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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS “ICYF Media Training Camp 2021 Young Citizen Reporters – Unfolding the Voice of Communities”

The Islamic Cooperation Youth Forum (ICYF) proudly announces  Young Citizen Reporters – Unfolding the Voice of Communities”  ICYF Online Media Training Camp”  to equip young people by developing contents-stories in a powerful way for being the voice of their communities to be held on 15 – 19 November 2021.



Social media’s global penetration and the widespread use of smart devices have enabled us all to join in the transfer of information to large audiences in real-time using multimedia in the blink of an eye, something which was unthinkable decades ago. The new generation of internet users is more engaged than ever, and the use of point-and-shoot devices like smartphones with cameras has helped break stories and spread misinformation, thus making it a double-edged sword. Citizen journalism, participatory journalism, or collaborative journalism are all terms referring to the modern approach of news reporting and storytelling by the person traditionally referred to as the consumer, is now also an essential stakeholder in the sharing and dissemination of news and information, a role previously reserved for professional journalists only.



The training aims to empower a new generation of citizen journalists on the journey of digital storytelling and news reporting in the information age using daily tools. 



  • To develop participants’ awareness and competencies (knowledge, skills and attitude) in new media and citizen journalism.
  • To provide a platform where they can share their individual experiences of the media and how the mainstream media’s inaccuracy sometimes creates problems for smaller communities.
  • To motivate and support participants in their role as young independent journalists and content producers for their local communities for the safe keeping of journalistic values.
  • To paint an accurate picture of the news media industry for aspirants that seek a future in it.



  • Digital media and the role we as young people have in creating and sharing newsworthy content
  • New methods of disseminating news and the pros and cons of such a system
  • Misinformation and the importance of verification in this age
  • Alternative online platforms for reaching niche audiences
  • The wide array of digital formats and for which purpose they are most suitable for
  • Social media as a tool for both sourcing and verifying news information
  • Ethics of journalism and their application in our cases as citizen reporters
  • Careers prospects in the field and why we need to learn how to produce content
  • Overcoming limitations in terms of financial restraints and inadequate equipment
  • Redefining the young people’s role in the new digital wave and the digital revolution
  • The power of video as a source of disseminating news
  • Understanding audio-only content and the role of podcasts
  • Blogging in 2021, the ever-changing dynamic
  • Using social media popularity for the greater good



The organizing team will make the final selection. Applicant should meet the following criteria:   

  • Citizen of an OIC Member State or representative of a Muslim community in a non-OIC Member State
  • Ability to communicate in English
  • Aged between 18–35
  • Strong Media background (study, work experience, or interest)
  • Involved in/or have coordinated media related project
  • Passionate and responsible for attending the entire forum program

*** Please be informed that only selected participants will be contacted*** 



Participants who attended entire sessions will be awarded a verified certificate issued by ICYF and programme partners.



Location: Online (Zoom Application) 

Date:  15 – 19 November 2021 (2 hours’ session length per day)



The training will be organized as a five-day online program. The program comprises opening-closing ceremonies,  keynote addresses, interactive & theoretical training sessions, and Q&A sessions. Selected participants will actively participate in the online training camp and daily online assignments and instructions to experience digital journalism during the training programme.



The Selection Committee will evaluate the applications based on eligibility and criteria; If the committee decides for further information, can set an online interview as the last stage of selection.

Selected participants will receive an email confirmation containing online program details. Due to a tight schedule, there will be no opportunity to inform those who are not selected. The general information on selection results will be posted via the ICYF website and social media accounts.


Important Note: Only selected participants will be informed.





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