Bridges Not Boycotts - On The Record


Are you an aspiring journalist or for a career in media? Do you want to visit Israel and Palestine, with the opportunity to meet leading international journalists in the fields of politics, arts, television and film? This trip is made for you!

We want to hear from students with demonstrable passion for journalism and media. Whether you are a vlogger, documentary creator or editor or writer for a student newspaper, this trip will provide you with the chance to meet professionals working in this field in an area of international interest, and the chance to learn about the complex realities of this region first-hand.

The trip is your five-day all-access pass to Israel, the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Ramallah and more! It provides a unique chance to gain an immersive understanding of Israel and Palestine, and to see how journalists and media start-ups on both sides seek to bridge divides within their own communities and between the two communities, facing challenges and complexities as well as creating opportunities for dialogue and hope.

The trip aims to showcase the positive impact on the ground that journalists and media enterprises can have in helping to solve the issues facing the Israelis and Palestinians, while also providing participants with great insights into the world of media and journalism.

Can I apply?

The application criteria are as follows:

  • You must be a current student
  • You must be able to display excellence in journalism
  • You must be open-minded and willing to engage critically with new ideas

There are no other criteria! We are looking to take students from a wide range of backgrounds, campuses, faiths, cultures and political opinions on this trip and will be happy to hear from anyone who is interested.

If you fit the above criteria and wish to apply, please complete this form by December 15th. Please be advised that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, therefore it is encouraged to apply as soon as you are able to. To apply, click HERE.

Please contact Noah with any questions.  

When is it and how much does it cost?

The trip will take place in January. Dates will be tailored to the availability of successful applicants. The cost of the trip will be £149 all-inclusive and is generously supported as part of a grant from the UK Government’s Department for Communities and Local Government. We hope this minimises finance being a barrier to participation.

What's the wider programme?

This trip is part of our Bridges Not Boycotts project, which launched in February 2017 and has engaged over 6,000 students to date. Our first Bridges Not Boycotts trip was the highly successful ‘Let’s Talk Business’, for those interested in start-ups and social enterprises; read one instalment of Jonah’s four-part blog here. ‘On The Record’ is our second Bridges Not Boycotts trip.

We're happy to answer any other questions you might have before applying - just contact Noah.  

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