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Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) and Camp Lemonnier Public Affairs Directorates conducted a knowledge exchange from August 29-31, 2022, with Djib-Live TV, RTD: Téĺé Djibouti, Agence Djiboutienne d’Information – ADI, and Journal La Nation, in coordination with the Embassy of the United States in Djibouti and the Ministry of Communication, responsible for Posts and Telecommunications.

Nearly 30 members of public affairs and media gathered at the U.S. Embassy’s American Corner to discuss advanced photography and audio-visual techniques at an inaugural relationship-building event.

“Technology is changing rapidly, so we have to move with it,” said Aden Ibrahim Aden, cameraman and photographer. “This training included basic elements, and we will bring it back to our jobs to implement it.

“And it’s not just for us here at this training – it’s for young Djiboutians who will enter this career field later,” he added of the ongoing partnership effort. “Some of us did our initial training at the University of Djibouti, but nothing after that – my education was great, but I realized I needed more once I started working .”

The event focused on the different stages of news storytelling: pre-production, production and post-production. Each stage has different requirements and sometimes even different teams of people are responsible for creating the final product that viewers read in the newspaper or see on television.

“Overall it was very interesting,” said Deka Mahamoud Barkat, video editor for local television studio RTD. “The highlight for me was meeting all the other Djiboutians to see what software they’re working on, to see what other programs they’re using, and just generally to collaborate within the Ministry of Communication.”

The news media in Djibouti is state-controlled, which means that media entities in Djibouti work with or for the Ministry of Communication. All entities were present at the knowledge exchange.

“The future is bright for Djiboutian media as we move forward alongside other countries,” Barkat said. “Today we compared our technologies and learned effective, fast and powerful techniques.”

Having these other media experts in the same room also proved invaluable to Moussa Isman Gafaneh, a photographer from The Nation. He said he enjoys collaborating on the technical side of his camera settings because he’s been using his camera for years, but most of his experience was self-taught.

“This type of training is special,” he said. “I was so happy to be here, the atmosphere was incredible, and I can’t wait to report this information to my colleagues. This will certainly help U.S.-Djibouti relations as we move forward as partners.

The next steps in this media training campaign are Djiboutian and US collaborative events at news sites throughout the region. The two teams will identify meeting places to walk through the stages of production to experience the unique nature of African news coverage.

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