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Arab Media Young Leaders Program addresses environmental journalism, climate change and sustainability – News

The program is one of the most important training functions that focuses on practical skills at the level of the Arab world.

Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi speaks at the fifth edition of the Young Arab Media Leaders Programme. —Wam

by WAM

Published: Sunday, September 24, 2023, 9:39 p.m.

As many as 51 young men and women from 18 Arab countries are taking part in the fifth edition of the Young Arab Media Leaders Programme, which continues for the second week under the patronage of Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. President of the Arab Youth Center.

The program includes interactive workshops and practical lectures discussing a variety of topics and issues, including environmental journalism, climate change and sustainability at the Dubai Youth Centre, the Dubai Press Club, in cooperation with Google, Al-Mashhad TV, Bloomberg TV, the American University of Dubai, the New Media Academy, Al-Bayan newspaper, Sky News, CNN and the Emirates News Agency (WAM).

The program, organized by the Arab Youth Center, is one of the most important training functions that focuses on practical skills at the level of the Arab world, in partnership with media institutions and academies, and is aimed at outstanding young people in the final stages of university studies or at the beginning of their professional career after graduating, with the aim of enhancing their skills, developing their capabilities, enriching their experiences and increasing their competitiveness for the labor market.

Addressing the program, Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, Director General of the Emirates News Agency (WAM), spoke about the tools and requirements to ensure success and excellence in the field of media. He addressed the topic during a special discussion session on the role of media and youth in Arab cultural work, where he focused on the importance of acquiring knowledge and continuous learning, and of keeping pace and adopting modern technological tools and artificial intelligence in the media field. and develop the media skills of young cadres through specialized training courses.

Al Rayssi highlighted that the media sector in the next stage will face a great challenge. “Today, AI tools and technologies allow the preparation of content intelligently, without human intervention, and it has also become easy to insert false information into content that no one notices, and spread it widely to have negative effects, which It requires us to embrace and keep pace with technology in a positive way and leverage it to serve the media and society in the right way.”

He added that despite the existing challenges, the current moment is conducive to excellence in the field of media, far from the private and directed agendas of some international media institutions, and highlighted the qualified and trained media human resources in the Arab world that can achieve the goal. objectives and aspirations of their countries and contribute to the development of their societies.

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