The European Youth Press is currently looking for 9 young environmental journalists to take part in the training session of the “Flag it!” project to be held in Bucharest – Romania, from the 7th to the 13th of October 2013.

The project “Flag it!” aims at equipping young reporters from all over the world with innovative reporting tools in order to raise awareness of global environmental challenges. To this end 48 young journalists from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, will be involved in a seven day training course which aims to bridge social media, technology and scientific information.

The training was already held in San Paulo, Brazil in May 2013 and in Lagos, Nigeria in July 2013: 20 young reporters joined the sessions (for more information: flagit.youthpress.org).

The project is supported by the European Commission through the Youth in Action programme and it involves six partner organizations: the European Youth Press, the Association “O Eco” from Brazil, the Philippines Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ), the Nigerian Association of Science Journalists (NASJ), the Association of Students at Journalism and Communication Studies (ASJC) from Romania and the “Forum for European Journalism Students (FEJS)” from Latvia. Each partner works in its target area to provide young journalists with experiences and opportunities to promote their active involvement in society and their access to profession.

The training course is based on the best practice provided by the partner association “O Eco” in mapping deforestation in the Amazon basin through the use of free digital mapping tools (infomazonia.org).

The participants will be involved in specific sessions on:

  • Data mining: how to explore large datasets to create stories and visualization
  • Data journalism: the whole process of using data to create stories
  • Data Visualization: using digital tools to analyze data
  • Mapping : using tools to create interactive maps
  • Crowdsourcing: how to use different sources like SMS, mobile apps, citizens reports, social networks to create one’s own story
  • Geojournalism: using geotagged content to create and illustrate one’s own story

Tools such as Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Fusion Tables, Crowdmap, Ushahidi, Geocommons, and others will be used in training sessions.

The course will have integrated field trips for the participants to apply the tools in reporting on specific on-the-ground environmental issues and will also feature meetings with local organizations that are implementing such tools into their activities.

After the training the participants will be asked to use their newly acquired skills to develop their own stories. The reportages shall be published and spread through the project website and social networks. The most effective reports will be selected and their authors will have the chance to cover the Conference of Parties (COP 19) in Poland in November 2013.

Participants profile:

The call is open to young journalists, aged 18 to 35 who are citizens or legal residents of the following countries: Brazil, Philippines, Nigeria, Romania, Latvia and any countries in which EYP member organizations are based (youthpress.org/members).

The participants will be selected according to their country of residence as follow:

  • 2 participants from countries in which EYP member organizations are based (youthpress.org/members);
  • 2 participants from Brazil;
  • 2 participants from Nigeria;
  • 1 participant from the Philippines;
  • 1 participant from Latvia;
  • 1 participant from Romania.

Requirements:

  • Working level of English;
  • Computer literate, with a basic knowledge of social networking;
  • Proven knowledge or interest in environmental reporting;
  • Capacity to be multipliers (any involvement in local networks or organisations is viewed as an advantage).
  • Participants need to be based in the countries mentioned above.

Costs

Travel costs, accommodation and board are covered for the event. Detailed information on these costs and limits will be provided to selected participants by the organizers.

The selected participants will be required to pay to EYP a contribution of:

  • 200 EUR for participants from Brazil, Romania, Latvia and the EYP countries;
  • 100 EUR for participants from Nigeria and the Philippines.

How to apply

Please apply to the following link: applications.youthpress.org

Applicants will be required:

  • To provide their personal data, address of domicile and passport ID;
  • To upload their CV and motivation letter, in English, stating: their interest to participate to the training course and their previous experience in environmental reporting.
  • To provide a list of links with media samples;
  • A letter of support from a relevant media (this may include school newspapers and/or proof of active participation in blogs, social networks, etc.) will be considered an asset.

If the materials are not in English, a short summary in English for each media item is required.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday the 23rd of July 2013 (h. 23:59 CET).

Applications sent after the deadline or/and are incomplete and/or not in English will be automatically considered ineligible.

Contacts

Any question related to the present call of participants can be addressed to a.lupi@youthpress.org