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
- 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): firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
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.
If you have any question, please contact
EMAJ 2012 Project Manager
Ahmed Esmat: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you!