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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

Innovation in News Media World Report 2016: A Roadmap

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2016 | 11:20 AM

"Daring to Print."

So headlines Eric Fottorino, Editor of Le 1, and former editor of French daily Le Monde, in his foreword to what has become a reference on trends in a newspaper business plagued with setbacks.

But Fottorino is optimistic the industry will...

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Helsinki: A Very Smart City

(1) Comments | Posted June 13, 2016 | 7:57 AM

It's not every day one sees a fully-functional smart city, given crumbling urban infrastructure in many countries, so a visit to a metropolitan area that runs well and serves its residents efficiently is a delightful sight for sore eyes.

The Finnish capital of Helsinki is such a model, notably its...

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Helsinki's Data Journalism, Transparency and Scoops

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2016 | 3:01 AM

Turning numbers and data into scoops. Helsinki journalists have been doing it for years and serve as good examples for media worldwide.

"We do a lot of scraping with bots," said Tuomas Peltomaki from the daily newspaper Helsingin Sanomat. "All media houses in Finland have software to...

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Conflict, Ethics and Arab Media

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 12:33 PM

Arab media aren't facing up to their responsibility of not fanning the flames of hate speech and sedition, and should exert more effort to mitigate conflicts they help provoke.

"A hashtag I never wanted to use. A Christian 70yo woman stripped naked& paraded in sectarian clashes," tweeted Suzy Hanna.


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Innovation in Magazine Media: An Ever-Changing Landscape

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 12:12 PM

Magazines are alive and well but must keep morphing, in tune with innovations and disruptions, and amid a swirl of financial uncertainty in much of the media ecosystem.

The biggest obstacle to change?

Culture, according to Chris Llewellyn, president and CEO of FIPP, the network for global...

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Arab Media Forum 2016: Media for Good

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2016 | 2:49 PM

It was a far cry from confabs just harping on how media disseminate hate speech, promote sedition, spread rumors, and are used for nefarious purposes.

The Arab Media Forum (#AMF2016) this week in Dubai - a major annual attraction - focused on how media in general, and...

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#WPFD2016 Drives Freedom, Safety, Rights for Journalists

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2016 | 12:17 PM

As UNESCO held its World Press Freedom Day (#WPFD2016) conference this week, an Egyptian speaker lamented the declining state of liberty in her country amid fears she, too, faced prosecution for publishing content the government considered subversive.

"In a context where the political environment is not sensitive at...

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Global Environment Protector Mostafa Tolba R.I.P.

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2016 | 9:17 AM

The misuse of land, symptomatic of any Middle Eastern country with agricultural territory, as well as construction of roads, airports, housing, and prestige projects on arable stretches in several countries has been robbing terrain of valuable assets as foreseen by a very astute Egyptian scientist.

"We did not build the...

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"Al Arabiya" Chops Beirut Bureau

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2016 | 9:47 AM

It wasn't an April Fools' joke. The ax fell hard today on the Beirut bureau of Saudi-owned Al Arabiya and Al Hadath satellite news channels: total closure.

"My wife is pregnant and will deliver in a month," said one staffer visibly shaken by the news and concerned about...

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Will Lebanese Papers Become Extinct?

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2016 | 5:20 AM

The ax is falling fast on Lebanese journalists as word of newspapers going fully online or facing shutdown spread this week amid a sea of political, financial and social turmoil in the country.

"Some colleagues were issued warnings through the Labor Ministry to ease their ouster," said a staffer at...

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Leo, Oscar and Egyptian Media

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2016 | 12:45 PM

You must feel sorry for the Egyptian reporter on International Women's Day whose questions to Leonardo DiCaprio about his first Oscar earned her international infamy for a shoddy job of journalism.

"I am the first Egyptian journalist to cover the Oscar from here, and what about the first Oscar for...

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What Do Lebanese Information/Media Ministers Do?

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2016 | 11:18 AM

It's an intriguing question that continues to baffle those whose countries don't have ministries controlling how information and media work, and a fair number of Lebanese who find such institutions and their heads relics from a bygone age.

A cursory examination of credentials reveals that few, if any, information/media ministers...

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Journo Safety College Course Advances in Beirut

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 9:48 AM

What a fluke! Academics, media professionals and experts met this week to push for a course on safety for journalists as a coalition of concerned stakeholders urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to uphold a pledge he made last year to defend their security.

"This is a reminder that...

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Help! The Association VP Doesn't Know Electronic Media

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2016 | 11:22 AM

That's the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar's headline for an article on the country's Press Syndicate that hosted this week's launch of a media ethics charter for online news sites and whose president nearly missed the occasion.

In his remarks, the syndicate vice president, speaking on behalf of his tardy...

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Hissah Al Sabah: An Enterprising Kuwaiti Princess

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2016 | 10:49 AM

She's not your stereotypical Arab princess out of some Hollywood producer's imagination, but a hard working entrepreneur fiercely supporting women's empowerment.

She is Her Highness Sheikha Hissah Saad Al Abdallah Al Salem Al Sabah, daughter of Kuwait's former emir, and president of the Council of Arab Businesswomen.

It's an organization...

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Brazilian Cartoonist Carlos Latuff Takes Aim Globally

(1) Comments | Posted January 16, 2016 | 6:51 AM

He punches hard, he's opinionated, his commentary is biting, his cartoons are thought provoking, and he doesn't regret being a magnet for nasty criticism.

He is Brazilian cartoonist Carlos Latuff who doesn't mince words or hold back on stirring up people, in his country and across continents.

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Cartoons, Terrorism, Sexism and Backlash

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2016 | 2:33 PM

What is it about cartoons and caricatures that riles politicians, religious figures, business fat cats, authorities and people of different stripes?

Political cartoonists have long served a watchdog function, wrote Jonathan Guyer last year in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks - and that's the problem.

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'A Decent Bomber' -- Alexander McNabb's Irish Thriller

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 3:04 AM

Too many coincidences: A new terror-filled thriller on Ireland's "troubles" with links to Libyan mischief, as the real detention in Lebanon of a Qaddafi son makes headlines, while a study reveals connections between then Neanderthal migration from today's Middle East to the Emerald Isle.

It's a mind-boggling equation but worth...

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Moving Stories: International Review of How Media Cover Migration

(1) Comments | Posted December 26, 2015 | 6:57 AM

Peace on earth, goodwill towards men (women and children), except if they're migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers, who the media worldwide have, for the most part, failed to cover accurately, fairly, in a balanced way, and ethically.

"May God repay all those, both individuals and states, who generously work...

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Lebanon: Media Put Humanity in the Picture as Refugee Crisis Takes Hold

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 2:00 AM

If there is one country where migration is a meaningful crisis story it is Lebanon, which, according to Forbes-Statista/UNHCR, has the most refugees per 1,000 inhabitants -- 257 in mid-2014.

Lebanon's population is estimated at 4.5 million. Syrian refugees are estimated at anywhere from 1.3 to 1.5...

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