Dubai to Host Region’s First Facebook News Forum

On 19th June, Wednesday, Dubai Press Club (DPC) along with Facebook would be orchestrating the region’s first Facebook News Forum in Dubai.

The news event is going to be held at Alserkal Avenue. The event falls under the Facebook Journalism Project, a scheme that allows merging with publishers around the globe through training, programmes and partnerships. The forum aims to boost journalism in the region and would be attended by over 200 regional and international journalists, content creators, publishers and other media professionals.

The one-day event would offer training and underscore best practices on Facebook’s products to assist participants learn new ways to become involved with their audiences and adapt digital storytelling.

At the event, regional and global speakers would be covering themes like “How to Build your Community on Facebook”, “Video and Social Viewing” and “Partner Value and Monetisation”. The event would also comprise of Instagram and IGTV for News, Crowd Tangle Analytics, Community Standards and Safety.

Award-winning investigative journalist Amjad Tadros would also take part in a 30-minute interactive chat.

Maitha Buhumaid, director of DPC, stated that partnering with the social media company fell within the goals of the press club to develop skills of journalists’ and guarantee that they are qualified to complete their work professionally. Ms Buhumaid even stated that the collaboration mirrors Dubai Press Club’s eagerness to play a positive role in assisting the media sector in the UAE and the Arab region through its network of partnerships across the globe and through arranging programmes and training courses. She even stated that that such drives can help to developing the talents of media professionals in the Arab world, authorizing them to remain abreast of quick changes within the industry.

Ms Buhumaid briefed that the Facebook News Forum is a precious platform that would assist in exploring and probing the challenges brought about by these quick changes being witnessed in the region, and their effect on journalism.