CNN launches Abu Dhabi academy for journalists

Becky Anderson, managing editor of CNN Abu Dhabi, will lead some of the curriculum and take the academy into the broadcaster’s state-of-the-art bureau at twofour54. (AN Photo)
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Updated 22 September 2020

CNN launches Abu Dhabi academy for journalists

  • Starting in January 2021, the intensive learning program will offer a fulltime five-week course with a combination of online learning sessions and in-person workshops
  • By the end of the course, students will have learned a wide range of journalism and production skills, and be able to develop a raw story idea into a broadcast-ready short film

DUBAI: The first CNN Academy in the world has opened its doors for applications for journalists of the future to learn about multiplatform storytelling.

Starting in January 2021, the intensive learning program will offer a fulltime five-week course with a combination of online learning sessions and in-person workshops that will take place at CNN at twofour54 in Abu Dhabi.

Over the course of more than 10 years since CNN first began broadcasting from Abu Dhabi, now one of its major international hubs, the network has continually expanded its footprint, multilingual content and programming.

In 2020 and beyond, CNN is building on its commitment to foster the growth of quality journalism through educational and training initiatives designed to equip youth across the region with the latest journalism and broadcasting skills. 

Led by a team of experienced journalists, content creators and production specialists from around the world, academy participants will learn important industry skills including broadcast engineering, field production, interview techniques, and how CNN gathers information, verifies sources and creates content across all platforms. 

Becky Anderson, managing editor of CNN Abu Dhabi and anchor of “Connect the World,” will lead some of the curriculum and take the academy into the broadcaster’s state-of-the-art bureau at twofour54.

Going behind the scenes of the current affairs show “Connect the World with Becky Anderson,” students will gain experience about how the program and its digital content are produced. 

The syllabus will also include insights into CNN Arabic and the local media landscape, along with digital storytelling, mobile journalism, photography and post-production. 

By the end of the course, students will have learned a wide range of journalism and production skills, and be able to develop a raw story idea into a broadcast-ready short film with accompanying digital and social media content. The best work created by students will be featured on CNN’s broadcast channels.

“Some of CNN’s most memorable and important journalism has taken place here in the Middle East, a region which has continued to grow in importance to our network through Abu Dhabi being one of our major global hubs and with the growth of CNN Arabic,” said Rani Raad, president of CNN Commercial Worldwide.

“CNN Academy is our latest commitment to the region as we foster the growth of quality journalism and champion local talent in Abu Dhabi, a place we’ve called home for almost 11 years.” 

Anderson said: “CNN Academy Abu Dhabi marks the latest step in CNN’s continued support of local learning and development and supplements our internship schemes, community work and partnership with the ZHO (Zayed Higher Organization) around People with Determination.”

She added: “With 40 years of newsgathering and over a decade of producing and broadcasting in the Middle East, CNN is able to offer extensive insights into the culture, economics, innovation and global impact that the region has. I’m proud to be involved in encouraging and supporting more upcoming journalists here.” 

The twofour54 training hub, which houses its Creative Lab and Image Nation’s Arab Film Studio, will provide facilities and infrastructure including equipment, learning resources, student liaison and outreach along with the graduation ceremony.

Applications for CNN Academy Abu Dhabi are now open to applicants from the UAE and across the region over the age of 21.

Entry requirements include a one-minute video demonstrating suitability for the course and a written pitch outlining a story idea for the CNN audience. The closing date to apply is Oct. 31.


Frankly Speaking: Arab News premieres first talkshow with former PM of Pakistan

Updated 28 November 2020

Frankly Speaking: Arab News premieres first talkshow with former PM of Pakistan

  • Hosted by veteran journalist Frank Kane, program will interview movers and shakers, world policymakers
  • Each episode of the program is 20 minutes, with occasional additional reporting and interviews to be included throughout

LONDON: Arab News, the region’s leading English-language Middle East newspaper, is proud to announce its latest video product: “Frankly Speaking,” a recorded show that will interview and challenge movers and shakers, world policymakers and influential deciders on topics relating to the Arab world.

Hosted by veteran, award-winning journalist and senior Arab News business columnist, Frank Kane, who has interviewed influential business leaders and key politicians from around the world including Emirati tycoon, Khalaf Al-Habtoor, president of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Borge Brende, and Anthony Scaramucci, the former communications adviser to US President Donald Trump.

Each episode of the program is 20 minutes, with occasional additional reporting and interviews to be included throughout.

 

 

“Frankly Speaking” will be available on Arab New’s YouTube channel and on the program page on the Arab News website.

Commenting on the launch, Arab News Editor in Chief Faisal J. Abbas said: “As the leading English language news source on Saudi Arabia and Middle East, it was only natural for Arab News to expand its video offering and we are very proud to present 'Frankly Speaking' as our first product for our followers worldwide.”

“While editorial integrity can only be proven, the combination of the credibility of both the Arab News brand and the long experience and interview style of Frank Kane will ensure that each episode provides an intellectually stimulating debate and plenty of material for further discussion,” he said.

 

 

The first episode of “Frankly Speaking” launches on Saturday at 5 p.m. Riyadh time (2 p.m. GMT) and will feature former Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who will talk about his own recipe for change in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia’s reforms, the difference between Islamabad’s relationship with Iran and with Saudi Arabia, as well as his views on Israel.