"The Journalist - an endangered species?" was the provocative title of the 2010 instalment of European Youth Media Days which saw 50 young journalists from across the EU gather in the European Parliament to debate, investigate and report!
The workshop was hosted by the European Parliament and organised with support of the European Youth Press (EYP) from the 12th to 14th of October 2010. Jaume Duch Guillot, Director for Media and Spokesperson of the European Parliament, Ioannis Darmis, Head of Media Services and Monitoring Unit of the European Parliament and Claudia Kover, board member EYP, were all delighted to welcome participants to the European Parliament and wished them success in considering the question, are journalists an endangered species?, during the three-day workshop.
Through interactive panel debates and workshop sessions on specific media, participants had the opportunity to improve their skills and learn about press life in Brussels from seasoned media professionals and representatives of the European Institutions. They also eagerly interrogated and debated the theme, questioning whether the EU institutions were indeed crowding out the 'real reporters' and pondering whether journalism is now a sensible career choice in light of the many threats the media industry is facing.
Participants worked enthusiastically on preparing media content from their workshop sessions in either print, photo, TV, online or radio. They interviewed media professionals in the studio, conducted vox pops with members of the public on the street, researched the EU's online media efforts from the European Parliament's press room. If the journalist is indeed an endangered species then these young journalists demonstrated that they certainly won't be dying out without a fight!
After lots of work (and some play!) the young journalists presented their media outcomes to their peers on the final evening of the workshop. The diverse angles, themes and approaches of the results showed the huge benefits of drawing media talent from across the EU to work together and pool their knowledge. Participants and facilitators certainly deserved to relax at the final evening drinks reception hosted by the European Parliament!
It is sincerely hoped that another such event can take place next year and even more young journalists can benefit from the experience.
The outcomes can be viewed here:
» DISCOVER ALL PRODUCTIONS OF WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG JOURNALISTS: "The Journalist - an endangered species?":
» PHOTO: Impressions
» VIDEO: On Roma Issue
» VIDEO: youth on the move
» PRINT: Mindigo
» RADIO: Barking watchdogS
» ONLINE WORKSHOP: outcomes