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Mahmoud Ghazayel

I am a fact checker.

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WORK HISTORY

March 2014 – Current

Editor

 

24.ae

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

Editor

 

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

 

El Nashra

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.

 

 

 

EDUCATION

20–

Master’s degree in professional journalism

 

Lebanese University

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.

2009

Written Journalism

 

Lebanese University

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.

Publication

aljazeera

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.

Finding The Truth Amongst The Fakes

دليل معهد الجـزيـرة للإعلام: البحث عن الحقيقة في كومة الأخبار الكاذبة

Desgin Skills

Adobe Photoshop

Video Editing (Sony Vegas)

HTML

Android

Language Skills

Arabic

English

French

A message for me?

About 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

EDITOR

I write, re-write and proofread content, mainly in Arabic.

TRANSLATOR

I can translate from Arabic to English and vice versa with the ability to deal with French as well.

FACT CHECKER

I’m regionally accredited to verify user-generated content (UGC) and examine media content.

 

Companies I worked with

 

Snippets

Mtv lebanon

قناة “أم تي في” | ما حقيقة هوية هذا الجندي؟

-- MTV mentioning my revelation, on an image shared by FPM, regarding the Lebanese army

Presenting my passion for news verifying at the YLVP program

-- 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

قناة “سات 7” | تقرير عن “الحرب السيبرانية”

-- A special tv report on “Sat7” entitled “Cyberwar”

Workshop on “Social Media & Journalism”

-- A workshop in the AUB university, led by SMEX NGO

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

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”

صحيفة الأخبار | تفجير صيدا: “أم تي في” في فخّ الصور المغلوطة

-- The Al-Akhbar newspaper reporting on my findings that MTV tv station has shared a false image with the readers.