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National problems, European solutions? Is the EU's grass still greener? - Next generation of journalists meets in Brussels.

From October 15 to 17 2013, 120 young journalists from across the European Union will gather at the European Youth Media Days for high-ranking debates and hands-on media production.

The seventh edition of the European Youth Media Days will be held at the European Parliament in Brussels. The European Youth Media Days 2013 focuses on current issues of the EU and on the upcoming parliamentary elections. Participants will look into who is ensuring the change and sustainability of the Union and investigate the actual impact of the #Occupy movement on the policy-makers in Europe.

Amongst the speakers and panellists joining the event this year are journalists Morten Crone from Berlinske and Stephen Fidler from the Wall Street Journal, as well as MEP Sabine Verheyen and Gareth Harding from Missouri Journalism School.

Over the course of the three-day workshop, each young journalist will work with peers to produce a report on the topic of the seminar through their medium of choice: video, photo, radio, print or multimedia.

Participants are from 27 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and UK.

Hosted by the European Parliament and organised in cooperation with the European Youth Press, the event aims to promote a broad discussion and networking on European issues, confronting and provoking with diverse perspectives and realities. With 120 participants, the European Youth Media Days is one of the biggest events in Europe for young journalists.

The European Youth Press (EYP) is the umbrella organisation of young journalist associations in Europe, bringing together over 50.000 journalists across the continent. EYP hosts events and seminars such as the European Youth Media Days, organises seminars and represents young journalists in Europe, publishes Orange Magazine and much more.

For more information please contact Rebecca Bengtsson, coordinator of the European Youth Media Days 2013.

European Youth Media Days 2013


National problems, European solutions? Is the EU's grass still greener?

Please note that the deadline has been extended to August 23. When sending your application, please mention the country you are from in the subject line. We especially encourage applicants from Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia and the UK.

Social movements, new political parties and civil society protests - what is in the future of the European Union (EU)? Who is working to ensure change and sustainability of the Union? What has been the actual impact of #Occupy and other movements on the policy-makers in Europe?

If these are topics that interest you, we invite you to apply to become one of the 120 young journalists, aged between 18 and 30, reporting from the European Parliament in Brussels from October 15 to 17 2013.

The 2013 edition of European Youth Media Days, which is organised by the European Parliament in collaboration with the European Youth Press, will focus on current issues of the EU and on the upcoming parliamentary elections. The European Youth Media Days 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 European media. 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 with peers to produce a report on the topic of the seminar through their medium of choice - video, photo, radio, print or multimedia. The event is open to young journalists who are citizens or legal residents of EU member states.


Participants’ travel costs (specific conditions apply, more information will be given after you have been selected) will be reimbursed by the European Parliament 4 to 6 weeks after the event, upon submission of all necessary documents (that will be sent by the European Parliament prior to the event). The European Parliament will also pay a 360 Euros lump sum to working journalists (who need to provide a copy of their valid press card or a letter from their editor stating that they work as a journalist) and a 180 Euros lump sum to journalism students or interns (who need to provide 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 with the travel reimbursement, 4-6 weeks after the event. Attention: for participants living in Brussels no lump sum or travel cost will be paid.

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

Application and deadline

The call is open to young journalists aged between 18 and 30 who are citizens or legal residents of an EU Member State only. The event will be held in English, so a working level of the language is required to make the best out of your participation. Young journalists from any other countries can participate at their own costs and need to contact the organisers prior to the August 1. Application deadline is August 23, 2013.

Please send your application with a CV, a motivation letter and minimum 2 media pieces (of any type) by August 23, 23:59 CET to our team at Put "EYMD 2013+Country" in the subject line. We especially encourage applicants from Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovenia and the UK.

Media clips that are not in English should have an English summary.

For any questions, please send an email with the subject "EYMD 2013 questions" to


EP President Martin Schulz was unfortuately not present physically at the opening ceremony of European Youth Media Days 2012, but participants were welcomed virtually.

“Equally essential to the health of our democracy system is media work that is robust, dynamic and free that probes and challenges and yes- it makes politicians feel uncomfortable at times” Schulz stated, adding that he was particularly impressed by the format of EYMD workshops.

EYMD 2012 participants: UNITED we stand!

How some of our participants see EYMD? Are they satisfied, tired, inspired or something else? :) Find out below:


"On the day 2 of our awesome EYMD, I finally got over of how impressive the Parliament buildings are! The dynamics of this place is inspiring and motivating for any young journalist. Personally, I will take away all the professional and, especially, personal advises we all received from guest speakers on the discussion panel and on the workshops. Originally from Armenia, I study in the American University in Bulgaria and EYMD 2012 gave me a throughout feel of EP, Brussels and EU journalism. *Not to even talk about the EP Canteen (seriously, that place had EU flag even on the cups!)."



"I am in the Photo WS 2...I really pushed to be in this WS, so I am really happy to be able to develop the link between crisis and migration. 

We do not have much time to shoot and finalise everything, but we are working very hard and being inventive in order to show a nice product to the EYMD public.

As I said, I'm really interested in this topic, so I hope that what I've produced now, will be a base to further develop this project.

New ideas and networking...this is what I want to bring with me after this event will be finished...

Now...back to work! :-)"



(c) European Union 2012 - European Parliament, photo by Pietro Naj-Oleari


"I am very satisfied with EYMD because I've heard a lot of useful things about economical issue in EU and great tips from journalists having a huge experience in this area. Also, I've met a lot of new people, had opportunity to hear what they think about problems in EU, how media work in their countries. Workshop was very interesting, and all of us had task to chose some topic about EU, and write an article.  And, in the and I would like to say that our facilitators are the best."


#Crisis @Crisis - Multimedia workshop

Workshops reports on the ground


MULTIMEDIA 1 - @Crisis: From the social networks to the streets

Facilitator: Mihaela Georgescu


Our workshop started with Thilo Kunzemann - who is in charge of the Twitter account of the EP and Steven Blaakman - who is in charge of the Facebook account of the EP - talking about what doing social media for the parliament means, what works best, what strategy they follow. 

Then, we had a long brainstorming with lots of great ideas about how to make the best of our topic: @Crisis: from the social media to the streets. 

Although we had problems with the room and lost a lot of time, the participants were quite excited about their final ideas for the outcomes and were eager to get down to work! :)



MULTIMEDIA 2 - I will survive: surfing the crisis as a journalist entrepreneur

Facilitator: Erik Aerts


Hear the crisis: Radio workshops

Workshops reports on the ground


RADIO 1 - Talk of a crisis: stories of people affected by the crisisand the solutions they found out of it

Facilitators: Rebecca Bengtsson & Lana Durjava


Today, the amazing group in  the radio workshop the "Talk of a crisis: stories of people affected by the crisis and the solutions they found out of it" started off with an editorial meeting in the morning, followed by a great talk  and Q&A with Slovenian journalists and Brussels correspondent Matjaz Trost and ending the day with working on their production. They are all super excited and enthusiastic about the workshop and EYMD, and seem to be having a lot of fun!



RADIO 2 - Social entrepreneurship in times of crisis: the radio as a means to educate young people

Facilitator: Ania Morawiec

So this radio workshop works right NOW on creating a podcast about social entrepreneurship in times of crisis: talking to parlamentarians, pedestrians and experts. Looking forward to hear the results.

Explaining the crisis in TV workshops

Workshops reports on the ground


TV 1 - Stay hungry, stay foolish: reporting on the impact of the crisis on youth

Facilitator: Dobriyana Tropankeva


Hard working and enthusiastic, young tv journalists, from all over the Europe, two days worked on a short TV show. Even thought we came with already prepared scripts and assigned tasks, we still had a lot of work to do. We prepared reports from the Panel, and EYMD's report in general. Our main topic was „Stay hungry, stay foolish“, and we have done some interesting videos on economy crisis, like, Explaining the crisis - historical perspective in a video, Belgium elections - News story and Youth unemployment - issue story. To have a break from work, we had a very interesting lecture from well known journalists.


TV 2 - It matters but I don't care: how to address the social effect of crisis with an unconcerned audience

Facilitator: Joyce Taylor


The workshop started already stressy. The topic of our newsitem was at the start of the workshop still unclear. We supposed to broadcast about the youth and the crisis, but we ended up with the Nobel Peace Prize. We asked young journalist how the prize was received in their country.

Several things went wrong;) We had the camera crew only for ten minutes and it was very hard to find the participants who fitted in our format. And how do you edit a newsitem? We didn't know. But fortunately we had Joyce!! She was great!

Europhobia in Print workshop

Workshops reports on the ground


PRINT - Europhobia: How to explain European policies in times of austerity

Facilitators: Armand Feka & Bettina Benzinger


21 young journalists, three speakers from politics, journalism and academia, two workshop days, one 'Orange'-magazine to be filled and the question of how to explain European policies in times of austerity - these are the hard facts of the print workshop at the EYMDs 2012.

(c) Charles Lother

The first workshop day puts the participants into a thight schedule: MEP Jörg Leichtfried (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament) gives the particiants insights into the work of an MEP, before leaving to the airport and the next appointment already. The visit of guest speaker Raimund Löw, chief of the correspondence office in Brussels of the Austrian public TV ORF, gives the opportunity to the participants to get information about the life and work of a Brussels correspondent first-hand. Manfred Kohler brings the discussions to academia, focusing on the discourse about the euro crisis:  A Foucauldian expression of power relations or reality? The last speaker leaves - and work starts for the participants, with Wednesday night being their deadline for articles.

(c) Charles Lother

 Editing, layouting, finalizing - the final spurt is on for Thursday in order to deliver an 'Orange'-magazine that is worth to carry this name. 

Photo workshops: Out of focus?

Workshops reports on the ground


PHOTO 1 - A wealth of hungry people: photographing the changes brought by the crisis

Facilitator: Alessandro di Maio

A wealth of hungry people: photographing the changes brought by the crisis - is composed by eight people from all over Europe. After the morning panel, we had a pleasant time together introducing each other, presenting our working experiences and trying to identify the best ways to cover our topic. The group became immediately united and this created a serene and collaborative atmosphere. From 15:30 to 5 pm the group joined the Photography workshop 2 and met one of the photographer of the Photo Collective project "Out of Focus". The photographer showed some of his best photographic projects, answering to the many questions of the participants and explaining a few photographic technics. After the meeting with the media expert, the group left the European Parliament for its first photo shooting session. They got in touch with he organizers of a soup kitchen and at 5:30 pm they reached the place for the photographic project. Everything is going well!! :)

(c) European Youth Media Days - FB page


PHOTO 2 - In a better place: reporting on crisis-driven migration

Facilitator: Alain Le Treut

After a small introduction, the participants of the Photo Workshop n°2: "In a better place: reporting on a crisis-driven migration" decided to split in 2 subgroups to organize some shootings on different spots. 

They want to portray migrants in Brussels, with very different fates.

One group of four participants went immediately for a first shooting session by the NGO "Serve the city".

The second part of the Workshop, together with the Photo workshop 1, received at 15:30 the visit of the photograph Colin Delfosse from the "Out of Focus" collective. This independent free-lance reporter was fascinating: he gave lots of inputs about photography and presents us lots series he did around the globe or sometimes sold to major media groups. He has been also very transparent about his incomes and how he manages his business. He also gave two participants the possibility to show briefly their personal works.

The two half of the group got together at 18:15 in the workshop room for the intervention of Nicola Flamigni and his successor for the "Undocumentary" project: Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion. After watching together a small extract of their production, we had an interesting discussion about issues regarding illegal migration and its repression in Europe.

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EYMD 2012 Daily report

BRUSSELS, 16/17. 10. 2012. - First day of EYMD 2012 brought together around 100 young journalists from all around Europe. They invaded European Parliament with their enthusiasm, creativity and curiosity, keen to find out more on ways to report about euro crisis.


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This year’s edition hosted almost as double participants than last year, including young journalists from Balkans (Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova) for the first time. Kate Morton, European Youth Press (EYP) board member showed special satisfaction about this fact, underlining that “we want to have dialog as young people, not only as journalists”. In a certain way, her opening words gave direction to general atmosphere that will follow other panellists and discussion, by stating that this crisis have deeper context than just economical, in a sense of basic values such as peace, solidarity and democracy.

Rebecca Christie (Bloomberg News), Christian Feld (ARD German TV), Teresa Küchler, (Svenska Dagbladet), Bruno Waterfield (The Daily Telegraph), Matina Stevis (The Wall Street Journal), Hans Martens (European Policy Centre), discussed together with Dobriyana Tropankeva and Maximilian Kall from EYP about The role of media in explaining the crisis during opening panel. Discussion of euro crisis took course in direction of journalism as profession in general. In reply to Juana Lahousse-Juarrez’s (DG Comm, EP) remark from opening speech that journalists are seen as natural partners in reinforcing positive image of EU, Teresa Küchler questioned position of journalists as tools of any institution and invited rather to being critical and responsible instead.

Young journalists were also advised to keep learning, especially in field of finances, topic which often can be hard to understand. Matina Stevis, who has background in economics also confirmed this fact and reminded young reporters to pay attention how much their education in some field and therefore certain convictions can interfere their reporting, admitting that she wasn’t immune to it either.

Will EU crisis ever be over? – Question was raised. Hans Martens, concluded that growth and jobs are what we need to focus on. But, since “growth is not a policy or outcome per se” as Stevis said, from journalistic point of view there is a need for more activity, asking questions, investing in education and to keep in mind as Bruno Waterfield summed it – that “news is not what you were told by some authority, but something that you have to go out and find out yourself”.


Of course, inevitable subject was recent Nobel Peace Prize that EU won. Within EYMD panel discussion it was questioned in context of euro crisis and if we need it in order to be more positive about historical project of EU. “You have to ask question why now. Reason is that EU is in such a trouble. Nobel prize should give boost to the moral and to remind people to foundation of this peace project”, Waterfield stated.

Panel discussion on second day of EYMD, under title The future of Europe and the Euro, What price democracy? also gave some space to this topic. “For the first time Committee made political decision. Why? To remind us that we have duty to stay together on basis of our values”, MEP Pervenche Berès, Chair of EP Employment and Social Affairs, said alluding to this EYMD’s edition title “Divided we stand?”.

Other panellists here were: MEP Anni Podimata (EP Vice-President in charge of Communication Committee), MEP Jean-Paul GauzeÌ€s (Member of EP Economic and Monetary Affairs), Thomas Friedrich  (Member of the International Press Association), Tom Weingärtner (Member of the International Press Association) and Sebastian Olényi (EYP).

With different opinions on this topic on mind, given by journalists, EU representatives and fellow colleagues, EYMD 2012 participants continued their on-the-ground work in form of: photo, print, multimedia, radio and TV workshops.


For more info about their progress and final products stay tuned to!


European Youth Media Days 2012

16-18 October, 2012
European Youth Media Days selected its participants

100 lucky young journalists will report from the European Parliament in Brussels between 16 and 18 of October during this year’s edition of the European Youth Media Days. We received over 400 applications from motivated young journalists across Europe, eager to take part in the 3-days event at the European Parliament.

“Divided we stand?” This year's topic is the euro crisis that threatens Europe and the best way to report it.The participants, by sharing information and experience, will try to get answers to the following questions: How to survive the crisis as an entrepreneur journalist? How to address the social effects of crisis? How to explain European policies in times of austerity? What is the impact of crisis on youth?

With different backgrounds and experience, aged between 18 and 30, the 100 young media makers will be dived in workshops - video, photo, radio, print or multimedia - in which they will be able to produce different media content related to the topic. They will have the opportunity to participate in political discussions and gain valuable insights into the European Parliament, while interacting with high-level European politicians and other journalists. This year, apart from the EU countries, European Youth Media Days will also have participants from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, which makes it the biggest event dedicated to young journalists everorganised in Europe.

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Workshop outcomes - Nothing is impossible



In a room of the European Parliament crowded with young journalists, the war correspondent David Beriain said genuinely: “when people are shooting each other, it’s difficult to be in the middle”. Beriain’s intervention in the opening panel of the seminar for young journalists “Nothing is Impossible: Reporting on Human Rights and International Conflict” left many young journalists wondering about how to better report from conflict zones and to better cover human rights.

Objectivity in war reporting, transparency, covering human rights violations were issues sixty young European journalists came to find out more about in the European Parliament in Brussels on 18-20 October 2011.

For three intense days they met war correspondents, international journalism specialists, human rights activists, representative of international NGOs and found answer to questions such as: what is the relationship between media and human rights? Is media objectivity in conflict zones impossible?

Media is interested in human rights because without them they wouldn’t be able to do their job, explained Aidan White, international journalism specialist. Objectivity is hard to reach in conflict, young journalists found out. But it is not an impossible task. “Be a journalist! Talk to everybody! Being too close to one side is too close to propaganda”, concluded David Beriain.

The 60 young journalists had the chance to create media together in five workshops: print, photo, TV, radio and multimedia. For one and a half days the participants worked together assiduously to produce the final outcomes presented on this website.

“I have learned a lot more than I was expecting”, said one participant. “It was intense, but it was all worth it”.

The workshop for young journalists “Nothing is impossible: Reporting on Human Rights and International Conflicts” was organised by the European Parliament and the European Youth Press. The event has been organised annually since 2007.

Nothing is impossible


Reporting on Human Rights and International Conflicts

In a year when conflicts from all over the world have been constantly present in the media and the discussion about human rights has become more acute, the European Parliament is organising, with the support of the European Youth Press, its annual workshop for young journalists from the European Union.

"Nothing is impossible: Reporting on Human Rights and International Conflicts" has generated the interest of numerous young journalists from Europe. Sixty of them have been selected to take part in this event, taking place in the European Parliament in Brussels between 18-20 October.

Professional journalists, members of the European Parliament, representatives of media organisations and of human rights organisations will meet young journalists next week to look at questions like: what is the relationship between the media and human rights? Can journalists be objective in conflict zones? How can journalists report accurately on human rights violations in conflict zones? The 60 participants will also work together to produce media on the topic. The final media outcomes of the event will be presented in a closing ceremony on the 20th of Brussels.

The young journalists will get the opportunity to come face-to-face with journalists who have covered conflict zones and learn what it is it like to be on the hot spots of the planet and depict the situation to the whole wide world. In a time when young journalists all over Europe have a hard time getting a full-time journalism jobs, this seminar will give them a concrete view of an area of the profession that is often seen as glamorous: war and human rights reporting.

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Join the All-European Network of Young Journalists

One of the most vital ideas of the European Youth Media Days is the creation and the enforcement of a Europe wide network of young emerging journalists: All across the European continent there are young people sharing the same vision, living under different circumstances, or being very similar to each other, depending on where they live and what they do. Besides all that differences there is one thing that they all have in common: They work in the same area and they are the creators of the European future as media producers or editors.

While working and living very similar – very european – there should bet the possibility of getting in contact with each other and foster networking abilities and effects. One of the main purposes the European Youth Media Days are serving is the enforcement of networking within the participants and on a bigger European scale. » read more...

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