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Magda Abu-Fadil
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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.

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Go Plant Your Magazine!

(0) Comments | Posted April 13, 2014 | 11:06 AM

Go plant your magazine!

That's right. Belgian magazine Humo embedded flower seeds in one of its editions, telling readers to simply bury the page in question.

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Go plant your magazine (courtesy FIPP)

About eight weeks later: a field of flowers.

A good...

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Basic Arabic: Waheed Samy's Definitive Tome

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 10:30 AM

Those cut out to be teachers are a breed apart. The good ones, who make a difference in people's lives, are priceless gems cherished long after they're gone.

Such was the case with polyglot Waheed Samy who wrote several books on the teaching and learning of Arabic, who straddled Arab...

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A Tale of Two Rabat Restaurants

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 3:58 PM

It's right out of central casting.

That's what my American friend Anne told me before inviting me to what's become my favorite restaurant in Rabat and that I went to on a trip to the Moroccan capital this month.

Anne, then based in Morocco, took me to dinner the first...

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Media Freedom in Lebanon, Or Is It?

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 8:05 AM

Have TV show hosts, bloggers, activists and journalists gone too far in Lebanon or do they reflect the general mood by slamming public officials and their relatives seen as abusing power and dipping into government funds?

Satirists and caricaturists have been relentless in their criticism of thin-skinned and vindictive Lebanese...

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Jurji Zaidan: Renaissance Man for All Seasons

(1) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 8:29 AM

He was a pillar of «Al Nahda», the Arab Awakening movement, who died a century ago but his legacy of promoting cross-cultural understanding, Islamic civilization's riches, and revival of the Arabic language, lives on.

The works of Jurji Zaidan (1861-1914), the prolific Lebanese-born novelist, historian, journalist, educator and intellectual, transcend...

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Much Ado About Photoshop?

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 9:17 AM

"How to hoax the international sports media with nothing more than a red circle."

A catchy headline with even catchier pictures that led sports journalists astray.

A tweet by Pascal Taillandier, editorial production manager at Agence France-Presse (AFP) (Twitter handle @ptaillandier), pointed to a

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Of Telexes, Typewriters and Old-Fashioned Journalism

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2014 | 1:35 PM

What is it about telexes and typewriters that makes so many of us wax nostalgic?

There's been a spate of articles lately extolling the virtues of those magnificent machines one usually sees in museums, and occasionally in people's homes or offices.

I was amused when Pascal Taillandier, the editorial production...

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Lebanese Media and Elections Coverage in UNESCO Book

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 12:01 PM

Lebanese politics is a game architect-cum-satirist Karl Sharro (a.k.a. Karl reMarks) best illustrated and produced on a Monopoly-style board.

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Screen shot of Karl Sharro's Lebanese Politics Board Game

Lebanese-Iraqi Sharro's scathing comments and biting humor came to mind when I...

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'Nichification' and More Alter Mostly Mobile Classifieds

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2014 | 3:00 AM

Here's a new one: "nichification" in classified advertisements.

As if they weren't already categorized into assorted and sundry. Except now they're more than the print variety to which so many of us have grown accustomed.

"Once a mainstay of newspaper ad revenue (especially in the USA), printed classified advertisements...

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Another 'Georgia on My Mind'

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 2:23 PM

Almost three days in Tbilisi this week, two long ones spent training Georgian journalists, left precious little time to see a city I was visiting for the first time.

So I asked my new friend Akaki to show me as much as possible the morning of my departure, which I...

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World Magazine Trends 2013/14 Show Online Ad Upsurge

(1) Comments | Posted January 12, 2014 | 11:16 AM

The Internet is still the fastest growing medium for advertising, an international survey found, showing an upsurge of 16.3% in 2012 and forecasts of an average of 15% annual growth for 2013 to 2015.

According to FIPP's World Magazine Trends 2013/14, "The prediction is that Internet advertising will...

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First-Ever Guide to Online Media Ethics

(1) Comments | Posted January 4, 2014 | 3:16 PM

It started with a tweet by Andrea Gallo, a Louisiana State University (LSU) student announcing the birth of her book.

Naturally, curiosity got the better of me and I clicked on the picture to find a yellow notebook about online media ethics - a subject...

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Egypt Cracks Down on Journalists

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 1:26 PM

It was said in jest but a professor of politics at Egypt's Nile University warned journalists and anyone taking pictures not to do so after an escalating crackdown on the media.

"Dear tourists please come visit #Egypt. Just avoid taking pictures of anything so we don't arrest u....

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Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 8:56 AM

It's the third in a trilogy involving international espionage, treachery, intrigue, murder, and love - all the makings of a good movie.

Shemlan: A Deadly Tragedy is packed with adventure, action, nostalgia, and, for those who knew Lebanon during its 1975-1990 civil war, reminders of how the past comes back...

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DCMF's Future Questioned After Head Toppled

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 4:10 AM

The first blow came with news Jan Keulen, director of the Doha Center for Media Freedom (DCMF), was told he was canned, with no reason given for his dismissal.

"I haven't been in touch with anybody from the board or 'higher up' after my dismissal," he told me...

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The 'Tarboush' Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

(4) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 12:21 PM

What an eye-catching headline!

The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between Egypt and Turkey.

The powers-that-be in Cairo are on the wrong side of Ankara's grand poobahs, yet again.

The reason: the Egyptian...

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The "Tarboush" Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 12:14 PM

What an eye-catching headline!

The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between Egypt and Turkey.

The powers-that-be in Cairo are on the wrong side of Ankara's grand poobahs, yet again.

The reason: the Egyptian...

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The "Tarboush" Caused Egypt-Turkey Flap

(0) Comments | Posted November 29, 2013 | 12:08 PM

What an eye-catching headline!

The tarboush, a/k/a the fez of Middle Eastern and Arab lore, was pegged as the root cause of the recent flap between Egypt and Turkey.

The powers-that-be in Cairo are on the wrong side of Ankara's grand poobahs, yet again.

The reason: the Egyptian...

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MIT Geek Turns Into Science Media Svengali

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2013 | 8:20 AM

Why would a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate in chemistry with a GPA of 5.0, Phi Beta Kapa, Sigma Xi turn to making funny and informative science films and videos?

"Because consulting is boring," said George Zaidan who fits the geek stereotype (by his own admission) but...

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Every Country Should Have a Newseum

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 3:17 AM

Every country should have a Newseum, or something similar.

The goal is to document and exhibit news-related information, objects and ideas - to have a living, dynamic record of the country's journalists, news producers, and newsmakers.

The aim is also to honor the countless fourth (and fifth) estate heroes who...

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