YaLa Citizen Journalism Application Spring 2017

The YaLa Academy's Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism invites you to undergo a 4-month online training program (starting in March 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 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 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!

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: February 1, 2017. Extended deadline for applicants from Israel, Palestine, Iraq and Sudan: February 15, 2017.
The program will start at the beginning of March 2017.

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