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Turning ‘Roar’ Reporters into Mobile Journalists

The International Research & Exchanges Board or IREX is an international non-profit organisation that 'strives for a more just, prosperous, and inclusive world—where individuals reach their full potential, governments serve their people, and communities thrive.'


In 2020 Moore’s Lore was hired to consult on its Media Empowerment for a Democratic Sri Lanka programme, better know as MEND.  We were paired with two media outlets in Sri Lanka to develop strategies for new media production and monetisation and provide the training to upskill the teams.


Unfortunately we were cut off by the unexpected arrival of Covid-19 but Neal did have the chance to run a Mobile Journalism workshop for the reporters at Sri Lanka’s fastest growing new media startup Roar Media.


The workshop educates participants in how to turn their smartphones into complete production facilities for shooting & editing news stories.  It deeps dives into apps and accessories that augment the existing capabilities of the smartphone as well as demonstrating techniques for getting great interviews, vox-pops and b-roll. Scroll down to see what they produced.



If you’d like to know more about Moore’s Lore’s training and workshops you can find details at


"IREX’s Media Empowerment for a Democratic Sri Lanka (MEND) program has been working with Neal for over a year now. Navigating the media space in Sri Lanka in not an easy task, but Neal has worked with media outlets across the country large and small, legacy and new media with such ease. He has brought dynamism and creativity to our program, and is one of our most in demand consultants. The media outlets he has worked with during this period of time have gone on to launch new business verticals, rethink their client servicing models and experiment with new and exciting technologies that will help them not only survive, but thrive in the increasingly completive media space in Sri Lanka. We would highly recommend Neal to those working in the Media Development space."


Nikita Samaratunga, Deputy Chief of Party, IREX MEND

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