The Region Is Changing and So Are the Media


“The need for coverage in crisis situations, for example during bombings, turns regular citizens into reporters.”

Bloggers and online activists have impacted the way reporting is handled by the mainstream media.

Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Lebanese journalist Basma Badran about her experiences working in the media. Her responses are below.

Why might it be easier for women in the media to tackle difficult subjects?

In relatively moderate societies, there’s always a softening impact to having a female presence, particularly in discussions on “harsh” subjects, such as politics or economics, and certainly war. On our Arabic TV networks, political talk shows have been turning to fist fights lately in the light of the explosi.... However, this is exclusive to shows hosted and attended by men, as witnessed so far.  I have witnessed it myself in different dialogues with journalists and media, where the same conversation took completely different turns depending on who’s addressing them: me or my male colleague. I have also seen it happen during awareness lectures, especially when related to critical elements or audiences.

Mind you, this might have a downside for women: not being taken seriously. But…read full interview with Basma Badran


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