Call for: videos documenting the new type of cities – Media and Information Literacy Cities

Deadline extended to 26 September 2018


Media and Information Literacy Cities: voice, power and change makers – Video Competition


Do you make creative videos? Do you see yourself as a media and information literate individual? Are you interested in a round trip to Latvia? If the answer is yes, then you are on the right website!


The European Youth Press is partnering with UNESCO and looking for videos documenting the new type of cities: Media and Information Literacy Cities. Cities around the world have benefitted hugely from the digital revolution. Information about transportation, health care, entertainment, news, the private sector, civil society, and the government has increased efficiency, opened up new economic, social and cultural possibilities, reduced pollution, and enhanced transparency and participation. At the same time disinformation, alternative facts, propaganda, selective history, post-truth reality, intolerance, as well as radicalization etc. overshadows the benefits of having more access to information, technology, and media.


We want you to look at the positive and negative sides of media and information revolution and how being media and information literate can help youth to benefit more To get more inspiration, read information about the Youth Agenda Forum below. You can also follow “UNESCO MIL CLICKS” on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to learn more about Media and Information Literacy.


You can submit reportage, documentary, narrative (scripted) as well as animation videos. There are no limits to your creativity!



Top winners will be invited to the Youth Agenda Forum (within the Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2018) in Riga on 26th of October 2018. The winners will join the team of young journalists reporting on the Forum, and the winning videos will be showcased in the feature events.


The accommodation and transportation will be covered within the invitation to the Youth Agenda Forum.



The European Youth Press accepts entries until 26 of September. All entries must be received by the EYP no later than 11:59 PM on September 26, 2018. Final notification for all will be made on or around October 1st. Winners will be announced no later than on October 1, 2018.


Important Dates

  • –  11:59 PM on September 26, 2018 ……………. Final Submission Deadline
  • –  October 1, 2018 ……………………………….The announcement of the winners


Required Running Time
– All videos must have a total running time of between 1:30 and 3 minutes.



There are no fees applicable to this competition.



  • –  Entrants must be 18 years of age or older. If under the age of 18, entries must include written parental consent.
  • –  Videos may not contain any copyrighted music, images, or brand names without proper clearance.

–  Foreign-language videos must have English subtitles or be dubbed in English.


How to submit

Please, fill in this online form.
You need to upload your video on YouTube or external file storage website and paste the link to the video in the submission form.
Reminder: Entries must be received (not postmarked) by the deadline.

Good luck!
Youth Agenda Forum
26 October 2018, Riga, Latvia
The young generation of today make more and longer use of the internet than ever. They also start at an earlier age, use an ever-growing range of technological platforms and access the internet in more locations than ever before. Meanwhile, youngsters (as digital natives) can be highly self-confident and independent from their parents and educators in their attitudes towards the internet. Young people often devise their own strategies to solve whatever issues they may come across on the internet.
However, one of the main tasks that remain is the need to improve investments in digital media and information literacy among the young. This strategy is necessary to create the human capital to enable success and sustainability in a technology-driven world. “The gap between a vision of interconnected learning and the reality of education today is wide, and research and policy initiatives are needed to provide education that will prepare youth for basic needs in a technologically driven future ”. A more sustainable approach is to combine technological training, including programming, with other softer critical information and media competencies.
Youth has been defined as a specific target group in UNESCO’s agenda for the coming years and was the subject of a UNESCO Operational Strategy (2014-2021). Their potential as agents of change has been reflected in paragraph 7 of these guidelines: “UNESCO will
apply a comprehensive and future-oriented vision recognizing youth as agents of change, social transformations, peace and sustainable development. Such vision embodies the ways in which youth are concerned or affected by UNESCO’s work: as beneficiaries of services and activities; as independent actors; as partners through their organizations. The work on youth will allow them to (i) capitalize on their creativity, knowledge, innovation and potential to drive change; (ii) address challenges affecting their development, both at governance and societal levels; and (iii) reach the unreached and those who have lost a sense of community and hope in the future .”

It is from this perspective that the Global MIL Week Youth Forum in Riga will address how young people can act to become change-makers in favour of improved MIL Cities in the era of smart cities. First, what can they do as “agents in their own right”? Moreover, what can they do as young digital media and information professionals? As young researchers? As internet micro-celebrities and influencers? As young librarians? Can youth help to bridge the gap between the grand vision of MIL learning, and the reality of education? Can they influence policy-making (for example on platform regulation or data protection), and if so where (Cities?) In addition, how? Do they feel strong and motivated enough to negotiate with the private sector – social networks, other Internet actors, advertisers – about their responsibilities to users and wider society? What action can they take to respond to intolerance online? Are youth sufficiently connected and can they afford connectivity? Finally yet importantly, are young people ready and motivated to help their younger peers and siblings in digital media and information environment?