Palestinian Territories

Under the Enhancing Independent Palestinian Media Project in the West Bank and Gaza, Internews is supporting the professional development of independent local media to be a source of accurate information for Palestinians. Internews is working with the media outlets to build the skills of management and staff to deliver professional, objective news on economic, health, legal, and social issues. Work is also being done to strengthen the Jossor Radio and Television Affiliate Network by ensuring the financial sustainability of individual member stations covering the West Bank and Gaza through business planning and strategies.

In order to better prepare young journalists entering the profession, Internews is working with Palestinian universities to update their journalism curricula by working with them to develop new courses in multi-media journalism, professional standards and ethics. Internews is also supporting practical training through the creation of multimedia labs in two journalism schools.

Internews has created a technical committee comprised of Journalism Department Deans, media outlet researchers owners, media specialists and organizations to work on launching a Media Policy and Resource Center to provide a source of information on the local media environment, policy creation and recommendations, advocacy for media issues, and support for media outlets, universities, and donors.

Internews has been working in the West Bank and Gaza since 2006.

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  • New Media Center Enhances Practical Skills of Palestinian Journalism Students

    Cutting ribbon for the new facility
    Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    A professionally equipped media center has been launched at Hebron University, including new fully equipped studios with cameras, mixers, microphones, and a multimedia lab.

    The center, funded by USAID through Internews’ Enhancing Palestinian Local Media Project, provides an opportunity for the close to 400 media students to learn practical skills and prepare them for careers. Previously, they only had access to the study of theoretical journalism at the university.

  • A Television Station in the West Bank Gets a Makeover

    Woman at mic in studio
    Wednesday, December 11, 2013

    “A quantum leap happened in the station. I’m so happy to say that we have a fully equipped studio of our own now. By practicing and training, we now can produce our own reports and programs,” said Sameer Abu Rub, owner and director of Jenin Merkezi TV station in the West Bank city of Jenin.

    In 2007, Sameer bought the station, which had suffered from having no professionally trained staff, equipment, or business strategy. The station had many obstacles to overcome in order to become a source of information for the community but Sameer was determined to make it work.