Biased journalism is one of the major influences in Cyprus that has furthered misunderstanding between the two communities. There is a growing need for news that is prepared by and for youth, using digital social networking as an effective media platform.
The ways we conduct journalism, activism, and storytelling have changed drastically in recent years. Online and grassroots reporting have all but replaced traditional ways we receive the news.
HasNa’s Citizen Journalism Training Program embraces this new form of journalism. The program, which took place June 20th – June 27th, 2011, was developed with HasNa's local partners in Cyprus, the Management Centre and Cyprus Community Media Centre. The goal of the program was to empower Cypriot youth with the techniques of digital storytelling and the principles of citizen journalism to enable them to produce bi-communal news stories and increase interaction between the communities.
The program brought Cypriots from opposite sides of divided Cyprus together to share their own stories and to communicate stories of mutual understanding to a larger audience.
At the end of the training, one of the participants reflected:
"I didn't know any Turkish-Cypriots… I am twenty-six years old living in the same island and never had the chance to interact with people from the other community. This camp was a unique opportunity…"
The participants of the program decided to form a committee for future meetings and joint-projects they named Randevu.
"I also feel hopeful about continuing with actual activism with the group of our camp, as we will certainly stay in contact with each other."
HasNa looks forward to supporting the bi-communal media projects they develop together in the future.
How You Can Help
HasNa's media and communications programs for Cypriot youth are critical to airing peace and cooperation across the island. If you would like to support programs such as this, please make a donation or contact us to become involved.