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 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 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 from YaLa Academy & the Aileen Getty Foundation 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 and important social causes - become a YaLa Citizen Journalist!
Application deadline: February 1, 2017. Extended deadline for applicants from Iraq and Sudan: February 15, 2017. Extended deadline for applicants from Israel and Palestine: March 15, 2017.