Call for Participants: European Youth Media Days 2017

Deadline: 20 August 2017
Open to: young journalists from EU and non-EU countries
Venue: 6 – 18 October 2017 in Brussels, Belgium

Description

The European Youth Media Days (EYMD) is one of the biggest events in Europe dedicated to young journalists. This year it will take place in the European Parliament seat in Brussels. Participants will experience three days of media workshops, political discussions, hands-on media production and invaluable insights into the European Parliament and international media milieu. 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 to produce a report on the topic of the seminar through their medium of choice – print, photo, radio, video (video making and TV production), multimedia (on-line tools and data journalism), and graphic design/layouting. At the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the event, all participants will have an opportunity to win the EYMD Jubilee Award in several categories (more information at the end of this call).

Topics of this year’s edition are media literacy and rise of populism. They will be addressed in workshops with professional journalists and experts and 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 rise of populism and state of the art of the European media literacy. Besides this content, the EYMD jubilee celebrations will be an opportunity for reflecting on the developments in media field, based on experiences of the EYP network, especially from past editions of the EYMD, discussing the upcoming EYMD’s and challenges present in the media world.

Eligibility

The European Youth Press invites applicants to become one of the 90 young journalists (86 EU + 4 non-EU), aged between 18 and 30, who will report from the European Parliament in Brussels in the framework of European Youth Media Days (EYMD) between 16 and 18 October 2017.

The EYMD are open to young journalists who are citizens or legal residents of the EU Member States and neighbouring countries as defined by the European Union.

Benefits

Costs – citizens or legal residents of the EU Members States

Participants’ travel costs (specific conditions apply, more information will be given after you have been selected) will be reimbursed by the European Parliament 1 to 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 two per-diems of 360 Euros in total to working journalists (who need to provide a copy of their valid press card) or up to 180 Euros in total to journalism students or interns (who need to provide proof (e.g. in the form of 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 as the travel reimbursement, 1 to 2 weeks after the event.

The young journalists chosen to participate will have to arrange their own accommodation and travel and provide the necessary documents to the European Parliament for reimbursement.

Attention: for participants living in Brussels no lump sums or travel costs will be paid.

Costs – citizens or legal residents of the EU neighbouring countries

Participants’ travel costs (up to 250 Euros, specific conditions apply, more information will be given after you have been selected) will be reimbursed by the European Youth Press up to 1 month after submission of all necessary documents (reimbursement form will be sent by the EYP prior to the event). The European Youth Press will also reimburse accommodation, local transportation, and meals costs in amount of up to 200 Euros in total to participants of the European Youth Media Days. They need to provide originals of the corresponding documents (receipts, invoices) and EYP reimbursement form. The sum will be paid at the same time with the travel reimbursement, up to 1 month after the event. Participants will have to arrange their own travel. European Youth Press will assist with finding the accommodation in Brussels. The participants are responsible to provide the European Youth Press with all necessary documents requested for reimbursement 1 month after the event the latest.

The EYMD Jubilee Award

At the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the EYMD, the European Youth Press and the European Parliament will appreciate excellence in media production and essay writing. Therefore all participants will get the opportunity to submit media of their choice on the rise of populism, or essay on media literacy and critical thinking. Winners will receive certificate and gift items, such as books, from the European Parliament and other partners.

Want to show us your talent? Want to have your work valued by an international professional jury? If you are selected as participant of the EYMD2017, you will have an opportunity to apply for EYMD Jubilee Award by submitting your work – published or unpublished – to one or more of following categories (one piece per category):

  • Print article (3,000 characters max.) on rise of populism;
  • Photography (5 pictures max.) on rise of populism;
  • Audio (3 minutes max.) on rise of populism;
  • Video (5 minutes max.) on rise of populism;
  • Essay (4,500 characters max.) on media literacy and critical thinking.

You can choose to apply for the award already on our EYMD application form.

The five winners (one in each category) will be announced during the closing ceremony of the EYMD and will be awarded with certificate and gift items.

Eligibility and deadline: Only EYMD participants are eligible to apply. Media samples that are not in English should have an English summary. Essays need to be in English only. The deadline for the EYMD Jubilee Award submission is October 2, 23:59 CET.

How to apply?

The call is open to young journalists aged between 18 and 30 who are citizens or legal residents of an EU Member State or neighbouring country. The event will be held in English, so a working level of the language is required.

Please apply by filling in this formHighlight your relevant education (journalism, media and communication) and working experience, motivation and insert two links to media samples (of any type) by August 20, 23:59 CET.

Please don’t send us any application documents via e-mail, as we cannot take them into consideration.

If you have any questions, please send an email with the subject “EYMD 2017 questions” to questions@youthmediadays.eu.

For more information please visit the official website.