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M100 Young European Journalists Workshop 2019

“Reading in the Digital World – Innovative Journalism”

09 – 18 September 2019, Potsdam & Berlin, Germany
Deadline: 16 June 2019

 

The M100 Young European Journalists Workshop invites 25 journalists between 18 and 26 years from Europe, the countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova & Ukraine) and Russia to an intensive training course on “Reading in the Digital World – Innovative Journalism” from 09 to 18 September 2019 in Potsdam and Berlin.

 

The Topic

The media industry around the world has gone through a period of unprecedented change and the debate on the future of print is hardly a novel idea. Digital developments have brought a new dimension to news content and delivery: from chat apps, data journalism to automation or VR journalism. The text-based model may have worked successfully for years in print, but digital journalism requires a new language and new ways of constructing narratives. At the same time, a strong emphasis on technology, distribution channels, the platforms, and their algorithms, might be at the expense of content and journalism’s core mission of transferring verifiable information. And as digital transformation enables internet users to have unlimited and quick access to information, journalism has lost its credibility and people are increasingly challenged to differentiate true information from misinformation or disinformation.

 

The Workshop

The workshop “Reading in the Digital World – Innovation Journalism” aims to deal with different concepts of digital transformation within media organisations and to discuss the role of print in the digital news world. As technological developments pose new risks, limits of innovative and digital journalism will be discussed as well. The M100YEJ workshop enables international and interdisciplinary networking of the participants from different European countries and therefore provides the unique possibility to initiate own cross-border media projects. To this end, the young journalists will have the opportunity to present their projects to potential funders that could serve as financing partners or provide feedback. At the end of the workshop the young journalists will attend the international media conference M100 Sanssouci Colloquium in Potsdam, uniting Europe’s top editors, commentators and media owners alongside key public figures to assess the role and impact of the media in international affairs and to promote democracy and freedom of the press.

 

The Outcome

The aim is to develop concepts in the field of digital journalism. Ideally, our participants will implement the projects in their home countries and achieve a multiplication effect for common democratic values. The participants will receive intensive training from experts in digital journalism and develop a broad network with high-ranking journalists. The M100YEJ workshop enables international and interdisciplinary networking of participants from different European countries and thus offers the unique opportunity to initiate their own cross-border media projects. To this end, the young journalists have the opportunity to present their projects to potential donors who could act as financing partners or provide feedback.

Finally, the young journalists take part in the international media conference M100 Sanssouci Colloquium, which invites more than 60 international chief editors, historians and representatives of political organizations to Potsdam to discuss the future of the European public. The results of the workshop will be presented at the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium and published on our M100 YouTube channel, Instagram- and Facebook account. The young journalists are also invited to participate in the debates and are jointly responsible for the coverage of the conference in the social media.

Since 2005, the workshop has connected young journalists from Europe, the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia and promoted long-term ties among participants, providing a M100 alumni group or organising alumni meetings. Having realised different collaborative, cross-border projects, such as blogs, platforms, films or reports during the workshop, the young journalists gain the relevant experience to realise own projects and goals afterwards. Some M100 alumnis founded their own media organisations, such as the co-founder of the investigative network Correct!v Daniel Drepper or the founder of the reportage platform Outriders Jakub Górnicki. Others continued to work for successful independent media organisations, such as De Correspondent Netherlands or Hromadske.TV Ukraine.

 

The M100YEJ is an initiative of the City of Potsdam and Potsdam Media International e.V.. It is supported by the Federal Press Office, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, and the National Endowment for Democracy. Cooperation Partners are the European Youth Press, heyfilm, MIZ Babelsberg, Telefonica, Orange Magazine and International Alumni Center.