European Youth Media Days 2012 – call for participants

Update: Deadline extended until August 12th, 23:59 CET. When sending your application, please mention the country you come from in the e-mail subject.

How to survive the crisis as an entrepreneur journalist? How to address the social effects of crisis? How to explain European policies in times of austerity? What is the impact of crisis on youth?

If these are topics that interest you then we invite you to apply to become one of the 100 young journalists, aged between 18 and 30, reporting from inside the European Parliament in Brussels between 16-18 October, 2012.

The 2012 edition of European Youth Media Days organized by the European Parliament in collaboration with the European Youth Press will focus on the economic crisis that is currently threatening Europe. The European Youth Media Days is the biggest event in Europe dedicated to young journalists.

Participants will experience three days of media workshops, political discussions, hands-on media production and invaluable insights into the European Parliament and European media. 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 with his/her peers to produce a report on the topic of the seminar through their medium of choice – video, photo, radio, print or multimedia. The event is open to young journalists who are citizens and legal residents of the EU member states only.

Costs

Participants’ travel costs (specific conditions apply, more information will be given after you have been selected) will be reimbursed by the European Parliament 4 to 6 weeks after the event, upon submission of all necessary documents (that will be sent by the European Parliament prior to the event). The European Parliament will also pay a 360 Euros lump sum to working journalists (who need to provide a copy of a valid press card or a letter from their editor stating that they work as a journalist) and 180 Euros lump sum to journalism students or interns (who need to provide a letter from their university or from the organisation they are interning at) to cover accommodation, meals and local transport. The lump sums will be paid at the same time with the travel reimbursement, 4-6 weeks after the event. Attention: for participants living in Brussels no lump sum or travel cost will be paid.

The young journalists chosen to participate will have to arrange their own accommodation and travel and to provide the necessary documents to the European Parliament for reimbursement. EYP will charge a participation fee of 30 Euros for journalism students and interns and 60 Euros for working journalists prior to the event.

Application and deadline

The call is open to young journalists aged 18 to 30 who are citizens or legal residents of an EU country only. The event will be held in English, so a working level of the language is required to make the best out of your participation. Young journalists from any other countries can participate at their own costs and need to contact the organizers prior to the 1st of August. Application deadline is 12th of August 2012.

Please send your application with a CV, a motivation letter and minimum 2 media clips (of any type) by August 1st, 23:59 CET to Cristina Pruna at c.pruna@youthpress.org. Media clips that are not in English should have an English summary.