The Project OPEN Media Hub: Networking, on-the-job training and support to media professionals across the EU Neighbourhood area (EuropeAid/136510/DH/SER/Multi) is part of the European Union Programme OPEN Neighbourhood: opportunities, participation, engagement and networking” and is implemented by a consortium led by Thomson Media. The Consortium includes Action Global, European Journalism Centre, Free Press Unlimited, France Médias Monde, Ipsos Mori and Particip. The OPEN Media Hub project follows up on two previous EU funded projects – the Media Neighborhood and the European Neighbourhood Journalism Network.
The main objectives of the programme are:
- To provide journalists in the Neighbourhood countries with skills that help to improve independent and objective reporting;
- To provide Neighbourhood editorial and management staff with skills needed to run independent media outlets;
- To reinforce a network of Neighbourhood journalists and media professionals that is actively used as a professional resource and networking platform.
Meet the Project Team
Dominique Thierry, Team Leader, Media management expert
A French Journalist and Trainer, Dominique Thierry is a Media management expert with 20 years’ experience in developing media programmes at international levels. He has spent much of that time as Team Leader managing training and capacity-building media programme in many EU and Neighbourhood countries such as Algeria, Azerbaijan, Belarus (from Vilnius), Georgia, Jordan, Libya (from Tunis), Moldova, Morocco, Tunisia, Ukraine. He has extensive experience in EU institutions acquired with 7 years as Brussels Chief Correspondent for French public radios and founded several radios and news agencies in the Balkans. He speaks fluent English and Serbo-Croatian with notions of Russian; born in Morocco, he has some understanding of colloquial Arabic.
Zoya Charles, Senior Executive Producer,is a multimedia journalist and editor with more than 25 years of experience, and has held senior management roles at the BBC. She worked as an editor leading one of the BBC’s most innovative video journalism teams, which won several awards for its output. As part of her work, she also helped to develop BBC’s digital strategy. Zoya led a team producing original video journalism for television news programmes and online outlets. She encouraged experimentation with formats to fit evolving multimedia channels. It was the first BBC team to start using camera drones in its productions. Prior to that, she was a newsgathering and website editor at one of the BBC’s language services and a senior field producer working for BBC News outlets on television, radio and online. During that period, she covered major stories such as the Chechen wars, the Beslan School siege, the war in Afghanistan from 2001 and the Iraq war.
Sana Sbouaï, Senior media training and exchange expert
Sana is a French and Tunisian journalist, journalism trainer and media business development coach. Her work mainly focuses on social issues, human rights, migration and environment. She began her carrier as a TV journalist but quickly dived into web journalism and social networks. She settled in Tunisia from 2011 until 2015 where she co-founded Inkyfada, a pure-player magazine launched in 2014 focusing on reporting and investigative journalism. Since 2011 she works between France and the Maghreb region both as reporter and media trainer. She studied Law, Political Science, Journalism and Sociology and speaks French, English and Portuguese with knowledge of German and a good understanding of Tunisian and colloquial Arabic.
Sana Youssef, Senior Executive Coordinating Producer
Sana is a Lebanese Video and TV Producer with over 14 years’ experience in producing for local and regional broadcasters: features, documentaries and TV magazines, with a focus on societal and cultural issues. She holds a Bachelor of arts in Journalism and a Bachelor of arts in Psychology and is a Former Al Jazeera Arabic producer, and currently OPEN Media Hub Senior Executive Coordinator.
Federica Varalda, Project Manager
Federica manages the OPEN Media Hub programme overall and is responsible for the administrative coordination and financial oversight of the project on behalf of the consortium leader Thomson Media. She has a background in communications in the private sector and project management for Non-Governmental Organisations and EU institutions. She holds MAs in International Cooperation and Development, in International Science and Human Rights and in Conference Interpreting.