Over 90 young journalists will gather in the European Parliament in Brussels from 16th to 18th October to take part in the European Youth Media Days (EYMD) 2017, which is one of the biggest events in Europe dedicated to young journalists and other media makers. Over the course of the three-day workshop, each participant will work to produce a report on the topic of the seminar through their medium of choice: video, photo, radio, print, multimedia or graphic design. This year’s edition will focus on topic “Modernising media – literacy, challenges and opportunities”. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the event, all participants will have an opportunity to win the EYMD Jubilee Award in several categories.
“A continuous platform for emerging journalists enthusiastic about European cooperation and European issues is an investment in the future of democracy and journalism in Europe,” EYMD 2017 Coordinator Martin Maska said.
The European Youth Media Days are a laboratory for first steps towards opening up national public spheres, cross the borders of public opinion and create an European public space. EYMD are a part of an intercultural dialogue in promoting a broad discussion and networking on European issues among young people and in creating innovative intercultural media formats under facilitation by young journalists.
Participants will experience three days of media workshops, political discussions, hands-on media production and invaluable insights into the European Parliament and international media milieu. They will get the chance to interact with high-level European politicians, professional journalists and experts, and engage in intercultural exchange through practical media production.
“The European Youth Media Days will give the freedom to critically and constructively think about, debate and journalistically cover opportunities for today’s media and challenges they face, as well as state of the art of the European media literacy,” Martin Maska said.
Topic of “Modernising media – literacy, challenges and opportunities” encompass sub-themes, such as: citizen journalism (citizens vs professionals), role of journalists in modern societies, changes in financial/editorial models, changes in the profession as such, importance of social responsible journalism.
It is also important to focus on literacy, as media literate public being able to recognise propaganda, fake news and media manipulation together with professional journalists being aware of their social responsibility are important for development of each democratic society.
“It is very important to raise people’s awareness of forces that may influence media, techniques of (mass)media manipulation and agenda setting as well as concrete cases of biased or distorted journalism,” Maska said. In his opinion it is also important to foster critical thinking and ability to decode media messages. But also that all parts of the society are represented in media, because lack of presence of minorities and youth supports polarization and stereotyped reporting.
“Besides this content, the EYMD jubilee celebrations will be an opportunity for reflecting on the developments in media field, based on experiences of the EYP network, especially from past editions of the EYMD, discussing the upcoming EYMD’s and challenges present in the media world,” Martin Maska said.
At the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the EYMD, the European Youth Press and the European Parliament will appreciate excellence in media production and essay writing. Therefore all participants will get the opportunity to submit media of their choice on the opportunities for today’s media and challenges they face, or essay on media literacy and critical thinking.
The EYMD is one of the biggest events in Europe dedicated to young journalists and other media makers. This year it will take place in the European Parliament seat in Brussels.
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We still have a handful of places left for journalists at the 2016 SME Assembly, the most significant event for small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe. Travel and accommodation is paid-for by the European Commission.
The event is hosted by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs, and Slovakia’s Ministry of Economy. It is an excellent opportunity for media to discover the latest developments, report on news and progress, and network at this highlight event of the year for Europe’s SMEs and entrepreneurs.
Now in its fifth year, this year’s Assembly will take place at the Incheba Exhibition Centre in Bratislava, Slovakia from 23-25 November. The Assembly is organised by the European Commission, in co-operation with the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.
Why you should attend
The SME Assembly focuses on how to make SME policy work on the ground. Around 600 representatives from business, government and academia from across Europe will attend.Presentation to the media of the Annual Report on SMEs by the EU Commission.
- Keynote speeches from European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska and other senior influencers and policy makers.
- The inaugural Schumpeter ‘Innovation in Enterprise’ lecture, a prestigious standalone address to be delivered by renowned economist, Professor Philippe Aghion (the Robert C Waggoner Professor of Economics, Harvard University). Due to limited places, this lecture will be by special invitation only.
- Attend the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) ceremony. In this 10th year, there will be a special anniversary celebration alongside the 2016 awards. You will be exclusively briefed in advance on the winners to enable timely reporting. Please view the awards shortlist.
- Excellent opportunity to interview key people of interest to you. Media bids/interview requests will be taken.
- Attend high-level policy sessions bringing together business leaders, policy makers and leading entrepreneurs.
- Take part in a tour of Slovak Start Ups, Scale Ups and SMEs.
- Get in the Ring – for the Global Start up competition we will challenge entrepreneurs to enter a boxing ring in which Starts Ups pitch for scale-up funding.
- The Ten Years On session – what will the world of SMEs, Start- and Scale Ups look like in 2026? Includes the winner of our youth competition which asked, ‘What can the EU do to encourage more young people to become entrepreneurs?
- And more – please see the full programme.
Naturally, travel and accommodation are free as you will be a guest of the Commission and Slovakian Presidency.
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Please note that places are limited to 50, registrations will close on 15th November and that in principle, only one person per organisation can attend. If you have any questions, or wish to register after the official deadline has closed, please contact the Press & PR Manager for the SME Assembly and EEPA 2016 via firstname.lastname@example.org.