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Aaron Weintraub

Aaron Weintraub graduated from the University of Oregon in 2017 with a BA in Journalism and Arabic. After graduation, he moved to Amman, Jordan to continue studying Arabic and began working as a videographer and communications specialist in the NGO sector. In 2019, he began pitching extra coverage stories to the Associated Press Middle East desk. His stories with AP have included NGO-related project developments, refugee-related feature pieces, protest coverage and events in Jordanian arts and entertainment.

His skill set includes video and audio editing on Adobe Premier Pro and Audition 2020, as well as Photoshop 2020 for photo editing. He also uses Logic Pro X for audio editing, and has used it extensively in the past for podcast editing. He personally owns and primarily uses a Canon Legria HF G40, as well as a Canon 6D and T3 DSLR, for shooting. For audio he owns a Blue Yeti Microphone, an accompanying Lefon USB microphone for dual recording as well as a Rode Camera Mount Shotgun and basic lavalier microphone for a-roll/soundbites.

Below are some samples of his past work as well as a link to his personal online portfolio.

https://aaronweintraub.myportfolio.com/

 
Arabic English

About 660,000 Syrian refugees live in Jordan according to the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR. Many struggle to make ends meet. The UNHCR annual winter bazaar gives them an opportunity to showcase their homemade products and make some money.


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Jordanians are learning to laugh together as young comedians aspire to find new ways to deliver comedy in Jordan. From stand-up shows to a new satire series, the comedians are hoping their approach will leave people in stitches.


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A community project in Jordan is gathering women around the kitchen counter and empowering them .The initiative by Beit Khairat Souf trains women to become chefs and eventually find work opportunities.


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An amateur construction worker has built his own house in Jordan using mud, limestone, and reclaimed materials. Hamad Nazzal sees the construction as a return to traditional buildings of his childhood, and hopes mud houses will catch on in the country.


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An Iraqi refugee has built a life as a Mixed Martial Arts fighter and gym owner in Jordan. The sport has helped him deal with the trauma of the war he escaped.


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A film festival in Amman moved all of its screenings to a drive-in theatre, bringing art to an audience at a time of pandemic.


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Protesters gathered outside a hospital on Saturday to speak out about women's rights. The protest was centred around a specific case of domestic violence which is going through Jordan's courts.


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Followers of the obscure and ancient Mandaean faith have gathered for their first baptism ceremony in several months. As a fairly new community in Jordan and refugees from Iraq, they suffer from societal alienation.


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