[fyeg_gen-l] Call for participants: "Speak up! Green voices in the media" seminar June 17-21, a GEF Journal-FYEG Ecosprinter Joint Seminar

FYEG office at fyeg.org
Mon Apr 13 12:26:48 CEST 2015

Are you a budding writer or editor? Do you blog or contribute to an online
magazine or news portal with a Green focus, or are you thinking of doing
so? Are you simply interested in the relation of Greens to the media and
the transformations taking place with the rise of new, digital and
alternative sources of information? Then apply now to participate in this

The internet has transformed the way we access news and information. But
with so much choice and so many different voices fighting for attention, it
can be difficult to find sources that are trust-worthy, accessible and
critical. What is the role that 'Green media' can play, in this context?
While new and digital forms of media are increasingly seen as alternatives
to the mainstream, how can Greens take advantage of the tools and space
available to promote discussion on the environmental and social issues that
matter to them? And can 'Green news' sources be compatible with
journalistic ethical principles of impartiality and independence?

This 3-day seminar aims to help Green-minded writers and activists to
develop their skills, share their ideas and spread their work. You will
have the opportunity to hear from environmental journalists, Greens working
in the media, and to network with others who are involved in a wide variety
of projects and platforms - such as online and offline magazines, Green
Journals, blogs, news portals and so on.

The event is organised by the Green European Journal, the quarterly
publication of the Green European Foundation, and the Ecosprinter, the
online magazine affiliated with the Federation of Young European Greens.
The objective of the GEJ and the Ecosprinter is to provide a European-level
space where ideas and debates from the Green movement across Europe and
beyond can be brought together, exchanged and shared.  We are currently
trying to build up a network of partner publications, as well as to extend
our own network of correspondents and contributors. The seminar is being
organised in a bid to boost these efforts.

The programme will include practical workshops on communicating effectively
on Green issues as well as advice on managing publications with limited
resources. Alongside this, there will be space for discussion on the place
of 'Green news' and 'Green commentary' in the public sphere in general, and
how Green activists and campaigners can use these platforms to share their
ideas and get their messages across. The seminar will also address the
challenges and potential risks or pitfalls of new digital media and how to
ensure content is independent, reliable and of a high standard.

The seminar will take place in London, between Thursday the 18th and Sunday
the 21st of June 2015. It is organised by the Green European Journal on
behalf of GEF, with the support of the Federation of Young European Greens
and Greenhouse think tank UK. The working language will be English.


We are currently looking for participants interested in taking part in this
course. Ideally, participants should:

   - Have some involvement or experience in blogging, editing or reporting,
   whether for online or printed publications, whether Green or non-Green in
   - Have a general interest in European Union politics and in Green
   politics at the EU level.
   - Be open to group discussions and participation in various group debates
   - Be able to make themselves understood in English
   - Be communicative, open-minded, eager to learn from each other's
   - Be involved in Green activism (young greens, green-minded NGOs, green
   parties etc) at either the local, regional or national level.
   - Come from a state that is member of the Council of Europe and has a
   Green organisation member of the European Green Party.
   - Gender and regional balance will be taken into account when selecting
   the participants.

*How to apply?*

Applications for the course are accepted only through filling out the on-line
application form
are encouraged to submit any supporting links or documents with articles or
texts they have written, whether or not these have been previously
published.  The deadline for applications is 25th of April (midnight, CET).
Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


The Green European Foundations will reimburse the travel costs of
participants and will cover the costs of accommodation and meals throughout
the seminar, in exchange of a participation fee of 100 euro (for
students/unemployed: 60 euro).


A detailed program for this course will be available soon. For any
questions related to the content of the seminar or the application, please
contact the GEF team at gej at gef.eu

Stay updated by checking the online call at GEF
and Ecosprinter

Best regards,

Shenna Sanchez
Secretary General
*Federation of Young European Greens*


Office:  +32 (0)2 26 60 72 7
Mobile: +32 (0)4 95 12 96 01
Twitter: shenna_nigan
Google Hangout: FYEG Office
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