YaLa Academy’s Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism 2018

YaLa Academy’s Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism 2018

Deadline: August 15, 2018

YaLa Academy invites applications for the Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism 2018. The YaLa Academy’s Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism is a 4-month program that brings together leading journalists and new media experts to train Middle Eastern and African youth in basic journalism techniques, photo- and video-journalism and 21st Century activism. The program is free and takes place online.

Building upon an initiative launched in 2014 in partnership with the U.S. Institute of Peace, this online program is a unique combination of new media training and peacebuilding experience. In regions where media is too often a tool for nationalism, division and fear, YaLa citizen journalists are being empowered to express themselves and tell a very different kind of story.


The program will train you to become a “citizen journalist” 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 (www.yala-press.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!


  • Participants must come from, or live in, Israel, Palestine or another country in the Middle East or North Africa
  • Participants must be between the ages of 17 and 36.
  • The program will be held in English


Still have questions? Write to us at [email protected]

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For more information, visit YaLa Academy.