How to inform young voters on European Elections: European Youth Media Days 2018 from 16 – 18 October 2018 in Brussels. Innovative, interactive and inspiring to promote dialogue, exchange, learning and networking in media.
The European Youth Press invites applicants to become one of the 57 young journalists, aged between 18 and 30, who will report from the European Parliament in Brussels in the framework of the European Youth Media Days (EYMD) between 16 and 18 October 2018. The EYMDs are open to young journalists who are citizens or legal residents of the EU Member States.
The EYMD is one of the biggest events in Europe dedicated to young journalists. This year it will take place in the European Parliament seat in Brussels. Participants will experience three days of media workshops, political discussions, hands-on media production and invaluable insights into the European Parliament and international media milieu. They will interact with high-level European politicians, professional journalists and experts and engage in intercultural exchange through practical media production.
Over the course of the three-day workshop, each young journalist will work to produce a report on the topic of the seminar through their medium of choice. Each of the participants will be part of one of the workshops:
- Print-infographic (journalists + graphic designers)
The project of this workshop is to create some visually attractive stories for a magazine. The team should either create infographics telling a story, or an article text with additional graphics to illustrate the story. If needed, they can also collaborate with the photographers of the second team.
- Print-photograph (journalists + photographers)
The project of this workshop is to write a feature/story for a magazine with one or more photographs. The team will need to work together with photographers to find the most appropriate photo to illustrate the piece.
- Photo report (photographers)
The photographers should present a common project: a photo report with a maximum 15 photos, with common thread and a narrative (title and some short explanations to accompany the photos).
- Radio programme (journalists)
The project should result in a radio programme which could be approx. 5-20 min. This is shareable after the event. The participants in this group will be able to use the audio-visual facilities of the European Parliament. They should combine different radio technics (e.g. interviews and reporting).
- Video I (journalists + video editors)
The project should result in a TV programme with additional graphics such as an intro, outro and name titles. Participants can choose the format: a late night show, debate, interview programme, television news, etc. If needed, they can also collaborate with the graphic designers from the infographic workshop to make the TV programme more dynamic.
- Video II (journalists + video editors)
This team will make short, up to 1:30 minutes, attractive videos. The videos should be witty, with shocking, exciting and surprising facts and graphics. The goal is that the videos are easily shareable on Social Media. This kind of videos are very popular and done by media organisations to attract young public. For example here.
- Multimedia (journalists + editors)
Focus: Online campaign. Participants should pick one topic within the overall topic of communicating elections, and plan and produce a social media campaign in line with the existing one. This online campaign is not for a politician or a political party, but has an informative aim for the audience. It includes strong visuals, such as templates, graphics and photos. In the workshop the participants decide on the appropriate channels to use and the target group(s), to hypothetically maximise the result of the campaign.
- Social media I (journalists)
Focus: Social Media Campaign. Participants will make audio-visual stories and/or graphical materials for sharing on social media. These are materials that media organisations would make and share themselves on social media as well. They will use new forms of social media storytelling and use different new media formats to make the outcome attractive and interactive. The format of the output will correspond to the social media requirements (short length, catchy content, accompanied by subtitles), so it will be easily distributed on new media and catch the attention of a young audience.
- Social media II (journalists)
Focus: Misinformation. Participants of the second group will create audiovisual stories/graphical materials for sharing on social media. It is meant for informing young people about misinformation. These are materials that media organisations would make and share of social media storytelling and use different new media formats to make the outcome more attractive and interactive. The format of the output will correspond to the social media requirements (short length, catchy content, accompanied by subtitles), so it will be easily distributed on new media and catch the attention of a young audience.
The topic How to inform young voters on European Elections will be addressed in workshops with professional journalists and experts and in two panel discussions with Members of the European Parliament, representatives of socio-political sphere in Belgium and other high-ranking guests. The European Youth Media Days will give the freedom to critically and constructively think about, debate and journalistically cover opportunities for today’s media and challenges they face, as well as the European media literacy.
Costs – citizens or legal residents of the EU Members States
Participants’ travel costs (specific conditions apply, more information will be given after you have been selected) will be reimbursed by the European Parliament 1 to 2 weeks after the event, upon submission of all necessary documents (forms for completion and instructions will be sent by the European Parliament prior to the event).
The European Parliament will also pay up to two per-diems of 180 Euros (360 Euros in total) to working journalists (who need to provide a press card, or letter of instructions from a European distributed media) to cover accommodation, meals and local transport. The lump sums will be paid at the same time as the travel reimbursement, 1 to 2 weeks after the event.
The young journalists chosen to participate will have to arrange their own accommodation and travel and provide the necessary documents to the European Parliament for reimbursement of travel costs.
Attention: for participants residents in Brussels no lump sums or travel costs will be paid.
Application and deadline
The call is open to young journalists aged between 18 and 30 who are citizens or legal residents of an EU Member State. The event will be held in English, so a working level of the language is required.
Please apply by filling in this form. Highlight your relevant education (journalism, media and communication) and working experience, motivation and insert two links to media samples (of any type) by August 31, 23:59 CET.
Please don’t send us any application documents via e-mail, as we cannot take them into consideration.
If you have any questions, please send an email with the subject “EYMD 2018 questions” to Diana Bologova firstname.lastname@example.org