Open call for Participants: International Seminar “Critical journalism in Digital Era: Youth’s access to non-biased information”

Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe and Digital [X] Working Group are announcing a call for Participants for the international seminar “Critical journalism in Digital Era: Youth’s access to non-biased information”. The seminar will take place from 2nd to 7th July in Georgia (1st and 8th are travel dates to and from Georgia.)

The project is a part of our annual work plan “Digital Technology For Democracy: Youth Turns Threat Into Opportunity” and is going to explore in depth the digital rights, youth’s participation on the Internet and new online tools on how to strengthen the communication with the online public. 
This seminar aims to:  

(1) Identify and explore the connection between digital rights and online journalism by raising the participants’ knowledge and practical skills on fake news phenomenon and hoax detection;
 (2) Equip participants with open source tools of critical digital media literacy for proactively combatting fabricated material online;
 (3)Equip participants with tools and methods to different steps of proactive online journalism; 

The programme will be based on the principles of non-formal education and intercultural learning. We strive for an active, inclusive environment for direct communication and sharing of knowledge. The sessions will be balanced between theoretical inputs, work in small groups, workshops, discussions, training and other interactive methods of non-formal learning.

Who should apply?

We are looking for 28 young people between 16-35, residing in one of the Council of Europe Member states, Belarus or Kosovo*. We encourage applications reflecting diversity in all forms; therefore we welcome applications from those who identify as women, LGBTQIA+, POC, or with a disability. Participants who have activism experience in open culture movement and/or journalism and with relevant knowledge or high motivation to learn about the topic are highly encouraged to apply.


Practicalities: 

 Language: The main language of this activity will be English. But not being comfortable interacting in English should not prevent you from applying.
Costs: The full cost of working materials, visa and lodging (accommodation in multi-bed rooms, vegetarian food, and refreshments) during the event will be covered by the organizers.

In exchange, we ask for a participation fee of 20 EUR for participants coming from non-EU countries and 50 EUR for participants coming from EU countries, Norway, Switzerland, and Iceland. Applicants for whom paying this fee is an obstacle for participation, should still apply and mention this in their application. CDN will try to find a solution together with the applicant after the selection is finalized.

CDN will reimburse 90% of the travel costs for the participants from the non-EU countries and 80% of travel costs for the participants coming from the EU countries, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland within reasonable limits and within Europe, with the condition to combine the most economic and environmentally friendly way (lowest price + travel time + CO2 emissions).


DEADLINE for submitting online applications: 19 May 2019 at Midnight CET 
You will be informed about the results of the selection within two weeks after the deadline. 

 Apply here!

 *All references to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.