BEIRUT: With a strategy to intensify reporting from target areas through additional regional offices, Germany's international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) turned to Beirut as an ideal location.
DW announced on Saturday the opening of its joint office of DW and DW Akademie in Tayouneh. To mark the opening, DW’s managing director of programming Gerda Meuer, Naser Schruf, head of the Arabic language service and Natascha Schwanke, deputy director of the DW Akademie, welcomed around 90 guests from the media, civil society, and politics at Le Gray Indigo.
The Akademie is designed to provide media training to refugee and local low-income youth and trains for audio-visual work along with basic reporting skills.
With a growing network of correspondents, DW is strengthening local expertise, thus making coverage more closely related to the reality of the users DW is supplying with news and information.
Guest of honor was the Lebanese Minister of Information Jamal Jarrah, who, speaking to Bassel Aridi, DW Beirut bureau chief, and correspondent Razan Salman, welcomed DW to Beirut and pledged his support.
DW had made the right choice with the location of Lebanon, the minister said, adding that international media's presence in Lebanon contributes to the development of the media landscape and to a better understanding of the country's situation abroad.
DW and DWA's joint office has a strong team that includes:
Aridi began his journalistic career 20 years ago as a newspaper editor, after which he worked for various Lebanese media and for the Arabic service of the BBC. Before taking up his post as bureau chief for DW in Beirut, Aridi was a reporter for Al Jadeed TV. He's one of the most renowned journalists in Lebanon and an expert on the region.
Salman started her career in journalism after studying political sciences and business law. She worked as a reporter for the Arabic service of the BBC in Lebanon prior to joining DW. Together with Bassel Aridi, Salman will be covering events in Lebanon and in the Middle East for the Arabic and English language services of DW.
Naggar has worked for DW in Lebanon for over a decade and will now head the Beirut office for the DW Akademie. She's a proven expert on media in the Middle East. The planning and implementation of DW Akademie-projects will benefit from the fact that all colleagues are now under one roof.
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