Call for participants of the Reporting Corruption project
The European Youth Press as well as its Member Organisations and other partners focus on informing media makers about all levels of corruption and empowering them to tackle it effectively. For media makers, corruption is a key topic twofold: media is one of the main institutions in society responsible for detecting, deterring and reporting on corruption, while simultaneously being prone to and often affected by corruption. Young media makers and citizens are vital in changing society’s perceptions and tolerance of corruption.
Countries, in which this project will take place, have been purposefully selected for their national corruption situation. Some countries have a very good track record and can bring positive examples to the debate, whilst others have serious challenges with regards to open and established corruption schemes in the public and private sector, extending even to media institutions and journalists themselves. You can read more about objectives and stages of this project at the end of this call. The Reporting Corruption project is supported by the European Youth Foundation of Council of Europe.
The national partner organisations are: Young Journalists’ Center Moldova, the investigative magazine from Hungary – Atlatszo, CHIPS StampMedia (Belgium), Manana Youth Center (Armenia), ONAuBiH (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Mladiinfo Montenegro, UPTV – Ungdomsproduktion (Denmark), Media4Change (Lithuania), FEJS Latvija (Latvia), Europsky Dialog (Slovakia), the pan-European media platform Cafébabel International (France), DUE Media Network (Hungary), Scambieuropei (Italy) and Hromadske TV Lviv (Ukraine).
We are now looking for 15 young media makers 18 – 30 years old who are based in the following countries: Armenia, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Montenegro, Slovakia and Ukraine. From each of these countries we will select one participant (two from Hungary), who will:
- Attend the training course in Antwerp (Belgium) from 15 to 19 March 2017,
- Organise a one-day local event (for 30 or more attendees, following a common roundtable structure put together by organisers) in their country of residence in May or June 2017. They will be responsible for organisation of the local event – booking venue, disseminating call for attendees, selecting attendees, supervise the event and send report to the project’s organisers. At the same time, the EYP and local partner organisation will provide administrative support to participants when needed, especially regarding finances,
- Attend the training course in Vilnius (Lithuania) in first half of July 2017 (dates to be confirmed).
The chosen 15 participants are supposed to be present at all activities. They will also:
- provide feedback to the Anti-Corruption Reporting Platform (ACRP),
- draft “Corruption Reporting Toolkit” for media makers and journalists during training in Antwerp,
- write one article or blogpost about local event for media they work for or share it on social media, at the university etc.,
- develop, shoot and edit short videos on corruption (up to 1 minute) in smaller groups during training in Vilnius.
Few participants will be also chosen as regional editors of the ACRP (especially blog) after the training in Antwerp. They will be responsible for monitoring and revising the information submitted by public, revising supporting documents as well as responding to queries and suggestions. They are expected to be actively involved after the training in Vilnius as well.
The ideal candidate:
- should have a strong background in journalism and/or media activism – be either student of journalism/media and communication/film studies or working as journalist/media maker (freelancer, employed, volunteer)
- is between 18 and 30 years old
- is motivated and able to take a role of responsibility throughout the whole project (e.g. organising local event, creating reporting toolkit and videos)
- can show previous engagement in topics related to corruption
- has planning and organisational skills and previous experience in organising events
- knows how to take initiative and to work proactively
- wants to engage in shaping the outcomes of this project
- proficient in English
- basic knowledge of video-making is an asset
Please note that we are able to pay only 70 % of travel costs to the activities. Therefore, selected participants should be prepared to cover the remaining 30 % of their travel costs themselves. They shall also take care of arranging their travels; however organisers can help them to find the cheapest and convenient flights, trains or busses. Accommodation (in rooms for three people) and food during trainings in Antwerp and Vilnius will be provided by organisers. Local events will be also financially supported by the European Youth Foundation.
In order to apply to this project, please fill out the application form here. In addition to that, please send your CV, motivation letter and short case-study on corruption (up to 1 A4 page) to [email protected] with “Reporting Corruption” in the subject line.
The application deadline is February 12, 2017 at 23:59 CET. All applicants will be notified of results on February 19, 2017 the latest. For any questions related to this project or the application please write to: [email protected]
We are looking forward to receiving your application!
The main objectives of the “Reporting Corruption” project are:
- To empower young media makers to tackle corruption, report on it professionally and share experiences and best practices;
- To empower young media makers to act as multipliers in their respective countries through media production and organising local events;
- To create and disseminate an attractive and informative online platform, toolkit on reporting and other materials, especially videos, through involvement of young media makers from 14 European countries;
- To improve overview/insight in the situation of corruption in different countries, its typology and effects (including specific effects on women and youth), and capacity of general public to combat it on local, national, European level, not only in CoE countries where this project will take place, because the online platform will be accessible worldwide;
- To create a trans-European network of young media makers and journalists focused on corruption, which could collaborate and work together.
The project has three stages. The first one called “Detecting, Deterring and Reporting on Corruption” will include training of 15 young media makers with an interest in corruption from 14 different countries. They will attend sessions on reporting corruption, data-journalism or safety of journalists, put together a collective Corruption Reporting Toolkit, and provide feedback on the website on anti-corruption reporting, called the Anti-Corruption Reporting Platform (ACRP). In the second part, 15 participants of the first training will act as multipliers and organise each in their town a one-day local roundtable. For the last stage of the project, one roundtable participant from each country will be selected to attend a final international gathering in Vilnius, where they will focus on finalising and developing a long-term dissemination strategy for the Toolkit and ACRP. In smaller groups, the participants will develop, shoot and edit short videos (up to 1 minute) on corruption.