APPLY NOW! 2017 YaLa Academy’s Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism Training Program For Journalists

Application deadline: July 5, 2017

The YaLa Academy’s Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism 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. 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 YaLa Academy’s Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism invites applicants 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 applicants 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, applicants 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 emails. Selected applicants will be in touch with a Coordinator who will help them to work on  assignments and go through the training. Throughout the program, applicants will learn how to create written and audio-visual content about the issues important to them – such as gender, identity, culture, social justice, coexistence, etc.

The best pieces created during the program will be published on YaLa Press ( and select pieces will also be featured on YaLa’s Huffington Post column ( 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!

Application deadline: July 5, 2017

For more information, write to us at or visit the The YaLa Academy official website


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