didn’t cross the line and also there was no reason to ban it. Farhat said the national security played an agreement role only. It didn’t force the station to stop the film, but we for the respect of the church that ask us to ban we did that, so they don’t say Al Manar is provoking and doing problems. But later on the series could be broadcasted, if the political state in Lebanon had changed and this small things that frustrates the people change. There are no orders to stop broadcasting it as some sources mention (nowlebanon.com and Annahar August 13, 2010). The Manar and NBN are those who decided to avoid any attempt of negative exploitation.

In another point of view an article was published by saying that: “In the first episode Satan appears before Jesus and tries to keep him from fulfilling his mission as prophet. He tells Jesus that He is the son of God, but Jesus “passes the test” and does not accept what Satan says. In the same episode Jesus says “I am far less important than [others who] serve God” [which infers that Jesus has less stature than other prophets, especially Muhammad]. At the end of the first episode one of his disciples asks him, “Shall we go catch fish?” and Jesus responds, “No, we’ll go hunt men.”In addition to the offensive treatment of Jesus, in the first two episodes there are clear examples of anti-Semitism. The Jews are depicted as conspirators, liars, traitors, cowards, evil, ugly greedy and Satanic. The Jewish residents of Jerusalem are represented as crooked merchants. Moreover, they wrote [Note: This analysis is based on the first two episodes of the series. It is reasonable to assume that later episodes, which deal with the betrayal of Jesus to the Romans, contain similar and more blatant examples of anti-Semitism]. This time the Lebanese freedom of expression has to be deleted because it offends the Christians (dostor.org,2010).

  Farhat replied here by saying that the series shows Jesus in glory and a lot of respect he’s a prophet as all prophets and the series shows also his miracles.

In an interview with the Pastor of The Maronite Church in Byblos, Bechara Raii named the series a “sectarian civil war” and it violates the living in cooperation, and the first episodes insults Christianity and he admitted that this is the view of the Catholic Information center since it contains “offensive deception”. But what Al Manar said is that they didn’t look at the episodes because Raii said they don’t have the series and they ask the Manar to send it for them.

Freedom of expression is never a freedom although the Constitutional law gives the right to TVs to broadcast all the material that fits in the interest of people. Not only the law in the case is inserted also the ethics to show the truth. Even if the film is not true according to specific religion but it’s true for the other. In this case ethically it must be shown. If we take the Utilitarian approach we could notice that it benefits the whole and achieve happiness because its one of the interests of the Lebanese audience. Also in the Aristotle Golden mean the act itself, showing the movie is ethical it has nothing to do that harms the act or the people. This is not the first time that the Catholic Church rejects a program that could be considered a freedom of expression. Once the Catholic Church also wrote a condemnation of blasphemous and immoral movies and published the article (Media law and ethics book). Also the closing of MTV shows Lebanese censorship and that no freedom is expressed. All the channels are politically categorized and each searches for the sake of the holders and managers even if they are indirectly managing it. The law in The Manar case gives the right to the station to show the series, especially after getting the approval a year before Ramadan month, but ethically the Manar sees that if its banned is better so that Christians don’t object, however they know it’s against freedom of expression but they are trying to be aware of the problems with Christians.

 The General security said that they didn’t give any acceptance nor for the Manar or the NBN TV. They give the approval to shoot it but not to broadcast it. Moreover it didn’t decide to stop it just was a relation between the stations and the religious groups and references who opposed the idea of the series. AlRaed Remon Haddad said that the laws that are from the Constitutional law especially the law related to the media forced the media not to misuse the religions and don’t provide anything that may cause sects diversity.  In reality the series has nothing from this as Ahmad Meslmani an organizer in the Manar TV. In addition the general security added that they do all the work that they to do for protecting the Lebanese lands especially what’s related to the laws of media and if anything will cause religion problem it will stop it due to the law. However the Manar Tv said that they got the approval and they stop it from themselves.

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May 30, 2010
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Geekfest, a new experience with the geeks in Karentina, Beirut. the most amazing part of this fest was the LAU social #lausocial. What i would like to say is thanks, and really thanks very much to Mr. Ayman Itani, who introduced us to this new type of media.

The fest was about explaining and describing some types of the new media and how it’s developing. Eleena Korban and Karim Bekdachi talked about ( #lausocial).

What also was nice is that we met all the people that we have them on twitter. Mostly twitter took the huge part in the fest.

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Unifil on the borders: Lebanon the most desirable place to be

May 29, 2010
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The Blue Line is a demarcation border between Lebanon and Israel published by the United Nations on 7 June 2000 for the purposes of determining whether Israel had fully withdrawn from Lebanon. So, the Tribune went and tried to know more about the experience of UN in Lebanon.

Louis Aparicio, the special advisor in media issues in Force Commander Office and a fan of Real Madrid said that he has been here for four months and he has to complete one year.  He said that they live in Naqoura, south Lebanon. Apricio talked about the way they live and how do they spent their time. He said that they get up in the morning at 6.30 and they exercise and have breakfast and at 8 he must be in his office. Apricio has to read the newspapers and media summaries from the agencies and get a clear picture of the situation in Lebanon and then he has to submit them to the Commander of UN in Naqoura. Moreover, he said that he prepares the interviews for the Commander. Apricio said that he has to comprise the mission to UN by creating a secure Environment of South Lebanon and to create confident within Lebanese Arm Forces (LAF). “We have to work together. We need to check in the field, there’s no violation of 1701.” Well, we all know that 1701 is not fully applied, because we can hear the air-strikes of Israel everyday, in addition for crossing the boarders.

Manuel a 21 years Spanish soldier from the UN said: “We stay in Lebanon in order to check the resolution 1701. Our main mission is to defend Lebanon from Israel and prevent their troops from approaching the borders”. Manuel said that this is his first time in Lebanon and he has been here for 4 months. He said that he was not forced although he was in the Spanish army since he was 18 whereas Aparicio said that he was selected to com to Lebanon.  Manuel said: “We live in Marjeoun. Everything from food and drink is provided by the Lebanese government.”

One of the Marjeoun’s residents complained about the UN’s presence in the South. She said, “They are sent to change the political stat. Lebanese have no money; mostly people take money from the party they belong to, so the UN must abolish this situation. They have to help us in getting rid of politics. Also, we are not benefiting from them economically. Their lives in Lebanon are with no advantage.”

Manuel said that there are special Lebanese people dedicated for cooking, cleaning, and everything related to maintenance. When asked about their relations with Lebanese people, Manuel said:  “We don’t contact people a lot. There are no personal relations with them; the relations are just that of official ones that contradicts what Aparicio said. Aparicio said that we try to get out and be close to people. We contact them since we go to shops, restaurants; we get advantage to contact them. Moreover we don’t have time each 4 months we are changed from Spain.” He said that his experience in Lebanon is the most interesting experience. “I can see different people, culture, people and country”. He added that the most important thing is that they can keep safety for people and they can help as much as they can. “Personally, protecting the borders in Lebanon is much easier than being in Afghanistan”. Aparicio said that he has six different missions that include Afghanistan and Iraq. There were many people killed in order to get peace in both countries, it was bad experience. In Lebanon it is different, I don’t feel any fear, although there are few things happening but I don’t feel fear. Here there is peace”.


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Behind the Walls of ROumieh Prison

May 29, 2010

After filing a request to the Internal forces DG asking for an approval to visit Roumieh prison, after many “wastas” and a month later, I was finally able to go there and discover an entirely different world. I talked to those in charge and learned about the lifestyle of the prisoners!

On Marsh 22, I was there on time waiting for them to let me in. Unfortunately, after waiting for almost an hour in the sun, I was asked to come back the next day, and that is what I did.

The next day at 8 am, I was there. Before giving me the permission to step in, they asked for the approval document and I showed it to them. Before getting in, they searched my bag, and asked me to go back and leave my phone, my camera, the recorder and the phone charger in my car. I don’t understand how a journalist can work without a recorder. I felt like a criminal, or someone who is about to commit a crime. I was deprived from my rights. Finally I got in. As I was walking through the building, I saw families visiting, on the sides there were markets, and restaurants that families sometimes use to buy food for whoever they are visiting.

First I met with Major Raed Shahour, who is in charge of the Juvenile prison.

He explained the procedure of how these adolescents end up here. Around 200 are gathered in the pre-trial detention room. A week later, they are divided into two categories, the fist category includes first timers and the second includes those who’ve been here before. “There is another department, which is the one for the existing prisoners.” Each cell contains up to three adolescents. “When the juvenile reaches 18, and if he is behaving well, we keep him till he reaches 21, otherwise he will be transferred to the convicts building. On the other hand, if there is a father convicted, he has the right to ask his juvenile kids to join him. There is this father here who has 4 kids in the Juvenile prison; he’s waiting till they reach 18 to ask for their transfer. He has already 2 of them with him at this moment.” A juvenile is allowed four visits a week.

Later I met with Rose-Marie Karkar, the coordinator of the juvenile department, who explained how the Juvenile arrives to prison deprived of all his civil rights. He hands in all his belongings, and then runs some medical tests. Afterward they will figure out his educational level, based on that he is either taught to write and read, or he gets orientated towards an occupation he is good at, such as mechanics, barberry…. Later on, a report is sent to court stating what each juvenile has reached so far, according to that he might be released before time. Each kid is nicely treated, he is given a bed, shampoo, soap, underwear and socks. Karkar told me about a kid who stood at the entrance of the prison asking to go to jail, the security guard explained to him how only those who misbehave go to jail, the kid left and stole a phone, obviously he was brought to prison. Otherwise he would be spending his nights on the road.

Colonel Majed Tarabay, head of the convicts department, says that there isn’t any order in the prison, “all criminals are put together, regardless of their felonies.” Condemned prisoners can receive guests three times a week without an approval from the attorney general and they can sit outside in the “dar.” The building is divided into three stories, prisoners in each one are allowed to a promenade for 2 hours a day, old and sick people can stay longer. “Convicts initiate sports teams (football, basketball), they have access to a library, and some of them help around in the kitchen. The rich ones among them have the chance to work in the prison factory” explained Tarabay. They are separated according to their ideological consensus, and the harmony among them. There is no torture in the prison, no bribes, but there is some smuggling, some of them are caught. Tarabay said that cigarettes, drugs and alcohol are forbidden inside the prison. In his opinion, drug dealing is the most dangerous crime. “Dealers know where they are heading to, and they are endangering themselves. I believe prison can ruin peoples’ lives. In order to have a better situation, the country should be put on fire, and have a new administration” he said.

 “It is constructed to fit 1500 person, whereas it actually contains 3900 people” says major Rami Rahal describing the chaos that contains Roumieh Prison. Rahal, commander of the prison detainees, believes that most of the crimes are the result of “clans” confronting each other. According to Rahal the prison he is in charge of is that of the detainees which is divided into three floors, (or three wings as Rahal says). There are 57 cells that vary in size. The first two floors contain all criminals, except for those who are under private security, such as Fateh Al Islam, and those who deal with Israel as spies who are at the 3rd floor, and there is a special aisle for those who have AIDS, explained Rahal.  “Some arrested people don’t show up to court on the day of their trial because they are afraid to get convicted, while others get in fights on purpose to move to another cell,” says Rahal. He also stresses the importance of good behavior inside the jail, “if you prove to be a “good” prisoner, your sentence might be affected positively, vice versa, those who do riots, are punished by spending a few days in solitary prison.” The prisoners have access to television, and a fridge.

Even in prison, the strongest is in control. There is a boss and those who follow him. In most cases the “person in charge” is the Lebanese man who has been in jail the longest. “Foreigners, as Syrians, Egyptians, and Iraqis, usually are the one who clean floors, bathrooms and make sure that the boss is satisfied. In return, all they get is a cigarette. They are not obliged to do so, they do it voluntarily,” adds Rahal. He explains how in a prison cell, poor and rich are mixed together, this way the poor ones can eat from the food of the rich ones.

However Ahmad H., a former prisoner, who accidently ran over an 85-year-old man, says that no food is brought to the prisoners, “The only food I got was the one my family brought in. I believe the food that my mum used to get was always stolen.” 

Ahmad continues and says how it is incorrect when they say that each prisoner has his own bed, according to him every 5 persons used to share the same mattress. “Each room contains 5 prisoners and a boss; he is the only one who has a “whole bed” for himself. The room is 3×2 meter squared. In the same room there is a bathroom that is separated from the rest of the space with a curtain, if you want to use it you have to wait for your turn and stand in line. What is scary is the chance of the boss being a homosexual. If he is and you’re not, then you are doomed.”

Ahmad recalls and incident that happened during his stay, “Moustapha’s brother’s killer was sentenced 10 years in jail. That wasn’t fair enough for Moustapha, he went in to the martial court where the trial was happening, with a gun hidden in his broken leg, and killed his brother’s assassin.”

 Ahmad went out of prison as a smoker, and with a harsh depression. Even though he spent only 15 days, he was deeply harmed. “On the other hand I learned some new things. I now see myself as a more responsible man.”

“The prisoners under my control are allowed to talk to their visitors from behind a glass separator, or through the phone after getting a permit from the Attorney General” said Rahal.

Rahal highlighted the fact of strong security in the prison, “A while back, we caught a woman trying to sneak in a phone for her husband, she hid it in the grilled chicken she got him, but thanks to our security officers, the woman’s trick was revealed!”

Being at the prison doesn’t mean that a prisoner spends that whole day doing nothing, in fact they are all addressed certain tasks that they should achieve during the day. “Some are interested in hand-made works, others spend time working in crafting wood, and the rest work at the prison factory.”

Rahal tells the story of a prisoner who threw himself out of a window, which in a way proves the bad psychological states of the criminals. I was also informed about the “Blue building”, a place for the prisoners who suffer from nervous breakdowns; it is similar to a medical center.

There is nothing like freedom! I noticed after my interviews how all prisoners are put together regardless of the intensity of their committed crime. It doesn’t matter if they did it by accident or on purpose. I believe that we should blame the government for all the crimes that are happening, if there was a healthy management in the country people wouldn’t be forced to kill, steal, smuggle or harm those around him!

I pray for a better country that tries to understand its citizens harder. The prison should be more equipped and better managed to improve the lives of prisoners; so that when they leave they should have learned a lot, and be able to come out in a better physical and mental state.

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my interviews

May 18, 2010
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Yehya Al Haj-57- sound engineer in “Sawt Lebnan Station”

First of all, media is my work. I work in a radio station, so we use the media. The programs we use are computerized. The other things such as msn and facebook, I think they are scandal for nothing. The only advantage is the communication of people but everything else is negative. The most important thing is that it invades privacy. Moreover the msn, it allows you to talk with people but sometimes it’s allowing many crimes to occur. I don’t know children who are using this media where they are going. I don’t use all these things, but only I use Skype sometimes for chatting.

Mahmoud Zebdawi- student in Grade12-

New media is a new thing i use it in my researches for school instead of going to library. I use msn and facebook in my freetime it’s a nice way in communicating through the world. It’s nice. I spent a lot of time when there is no exams. I use it in studies, researches, and entertainment.

Samar Chabbani- Graphic designer and photographer- 26

The new media such as facebook, msn, Twitter and skype it’s a way of communication. The facebook is a way to communicate with the old friends such in school, but it also has disadvantages such as it let people not to meet they chat  and also it allows people to be away from reading. I mostly use facebook and msn. Facebook to see the news of people, what mostly we do is adding comments. Msn to chat with friends. I don’t spent a lot of time because of my work, but in my free time I spent it on msn and facebook, most of the time I open it but I be away working. I use facebook as an advertisement for my pictures since I’m a photographer.

 I think who likes the new media are people in small age, mostly all the people use the Facebook more than twitter or blogs. It wasn’t hard to interview the peole and ask them about the new media and what does it mean, but mainly most of the people don’t know much about the social media. i could start from my self, if i didn’t take this course: Topics in current affairs (#lausocial)i wouldn’t know a thing about twitter or blogs. People are interseted just in chatting or communicating with people, some use it for advertising or for jobs but not too much. New media as its called new and maybe with time people will know or learn about it more.

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May 15, 2010
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 Chatroulette is a website that pairs random starngers all over the world.The Chatroulette web site was created by Andrey Ternovskiy, a 17-year-old high school student in Moscow.Ternovskiy says the idea arose from video chats he used to have with friends on skype and that he wrote the first version of Chatroulette in “two days and two nights .

It started to grew in early November 2009, 500 visitors get to it everyday. One month later the visitors were 50000. the site was featured by the media. In february 2010, which is from few months, they were 35, 000 people.

I didn;t get easy to easy, i didn’t like it. I don’t think it’s a nice experience to get to new people, starngers and view web cams, i don’t know why we have to use it. It’s useless. i think if we want to chat we could use our msn, facebook or anything else, but…

i don’t think it will pick up in lebanon. Maybe in lebanon we are following the new media and the social media and technology but such a site i don’t know what’s the benefit of it.. Briefly, i didn’t like it

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questions of new media

May 13, 2010
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1- what do you know about new media??

2- do you use it?

3- what type of new media you use: facebook, twitter, blog…?

4- how much timu you spent on the access to these media??

5 – have you use it to do work? communicate? or find a job through it??

three different age people:

Samar Chabbani-26- art director

Mahmoud Zebdawi-18- student

Yehya Al Haj-57- sound engineer

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conference by Amr Tabsh from Future TV

May 13, 2010

 The conference was held in LAU library about the new media in covering the Iraqi War. The presenter was Amr Tabsh from the Future TV news. 8 Iraqi’s journalists were present in the conference with the Cameraman of Future Tv. Tabsh discussed the new media in filming and editing the videos between 2001 and 2010 and how reporting was done with the use of new technology. he talked also about the storage and archieving f media content, present home made project, and future home made projects.

First Tabsh discussed the Filiming-editing between 2001-2010 He said that Cons have; weight,Power supply,Tape recording,Show editing Storage Cameras can be easily moved. They don’t have to be put on shoulders whereas,Pros: no weight, unlimited power supply, tapeless recording, fast editing non linear, unlimited storage.

Then Tabsh moved to the covering of Iraqi war. he said that they have to deliver news in ALam AlSabbah in covering the war.

We have to cover the news from normal broadcasting to war coverage. Our Source were the internet and wires. There was a part which couldn’t be covered perfectly which is the Delivery of breaking news, constant search for news sources, but with the new media video phone and other technologies, this helped. Some considered that we didn’t succeed .Some time we have to put breaking news but we were not following through media, we used internet to cover the war but the news part was relying 90 % about news from reporters and internet. Who consider that we didn’t succeed because we covered the social part of the war and didn’t concentrate on the political part of the war , in reality we wanted to show how the people lived not only the political issue which could be covered by news. We get our information through blogging when they had access to internet and this way of covering was also applied in Gaza war.

Then he added about the reporting using mobile phone, blogs, flip, Non linear laptops for editing, Tapeless video cams, Google maps, or Combining all above. Before the media used to take a picture for Lebanon or Baghdad, now we could enter the street that has the war by google maps.

he described the Flip by saying: “A Flip is 2h of HD storage”. “It’s Easy share, no weight, 2h battery, fast sharing, fast lens, HDMI output, tripod mount fits any standard tripod. Moreover there is Storage and archiving of media content; current methods, what should be applied , cost effective, fast access, media on demand, archieving and database.”The Storage and comparisons: 1000tapes= 40000hr= 1 room storage= 200 hard disk: bit expensive. The Risks: fire: theft, deterioration. Then he moved toThe present Home Made Projects which are non linear editing suite.These are laptops, desktops, cost efficient, faster workflow, media broadcast. The conference ended by discussion about the new media.

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