New York, May 2, 2011—Seven OneVoice activists sharpened their media savvy in Spain from April 10-16 at the World Perspective Seminar, expanding OneVoice’s global presence and relating to peers from around the globe.
The seminar, hosted by Concordia International Group, brought young leaders together to analyze the global news media. In attendance were OneVoice Israel (OVI) youth activists Noam Morey, Yonatan Mishka Kagan, and Meny Amran and OneVoice Palestine (OVP) youth activists Abeer al-Natsheh, Roza Helou, Maher Abdo, and Feras Njoom. These seven OneVoice representatives worked together to spread the OneVoice message, while gaining important media skills and networking with internationals.
“I realized a young international, globalized generation is growing up, building the next era of social involvement,” Yonatan said. “As OneVoice youth leaders, we must be a part of it.”
The week-long seminar provided participants with tools to better interpret the news around them. Whether in print, radio, television, or multimedia, OneVoice youth leaders must be able to discern the valid from the invalid, think critically, and use their knowledge positively in their leadership endeavors.
“The seminar challenged us to analyze what each statement meant to convey to the audience and whether it is legitimate, or an appeal to emotions,” Roza said. “We analyzed many news articles over the week, some as recent as the Libyan crisis, and some that were dated 2005, discussing Iraq and Iran.”
The program focused deeply on the application of logic to media interpretation, highlighting the importance of questioning details in the media.
“The focus was not on the content of media reports, as much as on their form and structure,” described Yonatan. “We basically learned how to recognize logical fallacies in news reports.”
The youth leaders also had the chance to speak to Suffolk University students and Spanish locals about the OneVoice message and their work on the ground.
“Many people expressed a deep interest in OneVoice,” said Yonatan. “One student at Suffolk University asked to create a chapter in her city. Jamil, the organizer, is thinking about organizing a forum for people from Arab states and from Israel.”
Perhaps most importantly, the World Perspective Seminar allowed OVI and OVP members to get to know each other and their fellow seminar attendees.
“I personally got to talk a lot with the Palestinians, which was an amazing experience, as well as with a whole bunch of interesting international people,” said Yonatan. “All in all, the most important thing for me was networking with such people.”