YE Raise your V.O.I.C.E. 2
Start date: Feb 1, 2015,
End date: Aug 1, 2015
It is the time for youth to take media into their own hands. This is the reason why the youth exchange "Raise Your V.O.I.C.E.! 2" strives to bring and connect together 36 young people from 6 European countries (Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Italy, Spain and Turkey), and to give them the opportunity to focus on how the media portrays the marginalized groups across our communities and countries. Through non-formal learning methods of backpack journalism, 30 young people along with their 6 group leaders will examine what does it mean to be part of a marginalized group and increase their own media literacy by recognizing how media builds the images in our communities of "the others".
Together with the Mladiinfo Slovenia team as the hosting organization, the group of young media enthusiasts is to come in Koper, Slovenia from 8 to 15 of May, 2014 and will explore the local environment of the Istrian region in Slovenia. In Koper, and also on a field trip to Piran and Portorož, the group armed with backpacks filled with simple journalistic equipments will talk with locals and see how this multicultural and multilingual region functions and works, and what are the stories of struggle or success of the different ethnicities living there. Participants will as well have the hours where they can also discuss, share, compare and debate on what are the societal outlooks to marginalized groups in their local communities and gain the cognition and wisdom of objective reporting which they can use for promoting tolerance and inclusion. They will be encouraged to start reporting on marginalzied groups from their countries before the exchange and build a portfolio with materials for work. Further on, they are to produce a diverse set of photos, videos and audio materials which will be used for elaborating the concrete final products of the youth exchange, i.e. articles which will amplify the voice of the marginalized communities in Slovenia and partner countries. All produced articles will be featured as original web-contents to the www.mladiinfo.eu webpage that reaches thousands of young people across Europe and beyond on monthly basis and these will stand as true food-for-thought and powerful enough to shift opinions and change hearts and minds. The impact created can be only enhanced with the sharing of the contents to the web-pages of www.scambieuropei.info in Italy or www.oportunidadeuropa.com in Spain, making a perfect on-line amalgamation of contents towards social inclusion on marginalized groups and positive attitude towards each and every person as equal in our contemporary world.
The method of “backpack journalism” is aimed at both young people with some journalistic experience and those without. Participants will succeed as long as they are eager to face the challenge of being dropped into a new environment, working creatively with a team and using simple audio/photo/video devices to interview locals. The techniques that participants will practice in Slovenia can easily be transferred back to their home countries resulting simultaneously in a higher level of social inclusion and employability for youth from EU Countries and Neighbouring Partner Countries.
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