The next cohort of the Refugee Journalism Project has been selected and we look forward to being able to start our programme in the next few months. But with the entire world slowing down at this time, it is a great moment to reflect on
We looking for UK-based professional journalists with a refugee background who want to rebuild their careers. Between March and August, 15 selected participants will have the opportunity to acquire new media skills, publish journalistic content, and build professional networks through collaborations. In September, all participants
Liminality is the state of being in between; of belonging neither here nor there. With it comes disruption, anxiety and invisibility. But liminality is, however, a temporary state of existence, so with it also comes the hope of future transformation and empowerment.
This was the theme
Over the past year, participants on the Refugee Journalism Project have been attending monthly masterclass sessions organised by The Guardian Foundation. These have been delivered by leading Guardian journalists and editors, covering areas such as interviewing technique, podcasting, pitching ideas, multimedia stories and storytelling.
BBC broadcasting journalist Ziad Ghandour was one of millions of people to escape their war-torn homeland in 2015. Ziad was forced to leave his English Literature master’s degree behind in Syria to search for a less volatile place to call home. Four months later, out
Temesghen Debesai began his career in Eritrea, where he worked as a news anchor and co-founded the country’s first English television service in 1998. In 2006, he fled Eritrea and was granted refugee status in the UK.
He joined the first cohort of the Refugee
Two years into the war in Syria, Abdulwahab Tahhan left his home in Aleppo for good. Before he embarked on a risky journey to the UK in 2012, he worked as a fixer in Turkey. Abdul translated for journalists from the UK, Australia and America
Zabihullah Noori is a multimedia journalist from Afghanistan who came to the UK as an asylum seeker in 2011. After being granted refugee status in 2012 and struggling to find work in his field, he began working as a translator and interpreter for immigration law