Reuters opens newsroom at AUB

The American University of Beirut (AUB) officially opened a Reuters Newsroom in collaboration with Reuters Foundation to provide a modern training facility for journalists in the Middle East.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  January 29, 2002

The American University of Beirut officially opened a Reuters Newsroom in collaboration with Reuters Foundation to provide a modern training facility for journalists in the Middle East.

The first training course, which started on 21st of January, offered a real-time Reuters’ news service, news photograph services and business information feeds. The five-day course is targeting the business journalists and will be attended by journalists from Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen. This is the second partnership between Reuters Foundation and a distinguished university after setting up the flagship newsroom at Rhodes University in South Africa.

Geert Linnebank, Editor in Chief, Reuters said that Reuters views the newsroom project as a significant commitment in the Middle East to high-quality, independent journalism. The American University of Beirut provides the premises and technical support and Reuters delivers the live news services for training.

Rafic Hariri, Lebanese Prime Minister described the project as a testimony to Lebanon’s long-standing tradition of free press, a tribute to its vibrant democratic life as well as a source of power to Lebanon and the University.

John Waterbury, AUB President saw the project as a significant addition that will lead to new opportunities.

Reuters Foundation will use the newsroom to host four practical training courses each year. Newsroom facilities will be available to American University of Beirut students during term time.

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