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Yonathan Friesem is an award-winning producer and media educator. He is the manager of the Media Education Lab at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island.
As part of his doctoral research, Friesem studies the psychological and sociological effects of youth video production. His goal to bridge cultures around the world is being realized through the Harrington School's media outreach with youth video production initiatives. His first outreach initiative, which began 15 years ago, focused on working with Arab and Jewish adolescents in Israel; his most recent workshop involved First Star URI Academy and foster children in Rhode Island.
As a graduate from the Camera Obscura Art School in Tel-Aviv, he became a reporter for the local news and a producer in the national network. His global feature production, "Yeladim Tovim," helped him to structure a powerful and effective program for youth media production in the educational system in Israel. Building two communication and cinema departments in high schools as well as teaching various populations of youth across the country, Yonathan became an advocate for the youth media movement in Israel. Yonathan received an M.A. in policy and management in education at the Tel Aviv University. As a student in the URI-RIC PhD in Education program, Yonathan continues to advocate for research on the impact of media production experiences of adolescent empathy.
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