YaLa Academy’s Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism 2018 Opens

Lawrence Summers, Chair, Yala Acedemy
Lawrence Summers, Chair, Yala Acedemy

YaLa Academy is accepting applications for its Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism, a free four-month programme that brings together leading journalism and new media experts to train Middle Eastern and African youth in basic journalism techniques, photo- and video-journalism and 21st century activism.

Launched in 2014 in partnership with the US Institute of Peace, the initiative is a unique online program with a combination of new media training and peace building experience. YaLa citizen journalists are empowered to express themselves and tell a very different kind of story in regions where media is too often used as a tool for nationalism, division and fear.

The programme will train participants to become citizen journalists experienced in expressing themselves, telling their stories, writing blogs, taking photos, making videos, using new & social media tools and engaging in cross-border dialogue.

During the 4-month programme, participants 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 their emails.

Participants will be in touch with a Coordinator who will help them work on their assignments and go through the training. Throughout the programme, participants will learn how to create written and audio-visual contents about the issues important to them – such as peace, gender, identity, culture, social justice, coexistence etc.

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.

For more information and application, please visit www.yalaacademy.org.

Applications close on August 15th 2018.