YaLa Citizen Journalism Application - Fall 2017
The YaLa Academy's Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism, in partnership with the European Union Peacebuilding Initiative, invites you to undergo a FREE 4-month online training program (starting late August 2017) featuring journalists and new media experts from the New York Times, the Associated Press, Facebook & more! The program will be held in English and participants must come from, or live in, Israel, Palestine or another country in the Middle East or North Africa, and be between the ages of 17 and 36. The program is free and takes place online.

It's time to make your voice heard! Today's internet allows the voices of civil societies to be heard globally - a power once reserved for only the largest media and news corporations - we must make the best of this opportunity and use it to build bridges for a better, more peaceful future.

The program will train you to become a "citizen journalists" experienced in expressing yourself, telling your stories, writing blogs, taking photos, making videos, using new & social media tools and engaging in cross-border dialogue. The online training program focuses on video lectures by peace practitioners and journalists/experts such as Alan Abbey, founder of Ynetnews; Rina Castelnuovo, photojournalist for the New York Times; Joe Federman, Editor of the Jerusalem Bureau of the Associated Press; John Temple, former Managing Editor of The Washington Post; David Fischer, Vice President of Facebook, and many more!

During the 4-month program, you will be asked to take part in online chat sessions about the video lectures (every other week), to participate in a private Facebook working group where the 4 mandatory assignments are posted and reviewed, and to regularly check your emails. You will be in touch with a Coordinator who will help you work on your assignments and go through the training. Throughout the program, you will learn how to create written and audio-visual content about the issues important to you - such as peace, gender, identity, culture, social justice, coexistence, etc.

The best pieces created during the program will be published on YaLa Press (http://yalapress.wordpress.com) and select pieces will also be featured on YaLa's Huffington Post column (http://huff.to/2eU8a9I). Participants completing the program will earn a certificate and will have the chance to be selected for a final workshop at the Dead Sea!

So, what are you waiting for - it's time to share stories with young people from across the region and join a network of activists using social media to promote understanding, peace and important social causes - become a YaLa Citizen Journalist!

For more information go to www.yalaacademy.org or check out this highlight video: http://bit.ly/1Rrdpy9
Still have questions? Write to us at info@yalayl.org

Application deadline extended for Israelis and Palestinians: August 22, 2017.
The program will start in late August 2017.

First Name(s)
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Last Name *
(family name)
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Age *
Gender *
Country or Region of Origin *
Additional Citizenship
(do you have a passport/permanent residence card from any other country?)
City in which you currently live *
Your answer
Country in which you currently live *
Your email address (the one you check most often) *
(You will be sent 1-2 emails every week during the program with assignment instructions and important program updates.)
Your answer
Repeat your email address *
(Verify again the email address that you check most often)
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Phone Number
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URL of your Facebook profile *
(You will be required to join a private Facebook group in which you will share your work with the other participants and with the program coordinators.)
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Your Name as it appears on Facebook *
Your answer
Do you have the following? *
If yes, what is/are the URL/s?
Your answer
Current Work/Activity *
Your answer
What is the highest level of academic study you have? *
What and where are you studying/ did you study? *
(name of the school and field/program of study)
Your answer
If you volunteer or take part in an association, organization, club, or other activism group, please tell us about it.
(briefly explain anything you do to help others and/or advance the causes/issues you care about)
Your answer
Why do you want to join the YaLa Citizen Journalism Program? *
(25 Words minimum)
Your answer
Write a few paragraphs on one of these topics: Identity, Peace-Building, Gender-Equality, Social Justice. *
200 words minimum. Plagiarism will be checked so do not copy/paste from another website, it must be your own original writing (but don't worry if it is not perfect, we are looking for creative and motivated candidates who want to improve their skills.)
Your answer
Is Peacebuilding interesting to you *
not at all
It is the main reason why I want to join this program
Do you want to improve your writing skills? *
not at all
It is the main reason why I want to join this program.
Do you want to learn about Social Media? *
not at all
It is the main reason why I want to join this program.
Do you want to be part of a regional network of online activists from all over the MENA region? *
not particularly
It is the main reason why I want to join this program.
Do you want to meet young people from different countries of the MENA region? *
not particularly
It is the main reason why I want to join this program
What are your expectations after you complete this course? *
(25 words minimum)
Your answer
About how often do you read blogs/articles from foreign countries? *
(newspapers, websites or bloggers from a different country that the one you live in, ex: I live in Tunis and read CNN)
How comfortable do you feel writing in English? *
not able to write in English
very comfortable
Would you need the lectures to be translated?
Are you a member of a YaLa movement? *
Have you clicked LIKE on the YaLa Young Leaders movement (www.facebook.com/YaLaYL) or the YaLa Africa movement (www.facebook.com/YaLaAfrica)?
Did you ever participate in a YaLa Academy program? *
If yes, which Academy program did you participate in and when?
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How did you hear about this program?
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