CNN launches Academy in Abu Dhabi

CNN launches Academy in Abu Dhabi

Applications now open

September 22nd, 2020

The first CNN Academy in the world opens its doors for applications today for journalists of the future to learn about multiplatform storytelling.

Starting in January 2021, the intensive learning programme will offer a full-time five-week course with a combination of online learning sessions and in-person workshops that will take place at CNN at twofour54, the home of Abu Dhabi’s media and entertainment industry. 

Becky Anderson, Managing Editor of CNN Abu Dhabi and Anchor of Connect the World, will lead some of the curriculum and take the academy into CNN’s state-of-the-art Abu Dhabi bureau at twofour54. Going behind the scenes of the region’s flagship current affairs show, Connect the World with Becky Anderson, students will gain valuable experience about how the programme and its digital content is produced.

Some of CNN’s most memorable and important journalism has taken place here in the Middle East, a region which has continued to grow in importance to our network through Abu Dhabi being one of our major global hubs and with the growth of CNN Arabic. CNN Academy is our latest commitment to the region as we foster the growth of quality journalism and champion local talent in Abu Dhabi, a place we’ve called home for almost 11 years.

Rani Raad, President of CNN Commercial Worldwide

Applications for CNN Academy Abu Dhabi are now open to applicants from the UAE and across the region over the age of 21. Entry requirements include a one-minute video demonstrating suitability for the course and a written pitch outlining a story idea for the CNN audience. The closing date to apply is 31st October. 

Learn more here.