March 2014 – Current
I’m currently working for 24 Media Studies, constantly exploring Abu Dhabi and the entire UAE while editing news content and busting some misinformation online.
February 2013 – March 2013
Al Hayat pan-Arab newspaper
From the newspaper’s offices in Beirut, It was a short and nice experience to handle journalistic tasks, that differ from the printed version of the widely distributed newspaper, by maintaining high-quality, compelling Arabic contents for online readers.
May 2012 – February 2013
Reporter / Editor
A breath of fresh air, and a new personal adventure, by moving away from political events and news. For almost a year before moving toward a better opportunity, working with El Nashra was based on cultural events, latest fashion trends, hit albums, fashionistas, and art.
September 2008 – May 2012
Editor / Journalist
Almustaqbal / Future Movement
While simultaneously attending university classes, working with “Almustaqbal” political party, the media sector, has been an eye-opener to the real world of journalism, apart from what we are tough in university.
Master’s degree in professional journalism
After completing most of the curriculum, I had to stop maintaining my studies because of several factors including political problems in Lebanon and personal issues. And now completing my master’s degree is an everlasting goal I tend to accomplish one day.
I got my Bachelor’s Degree at the Lebanese University, faculty of media. I was hooked on journalism and creating multimedia content, apart from just writing paragraphs, I loved what I did.
I contributed to Al Jazeera Media Institute guide, published in March 2017, on social newsgathering and news verification that focuses on the work and lessons learned by Arab journalists and journalists with significant experience in the region.
Video Editing (Sony Vegas)
A message for me?
MAHMOUD GHAZAYEL – محمود غزيّل
BLOGGER / JOURNALIST / VERIFICATIONISTA
I’m a graduate with a degree in Journalism, currently working with a leading Arabic news website in the GCC region, 24 Media (www.24.ae), in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
I was previously an editor for Al-Hayat newspaper and reporter for El-Nashra website and a journalist for the Almustabal party, in Beirut, Lebanon.
I’m widely known for my knowledge and skills in verifying user-generated content, and internet comprehension, along with my expertise in journalism and news compilation.
I believe that the future of journalism should twist the method of writing that was brought up by taking into consideration the industry shifts incubated by the Internet, specifically: consumption, distribution, and commercialization.
I also seek to change the way the news appears to the public by using the convergence of communication, media, user interaction design, technology, Internet architecture, and the social web as a whole.
Therefore, I am constantly seeking to develop my skills in photography/videography / social media/journalism and all that would help in making my career go faster, smoother and better.
Nevertheless, for me, the term journalism combines different aspects of the media including video capturing, video editing, photo shooting, and the power of “fixing” images, in addition to social media and the different aspects of it.
Furthermore, with the skills that I have been able to develop, I consider myself one of the few journalists in Lebanon and from the Arab world that are interested in fact-checking content published by media outlets and by the masses on social media.
Hence, I launched several campaigns about fact checking, mainly in Lebanon, and worked with several local and international NGOs and institutions (Meedan, SMEX, Annahar, UNESCO, MiCT, ..), along with several Lebanese Universities (AUST, UL, AUB, LAU, etc..)
What I am capable of
I write, re-write and proofread content, mainly in Arabic.
I can translate from Arabic to English and vice versa with the ability to deal with French as well.
I’m regionally accredited to verify user-generated content (UGC) and examine media content.
Companies I worked for
فايس | أخبار مفبركة شهدها العالم العربي خلال عام 2018
VICE referring to my published reports on false information shared in 2018
قناة “أم تي في” | قصة محبس بشير الجميّل
-- MTV mentioning my efforts in debunking a widespread hoax concerning the identification of the body of #Lebanon's president Bachir Gemayel after his assassination
قناة “أم تي في” | ما حقيقة هوية هذا الجندي؟
-- MTV mentioning my revelation, on an image shared by FPM, regarding the Lebanese army
Presenting Fact Checking at the YLVP
-- Talking about myself as a journalist and a “Fact Checker” during the 2018 YLVP program run by the Svenska institutet, in Stockholm.
قناة “أم تي في” | فايك نيوز: أخبارٌ مركبة ومُعجزات سياسية
-- A special news report on MTV, by reporter Ralf Doumit, entitled “Fake news: the disease of the century”
فرانس 24 | من أين أتى تحدي الدبكة… بالرقص على الجدران؟
-- A collaboration with "France24"'s "Observers" program, to verify the viral "dabke challenge" origins
سكاي نيوز العربية | رغم تعديل الخطأ.. “قرود عون” تتصدر المشهد في لبنان
-- Sky News Arabia referring to my work in verifying a presidential "slip of a tongue"
إذاعة مونت كارلو الدولية | بودكاست: تأثير المنصات الاجتماعية على الانتخابات
-- A podcast interview tackling the effect of social media on electoral campaigns in Lebanon.
قناة “الحرة” | حالات موت وانتحار بسبب ألعاب إلكترونية
-- A guest on Al Hurra tv's "Special Report" presented by Seid Youssef
Photo Exhibit | “Beirut in memory”
-- Showcasing my photographs during an art exhibition by "Zaman" NGO, in Beirut.
قناة “المستقبل” | فيسبوك يحمي المستخدمين من الأخبار الكاذبة
-- A guest on Future tv's "Alam Al Sabah" with presenter Ali Chehade.
“The importance of citations” in blogging
-- During a workshop led by "Social Media's PACE", September 2013 in Beirut, Lebanon.
Discussion on art criticism, in AUL University, Lebanon
- During a workshop on art criticism, in the AUL university. ( @aul_activities / Twitter)
أل بي سي | بتحلى الحياة – فقرة السوشيل ميديا مع رالف عون
-- LBC Presenter, Ralph Aoun, mentions POW, my blog, on “Bte7la Elhayet” program.
قناة الحرة | برنامج “تقرير خاص”: الأخبار المفبركة: ضحايا وأهداف
-- A guest on a show on “Al Hurra” tv, entitled “Fictional News: Victims and Goals”