The M100 Young European Journalists Workshop (M100YEJ) was initiated in 2005 as part of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium. Every year, the workshop is addressed to 25 young journalists between the ages of 18 and 28 from Europe, the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia. In addition to the cultivation of practical and theoretical knowledge relating to journalistic work, the workshop also seeks to generate professional contacts and long-term ties among participants. Previous workshops have met with a great response: even several years later, over 90 percent of participants are still in contact on social media or meet in M100 alumni meetings. Some of the M100 alumni now work for successful independent European media, such as De Correspondent in the Netherlands or Hromadske.TV in Ukraine. Others have founded their own media organisations, such as the investigative network Correctiv or the international reporting platform Outriders.
I had an exquisite chance to meet people from different backgrounds, who inspired me with their thinking manners, creativity, enthusiasm and directness. I did not only make new contacts and friends, but I also gained a whole new perspective on modern journalism. Whether you are a newbie who recently took the pen with an immense wish to write or someone with hundreds of articles behind – M100 Youth Media Workshop is a journey worth taking! Mila Damyanoska, Macedonia (2011)
One of the best experiences I have had so far. Anna Saraste, Finland (2012)
The workshop four years ago provided me with many interesting insights into investigative journalism and brought me into contact with so many fantastic people,” he says. “M100 strengthened my desire to work internationally and in an investigative way. And I am still in touch today with many of the participants and instructors from that time. Daniel Drepper, Germany (2010)
I have to say it was brilliant: brilliant in the sense that we achieved a great result. It led to a conclusion that came from a discussion and the hard work of 20 people coming from all over Europe that shared their points of views. And that was really wonderful. Karol Pawlowicki, Poland (2013)
The M100 workshop in Potsdam was a great professional experience. In the next years I longed for a similar opportunity for informal learning, hands-on journalistic practice and the opportunity for deep discussions. Still, it was nearly impossible to find an equivalent experience, the 2009 M100 workshop was truly unique and I remember it now as an important moment of professional empowerment. M100 is a network, it is our network. Brindusa Luciana Grosu, Romania (2009)
After participating in the 2013 edition of the M100 Young European Journalists Workshop many of us felt that the potential gathered in the workshop should not go to waste. We stay in touch, learn of each other’s achievements and congratulate for them. Networking, collaboration and camaraderie are crucial assets in journalism; something that M100 helped me realize. Now, when Lucian and I tell the story of our collaboration we always begin by saying: It all started in M100... Albert Guasch Rafael, Spain (2013)
Die Zukunft, über die wir damals gesprochen haben, ist nun da und ich weiß nicht, ob sie so ist, wie wir uns damals dachten, aber jedes Mal, wenn ich Neuigkeiten von meinen M100 Mitstreitern über Facebook erhalte, möchte ich diese fünf Tage wieder erleben, und nicht nur, weil ich damals sechs Jahre jünger war. Das Wetter vermisse ich allerdings nicht. Szilvia Mohai, Ungarn (2008)