URGENT Call for Participants for EYP Study Session: How to Train People on Human Rights Reporting

The European Youth Press believes that education has a determining role in creating a free and independent press, based on quality as well as balanced and in-depth reporting. This is why we decided to set the basis for creating a pool of trainers, who can become multipliers in their countries, with the aim of promoting quality reporting about different topics, such as human rights.

EYP is now searching for 20 young media makers to join a five-day study session on how to train others to report about human rights and media. The project is organised by the EYP in cooperation with the Council of Europe Youth Department and will take place from 1st to 7th November, 2015 in Strasbourg.

This study session aims to train the participants on how to become multipliers on human rights in the field of media, by using non-formal education tools and methods. They will be learning how to pass on information and knowledge on the topic to other young media makers, by developing their training and facilitation skills, with the aim of creating a snowball effect on human rights reporting literacy. Participants will also have to develop a workshop in their local context after the study session, with the purpose of exercising and implementing what they learned.

The project aims equally to give all participants the chance to exchange their work experience on human rights education and reporting. Participants will be introduced to the No Hate Speech Movement and will be given tools to develop their own local projects.

In the practical part of the study session, participants will draft and deliver a demo training on human rights reporting, that will give them the ground for implementing a workshop in their countries upon return. Throughout the entire planning and implementation phase of these projects, the team of the European Youth Press will act as consultants and support.

All participants will have the chance to become part of EYP’s Pool of Trainers after full completion of the project.


Who can apply

We are looking for participants who are legal residents of Council of Europe member states and between 20-30 years old. However, some exceptions can be made, if all other requirements are met.

Applicants should have an advanced command of English.

The applicants should have a proven interest and experience in the topic of the training session (human rights reporting) and should be media makers: have either worked as journalists or are/have been involved as activists in projects related to human rights. Therefore, applicants should have hands-on experience in human rights reporting and be able to proof that this with work samples.

The participants should also have (beginner) prior experience in facilitation (with a minimum of 20 hours of trainings sessions/ workshops/ seminars delivered).


Costs and conditions

All costs regarding travelling, meals and accommodation in Strasbourg will be reimbursed by the Council of Europe either in cash, during the training, or by bank transfer after the project (upon request). The engagement fee for joining this study session is 50 euros and will be withdrawn from the reimbursement calculations (does not have to be paid in advance).

The project will take place from 1st to 7th November, including arrival and departure days, and one must attend the entire project.

When accepted for this study session participants will have to commit to be able to arrange their travels by beginning of September. They further have to commit also to carry out a local training, overviewed by EYP, until the end of March 2016.


How to apply and deadline

Applications can be submitted by accessing THIS FORM. You will have to include a motivational writing, in English, stating why you are interested in the topic of the training and why you should be selected as a participant. Please include as well two samples of your journalistic work (as links), such as articles, TV reports or blog posts, in the suggested fields.

The deadline for applications is August 18, 2015.