[StoryMaker] Mustafa El-Ani of the Independent Media Centre Kurdistan

Rising Voices took part in the StoryMaker Camp held in Amman, Jordan in January 28-30, 2014. As a partner in the StoryMaker project, it was an opportunity to meet with key actors taking part in the development of the app and the implementation of the training and mentoring project.

This group also included the National Training Centers in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Iraq, which have been primarily responsible for the organizing of the various training events.

In Iraq, the trainings were held at the Independent Media Centre Kurdistan (IMCK), which offers trainings to journalists from across the country, as well as:


..consultancy to newspaper editors and TV station management, internet courses for newspaper sites, workshops for photographers and media training for politicians.The Independent Media Centre in Kurdistan was set up in May 2008 to improve the quality of the media in Iraq in order to help the democracy in Iraq to develop. IMCK mainly works inside Iraqi Kurdistan and with all media, both party and independent. IMCK strives to improve the quality of the existing media, the quality of journalism and that of the entire media landscape in Iraqi Kurdistan and Iraq. The aim of the IMCK is to bring civil journalism, or reporting on people for people, to Iraq.

At the StoryMaker Camp, we had the opportunity to speak with Mustafa El-Ani, a coordinator at the IMCK. He talks about some of the challenges holding trainings in Iraq and about some of the stories that have come about from the trainings.

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