Jun 11, 2012
For a long time I’ve believed that the Community Media Workshop is a unique institution–offering resources and sharing knowledge that strengthen civic institutions’ ability to transform communities in Chicago and beyond. Our unique mission has now been presented the opportunity to expand its reach–Morocco!
This past spring, the Workshop hosted Adil Ourabai, a Moroccan journalist and participant of the Professional Fellows Program for Egypt and Morocco, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and implemented by our partner Heartland International. While embedded at the Workshop, Adil received practical experience working on media research and training and collaborated with myself in developing a few projects for Morocco, including strategic outreach platforms and scaling our Getting On Air, Online & Into Print media guide for North Africa!
As an exchange fellow of the program, I will be traveling to Morocco (Casablanca, Rabat, Tangiers and more) and will continue working with Adil in setting up a new database that will collect and network journalists and NGOs across the northern continent. I will also have the opportunity to work with other fellows from the program by providing communications training for their programs across the region.
My plane leaves just as we close this year’s Making Media Connections conference. I’ll be blogging about my experiences working with my counter-parts in Morocco for two weeks here on the NPcommunicator blog and will also be posting all my cultural musings on the Chicago is the World blog.
Check back to read about my adventures in nonprofit communicating in Morocco or subscribe to our blogs!
– Demetrio Maguigad
The Professional Fellows Program for Egypt and Morocco is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, and implemented by Heartland International, a nonprofit in Chicago, and its partner organizations, El Sadat Association in Cairo, Egypt and IDMAJ in Casablanca, Morocco.