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Masterclass photography at IMCK

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International photographer Eddy van Wessel returned to Kurdistan. He offered twenty photographers from Iraq a masterclass in photography. The participants are both from the Kurdish region and from Iraq.


The workshop takes place from August 26 -29, 2009, at the training hall of the IMCK in Sulaymaniya. Because of the size of the group, the class is split up in a Kurdish morning session and an Arabic afternoon session.

Van Wessel has been training at IMCK two times before. His participants are mainly working for the main newspapers and websites in Sulaymaniya, and for media in Arabic Iraq. The workshop is co-sponsored by SIMI (Supporting Independent Media in Iraq) in Baghdad.
On one of the training days he had help from co-trainer and AP-photographer Yahya Barzinji, who talked about the practical sides of working as a photographer.

News reportage in Baghdad

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Sixteen journalists and correspondents from different papers and press agencies in Iraq gathered in the Melia Mansour in Baghdad for an IMCK-training on making a news reportage. The workshop started on August 15, 2009. In four days the journalists will be taught what news is, how to use sources, how to conduct a succesful interview and how to make a news reportage. The short news feature is a form of journalism not often used in Iraq.
For IMCK this is the first training in the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Before now Iraqi journalists from the South came up to the Kurdish region to be trained, but IMCK wants to be able to reach more journalists. Senior trainer Judit Neurink is testing the waters to see if the situation in Baghdad has improved enough. She is working with co-trainer Kholoud al-Amiry, and translator Ahmed Jibouri who came with her from the IMCK office in Irbil.
The training is a joint activity with Simi, the Iraqi Irex-daughter working for Independent Media in Iraq.

Journalists from Wasit at IMCK

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Twenty journalists from Wasit came to Sulaymaniya for a training of a week on how to report on politics. The workshop started at August 4 and will end at August 11, 2009, at the IMCKtraininghall.
The workshop is part of the Wasit-project to bring together journalists and politicians working in Wasit (Al-Kut, South of Iraq). Journalists will be trained in political reporting, but also at the same time in basic journalistic skills. Their counterparts, politicians and officials, did the other side of the workshop last month in Irbil.

Trainers are Erwin Buter, who worked as a parliamentary reporter in The Hague, and HassanRachidi, who works for Al-Jazeera satellite channel. Buter trains the print journalists, Al-Rachidi is in charge of the TV colleagues.

The Wasit project will end in October with a conference for both journalists and politicians, on how to work together for their people. The project is made possible through funding from the American reconstruction team.

Media bo Khalq has started

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August 1rst, 2009 saw the start of Media boKhalq, Al-I'elamlilnass, Media for People, the post graduate training in journalism of IMCK. The Kurdish minister of Culture FalahadinKakei opened the training of young Iraqi graduates, together with minister of Foreign Relations of KRG, FalahMustafa.
While Mr Kakei talked about his past as a journalist, Mr Mustafa called the 'encouragement of a professional and free press one of the key facets' to the Kurdish social process. ,,The KRG fully believes in supporting and encouraging the establishment of a free and professional media in the Kurdistan Region'', he said.



,,Also in the US it took generations before there were good journalists'', Andrew Snow, the US Embassy Regional Reconstruction Team leader told the audience of diplomats, press and trainees. ,,Press Now is proud to be supporting the IMCK and thus Media boKhalq'', director Leon Willems said. They joined the two Kurdish ministers in the opening sess…