February 1, 2011
Berlin, January 24th-28th
Fondation EurActiv and the Robert Bosch Stiftung launched an innovative journalist training program to help young journalists gain experience of European Union policies and online media. One week of training in Berlin, in cooperation with EurActiv Germany, will be followed by an internship with Fondation EurActiv. The winning journalists will spend up to ten weeks in Brussels on EU related assignments, the final week in Brussels planned to coincide with an EU summit. This will provide opportunities to participate in press conferences given by heads of state or government. Successful fellows will become members of an alumni network, with regular updates and opportunities to work on future EU related stories with other journalists who have participated in the program.
12 young journalists were selected: three from France, one each from Poland, Spain, Austria and the United Kingdom, plus five from Germany. They started in January 2011 with a five-day seminar in Berlin to gain an impression of what can be done to publish EU related stories from outside Brussels.
The seminar in Berlin included contemporary case-studies and new journalism techniques. Topics included: How to turn EU stories local – and local stories European, ‘Europe 2020’, the EU’s Digital Agenda, financial reforms and energy policy. During this period, a further selection was made of the five most promising young journalists for the second phase, consisting of up to ten weeks, to be held from February 2011. Those five participants (one per country) were chosen for training at the Fondation EurActiv offices in Brussels, which houses a team of experienced EU editors and reporters. Each journalist will be assigned to a senior editor, who will act as mentor and coach. Each of the selected journalists will produce stories for EurActiv.com and for publication in their home media. Selected participants will be reimbursed by Fondation EurActiv, thanks to the Robert Bosch Stiftung, for their travel costs and Brussels living expenses. They will continue to be employed by their sending media.Author : Daniel Tost