In the framework of SASPARM project’s activities in Palestine, which is implemented by An-Najah National University in coordination with EUCENTER and the University of IUSS, Pavia-Italy, within the European FP7 projects, the Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction Center -An-Najah National University, Ministry of Information, and the Palestinian Journalists Association conducted a training workshop The role of media in disaster risk mitigation
Place: - Media center, new campus, An-Najah National University
Time: Monday, 8 July, 2013, at 9:30 am.
In addition to 24 journalists from the North West bank, the workshop was attended by the following:
Dr. Mohammad Hannoun (Deputy University president), Mr. Wasef Eriqat (The National Agency for Disaster Risk Mitigation), Ja’far Shtayyeh (Palestinian Journalist Association), Majed Kittaneh (Ministry of Information).
2. Workshop Items
The workshop which was facilitated by Eng. Abdelhakim, included the following:
2.1 Opening Remarks;
Dr. Hannoun welcomed the journalists and expressed also appreciation to the Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction Center for concern in the development and improvement of the journalists about issues related to disasters. Moreover the importance of dealing with the news and events and how it is presented to people. He added to that, the importance of the Media role during disasters and crisis.
Mr. Majed Kittaneh from the ministry of information confirmed that people depend totally or partially on the media as a major source of information during crisis. He also emphasized on the importance of ethics and professionalism and dealing with news coverage which should be neutral
.Mr. Ja’far Shtayyeh, from the Palestinian Journalist Association expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the University for organizing the workshop and confirmed the association is always there to help and cooperate.
Mr. Wasef Eriqat, chief of the National Agency for Disaster Risk Mitigation, thanked all worked on this workshop, presented some information about the history of the NADRM connected to media. He also emphasized on the role of the media before, during and after the disaster. It is also a major source of information to the Palestinian institutions.
2.2 Workshop sessions
The workshop comprised of two sessions which included lectures presented by Dr. Jalal Dabbeek covering four main topics.
Dr. Jalal presented a very short briefing about SASPARM project and the basic information and terminologies about disaster risk management and reduction. He confirmed on the importance of the role of media during the disasters like the earthquakes.
Also elaborated on the role of media during the disaster and how to avoid and deal with rumors.
Dr. Dabbeek presented some real experience of Journalists during disasters in their countries. He also emphasized on the importance using the correct and relevant terminologies which give the real desertion and status of the disaster s to minimize panic. He also advised the journalists to use the fruitful information and guidance on SASPARM website.
Dr. Dabbeek presented the work priorities towards building the capacities of people about mitigation od disasters risk using the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and the Hugo frame work 2005-2015 and the Arabic Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction 2011-2020. He presented the ten basic actions or requirement towards building resilient cities.
Training workshop program
Place: An-Najah National University, new campus- Media centre.
9:45-10:05: Opening Session
-The university speech
-The ministry of information speech
-The journalist association speech
- The National agency for Disaster Risk Mitigation speech
10:05-11:05: a lecture: introduction on SASPARM project and the main concepts of risk assessment and management assessment (Jalal Al-Dabbeek)
11:35 11:55: coffee break
-Prevention of rumors
12:35-13:45: The third session: (Jalal Al-Dabbeek)
-The international campaign for buildingthe Resilience of Nations to disasters- Ten – Points Checklist - Essentials for Making Cities Resilient
13:45-15:00: lunch break
Guidelines for Editors and journalist before, during and after a disaster and a review of the experiences of the press and the media in some countries hit by disasters.
16:00-16:30: Discussion and recommendations