April 14, 2014



16 June 2014 (All day) - 17 June 2014 (All day)



Organized by

Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) is organizing a two-day Youth Forum on 16-17 June 2014 in Warsaw. The Youth Forum will bring together 35 youth leaders, age between 25-35, from South-East Europe as well as Central and Western Europe, Canada and the USA to discuss challenges to youth political participation in the 21st century and ways to overcome these. The final outcome of the Youth Forum will be a number of recommendations on how the OSCE and its institutions can better assist participating States to meet their commitments and obligations on the inclusion of youth in democratic processes.

The Youth Forum will involve three categories of young leaders – representing the following categories:

  1. Voice: This relates to informal forms of political participation and focuses on online activism. Ideal candidates include representatives of social media groups and bloggers.
  2. Influence: This relates to semi-formal forms of political participation and focuses on civil society organizations active in advocating and lobbying for changes to policies. We are looking for leaders who want to influence politics but do not want to do so through formal structures.
  3. Governance: This relates to formal mechanisms of political participation such as political parties and governance institutions. Ideal candidates are leaders such as young politicians and members of parliaments, government representatives, city councilors, policy and political advisors.

Accommodation and travel costs for the event will be covered by the OSCE/ODIHR.

Please apply by submitting your offline application and recent Curriculum Vitae. OSCE/ODIHR will be selecting the participants.

Submit your application no later than 12 May 2014 to youth@odihr.pl 

For more information about the OSCE/ODIHR Youth Forum and the selection procedure, please click here.


April 10, 2014

EVENTS: First European Media Literacy Forum

The First European Media Literacy Forum will be held on May 27 and 28, 2014 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. This conference is funded by the European Commission and UNESCO into the Media LiteracyAction, and co-organized by the EMEDUS  Project and the Gabinete de ComunicaciĆ³n y EducaciĆ³n (UAB), within the frame of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Mediaand Information Literacy (GAPMIL). The Forum will bring together governments, audio-visual authorities, institutions, experts, teachers, media professionals, industry, researchers, NGOs, and foundations with the aim of promoting media and information literacy in Europe, discussing MIL policies at a European level and fostering cooperation and initiatives at national and European levels.

The main objective of the forum is to contribute to the establishment of a reinforced European media literacy policy oriented towards theinclusion of Media Education in European school curricula. In addition, it also aims at promoting the development of media literacyinitiatives in the field of non- formal and informal education as well as paying special attention to disadvantaged groups.  

This conference will foster debate and cooperation among institutions, experts, industry professionals, schools and the media as well as among political and regulatory authorities with the purpose of promoting media literacy. 

The event will also encourage the creation of diverse collaborative platforms such as the European Chapter of the Global Alliance Partners in Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), the European Media and Film Literacy Observatory, and other initiatives.
Link to the programme.


April 9, 2014

EVENTS / COURSES: Eurovision Academy Master Class: Digital media literacy for younger audiences

Not promoting this, just putting it out for your information. Check the website for prices and dates.

"Rapid transformations in the digital media landscape have put increasing pressure on individuals to navigate highly complex technologies, risking digital exclusion, consumer detriment, low participation and growing inequality” (LSE 2013 Media Policy Briefing)

Promoting media literacy is a public service media commitment and PSM organizations are in a unique position to help audiences develop their digital media literacy skills and confidence to fully participate in modern society.

  • But what are the essential elements required to create an effective strategy for promoting digital media literacy?
  • What do existing initiatives from PSM organizations look like?
  • What role can PSB organizations play?

In addition to answering these questions, this Master Class will also help broadcasters and partners create new dynamic project ideas, designed toimprove the digital media literacy skills of audiences, especially children.

WEBSITES: FilmEd website launched

FilmEd is a one year European Commission supported study entitled “Showing films and other audio-visual content in European Schools – Obstacles and best practice” which aims to support the European Commission in its current efforts to develop a European wide media literacy policy, especially on the inclusion of European films in school curricula.

It is being carried out by a Consortium composed by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the European Think Tank on Film and Film Policy, CUMEDIAE – Culture and Media Agency and AEDE -The European Association of Teachers. The study will last until October 2014 and will cover the 28 Member States of the European Union, the EEA Member States and Switzerland.

Visit the FilmEd website

Source: Media & Learning news (4/2014)

April 7, 2014

NEWS / EVENTS: Non-formal education week (ROMANIA)

Every year in Romania, the Ministry of Education dedicates one week in April to non-formal and extracurricular educational activities. All institutions, teachers and pupils are encouraged to participate in a range of diverse cultural actions.

The Safer Internet Centre (SIC) in Romania, and the country-wide network of active youth panellists, will take this as an opportunity to teach children and teachers about online safety issues. This is why, this year, in all 13 cities with active youth panels, informative sessions will be held in schools between 7-11 April. Most activities will use non-formal techniques in order to stimulate children and teachers’ participation in creating a safer and better online environment, both for them and their community. Besides activities in schools, some of the youth panellists have decided to organise flash mobs, followed by informative sessions in visible public places in their city.

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NEWS: Australia’s youth get their own Digital Community Radio platform

Young people across Australia not only have another choice of radio channel, but also a new broadcast training platform, following the launch of digital community radio channel, SYN Nation.

Launched by Australia's Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the service brings together programming produced and presented entirely by communities of young people around Australia, starting with Byron Bay (NSW), Canberra and Hobart (Tasmania), along with Melbourne, Warrnambool and Gippsland in Victoria.

April 2, 2014

OPPORTUNITIES: Radical Democracy: Video Challenge 2014

Upload your video for an open society! How can we create an open and inclusive European society? Share your ideas and win €2500!

Deadline for entries is April 13.

Every crisis offers opportunity. The current European economic and political crisis polarises societies and challenges the ‘European dream’. But at the same time, and across Europe, ordinary people are reclaiming public space, demanding transparency and social justice. A new sense of community and citizenship is spreading and the great thing is: we share the experience.
With the European Parliament Elections ahead, we at Doc Next Network think it’s time to take it a step further. We’re calling on media makers, social activists and critical thinkers to share your views on ‘Europe’, in the form of audiovisual media works. We invite you to challenge prevailing notions of democracy and representation, to reflect on alternatives, and to create new narratives for an open society. Building an online video platform, we aim to instigate a debate and discover ‘radical’ stories about what is and should be happening in Europe. We believe that through our stories and creative media works, we are able to represent ourselves and our communities, locally and globally. This is what we call Radical Democracy.
So: take a stand and share your views about Radical Democracy for Europe on video. Become a part of the debate around the 2014 European Elections - and win a €2500 award.
We are looking for media works in all genres and visual forms, shot or created in any format. We will accept videos of up to 5 minutes in length - but remember, less is more. All works should be made within the last 2 years. We encourage you to produce videos especially for the challenge! Deadline for entries is April 13. Interested? Go to challenge.docnextnetwork.org for entry guidelines.
Online audiences and a professional jury will choose the winning entries, to be awarded during the Planete+Doc Film Festival in Warsaw on May 16. Selected works will be screened at various festivals and platforms across Europe and become a part of the Doc Next Online Media Collection.
Radical Democracy: Video Challenge for an Open Society is a project by Doc Next Network, an initiative of the European Cultural Foundation. Radical Democracy is supported by the Open Society Foundations.

April 1, 2014

EVENTS: The Contest Runs For EFA Young Audience Award

The Danish family film The Contest (MGP missionen) will screen in 17 cities across Europe on May 4 as part of the European Film Academy Young Audience Award 2014. The Martin Miehe-Renard film will compete against the Dutch film Regret and German film Windstorm.

Youngsters between 12-14 in 17 European cities (including Aalborg and Stockholm) will vote for the best youth film. The winner will be announced in an award ceremony streamed live on the website yaa.europeanfilmawards.eu

The Contest screened at Berlin’s Generation KPlus section and will take part at Toronto’s Children and Youth Film Festival and Stockholm’s Junior Film Festival in April. The film sold over 100,000 in Denmark. World sales are handled by LevelK.

Source: Nordisk Film & TV Fond email newsletter

March 27, 2014

NEWS: Greater media role for youth needed, minister says (BAHRAIN)

Manama: Youth have been urged to play a more prominent role in the media, Bahrain’s state minister for information has said.

Opening the Gulf Radio and Television Festival in the capital Manama, Sameera Ebrahim Bin Rajab said that the motto “Our Youth is the Future of our Media” was a highly significant indicator of what needed to be done in Arab countries.

“Societies today have more vivacious youth who represent their future,” she said. “Therefore, young men and women have to assume the most significant part in building up the country’s culture and media,” she said on Tuesday evening.

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