February 15th, 2018



(Fully Funded)


YaLa Academy’s Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism

The YaLa Academy’s Aileen Getty School of Citizen Journalism, in partnership with the European Union Peacebuilding Initiative, invites you to undergo a FREE 4-month online training program (starting March 2018) featuring journalists and new media experts from the New York Times, the Associated Press, Facebook & more.

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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. That is why YaLa citizen journalists are being empowered to express themselves and tell a different kind of story.

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 peace practitioners and journalists/experts from the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Washington Post, Facebook and much 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.You will learn how to create written and audiovisual content about the issues important to you such as peace, gender, identity, development, culture, social justice etc.

* The program is free and takes place online.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

4 months.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • The program is open to aspiring journalists, activists and individuals seeking to create change in their communities;
  • Applicants must be between 17 and 35 years old;
  • Applicants must come from the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) or Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Applicants must meet the minimum standard of English beacause the program will be held in English.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

The program is free and it offers the following benefits :

  • The best pieces created during the program will be published on YaLa Press and selected pieces will also be featured on YaLa’s Huffington Post column;
  • Participants completing the program will earn a certificate (free of charges) and will have the chance to be selected for face-to-face workshops and a final workshop at the Dead Sea;
  • Participants completing the program will then be integrated to YaLa’s Alumni Network where they will be eligible for further activities and opportunities.

How to Apply

Step 1 : you will need to prepare the following essays :

  • Why do you want to join the YaLa Citizen Journalism Program? (25 Words minimum)
  • What are your expectations after you complete this course? (25 Words minimum)
  • Write a few paragraphs on one of these topics: Identity, Peace-Building, Gender-Equality, Social Justice (200 words minimum).

Step 2 : fill the application in the link below

If you have any questions please email the academy at :

 * The program will start in March 2018.

 * The online lectures, chats, collaborative writing and student feedback all take place through the Facebook groups and YaLa’s Academy’s interactive website

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This Scholarship Published by:
Hafida Mazoud / Morocco 

Reviewed by”Nada Khalil / Egypt  
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MARJ3 Scholarships team