• Citizen Journalist Clubs in West Bank and Gaza Help Young Graduates Build Their Skills

    Woman works at a laptop computer
    Friday, June 1, 2012

    In 2009, more than a year before the Arab Spring, Internews began Citizen Journalist, a project for a group of young, newly graduated journalists in the West Bank and Gaza. Ten young men and ten young women were trained in multimedia production and the use of blogs and social media in reporting. 

    In Gaza, the youth found they had less and less space to voice their concerns.  The defacto government shut down the main youth organization in Gaza and arrested bloggers and Facebook activists. With no other means of expression, the Citizen Journalist program became the outlet for telling their stories.

  • First University Courses in New Media Launched in the West Bank

    Friday, June 1, 2012

    For the first time, journalism students in the West Bank are developing skills in multimedia production and social media through their university coursework.

    In a rapidly changing media landscape, universities in the West Bank struggled to keep their courses up to date. Over the course of several years, Internews worked with Nablus, Hebron, and Al Quds Universities to develop courses designed to give graduates the new media skills they need to land jobs after graduation.

  • New Media Lab Provides Hand-on Tools for Students in Palestine

    Friday, June 1, 2012

    Set up like a news room and studio, a new media lab at Al Quds University in Jerusalem provides practical experience in media production for the university’s journalism students.

    “This is the most fantastic opportunity for our media students yet, they have nothing like it before. This brings them into the current media scene, into the heart and mind of media today where our youth should be,” said Director of the Institute of Modern Media, Lucy Nusseibeh.

  • Palestinian Youth Speak Out on Haki Shabab

    Palestinian Youth Speak Out on Haki Shabab
    Friday, June 1, 2012

    “It’s a program developed by the youth for the youth dealing with their issues growing up in Palestine, using social media as a way to engage with them,” says Alaa Badarneh, Program Director for Radio Tariq Al Mahaba in Nablus, about the newly re-launched show, Haki Shabab (Youth Talk).

    The program covers issues relating to politics, society, culture, music and entertainment. The idea for the show was developed with Internews years ago.

    Young woman journalist works in a radio studio
  • Tunisia's multiplying media

    Tunisia's multiplying media
    Saturday, May 5, 2012

    This Al Jazeera Listening Post episode on media freedom in Tunisia includes an interview with Jamal Dajani, Internews VP for the Middle East & North Africa.

    On Listening Post this week: Tunisia hosts World Press Freedom Day but can it host press freedom?

  • Libya's media has its own revolution

    Libya's media has its own revolution
    Sunday, March 18, 2012

    The following article from globalpost includes an interview with Jamal Dajani, Internews VP for the Middle East and North Africa, about media in Libya.

    TRIPOLI, Libya — On a recent day in Tripoli, 20 different newspapers lay scattered across a newsstand. A lone customer glanced through the selection. Most featured heroic frontline battle scenes, others, images of street celebrations.
    Four months after its end, the revolution still dominates headlines here.

  • Innovation Labs Attract Wide Public Interest in Jordan

    Two participants discussing
    Monday, February 27, 2012

    Using ideas and input solicited from the public, the camp’s participants worked on digital solutions as varied as citizen media monitoring groups and apps for streaming traffic updates to monitoring produce prices via SMS. The event attracted dozens of twitter followers who requested similar events are conducted in the future.

  • Libya’s Emerging Independent Media

    Libya’s Emerging Independent Media
    Saturday, February 25, 2012

    For more than 40 years, the media in Libya served as a propaganda tool for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. But the revolution has brought change not just to the country's leadership, but also to its media environment. Over the past year, Libyans have seen an explosion in brand new media outlets. At least 120 print outlets have sprung up, as well as fresh alternatives on TV and radio. Meanwhile, a new generation of Libyan journalists are enjoying their newfound freedom of expression despite the lack of training and infrastructure.