Media freedom is one of the cornerstones in the development of democratic societies in Europe and has become a constitutional guarantee in many European states since WWII as well as one of the fundamental rules in modern European Union. However, not all EU Member States score the best in media freedom watch and reports from ONG or human rights watchdogs, and media and journalists' liberties are an even more delicate issue in several EU neighbouring countries.
If these are topics that interest you, we invite you to apply to become one of the 77 young journalists, aged between 18 and 30, reporting from the European Parliament in Brussels between October 20 and 22, 2015.
The European Youth Media Days 2015 (which are organised by the European Parliament in collaboration with the European Youth Press – Network of young media makers), will focus on Media Freedom in Europe and beyond. The EYMD is one of the biggest events 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 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 - video, photo, radio, print, or multimedia. Participants at print, multimedia and photo workshops, furthermore, will have the chance to work in mixed groups and produce a 360° journalistic content. This year’s edition brings one more innovation: three participants will produce a short documentary movie about the whole event. 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 http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/index_en.htm
Application and deadline
The call is open to young journalists aged between 18 and 30 who are citizens or legal residents of a EU Member State or neighbouring country only. The event will be held in English, so a working level of the language is required. Participants applying for the documentary workshop need to demonstrate experience in documentary filmmaking or video-reporting as well as to bring the camera and editing software (the movie has to be finished until December 22, 2015).
Please use this form to submit your application, including your CV, motivation letter and the links to two media samples (of any type) by August 16, 23:59 CET.
Young journalists from any other countries can participate at their own costs and need to contact the organisers prior to August 9.
If you have any questions, please send an email with the subject “EYMD 2015 questions” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prix de l'EYP
Prize for the best journalism on the topic of media freedom
Want to show us your talent? Want to have your work valued by an international professional jury? Enter in the Prix de l'EYP, the European Youth Press's award for the best journalism on media freedom.
You can choose to apply for the award on our EYMD application form. Applicants can submit onejournalistic piece (either published or unpublished).
Enter the competition in one of the three categories:
Print article (3,000 characters max.)
Photography (5 pictures max.)
Video (5 minutes max.)
The three winners (one in each category) will be announced during the closing ceremony of the EYMD and will be awarded with an invitation to attend the European Parliament plenary session in Strasbourg (either November or December 2015, tbc).
Media samples that are not in English should have an English
The deadline for the Prix de l'EYP submission is concurrent with the EYMD participant's one (see above).