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To develop solutions journalism to contribute to the creation of inspirational content aimed principally at the young and women.
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The news coverage offered by the media in Palestine is currently only a partial response to the expectations of young people, despite their accounting for a significant proportion of the population. If they are to re-engage with this audience, the media has to update how it produces information, must offer inspirational and constructive content, provide in-depth analysis of news and adopt a new treatment of it.
Without compromising on the essential aspects of ethics and investigative work, solutions journalism is at the core of a journalist's work: informing, collaborating with and empowering the public as a whole. Such an approach is also a way in which to strengthen the link between the media and their audience, by involving the public in order to elicit a response.
The Hal media project – Hal means "solution" in Arabic – aims to encourage the development of solutions journalism in the Palestinian media, not only at a national level, but also locally and online, thereby contributing to the creation of positive and stimulating content more specifically targeted at the young and women and on topics of paramount importance to them (employment, education, health, etc.).
One hundred media professionals, especially from local and/or online media, principally young people and, in the main, women.
1.Project launch forum
Organisation of a forum on the concept of solutions journalism to establish the status quo and to sketch out lines for all the media to follow, and also to draw attention to the advantages of this practice for professionals.
How to cover news from a solutions journalism perspective?
August 16, 2018
The forum held in Ramallah on 25 July 2018 to launch the Hal Media project was attended by more than fifty Palestinian media professionals brought together to discuss the concept of solutions journalism.
2.Development of a solutions journalism training module
This module is to be incorporated into the Birzeit MDC training programme and will be designed for Palestinian media professionals
3.Mentoring the media
Mentoring the media to integrate the solutions journalism approach into their editorial line and to train their teams.
4.Development of a flexible solutions journalism platform
This platform will address solutions journalism as applied to youth employment: portraits of successful youngsters, reports from within organisations that are recruiting, the proposal of specific solutions for finding a job, etc.
5.Launch of a call for applications
Targeting only female journalists under 35 years of age, this call for applications aims to mentor them in the creation of data journalism content relating to constructive subjects in the fields of education, agriculture, health, etc.