Media Information and Literacy in Serbia and Beyond

Hi, I’m Argine, a PhD student at University of Koblenz and Landau, Germany. In the following, I would like to give some detailed descriptions about my active participation in the event “Media Information and Literacy in Serbia and beyond” organised by the YouthTime Magazine, a member organisation of the European Youth Press.


Media Information & Literacy event launched on the 28th of August in Belgrade, Serbia. Within the context of my PhD study in Germany, I have got a great opportunity to take part in this event. It was an informative, wonderful, and awesome week in Belgrade. With several participants from different countries across the globe, we formed a youth community which has a concrete main goal: throughout the week exploring the depths and angles of the effect media has on the public.


I have learned about the media landscape and the state of media in different countries. We had discussions about the importance of media literacy nowadays, modern communication mechanisms, rumors and Fake News, taking into account that the artificial intelligence in media is not novelity anymore. Personally I was happy to learn about the experiences of journalists. There were some workshops which were remarkable parts of the weekly event too. Finally, we also have had the opportunity to complete our articles using newly gained information in Belgrade.


Besides the information I could gain by participating in this event, I also got a chance to make new friends, travel during the Pandemic and visit new cities. I become acquainted with new cultures. The organisers of the event tried really hard to make our days impressive – precise organisation, care and respect for each participant, city tours and walks.


In the end, I would like to share this thank you message with the Youth Time Movement, the European Youth Press and all organisers for giving me this chance to be a part of that event. After my return to Germany, I am so motivated and inspired that I have decided to take part in the next youth event too.


Here is also a link to a personal video about the story behind the youth event. You can feel the vibes I have had in Belgrade, a city where I would love to be once again.


The organiser also made a short film where every participant at Media Information & Literacy Programme had a story to tell. I wanted to share it as it showed the experience from an incredible week in Belgrade.



Author: Argine Badalyan, PhD student at University of Koblenz and Landau