Survey Reveals Low Representation of Youth in Palestinian Media
NET-MED Youth launched on November 7, 2017, the “Youth and Media in Palestine Survey” – a discussion paper elaborated in partnership with the Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD).
The launch seminar brought together more than 25 young journalists, media professionals, academicians, government and civil society representatives and young women and men representing youth organizations. The purpose was to understand the perception of Palestinian youth of national and regional media, and to think of ways to improve understanding of how youth relate to media, and how they engage with and are represented in different media platforms.
“We can support media institutions by providing training and capacity building to promote and improve youth-related content and the way media covers topics of relevance to young Palestinians. We also need to give a higher attention to Media and information literacy,” said Nibal Thawabta, Journalist and Media Specialist at Birzeit University Media Development Center.
The Youth and Media discussion paper is the product of a long and careful process carried out by NET-MED Youth members as part of the media axis of the project. The project indeed encourages the increase of youth participation and representation in national, regional and international media.
Some key findings of this survey are:
Activities building skills among youth organizations and young journalists; to enhance youth representation in media and promote freedom of expression, media and information literacy and youth-generated media content.
Activities joining youth organizations, employment experts and different national stakeholders to engage in dialogue and work together on unemployment solutions and skills needs.
Activities empowering youth to participate in the communal and national development, revision and implementation of national youth strategies and public policies.