UK: Professional skills workshop for Iranian freelancers in Exile

In September 2014, in assocation with BBC Persian and Small Media Foundation, the Trust organised a professional skills workshop for Iranian freelancers in exile.

Freelance photographer, James Arthur Allen, produced this short multimedia film about the workshop and one of its participants, Mohammad Hoseini.
Resuming work as a journalist can be a struggle for freelancers forced into exile. After months, or years out of work and away from family, friends and contacts, many feel they have lost their relevance and identity. Most have to learn a new language and a new way of working.

In September 2014, the Trust ran a workshop for exiled Iranian journalists from the UK and Europe, aimed at developing their professional skills and introducing them to Western media and their working methods.

Over three days, participants attended sessions led by prominent journalists and editors working in the UK media, gaining practical skills and knowledge on how to market themselves and pitch stories.

Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with participants saying the workshop had given them the courage to move forward, providing a new vision of the English language media and its opportunities.

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