The Idea of a Newsroom on the Cloud (Dalet XN newsroom explained)

I joined Dalet company at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) 2015 to test drive one of their new initiatives called Dalet Xn News. A new virtual newsroom hosted on the cloud with no infrastructure. An idea very convenient for field journalists, where access to professional equipment, internet or software may be limited.

How does it work? I explain…

Presenting IMF: Standardization in the Broadcast Industry

Bruce Devlin, chief media scientist at Dalet Solutions, gives a presentation on IMF (Interoperable Master Format), a standardized versioning tool at IBC2015 in Amsterdam. The technology enables easier and manageable TV content production by standardizing different formats of content inputs and outputs. Various global broadcast companies use their own formats and versions of content, and during his presentation, Bruce explained that the concept of the technology compares the production of good TV content with a simple example of making a good cake.”A good cake is a result of different ingredients that come in various packages, recipes and utensils used to shape it and the packaging of the cake,” Bruce said. “Good TV content is a product of various imputes that come in various formats and versions, and this technology brings together these imputes to a standardized format for the production of quality TV content.”The technology is expected to be available by the end of this year.

How Do Journalism and Politics Interact in Different Countries?

Two in-depth interviews with people from different parts of the world reveal the difference in the interaction between media and politics in their country.

What should the role of the media be in democratic versus non democratic countries? Are the realities presented in the media accurate? And how does media ownership affect content ?

Short experimental video:

Editor: Faten Bushehri
Assistant editor: Kristian Andersen
Camera people: Draško Vlahović & Nienke Izelaar
Interviewing Joey via Skype: Faten Bushehri

GV Face: Everything You Need to Know About Lebanon’s Massive “You Stink” Protests

After over a month of active mobilization in Lebanon to protest against the trash crisis, 10 thousand people took to the streets on August 22, and 20 thousand the following day. “You Stink” or طلعت ريحتكم is a grassroot movement that rallied up the people and called for the resignation of the minister of environment besides other demands. They are a group of young Lebanese who refuse to remain silent and let corruption take its course again.

The movement quickly escalated and people were angry not only about the trash crisis but about the political situation in general including the mismanagement of the minister of environment in handling such pressing issue.

I talked to Joey Ayoub on GV Face, a Lebanese blogger and a Global Voices contributor who has been working closely with You Stink, about how it all started, what happened during the two days of the mass protests, and how to move forward.

Here’s the video of the live show:

What is Bahrain Doing to Prevent a Terror Attack?

Following two attacks on Shia mosques in Saudi Arabia in earlier weeks, and the last attack in Kuwait two days ago, ISIS promises the next will be in Bahrain.

I wrote a much needed article on Global Voices wondering if safety measures are being taken in Bahrain to prevent potential attacks, and protect worshipers.

“Bahrain is politically a perfect hub for a terrorist attack. The country is already divided by sectarian tensions following the popular uprising in 2011, when people called for more political reforms. The government pitted the conflict as a Shia population trying to wrestle power from a Sunni leadership, a storyline often echoed in international media. Bahrain is also different from both Saudi Arabia and Kuwait because Shias are closer to being a majority in the small Gulf island and are easier to target as the government has been engaged in daily street battles with Shiite protesters on an almost daily basis since protests started four years ago.

However, it remains the responsibility of the government first and the people second to provide security for all citizens equally, and not based on sect or political loyalty. Failing to secure the lives of all Bahrainis, regardless of their sect, is a sectarian statement in itself.

The question is, how can a country like Bahrain where systematic approaches based on sect are deeply infested, fight a bigger battle against ISIS. How are people expected to stand united, when state media fuels hatred and sectarian tensions in the country? Are we even allowed to blame ISIS for their irrational extremism when Bahraini religious figures, media outlets, and laws do the same?”

Read more here.

Analytical Series: Why Women’s Political Presence in Bahrain is Still Marginal

My colleague Anne Koopman and I co-authored a series of three analytical articles to explore the problem of women’s marginal role in politics in the Gulf Island of Bahrain. We have talked to politicians, activists and regular people to get a better understanding of the situation.

Since the introduction of the National Action Charter ‘Al-Meethaq’ in 2002, women and men have equal political rights in Bahrain, giving both the right to vote and actively participate in politics. However, female presence in politics is considerably low. In this series we will address the issue of low political presence in Bahrain by dividing the problem into three articles. In “Bahraini Politics: Where Are The Women?”, we will look at the political background in Bahrain and the statistics of women serving in higher positions, as well as compare the country to other Gulf States. In the second part “The Triangle of Oppression: Challenging Women’s Political Presence” we explain how the male dominant society, religious influences and lack of endorsements by political societies cause women to experience pressure to withdraw from elections or stay away from the political scene, but also to feel hesitant towards participating to begin with. In “Is There Hope For Equal Political Representation?” we show how the popular uprising in 2011, has put women’s rights on a back shelf, and the challenges for both men and women have become more similar and equal, leading to an unclear future for women in politics in Bahrain. Experts and female activists propose some solutions that could gradually improve women’s political presence in Bahrain.

Read all three articles on The Bahrain Debate:

Part I: “Bahraini Politics: Where are the Women?”

Part II: “The Bahraini Society: Challenging Women’s Political Presence”

Part III: “Is There Hope for Equal Political Representation?”