Paper Airplanes Citizen Journalism Mentor Application Spring 2020
Kind reminder: this application is for mentors, NOT students interested in taking a journalism class.
Paper Airplanes is looking for mentors for a 12-week online journalism class this summer that will serve young adults from conflict-affected areas in the Middle East with little to no prior journalism experience. These are volunteer positions.
The course will officially begin the week of January 26th and end the week of April 18th.
-Classes will be held over Google Hangouts (live) twice a week for the 10 students enrolled.
-Each student in the course will be assigned a mentor who will provide one-on-one support OUTSIDE of class meetings.
-The mentor’s main duties are to help students research, write and pitch their original stories. This includes brainstorming story ideas, assisting with sources and interview questions, and helping students organize their stories.
Approximate Mentor Time Commitment:
-From January to May, the role will require about 2-5 hours per week.
-In January/February, mentors will receive training and meet the three-course instructors.
We take applications from students all around the world, largely from Syria or other areas experiencing conflict. Consequently, mentors should have flexible time available throughout the day to be able to coordinate with their students. This role is critical to the success of the students in the course.
Mentors will be supported by our team of experts and be given access to the resources that the students will be using. Online orientation and meeting with the program and curriculum directors will help familiarize you with the materials and methods and answer any questions you have about the course.
The priority deadline is December 31st. Applications received after that will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Any questions about the course or application can be directed to
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