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Dubai fest champions building writing talent with YJA – Winner will secure internship at Gulf News

DUBAI, Oct 31: The Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) has announced the return of the Young Journalist Award (YJA) for a 10th year. Open to promising young writers from across the UAE, the YJA provides eight handpicked, ambitious applicants the opportunity to gain first-hand industry experience working on the ground to report at the Festival. One standout reporter will receive the prestigious Young Journalist Award title at the end of the Festival and will also secure an internship at Gulf News, one of the leading newspapers in the region, to help kick-start their journalism career.

With unique access to the eight-day Festival, which welcomes leading filmmakers, industry professionals and media from around the globe each year, the YJA provides real-world experience in the fast-paced realm of entertainment journalism. With the pressure of tight deadlines and unprecedented support and mentorship from Gulf News tabloid!, the initiative opens its doors to enthusiastic university students and those in their final high school year, eager to add value to their studies and gain a head-start in their career.

DIFF’s Chairman Abdulhamid Juma commented on the YJA’s 10th instalment: “DIFF is not just about supporting and showcasing the year’s best films; it is also an important platform for supporting the growth of the film industry as a whole and all of the sectors that contribute it. Journalism is a valuable skill without which the industry would not get the recognition it deserves. We are proud to reach a milestone tenth year of the Young Journalism Award, which thanks to the support of Gulf News, offers a unique, real-life training opportunity that results in more learning in one week than many media students will receive in a year.”

“Giving aspiring young journalists the opportunity to learn with some of the best reporters, photographers and editors in the UAE is something we are proud of,” Mohammed Almezel, the Managing Editor of Gulf News said. “We also take pride as a media organisation in partnering again with DIFF, which has established itself as one of the most anticipated artistic events in our region.”

David Tusing, the Editor of Gulf News tabloid! added: “YJA participants have the chance of a lifetime to work on a live international event, while writing for the biggest newspaper in the country. We’ve had so much fun and learning in previous editions, and know we will this year too. I can’t wait for to welcome the winner to our team.”

UAE nationals or residents from across the Emirates who are students in their final year of high school or enrolled in University in any major can enter the 10th DIFF Young Journalist Award. Candidates must be available to attend the Dubai International Film Festival from Dec 6-13, 2017.  Applicants can register by emailing their resumes, a copy of a current passport/visa page and and a review on the last film they watched to press@filmfest.ae by 20th November, 2017.

Registration is now open for media, students and industry professionals for the 14th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival, which will take place from the Dec 6-13, 2017. Please visit www.diff.ae for more information.


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