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The European Youth Press (EYP) is an umbrella association of young journalists in Europe. It involves more than 50,000 journalists younger than 30. As a European network of young media makers, EYP has 27 members.
The European Youth Press organises a number of events for young journalists and promotes the role of youth media and the freedom of the press in Europe. EYP also takes part in discussions about journalistic education standards and media policies throughout the European Union. The EYP sees itself as serving the national structures through the development and coordination of projects organized by young media makers in Europe. EYP provides contact forums and educational seminars for multipliers of the member associations. Above all, the aim of all member organisations and of EYP is to inspire young people to become involved in the media and take an active part in civil society by fostering objective and independent journalism.
Young people write for young people - and give topics a young perspective; a perspective that is sometimes overlooked when examining European issues. EYP wants to contribute to the intercultural exchange in Europe by facilitating direct contacts between young journalists through international projects and events.
Since 2007, European Youth Press has organised, together with the European Parliament, the biggest event for young media makers from the 28 member states: the European Youth Media Days. Every year this event brings together between 100 and 300 participants from the EU who is given the chance to report from within the European Parliament for 3 days, to attend conferences and speak to MEPs. The young journalists met and produced media together.
The European Youth Press aims to enable young people to give voice to their opinions on a European level and provide a critical view of media and politics through journalistic education as well as learning by doing. Orange Magazine has been created to provide an interactive, multimedia platform for event coverage. Young journalists from all over Europe meet for the first time and take the challenge of working together to report about different events happening across the continent.
In 5 years, Orange young journalists have been reporting from more than 40 events such as the United Nations Human Rights Conference in Paris, France (2008), the NATO Afghan Student Forum in Pisa, Italy (2007), the first Asia-Europe Young Urban Leaders Dialogue, Madrid, Spain (2008), the Presidential Elections in Armenia (2008), the International AIDS Conference in Vienna (2010), the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, 2011 and 2012, Bonn, Germany etc.