Reporting Change

Investigating and documenting transition in the Middle East and North Africa.

The project Reporting Change ran between 2012 and 2014, in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. World Press Photo and Human Rights Watch aimed to report on and support democratic transitions in the Middle East and North Africa, using complementary approaches—visual journalism training in the case of World Press Photo, and research and advocacy in the case of Human Rights Watch.

There were two main goals of the Reporting Change training program. First, to train strong, professional, and self-reliant visual journalism communities in the Middle East and North Africa. And second, to document and exhibit local perspectives of the regional changes.

The Reporting Change workshops led to three productions: a book, an interactive experience, and an exhibition. The visual stories that emerged aim to challenge perceptions of the region bringing insight to issues and to the lives of people that we might not otherwise have had. It is an insider’s view of a part of the world that is rarely out of the news, but is often given one-dimensional, headline-grabbing treatment.

Program timeline

October 2012
The project begins with a training of the trainers, offered to ten regional and established photojournalists. The aim of this training is to increase the number of regional Arabic-speaking photojournalism trainers and to stimulate a mutually supportive photojournalism community in the region.

December 2012 - February 2013
Three basic technical skills workshops will be held for 36 photojournalists from Algeria, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia. These workshops aim to improve the technical, journalistic, and visual skills of the participants. The workshops will be taught by the photojournalists who participated in the October 2012 training of the trainers. Read the list of participating photojournalists.

April 2013 - July 2013
Two courses will be held for 24 advanced photojournalists and provide the opportunity to improve storytelling and editing skills. Read the list of participating photojournalists.

August 2013 - December 2013
Ten participants from the storytelling course will have the opportunity to produce a story from the region. The stories they produce will be published in a book and an online production in 2014. Read the list of selected participants.

January 2014 - April 2014
A workshop will be held for 10 visual journalists from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia who wish to improve their multimedia storytelling skills.

June 2014 - October 2014
A selection of the stories produced in the storytelling and multimedia workshops will be publicized through online productions and a book, which contributes to the goal of documenting and exhibiting local perspectives on the changes taking place across the Middle East and North Africa.

Basic skills workshops

  • Akram Adem, Libya
  • Ibrahim Al Agouri, Libya
  • Mohamed Alalem, Libya
  • Abdellah Azizi, Morocco
  • Sophia Baraket, Tunisia
  • Hichem Bekhti, Algeria
  • Sabrina Belkhouja, Tunisia
  • Mehdi Bennaceri, Morocco
  • Billel Bensalem, Algeria
  • Zied Ben Romdhane, Tunisia
  • Arslane Bestaoui, Algeria
  • Ramzi Boudina, Algeria
  • Amine Boussofara, Tunisia
  • Abdullah Dawma, Libya
  • Nader Elgadi, Libya
  • Karim Fezzazi, Morocco
  • Yassine Gaidi, Tunisia
  • Ali Garboussi, Tunisia
  • Wassim Ghozlani, Tunisia
  • Joelle Gueguen, Morocco
  • Selim Harbi, Tunisia
  • Rabii Kalboussi, Tunisia
  • Mohamed Kaouche, Algeria
  • Amine Landoulsi, Tunisia
  • Abdurrauf Madi, Libya
  • Jean Madeyski, Morocco
  • Joseph Ouechen, Morocco
  • Shahrazed Ratni, Algeria
  • Moulay Mhamed Saadi, Morocco
  • Boussaada Safa, Tunisia
  • Douraïd Souissi, Tunisia
  • Zoubeir Souissi, Tunisia
  • Imane Tirich, Morocco
  • Gabous Yahya, Tunisia
  • Fayssal Zaoui, Morocco
  • Billel Zehani, Algeria

The selection committee consisted of Cédric Gerbehaye, Belgium, photographer Agence Vu; Rena Effendi, Azerbaijan, photographer; and Peter Dejong, the Netherlands, chief photographer Associated Press. The 36 photographers were selected from a pool of 74 applicants.

For the training in Tunis, the workshop is led by Nadia Benchallal and Amel Pain.
For the training in Algiers, the workshop is led by Naïma Kaddour and Khalil Nemmaoui.
For the training in Rabat, the workshop is led by Myriam Abdelaziz and Mohamed Messara.

Storytelling workshops

  • Roger Anis, Egypt
  • Mahmoud Khaled, Egypt
  • Virginie Hoang Nguyen, Belgium
  • Jonathan Rashad, Egypt
  • Gabous Yahya, Tunisia
  • Amine Landoulsi, Tunisia
  • Mohamed Ali eddin, Egypt
  • Zied Ben Romdhane, Tunisia
  • Amru Salahuddien, Egypt
  • Ahmed Hayman, Egypt
  • Arslane Bestaoui, Algeria
  • Omnia Arfin, Egypt
  • Amine Boussoffara, Tunisia
  • Douraïd Souissi, Tunisia
  • Joelle Gueguen, France
  • Sabrina Belkhouja, Tunisia
  • Mohamed Kaouche, Algeria
  • Jean Madeyski, France
  • Joseph Ouechen, Morocco
  • Sophia Baraket, Tunisia
  • Zara Samiry, Morocco
  • Nader ElGadi, Libya
  • Mohamed Alalem, Libya

The selection committee consisted of Yuri Kozyrev, Russia, photographer NOOR and Time magazine; Michket Krifa, France, independent curator, author and consultant for visual arts in the Middle East and Africa; and Meaghan Looram, USA, Deputy Editor of Photography The New York Times

The 24 photographers were selected from a pool of 114 applicants.

The trainers:

  • Magdalena Herrera, France/Cuba, director of photography Geo France
  • Jenny Smets, the Netherlands, director of photography Vrij Nederland
  • Donald Weber, Canada, photographer VII Photo Agency
  • Michael Zumstein, France, photographer Agence Vu

Grant recipients

  • Mohamed Alalem, Libya
  • Mohamed Ali eddin, Egypt
  • Roger Anis, Egypt
  • Zied Ben Romdhane, Tunisia
  • Arslane Bestaoui, Algeria
  • Amine Boussoffara, Tunisia
  • Nader ElGadi, Libya
  • Ahmed Hayman, Egypt
  • Mahmoud Khaled, Egypt
  • Zara Samiry, Morocco

The 10 photographers were chosen from a pool of 24 participants who were trained during the Reporting Change Storytelling workshops and who submitted a story proposal from the region.

The trainers:

  • Magdalena Herrera, France/Cuba, director of photography Geo France
  • Jenny Smets, the Netherlands, director of photography Vrij Nederland

Multimedia workshops

  • Abdellah Azizi, Morocco
  • Eman Helal, Egypt
  • Mosa’ab Elshamy, Egypt
  • Inas Gohar, Egypt
  • Sélim Harbi, Tunisia
  • Virginie Hoang Nguyen, Belgium
  • Mohamed Hossam, Egypt
  • Oualid Khelifi, Algeria
  • Muhannad Lamin, Libya
  • Hassan Ouazzani, Morocco

The participants were selected on from a pool of 71 applicants by the three multimedia professionals who will teach the course:

  • D J Clark, UK, multimedia producer at CCTV
  • Matt Ford, US, Interactive Media Director and co-founder of Vignette Interactive
  • Cédric Gerbehaye, Belgium, photographer

The course consists of three phases beginning with a five-day face-to-face introduction to multimedia storytelling with the aim of producing a story idea and work plan, followed by the production of this multimedia story while receiving online coaching from the trainers. The course ends with a five-day face-to-face workshop in which the produced multimedia stories are discussed and finalized. All courses take place between January and April 2014.

In addition to training, each of the participants will also receive a € 2,000 grant to further develop their skills and produce a high-quality multimedia story from the region.

Reporting Change is made possible by a grant from the Dutch Postcode Lottery.