“Participation and Journalism”

From 25th September to 1st October 2011 the international seminar on “Participation and Journalism” took place in Aachen, Germany. Each eight young people from Estonia, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Bulgaria and Germany came together in the city at the boarder triangle Germany, Netherlands and Belgium.

During the project week the participants produced articles, had workshops on journalism, travel writing and travel photography. Besides having workshops and writing articles, the young authors got many information on the EU and journalism during the visits.

In Maastricht the group went to European Journalism Centre, where the director Wilfred Rütten talked about the “European Media Transition” and a project manager presented projects EJC is implementing.
In Brussels the participants visited the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.

For the week the international group was not just accommodated in Aachen, but also visited the European city and had a guided tour in the International Newspaper Museum.

In Cologne on part of the group had the change to visit Funkhaus Europa and had a discussion with the director. The other part went to Deutsche Welle in Bonn where the participants got an overview about Germany´s international broadcaster, got inside information by Bulgarian interns at DW and got to know about DW-AKADEMIE´s project East4South.

Uwe Knüpfer, editor in chief of “Vorwärts” and former foreign correspondent in Washington D.C., discussed on Friday with the young participants about the future of journalism.
The project continues in every participating country with national coordination groups, where the coordinators organize further meetings and interviews with politicians on participation and journalism.

Further international meetings are planned for December 2011 and spring 2012. The project is funded by the Youth in Action programme of the EU and the Centre for civic education of the state of Northrhine Westphalia.

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