About

or who we are

We do workshops and trainings for journalists and people in civil society
They focus on topics like migration, and how they are portrayed in the media
They are based on reflection and self-analysis, and invite people to look at themselves

In a time when migration has come to be at the centre of media reporting and debates across the world, we hold workshops where people get to look deeper at their own relationship with the topic. We invite professionals from the media and civil society to reflect on how we think and write about refugees and migration, and find ways to not reproduce stereotypes and narrow notions of ‘us’ and ‘them’. Journalists and people in communication are used to observing and speaking about others, but rarely get the chance to look at themselves and their own relationships with what they report on.

This – inviting people from across a wide professional spectra to reflect on themselves and their own experiences, in order to understand how these shape the way they look at the world – is at the core of our workshops.

Our people:

Our short-form trainings are organised through two partners in Lebanon: collaborative media Mashallah News and environment and social justice NGO Jibal, and held by Jenny Gustafsson and Angela Saade.

Jenny Gustafsson

is a journalist/writer and political scientist born in Sweden and living in Lebanon since 2009. She has reported from across the Middle East, South Asia and elsewhere, including Bangladesh, Honduras, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Libya, Algeria, Tajikistan, India and Saudi Arabia. Her work often focuses on migration, development and other issues related to society, as well as crafts and heritage. Her work has been featured in outlets including The Guardian, Foreign Policy and Al Jazeera. In 2010 she co-founded Mashallah News, an online platform on social issues and urban life across the Middle East, and has since worked on a number of different related storytelling/reporting projects.

Angela Saade

is a co-founder of Jibal and Tabadol, both working on how to build diverse and intercultural societies with equity and justice at the centre. She has a background in anthropology and has developed and collaborated on several projects including trainings for youth workers, teachers and journalists. Angela has also been the technical advisor for the youth programme of the Lebanese NGO Mouvement Social, mainly working with underpriviledged young people from different areas of Lebanon. She has a personal experience of exile and migration, having been one of many forced to leave Lebanon with her family during the 1975-1990 civil war. Angela speaks Arabic, English, Spanish and French.

The concept behind the international workshops has been developed by a team of journalists from Mashallah News in Lebanon and civil society/anti-discrimination experts from Tabadol in France and Bapob in Germany:

Micheline Tobia

Co-founder and co-editor Mashallah News.

Clément Girardot

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Co-founder and co-editor Mashallah News.

Ibrahim Nehme

Editor and journalist, founder of The Outpost magazine.

Élodie Louvel

Trainer and organiser from Tabadol.

Charlotte Heslouin

Trainer and organiser from Tabadol.

Wael Bisher

Trainer and organiser from Bapob.

Hozaifa Khalaili

Trainer and organiser from Bapob.

Karine Reindlmeier

Trainer and organiser from Bapob.

Audrey Parmentier

Journalist and trainer on media and journalism.

Audrey Houillon

Trainer and organiser from Bapob.