Sunday, 18 January 2009

[creative-radio] Digest Number 2543

There are 3 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Jordan radio goes citizen reporter
From: George Lessard

2. Menassat: Here's what's happening in Arab media!
From: George Lessard

3. Job Opportunities / Centre for Art Tapes / Executive Director / Hali
From: George Lessard

1. Jordan radio goes citizen reporter
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:29 am ((PST))

Protest actions in the Arab world are not a new phenomenon since Israel
launched its military blitz on the Gaza Strip on December 27. What is new
is how they're being covered at least for one radio station in Amman,
Jordan, who has turned to their listener's club to cover recent Gaza
protests - citizen reporters turned loose.

(Daoud Kuttab is the General Manager of Radio Balad, 92.4 FM Amman,


AMMAN, January 12, 2009 (MENASSAT) - Last Friday was a slow day at the
offices and studios of Radio al Balad in Amman. All the staff were off
for the weekly holiday leaving a minuscule skeleton staff to run the
station. But you would never have guessed it by listening to 92.4 FM
in the Amman metropolitan area.

The station ran field interviews from throughout the city during what
security sources said were some 30 protest actions on Friday. Play by
play coverage went out on the airwaves as a huge rally was held at
King Hussein Sports stadium, and as clashes with the Jordanian police
took place later in the day.

All of the coverage was from eyewitness accounts. Every hour, a live
interview was made with a person covering a tent protest near the
Israeli embassy in the upscale Rabbiya neighborhood.

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2. Menassat: Here's what's happening in Arab media!
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sat Jan 17, 2009 8:36 am ((PST))

Here's what's happening in Arab media!

Working for change in the Arab world is a website focusing on news, trends and events concerning
the media in the twenty-two countries of the MENA region (Middle East &
North Africa, defined as the twenty-two member states of the Arab League).

Menassat literally means "platforms" in Arabic; it also holds the acronym
for the MENA region.

Our goal is to promote good journalism in the region by providing a
platform for Arab journalism as well as specific tools to empower Arab

Menassat's editorial team is based in Beirut, Lebanon, with correspondents
throughout the region.

Menassat is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands
through the Dutch media advocacy group Free Voice ( Free
Voice, through its "Investing in the Future" program, organizes
professional training sessions for Arab journalists, as well as activities
aimed at improving the legal protection of journalists and the promotion
of press freedom in general.

Menassat's primary goal is to expose the problems and challenges that
journalists in the Arabic-speaking world face on a daily basis, and to
help overcome them.

Menassat intends to be a platform where Arab media professionals can offer
and exchange views and information free of censorship and political or
sectarian agendas. Our only philosophy is the promotion of freedom of

Menassat addresses itself to anyone who is interested in social,
political, economical and cultural developments in the Arab world, and how
the media cover the region.

We encourage good journalism as an effective means of dissecting the
social, economical and political developments in the Arab world.

Menassat defines 'the media' to include not only print journalists but
also TV and radio journalists, on-line journalists, bloggers,
photographers, film-makers and graphic artists. We also aim to help
produce and distribute original and innovative media content about the
Arab world.

Menassat is a bilingual website; all content is made available in both
Arabic and English.

Menassat is updated daily, Monday-Friday, excluding official Lebanese

Menassat is published by the Arab Images Foundation®.

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3. Job Opportunities / Centre for Art Tapes / Executive Director / Hali
Posted by: "George Lessard" themediamentor
Date: Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:03 am ((PST))

Job Opportunities / Centre for Art Tapes / Executive Director / Halifax,
NS / Deadline Date: Monday, January 26, 2009

Application Deadline: Received by 5:00pm Monday, January 26th 2009.

The Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT) is a non-profit artist-run centre founded
in 1979 that facilitates and supports artists working with electronic
media such as video, audio, and new media installation. The Centre
provides services to a diverse membership, and the general public,
including production facilities, exhibitions and screenings, as well as
programs that provide comprehensive technical training and residency
opportunities to professional media artists.

The Centre is a creative environment for independent artists and members
of the community to access a broad range of production facilities, as well
as training and mentoring programs. Through programming we enrich the
public's cultural experience of the media arts and this has a reciprocal
effect on the development of our production, training, and community

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED provides vision and direction
for the Centre's long and short-term goals, and oversees all
administrative and financial operations.

Required Qualifications
The successful candidate will have at least 3 years experience:
- Developing and managing budgets
- Writing successful proposals and grants
- Managing staff and interns
- Developing professional relationships
- Developing arts-related programs
- Working with a Board of Directors
- Working in the contemporary art world, preferably in the media arts
- Working in an electronic environment

Educational Qualifications
Degree or Diploma in a related field

This is a permanent full-time position.
Salary range: $30,000 - $35,000 commensurate with experience.
Start date: March 1, 2009

Please submit cv and cover letter by e mail as a PDF or by post. Received
by 5pm, Jan 26, 2009.

Email to:

Mail to:
Hiring Committee
Centre for Art Tapes
5600 Sackville Street, Suite 207
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 1L2

Please visit our website at:
For detailed job posting go to:

Any inquiries may be emailed to the Hiring Committee:

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected
for an interview will be contacted.

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