Filmlab Palestine engages since its beginning in child and youth media literacy program tailored to the needs in Palestine. The program has so far received a very positive and constructive response from the educational community and met growing enthusiasm and eagerness by children in all parts of Palestine, especially in remote areas where there are no after-school programs.
In light of the limitations imposed on society by the 2020/2021 pandemic, Filmlab launched WAQTONA, the unique free streaming platform for children's cinema in Palestine, targeting the 6-16 age group. The platform offers a wide range of family films dubbed and translated into Arabic, and has reached more than 40,000 users since its launch. Waqtona provides a high-quality film selection from independent film productions that let children explore the world around them and stimulate their imagination. Here, children and youth receive support in making independent film choices and navigate a safe, ad-free, surfable space - including educational offerings and insights into everyday film viewing.
When it comes to Arab children's channels and media content in Lebanon, Palestine, and Jordan, a gap in the literature stands out. Although both Arab media and Arab youth culture are an important part of cultural studies, Arab children's media have been largely ignored by researchers. We are now interested in providing initial overviews of the situation and range of Arab children's programs on TV and streaming services within a geographically defined framework. For this research project, we are looking for qualified and committed researchers interested in the topic to conduct a study on the situation of Arabic children's programs in the countries of Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon.
The project: The research project "Children and Youth qualitative media content programs in Palestine, Jordan and Lebanon" is a study of children’s media content, programs and usage, giving insights into the types of platforms for children qualitative media content (films, series), and delivers an overview of existing key platforms: the internet, television, on-demand, games, and mobile phones in Palestine, Lebanon and Jordan. The field study targets children in the age group of 6-15 years old, with different demographic characteristics and needs to consider as well consumer behaviour of children ( 6-15).
Project Duration: 3 months (preparation, implementation of research and documentation), completed by 31st of August 2023.
Leading and implementing the research activities within the framework of the project and its geographic scope (research and analysis)
Development, implementation of qualitative and quantitative research
Documentation of the findings obtained for publication work in English within the framework of the project (max. of 80 pages of text plus figures and tables).
University degree (Master) in the field of sociology and/or media studies
Relevant research and project experience
Good methodological skills and methodological practical experience (focus on qualitative methods)
Excellent writing knowledge of English and Arabic
Interdisciplinary way of thinking and working
We ask you to describe your interest in the study and include evidence relevant to your research (such as your own research papers, publications, samples of your work on desk research, curriculum vitae, references) with your application.
The application documents should be submitted until the 28.3.2023 in electronic form to: [email protected], please mention the research project title as email subject.