University College for Applied Sciences (UCAS), as a leading institution in the field of applied and technical education in Gaza strip has an educational program called “Communication and Media Technology”. This project aims at improving and developing efficient media practitioners in Gaza for the best of a clear, understandable and professional media work that is capable of raising awareness of international audiences about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from a Palestinian perspective. by high quality trainings, workshops, and resources to local media professionals. for 12 months duration
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific population with whom you will be working.
The main goal of this project is to promote professional development and training for media practitioners and provide an environment to support and protect the free speech rights of all media and journalists in Gaza Strip
The project's target group is classified into the following two main categories:
• 30 talented students from UCAS
• 100 media practitioners (fresh graduates and mid-career journalist)
Who else will be on your team to help implement the project?
Dr. Wael Abd Alaal , Head of Communication and Media Technology department
FB Account : https://www.facebook.com/WaelAbdelal1?fref=ts
Dr. Sami Akeela , Lecturer at Public relations department at UCAS
FB Account :https://www.facebook.com/presstody?fref=ts
Ahmed Kordia – Head of Resources development unit at UCAS.
FB Account: https://www.facebook.com/ahmed.kordia.3
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
a forum for media practitioners :
This forum aims at bringing together media experts, professionals and practitioners. It would provide a platform for media practitioners to discuss different issues related to their profession, local predicaments, and the role of media in development. Journalists, including distinguished media professionals, columnists, editors in chief, and reporters from across the West Bank and Gaza Strip can participate in the forum. The potential participants are from a wide range of Palestinian media outlets; private and state-owned, in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The forum will contribute diffusing the importance of media freedom and call for reform of policies and laws to empower media and journalists as well.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established or plan to establish that will contribute to the success of the project.
UCAS would like to dedicate a considerable effort in cooperation with its international and local partners to implement this project in Gaza Strip. UCAS has many local partnerships with media companies from private sectors in Gaza , in addition to international cooperation with media agencies in Arab world and in UK
How many participants do you think will be trained in your project?
30 talented students from UCAS
100 media practitioners (fresh graduates and mid-career journalist)
To sustian therie participation they will be involved in the a forum for media practitioners :
which will be established during the project
Describe which technologies, tools, and media you will focus on when training participants.
Describe the facilities where you will hold the workshops.
35 computer labs
What is your current relationship with the community with whom you plan to work? What makes you the most appropriate individual or organization to implement this project?
What specific challenges do you expect to face when planning and implementing your project?
Political and economical situations
How will you measure and evaluate the project’s impact, specifically: your primary participants, the wider regional community, or the global digital community?
To encourage talented students and facilitated the access to media education
To provide a professionally training environment for media practitioners
To promote professional development for new and mid-career media professionals and improves the quality and content of news broadcasts as well
To build an effective relationships and networking among media practitioners to facilitate know-how and knowledge sharing.
If your project were to be selected as a Rising Voices grantee, what would be the general timeline of project activities in 2014?
12 months duration
Detail a specific budget of up to $2,500 USD for operating costs.
Training Costs : 1500$
Awareness campaign : 500$
Admin cost : 500$
Besides the microgrant funding, what other support can Rising Voices provide for your project to ensure its success?
University College for Applied Sciences (UCAS)