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Magda Abu-Fadil
Magda Abu-Fadil, who brings years of experience as a foreign correspondent and editor with international news organizations such as Agence France-Presse and United Press International, is director of Media Unlimited. She headed the Journalism Training Program at the American University of Beirut, which she founded. She wrote for Arab dailies Asharq Al-Awsat and Al Riyadh, Washington-based Defense News, was Washington bureau chief of Events magazine, and was Washington correspondent for London-based The Middle East magazine. Abu-Fadil served as director of the Institute for Professional Journalists at the Lebanese American University. She taught journalism at her alma mater, American University in Washington, D.C.

She conducts seminars and workshops in English, Arabic and French for professional journalists across the Arab world, collaborates with international organizations on media projects, consults on media education programs, speaks regularly at international conferences, publishes extensively on media issues, journalism education, and training, and, blogs for the Huffington Post.

Entries by Magda Abu-Fadil

Copy and Paste Syndrome: Nuqat's Probe Into Creativity

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 2:37 AM

It's a breath of fresh air that attracted art, culture, design and creativity aficionados to Nuqat's conference in Kuwait amid a storm of insanity engulfing the Middle East.

The sixth edition this month was a three-day pageant with a follow-up series of workshops that evolved from a little...

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Cairo Seminar Wrestles With Media Hate Speech

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 9:20 AM

"Sticks and stones will break my bones
But words will never harm me."

Journalists, academicians and activists at a seminar in Egypt this month would beg to differ, notably since hate speech by and via various media can take a life of its own and lead to untold damage.

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Social Media's Ethics Quandary Probed in Qatar

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 10:38 AM

Qataris are active on social media but users are constantly cautioned not to violate the country's laws lest they run afoul of authorities.

"Twitter is a tremendous means of communication, if it's used properly; I always focus on positive issues, participate in positive campaigns and hashtags, and constantly interact with...

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No, Airbus, I Don't Want to Be Stacked

(30) Comments | Posted October 11, 2015 | 9:02 AM

No thank you, Airbus, I don't fancy sitting on top of other passengers in an A380 or larger plane, and worrying about more people breathing the same recycled, often staler, air pumped into the cabin.

Reports have been emerging that Airbus filed a U.S. patent application...

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Do Lebanon's "Future" Media Have a Future?

(0) Comments | Posted October 3, 2015 | 11:53 AM

It's a rough ride for one of Lebanon's media firms whose employees threatened strike action this week to protest 6-8 months of back pay, no viable alternative, and no light at the end of the tunnel.

"Yes it's been 6­-7 months not paid," a Future TV Network staffer...

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Media Ethics in Lebanon Lack Proper Implementation

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 10:21 AM

There's no shortage of workshops on media ethics and concomitant codes of conduct in Lebanon, but how are those guidelines being implemented?

"Recently we've seen a number of ethical issues on different (TV) channels that didn't take those harmed or the targeted group into account," said "Soins Infirmiers et Développement...

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Lebanese Journos Contest Union Election Results

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 11:39 AM

Reporters and editors excluded from membership are furious about results of the Lebanese Journalists Union (LJU) election so they're suing the syndicate and its president on charges of corruption, irregularities and violations of its bylaws.

Journalists Youssef Hajj-Ali, Bassam Kantar and Ibrahim Desouki filed suit in Beirut's Court...

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#SandstormLebanon: Gritty Social Media Sarcasm

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 1:40 PM

That's all Lebanon needed, a deadly sandstorm to accompany the government's paralysis, crumbling infrastructure, rolling demonstrations, and pervasive frustration.

But trust the Lebanese, under the direst of circumstances, to crack jokes and serve up mordant comments on social media about the unprecedented tempest that swept over the whole...

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MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook

(2) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 1:06 PM

It's finally available, to demonstrate how we can all become MOJOs, with a cautionary note that it's not just technical skills that count, but a good basis in journalism.

The "it" is the long-awaited MOJO: The Mobile Journalism Handbook (How to Make Broadcast Videos With an iPhone or...

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Lebanese Journalists Union Elections: Rerun, Rehash, Rejection

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2015 | 1:39 PM

Believe it or not, an LBCI TV report said, the journalists union in Lebanon is tasked with protecting journalists' rights.

But, believe it or not, it quoted online journalist Hassan Al Zein as saying, members of the Lebanese Journalists Union (LJU), who aren't even journalists, sell their...

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Egyptian Humor Sails Across New Suez Canal

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 11:37 AM

One must hand it to Egyptians. Their legendary sense of humor has sustained them through the millennia, coming in handy to mark this week's inauguration of the new Suez Canal.

While the country's legacy media did their share of covering the stellar event, mostly in lockstep with the government's views,...

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Legal Battle Dogs Lebanese 'Fe-Male' Journalist

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2015 | 1:47 PM

Lebanese journalist Hayat Mirshad, at loggerheads with TV personality Tony Khalife over social media posts in which she accused him of being a sexist advocate of domestic violence, is in legal hot water.

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Review: Good Evening: Télé Liban's 100 History-Making Moments

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 3:46 PM

Few may know or have viewed Perry Mason, Bonanza, The Green Hornet, The Fugitive and The Man From U.N.C.L.E on a black and white TV set.

Fewer yet may imagine a third of a 19-inch screen filled with Arabic and French subtitles,...

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Egypt Enforces Tough Media Restrictions

(8) Comments | Posted July 6, 2015 | 12:21 PM

One can't blame journalists in Egypt for being confused about what they can (and can't) cover and what language to use in their reports, given the widening chasm between authorities and countless news organizations.

Local and foreign journalists could face prosecution and jail if they fall afoul of anti-terrorism legislation...

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Media Under Fire: Grim Arab World Case Studies

(1) Comments | Posted July 1, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Arab media face major hardships with journalists on the receiving end of gross violations at the hands of authorities, armed groups, militias and others.

There were 3,277 violations of various rights in 18 Arab countries in 2014 with about a third considered flagrant and whose perpetrators committed them with impunity,...

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Was Intra Bank's Fall A Prelude to Lebanon's Downfall?

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 10:49 AM

Forget local history books that don't fully account for a civil war and other setbacks that ruined the country and follow the money in Lebanon's tortuous slide from "Switzerland of the Middle East" to dysfunctional entity par excellence.

To do so, one must read Kamal Dib's tome "Yousef Beidas: The...

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Innovations in Newspapers = Newsroom Mindset Changes

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2015 | 11:59 AM

Legacy media are at it again: Trying to separate news from noise while engaging audiences, maintaining high standards, keeping pace with technology and cashing in.

"In an environment characterized by information hyperinflation, traditional media outlets must adapt to change without losing sight of their basic mission to produce quality...

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'Boom Boom' Baz: A1 Photojournalist

(0) Comments | Posted June 7, 2015 | 2:03 PM

That's his nickname, acquired being first on the scene to shoot the effects of booby-trapped cars during his native Lebanon's civil war.

His real name is Patrick Baz and he's a 52-year-old Lebanese-French veteran of too many killing fields that he admits ultimately take a heavy toll on photojournalists and...

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Today's Newsrooms = Robo-Journalism, Games, Apps, Gender Equality

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2015 | 12:09 PM

The example is funny and scary: A robot writes literature, akin to churning out copy for news organizations, thereby eliminating entry-level newsroom jobs and alarming future journalists.

"When I in dreams behold thy fairest shade. Whose shade in dreams doth wake the sleeping morn. The daytime shadow of my...

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Jordan's Media at 'Dead End,' Laws Restrictive: Study

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 5:31 AM

Jordan's media are at a dead end and its laws are hampering journalists from working in an open environment, a report on freedom in that country revealed.

"When you read this title, it's an indicator of what Jordan's situation is," Nidal Mansour, president of the Amman-based Center for...

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