A vocational training programme of workshops, practical training sessions from international leaders and hands-on journalistic endeavours designed to empower a new generation of Emirati students with the knowledge and self-confidence to become the next media voices. The annual programme has seen its graduates go on to jobs with leading outlets, creating a cross-generational network throughout the Emirati media community. The programme also sees the annual production of My News magazine and issues of the ADMAF Tribune. Over the past decade, 184 Emirati university students from HCT, ZU and UAEU have put in more than 640 hours of training. They have worked with over 95 journalists and media professionals, attended 83 media workshops, written 170 articles both in Arabic and English, and published 8 issues of My News Magazine.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
- DO YOU HAVE THE DESIRE AND CURIOSITY TO FIND, WRITE AND EDIT STORIES THAT HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO INFORM AND TRANSFORM THE MINDS OF READERS?
- ARE YOU A UAE NATIONAL BETWEEN THE AGES OF 20 AND 35 INTERESTED IN DEVELOPING YOUR TALENTS IN MEDIA CONTENT CREATION, EDITING, AND REPORTING?
If so, then apply to be a Young Media Leader. The young media leaders’ program is an experience-based career development platform for Emirati university students and graduates to enable them to gain the passion, conviction, skills and networks to become powerful and convincing storytellers, in order to build industry focused portfolios to take their media career to the next level.
WHAT’S IN STORE YOU ASK!
Abu Dhabi Art and Music Foundation’s Young Media Leaders program seeks to build a powerful community of emerging media leaders who can contribute towards a positive integrated media sector that is responsive to future challenges, transformations and opportunities.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
Participants will work with industry experts such as Syndication Bureau to build their capacities in storytelling, journalism and content creation, as well as with DW Akademie to strengthen their skills through developing tools in content creation and mobile journalism.
Unique to the program is creating media content as part of Abu Dhabi Festival 2019 and the exclusive access to some of the world’s leading musicians and artists. Participants will have the opportunity to create industry-focused media content on an international stage and showcase their work to the leaders of media, music, arts and culture. They will also gain an internship opportunity in one of the leading Media agencies in the UAE, followed by the possibility to take part in a training program run by the United Nations in Geneva (only up to two participants will be selected for this opportunity).
AS A SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT YOU WILL BE:
- A Convincing Storyteller: Have a desire to tell engaging stories.
- A Curious Mind: Have an inquisitive mind and a curiosity about the world.
- Creative Thinker: Have the ability to use creative thinking and problem solving to find and capture the right stories.
- Committed to Journalism and Media: With an understanding of accuracy and honesty in journalism.
- A Team Player: Have a willingness to work with teams and pivot and adapt your ideas based on expert and peer-to-peer feedback.
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS MUST COMMIT TO THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULE:
17 to 24 February: Storytelling, Journalism and Content Creation with Syndication Bureau
28th February to 16th March: Content Creation, Mobile Journalism, Event Coverage including video editing with Deutsche Welle Akademie
Summer 2019: Summer Internships
Summer 2019: Trip to Geneva to attend a training programme by the United Nations (up to 2 applicants will be selected
OVERVIEW OF STORYTELLING WORKSHOP WITH THE SYNDICATION BUREAU
(17 – 24 Feb 2019)
Syndication Bureau will offer Young Media Leader participants a week-long, hands-on training program on the basics of journalism. This will see the YML-participants researching story ideas and conducting preliminary reporting. They will then refine this into a story “pitch” that they will make to their editors. When their pitch is approved, they will be briefed by editors on what is expected in the story, after which the YML-participants will be expected to complete their reporting and write a first draft. YML-participants will then be taken through the process of filing their stories and seeing the next step in the editing process. Stories might require more reporting, for instance. Or they may require rewriting. Once this step is completed, the YML-participants will refile a new draft and be taken through the final editing process. The training program is meant to replicate the process of story writing and filing found in newspapers and magazines. It will emphasize the need for accuracy and strict adherence to deadlines. In addition, YML-participants will be introduced to the various social media channels through which a story is transmitted. They will be shown what the editorial requirements are for each – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Finally, all YML-participants will take part in a workshop in journalism ethics, led by a reporter at a major international newspaper. YML-participants should emerge from the program with a basic understanding of the requirements of journalism: a dedication to accuracy, honesty and fairness; an appreciation of the required work ethic in the profession and a commitment to meet deadlines.
OVERVIEW OF THE TRAINING WITH DEUTSCHE WELLE AKADEMIE
(28 Feb to 16 March 2019)
The training is embedded in the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Festival and aims to make the 15 participants live video reporters of the festival. It includes two training phases: In the first training phase from 2nd-6th march the main emphasis will be on technology, shooting styles, interview techniques, storytelling and imagery. The work in production teams, the filming of interviews with international stars as well as coverage of live performances are individually accompanied by the trainers and are an integral part of the training. In the second phase from 9th-14th march the accent focuses on editing and publishing finished clips.
November 2018: Call for Applications
January 2019: Deadline to Apply is 22 January
February 2019: Shortlisted applicants to be notified
February 2019: Kick off program with workshops at Syndication Bureau
March 2019: Be part of the editorial team that creates media content as part of Abu Dhabi Festival with DW Akademie
July to August: Selected applicants to attend international training and internship programs
Oct 2019: Graduation
HOW TO APPLY
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 22ND JANUARY 2019
Submissions by email are encouraged. They may be sent to: