Rethinking Journalism in action

There is not necessarily a need to look at so-called conflict zones to do conflict-sensitive reporting, sometimes a look around you is enough to find something interesting to cover. This is what some of the working groups of Rethinking Journalism did in Berlin. We joined Mathias Birsens (Germany), Agnija Kazusa (Latvia) and Dhaker Youssef (Tunisia) during their first full day of media productions.

Mathias and Agnija

Photo credit: Massinissa Benlakehal

For their piece on the situation of refugees in Berlin they are preparing visits to the scenes of refugee rights protests to interview activists. The planning was quite intense due to the time pressure and the interview schedules and trips to places where refugee rights movements are taking place had to be planned fast. But the tasks were divided quickly and a special dynamic developed thanks to the different languages in the group. Martin was able to get in touch with German spokespersons of a district in Berlin where refugees and refugee rights activists, is occupying a school and Dhaker helped with the translation from French into English during the interviews with refugee rights activists. Amdy, 34, from Senegal is one of them.

The group agreed to meet with him at the occupied school and as we arrived at the school gate, that had been locked by security, Dhaker phoned Amdy who came out. He took us to a nearby café and over a cup of tea, Mathias, Agnija, and Dhaker spoke to him about his activism in Berlin and his story of coming from Senegal to Germany via Italy.

The media production group interviewing refugee rights activist, Amdy, 34. Photo: Lisa Zeller

Stay tuned for our presentation of the rest of the stories from Rethinking Journalism.

Text: Lisa Zeller



Call for participants for training session on peace journalism


Description of the training
“Rethinking Journalism” is a seven-day training session on peace journalism and conflict reporting that will bring together 32 young journalists and media makers from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa in Berlin, Germany from 14 to 21 September, 2014. The project is organised by the European Youth Press in cooperation with Youthpress Germany, FEJS Latvija, Youthpress Austria, Media Association for Peace Lebanon, AJMEC Tunisia and ONAuBiH Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The aim of the training session is for the participants to familiarise themselves with the concepts of conflict-sensitive journalism and peace journalism. These concepts have been developed to facilitate reporting about conflicts and the representation of different interests in societies in a more solution-oriented manner. They further intend to help journalists avoid stereotypes, prejudices, and the escalation of conflicted situations through the use of self-reflection. The project wants to stress the role of a free and independent press as well as balanced, in-depth reporting.

This training session aims to give the participants insights and knowledge in the field of conflict-sensitive journalism and peace journalism and to strengthen their intercultural skills through learning from and alongside each other and actively contribute to the contents of the exchange.

During the training the participants will analyse existing news and reports about conflicts and define tendencies in today’s conflict reporting. They will debate what ideal journalistic ethics and balanced reports on conflicts should look like and will have the opportunity to learn from each other, as well as from seasoned speakers and experts who have extensive experience from conflict areas. In addition to the theoretical aspects of the training session, the participants will produce reports for an online magazine in small groups, that will be widely distributed through the network of the European Youth Press, reaching some 60,000 young journalists in Europe and neighboring regions.

Who can apply
We are looking for participants who are legal residents of Germany, Austria, Latvia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon and between 18-30 years old. Applicants should have a working proficiency in English and the possibility to prove this with a university/language course certificate or a copy of courses taken on request.

The applicants should have a proven interest in the topic of the training session and are either students in journalism and communication studies and/or have worked as journalists. In addition, they should be interested in intercultural exchange with other young people from neighboring regions.
Applications by people from within minorities are especially encouraged.

What we offer
– A one-week training session on peace journalism and conflict-sensitive journalism taking place in Berlin. Accommodation expenses will be reimbursed in full and travels according to a pre-decided sum depending on country of residence 4-6 weeks after the training
– In-depth theoretical and practical knowledge of conflict reporting from expert speakers and trainers
– The opportunity of interacting with young media makers from different countries and create your own network of like-minded people
– To take part in the production of a widely distributed online magazine in an intercultural team

How to apply
Please send us your CV (not longer than one A4 page) as well as a motivational writing in English stating why you are interested in the topic of the training and why you should be selected as a participant. Please include two (2) samples of your journalistic work (as links or in attachment), such as articles, TV reports or blog posts.

The deadline for applications is 24 July, 2014 (23:59 CET). DEADLINE HAS PASSED

The application should be sent to: Please write in the subject line “Application Rethinking Journalism [+ YOUR COUNTRY]”.

For more information please contact project coordinator Anna Saraste,

Blog: Minority Voices – wrapping up

A week has past since we wrapped up our study session World Perspectives: Minority Voices in Budapest. Next for menac is to evaluate the outcome and the results, both with the team and the participants so that we can improve and make our next project even better. We are also writing a report that will be published in our Publications section online as well as sent to each participant as a printed version.
We have a few more video presentations of the participants to post within the coming week, as well as reflections written by two of the participants, so stay tuned!