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The Speak Out Tunisia citizen journalism training project aims to return the power of a free and fair press to the people of Tunisia.
The Speak Out Tunisia citizen journalism training project aims to return the power of a free and fair press to the people of Tunisia.
243 backers pledged $20,348 to help bring this project to life.

Second session of Speak Out Tunisia to begin in January 2013!

Hello everyone,

On this last day of 2012, we're excited to tell you that we are launching the second session of Speak Out Tunisia in January 2013. Thanks to your incredible support and the success of our first citizen journalism training sessions in Tunisia this spring, Speak Out Tunisia caught the attention of InterNews who agreed to fund our second training session!

InterNews is "an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard." We are thrilled to have their support as we continue to grow the Speak Out Tunisia project.

In addition, we have officially launched PaCTE TV, a website designed to feature the reporting of citizen journalists who have gone through the Speak Out Tunisia training and who continue to report on issues important to Tunisia. 

None of this would have been possible without your support. We can't thank you enough.

Stay tuned for more updates and Happy New Year,

Anne and the PaCTE Tunisie team

Advanced session of Speak Out Tunisia wraps up in Tunis!

Hi everyone,

Last week, we finished the second session of training with the advanced Speak Out Tunisia students in Tunis. The students spent two weeks shooting photo and video stories, learning about journalism ethics, and producing final video projects. The PaCTE team ended the Speak Out Tunisia project on Saturday, April 21 with a closing conference in Tunis on citizen journalism featuring renowned journalists and citizen journalism experts from France and Tunisia.

Students from both the beginner and advanced sessions continue to post their work to, so please check often to see their latest photo and video reports. In the meantime, several students from the advanced session took time to talk about what they gained from the training and why they believe citizen journalism is important for Tunisia (see video below).

Thanks to you, Speak Out Tunisia was a great success, and we are already planning the next training session.

Thanks again for your continued support. You made this project happen!!!

Anne and the PaCTE Tunisian team

Beginner session in Kebili!

Hi everyone,

The beginner session of Speak Out Tunisia just wrapped up in Kebili, and the students were awesome! They came from all over Tunisia, from all different backgrounds and ages, with the common goal of learning how to become ethical and objective citizen journalists. See slideshow below for pics of them at work in the field!

During the session, they researched and reported on issues ranging from unemployment and health care to graffiti and fish breeding in the small town of Kebili. They engaged in heated discussions in class about objectivity and keeping bias out of reporting; Skyped with journalism students at the University of Montana about differences in the U.S. and Tunisian press; listened to guest presentations by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR); and started their own Tumblr blog to post their photos, slideshows and videos.

Please check out their work when you can:

Videos to come as the students finish final editing on their own.

The advanced session begins this Tuesday in Tunis, so stay tuned for more updates and please follow the students' Tumblr blog (above) to see their work.

On behalf of the Speak Out Tunisia beginner students and the upcoming advanced students, thanks again for making this possible.

Anne and the Speak Out Tunisia team

Speak Out Tunisia participants have been selected!

Hi everyone,

Today, the PaCTE Tunisia group made their final selection of Speak Out Tunisia participants from a pool of more than 90 applicants from across Tunisia.

For the past several weeks, members of the Speak Out Tunisia team have been busy interviewing applicants via Skype, asking questions about their motivation to participate in the training and ensuring that the final participant list reflects Tunisia's diverse social, economic and geographic makeup. 

The beginner training begins in less than two weeks in the southern town of Kebili. From there, we move north to Tunis to spend two weeks working with the advanced group. Stay tuned for more updates as we enter this action phase we've been working toward for so long.

Thanks again for your support. After months of hard work and planning, Speak Out Tunisia is about to happen because of you!

-- the Speak Out Tunisia team

Applications are being accepted for Speak Out Tunisia training!

Hi everyone,

Just a quick update on the Speak Out Tunisia project. We're currently accepting applications for both the beginner and advanced citizen journalism training courses set to take place in Tunisia in March, so please spread the word! Interested people can access the application online (in both French and Arabic) here.

The beginner course will take place in Kebili in southern Tunisia from March 18 - 30, and the advanced course will take place in Tunis from April 3 - 17.

We're also in the process of securing equipment donations for the course (video cameras, still cameras, audio recorders, laptops, etc.), so please be in touch if you have any digital equipment you'd like to donate!

Thanks again, everyone! We'll keep you posted as we move forward...

Anne and the PaCTE Tunisia team