Emaj 2012

EMAJ 2012: Call for applications




Call for participants for the Euro-Mediterranean Academy for Young Journalists
“Social media in a changing world”


April 22nd 2012 – May 2nd 2012


DEADLINE for applications: 22 February 2012 (5pm CET)

The Euro-Mediterranean Academy for Young Journalists in cooperation with the Swedish Institute in Alexandria, Egypt and Alex Agenda invites young journalists from different media outlets (print, radio, tv, online, photojournalists) to participate in the third Euro-Mediterranean Academy for Young Journalists in Alexandria, Egypt from April 22nd 2012 to May 2nd 2012.

Who are we?
Born in 2007 at the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament in Berlin, the first Academy was carried out in Jordan in 2008 with the support of the Goethe Institute and the Anna Lindh Foundation. This experience was brought forward in 2009 when the second edition of the Academy was implemented in Amsterdam. Today, EMAJ brings together more than 50 young journalists from both sides of the Mediterranean.

EMAJ mainstreams a new quality of news making through its intercultural webzine – an online hub for feature-based and culturally sensitive journalism. EMAJ bridges the gap between young media-makers of the Euro-Mediterranean. We build on the ever-growing network enthusiastic young professionals whose aim is to produce high quality news from both sides of the Mediterranean.

EMAJ 2012 – Social Media in a Changing World
EMAJ 2012 is a ten-day high-quality training course focused on the theme “Social Media in a Changing World”. During EMAJ, participants will experience and experiment Intercultural Journalism built around the concept of dialogue and mutual understanding.

New media have revolutionized communications. Offering higher interactivity, quicker reports, easy access to powerful and ever-growing social networks, these media constitute today new and exciting tools in journalistic practice.

EMAJ 2012 aims to provide high-quality training on new media in addition to inspiration and possibilities to reflect on the role of these technological innovations. As new media have played an important role in promoting social, political and economic change in many countries of the Euro-Mediterranean, the Academy will look at the insights of communication processes that occur through these tools.

The programme of the Academy will be divided into a theoretical and a practical section. Through training sessions and expert lectures on relevant topics in the field of New Media, Journalism, and Intercultural Dialogue and discussions of the role of media, the participants will decide on a media product and develop a common editorial line. In inter-regional teams the participants will be confronting each other’s different views, approaches and cultural backgrounds, working together on a common story.

The final outcomes will be published in a special edition of EMAJ Magazine and will constitute the basis of the printed report of EMAJ2012. Additionally a rich social and cultural programme will complement the schedule and allow all participants to get to know Alexandria and enjoy the intercultural exchange.

The working language of the EMAJ2012 is English. All costs related to the event will be covered by the organisation, including travels, accommodation and meals. Some of the optional social and cultural programme might be at participants’ own cost.

Profile of participants
Admission requirements:

  • Be aged 18-35.
  • Be a national of one of the 27 EU Member States + Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.
  • Be a journalist with at least two years working experience in a media outlet (also freelance).
  • Be committed to take active part in the whole academy (arriving date 22nd April, departure 2nd May 2012).
  • Be open-minded and interested in intercultural exchange.
  • Have an excellent command of the English language (oral and written).

How to apply:

Download and fill in the Appplication form in all its parts, including:

  • A copy of a recent journalistic work (published not more than 6 months ago), if not in English provide a short summary (we accept works with URL link only).
  • A journalist pitch of maximum 500 words on a story on the topic of “Social media in a Changing World” (write in your application form or give URL link).

Send your application via email with the subject (YOUR NAME_YOUR SURNAME_EMAJ2012) with the following attachments (only .doc, .pdf and .jpeg):

  • Application form.
  • A proof of your working experience issued by (on of) your current employer(s).
  • A copy of your passport (valid for at least 6 months after May 2012).
  • A copy of one your recent journalistic work.
  • Your CV.

Your application should reach the following email address(es) by 22 February (5pm CET): and

Your application will be evaluated by experienced journalists and all applicants will be notified by mid-March in order to facilitate selected participants in their visa applications and travel arrangements to Egypt.

Help us spread this call! Share this link or download the Call for Applications and the Application Form and share within your networks.

If you have any question, please contact
EMAJ 2012 Project Manager
Ahmed Esmat:

We look forward to hearing from you!


  • hafid ghrib February 06, 2012 | 10:57pm


    Je veux participer

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  • Mohammad Hasanul Banna February 09, 2012 | 06:30pm

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I saw your Admission requirements that tells that to "Be a national of one of the 27 EU Member States + Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey."

    And, i'm from Bangladesh ,more keen to Egypt. Is there any other opportunity to apply for the program.

    To be more specific, i have met all others requirement but the mentioned criteria.

    i am looking forward from hearing You


    Mohammad Hasanul Banna

  • Ibrahim Omer Mohammed Ali Mohammed February 11, 2012 | 02:27pm

    مساء الخير
    اعجبت كثيرا بهذه الفرصة المقدمة للشباب الصحفيين وهي فيتقديرى سانحة رائعة ستسهم في ثقل الشباب الصحفيين ليس فقط على صعيد المادة الاكاديمية التى يتلقونها عبر الدوره وانما من خلال الاحتكاك مع اقرانهم في اروبا وتبادل التجارب والأفكار .
    ولكم نحن في العالم العربي بحاجة الى مثل هذه اللقاءات اتمني ان اكو واحدا من بين هذه المجموعة وسوف اقوم بملأ استمارة التقديم قبيل الثاني والعشرون من هذا الشهر حسب الموعد المضروب .
    ولكم فائق الشكر
    ابراهيم عمر
    صحيفة الأيام
    جمهورية السوددان

  • EMAJMagazine February 13, 2012 | 12:51pm

    I am sorry Mohamed, but these are the frames of this project. If we could, we would invite the whole world! I hope you find another interesting training that suits you.
    Best, Marina

  • issam iziani February 13, 2012 | 03:04pm

    تحية عالية لكل الشباب الأعزاء صراحة أريد المشاركة في هذا التكوين.0627939784

  • Abear Alaa Ali February 13, 2012 | 08:07pm

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I saw your Admission requirements that tells that "A copy of a recent journalistic work (published not more than 6 months ago), if not in English provide a short summary (we accept works with URL link only)."
    What kind of journalistic you mean like it must be published in the newspaper or any magazine? Furthermore, I'd like to ak about any of your programmes will be after 2nd of May because I do have Cambridge exams by the end of April.
    I am looking forward from hearing You

    Yours faithfully,
    Abear Alaa

  • Michele February 14, 2012 | 04:15pm

    Why are you excluding journalists from Israel, including Arab journalists who are Israeli? You seem to have invited all its neighbors. Perhaps you're not as interested in open-minded journalists as you claim.

  • EMAJMagazine February 14, 2012 | 09:19pm

    Dear Michele, i am sorry if anyone feels excluded. These are the frames of the project this year and regretfully frames mean limitations. Hopefully we can broaden them in our future trainings. Best wishes, Marina

  • EMAJMagazine February 14, 2012 | 09:26pm

    Dear Sir, we prefer that the stories have been published. If there is no url, you can scan a copy of the work in the medium where it has been published. If you haven't published anything, you are ofcourse welcome to apply anyway, but note that published journalists are a priority.
    Best wishes, Marina

  • OUDAI QUBILAT February 17, 2012 | 05:53pm

    أعجبت بما سمعت وهذا، أن دل فإنه يدل على قيمة الشباب في بناء وعي للاجيال وانهم في هذه الايام يرسمون خطط التقدم والرقي بالمجتمعات من خلال العقول النيرة والثقافات العالية وهذا أملنا في أن نكون على هذه الثقة في انشاء التقدم في أوطاننا نحن الشباب من أجل الحياة الكريمة .

    عدي محمد القبيلات
    المملكة الاردنية الهاشمية
    منسق نادي الافلام / صحيفة العرب اليوم
    بكالوريوس صحافة إعلام

  • Mhamad Kleit February 19, 2012 | 06:33pm

    Good evening,
    I'm very interested in the program, it would be very beneficial for coming journalists and media students alike...
    but is it possible when we send the application form that one of the requirements would be delayed for a couple of days ?

    thanks in advance,

    Mhamad Kleit
    LIU's The Scope Magazine Arabic Editor / Freelance journalist and photographer
    Junior Communication Arts students in the Lebanese International University

  • EMAJMagazine February 19, 2012 | 08:16pm

    Dear Mhamad
    Thank you for your interest. Could you be more specific with your question. What type of requirements will be delayed?
    Best, Marina

  • Saleh February 20, 2012 | 03:49pm

    Dear EMAjMagazine admin,
    could you please tell me the recommendation letter's form.

  • Liz February 20, 2012 | 05:25pm

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    where are we supposed to include our work sample? The application form leaves no room for that, so should we attach it in an extra document?

    And, lastly, are we allowed to attach more than one journalistic work?

    Kind regards,

  • Nadine Kahaleh February 20, 2012 | 06:03pm

    Good evening,
    I am very interested to participate in this program since I am a blogger and a journalist, and I'm very concerned with new media cause it is the beginning of a new journalism era.
    However, I would like to know if a journalist (like myself) was a freelancer in several media outlets -by that I mean : news websites, magazines, journals- publishing his work but not on a regular basis, does that affect the legitimacy of the application ?
    Also, can I attach the old copy of my passport to the application because it would be difficult to get a new one on such short notice ?
    Thank you very much for your time
    My regards

  • EMAJMagazine February 20, 2012 | 06:16pm

    Please attach your proof of work in an extra document. You can of course attach more than one work, but please do not exceed a reasonable number of articles - just as many so we get an idea on what kind of stories you have covered before and what your journalistic style is.

    Good luck with the application,

  • Nadine Kahaleh February 20, 2012 | 06:17pm

    Good Evening,
    I'm very interested to participate in this program, cause I'm a blogger and a journalist, and I'm very concerned about the "new media" knowing that it is the beginning of a new journalism era.
    However I would like to know if a journalist-like myself- worked as a freelance in several media outlets and published his work but not on regular basis, would that interfere with the legitimacy of the application?
    Also, can I attach an old copy of my passport to the application because it's kind of difficult to get a new one on such short notice ?
    Thank you very much for your time
    My regards.

  • EMAJMagazine February 20, 2012 | 06:19pm

    The recommendation letter usually should be in a pdf or jpg. It is usually good if it has a signature and an official stamp.

    Good luck with your application,

  • EMAJMagazine February 20, 2012 | 06:21pm

    Thank you for your interest for our Academy. Of course also freelancers can and shall apply! About the passport: an old copy should be fine at first, but make sure to get a new one soon and in time for the Academy, in case you get accepted, you will need it asap for Visa requirements, traveling and the likes!!!

    Good luck with the application,

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  • hasna February 20, 2012 | 10:47pm

    hi, im very interested to participate and share other collegues in this fruthful program but i would like to know if i could participate with a 2 years of training of diploma i hardly want to fenifit from your formation and i will be grateful of your apply.thank you

  • EMAJMagazine February 21, 2012 | 08:39am

    Thank you for your interest in our Academy. I am not sure if I understand you right: two years of training of diploma? What kind of diploma? Training? Besides that, degrees do not matter that much to us - what is more important is journalistic experience. I hope this answers your question.

    Good luck with the application, Sophia

  • Imke Grimmer February 21, 2012 | 12:46pm

    I wish you lots of success and a great academy for young journalists! Great that you are working hardly on that project! The spirit of Amman comes up again :) All the best to the whole team,

  • EMAJMagazine February 21, 2012 | 05:06pm

    Dear Imke! Thanks for your enthusiasm. Without you and the initial emaj team, none of this would be possible!
    Best, Marina

  • Olajumoke February 22, 2012 | 02:30am

    Dear EmajMag team,

    my references from my employers are written in german language. Hope that is no problem?



  • Dominik W February 22, 2012 | 03:50pm

    I just sent my application! Fingers crossed that you will pick me! :)

    Can you tell me when you will make the decision?

  • rabia hafda February 22, 2012 | 10:10pm

    hola antes de verded me gustaria participar con vosotros,me pasiona almundo de la comenicacion
    me encanta escribir me encanta estar detras de la radio sobre todo la televisin pq creoq es el medio mas cumpleto.grscias atodos

  • EMAJMagazine February 23, 2012 | 11:33am

    Dear Olajumoke,

    we would, of course, prefer English recommendations. However, don't worry too much now that the application procedure is already closed. Rumor has it, some members of EMAJ network happen to know German... ;)

    Good luck with your application,

  • EMAJMagazine February 23, 2012 | 11:34am

    Dear Dominik,

    We will let all of you know after going through the pile of applications. This may take a while though.

    Good luck with your application,

  • Liz February 23, 2012 | 08:13pm

    How many applications did you receive?? Just out of curiosity :-)

  • EMAJMagazine February 23, 2012 | 09:06pm

    Dear Liz,
    (and all the other applicants who are now nervously waiting for a reply)

    EMAJ 2012 seems to be quiet popular: we have received over 250 applications.

    The organizing team is now getting ready to fish out the most suited ones out of this "sea of applications" (quote of our Egyptian project manager Ahmed Esmat). I am sure, there are so many great people who have applied and now our team needs to pick out twenty - such a hard decision!

    Anyway, whoever will not get the chance to take part in our academy in Alexandria is still very welcome to pitch ideas to us - we would love to publish stories from as many people and as many different countries as possible. We want to be a platform for a variety of voices in the Euro-Med region, as long as they reflect our mission statement: "Report news, not prejudices".

    If you want to know more about we work, have a look at this page.

    Good luck for everyone,

  • Charles February 25, 2012 | 01:21pm

    Why you have to pick 20? Isn't it for 50 journalists the event?

  • EMAJMagazine February 27, 2012 | 10:38am

    @Charles: It is only 20 unfortunately. This is also the number of participants we had in Amman and Amsterdam. However, in my opinion. this number has actually proven to be good to work with. Usually it also is each 10 from the North of the Mediterranean and 10 from the South. And an equal number of male/female. Best, Sophia

  • Charles February 27, 2012 | 03:58pm

    Sophia, so why do you write: "Today, EMAJ brings together more than 50 young journalists from both sides of the Mediterranean"


  • Mita February 27, 2012 | 05:20pm

    @Charles: They probably don't refer to EMAJ Academy in Alexandria but to all journalists collaborating with EMAJ Magazine!

  • EMAJMagazine February 28, 2012 | 11:27am

    @Charles: It's exactly what Mita said! This sentence refers to the network we HAVE right now. In each academy in Amsterdam and Amman we had 20 journalists. And since we're working on the EMAJ online-magazine more journalists contributing on a regular basis have joined. I'm very sorry for the confusion. Good luck with your application!

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