Archive: Mosaic - World News from the Middle East (2001-2013)


MOSAIC World News from the Middle East February 21, 2003

"Mosaic" began as a daily TV news program presenting highlights of the nightly newscasts aired by national broadcasters in the MidEast and North Africa. It launched on Link TV in November 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks, as a response to Americans’ search for better understanding of the people and cultures of the MidEast. "Mosaic" received a Peabody Award for journalism excellence in 2005, but after more than 2,700 episodes the daily series was placed on hiatus in 2013 due to funding problems.

Every weekday, the "Mosaic" staff recorded and translated the major news reports of more than 40 broadcasters across the Middle East. Producers selected five to eight significant and underreported news reports for the day and presented them in a daily half-hour format, with each segment dubbed into English and without editorial comment. The satellite “listening post” followed top news stories from Iraq, Iran, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and many other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Arabic language newscasts from the BBC and Al Jazeera. 

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"Mosaic" reports were frequently used by journalists, educators and students, as well as engaging the broad Link TV viewing public. What began as a TV program became a public service: policymakers regularly followed "Mosaic" reports to understand trends in the region, professors assigned watching "Mosaic" to their students and journalists often interviewed the founding producers Jamal Dajani (a Palestinian-American journalist) and David Michaelis (a former Israeli state TV producer), who provided the balance for a program tackling the difficult politics of the region. The weekly "Mosaic" Intelligence Report by series producer Dajani provided insight into regional politics and was widely followed on social media.

"Mosaic: World News from the Middle East" was recognized as a unique resource for other perspectives on Middle East events and issues. In 2005 the program received the coveted George Foster Peabody Award for journalism excellence, the first satellite program to be awarded a Peabody. Based on audience research and viewer emails, a wide range of Americans watched "Mosaic," including many journalists, students and academics who found it an essential tool to understand developments in the Middle East. In a nationwide audience study, nearly 60% of Link TV viewers reported that the "Mosaic" series "increased awareness of the varying perspectives of Middle Eastern peoples, the nature of Islamic culture and the political realities of the region." The White House and State Department monitored the daily "Mosaic" broadcasts during the early days of the Iraq War in 2003/4.

MOSAIC World News website
MOSAIC World News Website

An example of the impact of "Mosaic" on potential policy-makers occurred in a request from the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania, which requested videotapes of daily "Mosaic" programs and two "Mosaic" Special Reports to be used in courses to train civilian and military personnel. Major Michael Hardy wrote: "…Our intent is to globalize the perspective of our students, and wean them from America-centric reporting... Your programming through the 'Mosaic' Program, News from the Middle East, is an excellent resource in understanding the varied perspectives in the Middle East through first hand exposure to Middle East media.”

The production of "Mosaic" was funded over the years by grants from the Knight Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, Firedoll Foundation and through multiple contributions by viewers of Link TV.

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