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

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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.