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 is looking for 13 young motivated journalists (9 facilitators + 4 organisers) to become part of the team that will organise the 2018 edition of the European Youth Media Days (EYMD), one of the biggest events for young media makers in Europe. Team members will facilitate nine media workshops and/or will assist participants and the organisers in external communication, guidance of participants, and logistical preparations during the three days.
The workshops are:
- Print-Infographic (Facilitator: Graphic Designer)
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-Photography (Facilitator: Writing Specialised Journalist)
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 (Facilitator: Photographer)
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 (Facilitator: Radio Specialised Journalist)
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 (Facilitator: TV Specialised Journalist)
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 (Facilitator: Video Specialised Journalist)
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 (Facilitator: Media Campaign Specialised Journalist)
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 (Facilitator: Social Media Specialised Journalist)
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 (Facilitator: Social Media Specialised Journalist)
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.
European Youth Media Days 2018 (organised by the European Parliament in collaboration with the European Youth Press – Network of Young Media Makers) will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels on 16 – 18 October 2018. Up to 120 young journalists aged between 18 and 30 will have the chance to report from inside the European Parliament on current issues relating to the upcoming European Elections in May 2019.
The topic How to inform young voters on European Elections will be addressed in workshops with professional journalists and experts as well 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.
EYMD Team Members Profiles
Being part of the organising team, you will get a significant insight into the world of media and politics. You will also have the chance to build a wide network of contacts and gain project management skills. You will have the opportunity to interact with MEPs, professional journalists, experts and engage in intercultural exchange with the participants and other members of the team.
The general criteria for all team members are the following:
The ideal candidate is motivated, proactive and have preferably been worked with people from different cultural backgrounds. S/he will be a working journalist with good communication / organising skills and a team spirit.
A very good knowledge of English is necessary in order to communicate with participants coming from the 28 EU Member States. Previous involvement in the European Youth Media Days or in other European Youth Press projects is a plus.
Team members will have to be available online before the event and able to dedicate several hours a week to preparations leading up to the EYMD. They are expected to arrive in Brussels on October 15 and leave after 19h00 on October 18 or the next day.
Team members have to be working journalists (aged between 18 and 30) and citizens or legal residents of one of the EU Member States. They also have to be in possession of either a press card, or letter of instructions from a European distributed media.
Candidates who are not able to fit these criteria would not be considered.
Candidates for the EYMD Team are welcomed to apply for one of the following positions:
- PROJECT COORDINATOR
The candidate has at least two years of experience in project / event management. S/he has background in leading large-scale European-level projects related to youth or media. The candidate is a multitasker with strong attention to details, ability to deliver results on time under pressuring deadlines and proven record of team coordination. Experience in working with international institutions is an asset. S/he will be member of EYMD Editorial Panel together with the EYP and EP, who will provide overall direction, and will be editorially responsible for the content.
- WORKSHOPS’ AND PANELS’ COORDINATOR
The candidate will have experience in project / event management. S/he has a background in supporting / leading national or international projects and events. The candidate is a multitasker with strong attention on details and ability to deliver results on time under pressuring deadlines. S/he will be responsible for moderating communication between Media teams’ facilitators and the European Parliament, and for organising one of panel discussions. S/he will work closely with the Project Coordinator.
- INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER (PARTICIPANT’S PERSON)
The candidate will have proven record of experience in communications and/or administrative support. S/he will be able to timely handle big amounts of correspondence with participants, be concrete and detailed in communication, and work effectively under pressure. Additionally, candidate will be able to guide and support participants on the spot. S/he will be reporting to the Project Coordinator.
- EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER
The candidate will have at least two years of experience in communications and/or PR. S/he will be tech-savvy and able to work independently. The candidate should be able to write powerful, short texts, which cuts into the heart of the issue as well as official press releases. The candidate will be proficient in social media management and will have experience working with multimedia format. Experience in design is an asset. S/he will be reporting to the Project Coordinator.
MEDIA TEAMS FACILITATORS / EDITORS
There are 9 open positions for Media Teams Facilitators / Editors. Facilitators will be managing a group of 10 – 12 young journalists working in a specific media format of one of EYMD’s workshops (see list above). They will be planning the media coverage in their groups before the event and following the progress during the event, maintaining team dynamics, editing the media outcomes and making sure they are delivered on time. Facilitator of Print- infographic workshop will be also responsible for the design of the materials for the event and design of the one of the final outcomes – a magazine. Media Facilitators will report to the Project and Workshops’ and Panels’ coordinators. Additionally they will help during recruiting process.
The candidates should have at least two years of experience working in one of the mentioned media formats, experience in team coordination, strong editing skills and sense of style, tech-savvy and able to deliver quality results under pressuring deadlines. Experience in mentoring journalists is an asset.
Costs – citizens or legal residents of the EU Members States
Team members’ travel costs (specific conditions apply, more information will be given after you have been selected) will be reimbursed by the European Parliament 1-2 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 three per-diems of 180 Euros (540 Euros in total) to team members involved in the project to cover accommodation and meals in Brussels.
They need to provide a copy of their valid press card or a letter of instruction from their editor stating that they work as a paid journalist, accompanied by a copy of their identity card or passport.
The lump sums will be paid at the same time with the travel reimbursement, 1 to 2 weeks after the event. Team members will have to arrange their own travel. European Youth Press will assist with finding the accommodation in Brussels. Team members are responsible to provide the European Parliament with all necessary documents for reimbursement.
Attention: for residents in Brussels no lump sums or travel costs will be paid.
Application and deadline
Please apply by filling in this form. Highlight how you comply with the profile of team member we are looking for. Please don’t send us any application documents via e-mail, as we cannot take them into consideration.
Application deadline: August 24, 23:59 CET.
For any questions, please send an email with the subject “EYMD team questions” to Diana Bologova firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to working with you in the European Parliament in Brussels!