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DEUTSCHE WELLE - AKADEMIE
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1. The project
East 4 South (E4S) gives young media professionals and students from journalism, communication and filmmaking schools of EU-12 member states (Malta, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania) the opportunity to work alongside their African counterparts.
Selected journalists work in teams and use their reporting skills to bridge societal gaps in understanding development issues.
We unite 60 young journalists from EU-12 and African countries to investigate EU development policies and report directly from sub-Saharan Africa. This happens in three rounds, each including 10 European and 10 African journalists.
E4S gives young journalists an immersion experience with development issues lasting several months. They are introduced to challenges faced by people in developing countries. They investigate on development efforts and projects and check out impacts and objectives. They report on progress or lack thereof in the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals.
E4S participants are trained in intercultural reporting to ensure a flow of authentic, first-hand and multi-faceted information from sub-Saharan Africa. They have direct access to local sources and a unique chance to create a sustainable network of informed European and African journalists concerned about development issues.
Initial training and team building in Brussels:
The European and African journalists meet for the first time during the week-long intro session in Brussels. During the week, the 20 newcomers are trained in intercultural reporting and delve into development with a number of EU experts. Finally, they ‘pair off’ for the joint reporting project and start preparing phase two.
Research and preparation for reporting:
Once the journalists return to their home countries, the team mates work separately, one on each continent, but stay connected via the website east4south.org. During this period teams define the key elements of their joint project and work out their production plan.
Reporting from the field in sub-Saharan Africa:
After two to three months of preparation, each team’s project enters production. European journalists fly to the various African countries to join their team mates. On-the-spot reporting now begins. Over the course of 10 days, African-European teams convert their ideas and scripts into video pictures, sound bites and texts. The African journalists’ local knowledge and networks are of great value to defining and developing all the stories.
Post-production in Bonn, Germany:
After the reporting phase in Africa, E4S journalists meet at the Deutsche Welle Akademie in Germany. Teams spend a week together, take part in a professional training course run by audiovisual experts and finish their media projects. After returning to their home countries, the E4S journalists promote and distribute their final productions through their local, regional and national media.
This website has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The content is the sole responsibility of the consortium and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.
The East 4 South has a moderated community for participating reporters and interested parties in EU development issues. We expect participants to treat one another with respect. We shall not post comments that contain vulgar or abusive language, personal attacks of any kind, or offensive terms that target specific ethnic or racial groups. In addition, we shall not post comments that are clearly "off topic" or spam, that promote services or products, or that make unsupported accusations.
DW-AKADEMIE, based in Bonn and Berlin, is the international centre for media capacity building of Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster. Since the initial launch of its international training programme for developing
countries in 1965, it has been involved in partnership projects all over the world. It has cultivated and developed its portfolio of cooperation projects to such an extent that it has become a paragon of the academy’s founding idea: “Media Development Around the World”.
DW-AKADEMIE operates in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Near and Middle East, offering customized training programmes to specialists in the electronic media sector – from individual journalists, technicians and trainers through to staff and management at local TV and radio stations.
DW-AKADEMIE is dedicated to the promotion of independent journalism and freedom of the press. It works in cooperation with electronic media specialists in developing an transition countries, organising various educational and training programmes in a range of areas: training media professionals, providing long-term consulting and coaching services to TV and radio broadcasters before, during and after internal reorganization or restructuring processes, developing and disseminating innovative production formats tailored to local or international needs, coaching people in the establishment of community radio stations and promoting the active use of new media and technologies.
THE EUROPEAN JOURNALISM CENTRE
Since its inception back in 1992, the European Journalism Centre (EJC) has an excellent reputation as a trusted organiser of journalistic briefings, seminars, and similar journalistic events in Maastricht, Brussels or on location. Every year, far more than 1,000 journalists are trained under the supervision of experienced EJC course leaders, mostly on European topics, but also on change management issues in the media industry.
In recent years, the EJC has massively increased its involvement in online activities, with a particular focus on providing tools for journalistic work and in order to enable more and better media coverage and public awareness of European issues.
Most notably in the context at hand, the EJC is successfully running the project showcase website and social networking facility for the European Neighbourhood Journalism Network on behalf of EC DG EuropeAid . Other directly related activities include the website and forum eu4journalists.eu and the blogging and networking portal thinkaboutit.eu.
The EJC has ample in-house expertise for setting up thematic websites (including multimedia) and social networking fora, both with regard to technical development and maintenance as well as with the ongoing editorial management and moderation of such sites.
Prospective Internationale is an active player in the communication sector (TV, web, radio, print) and organizer of events focussing on development issues, youth and culture.
In recent years, Prospective Internationale has produced several projects in co-ooperation with the European Commission and other stakeholders:
- Volunteers Odyssey , a production with the support of the European Commission and the United Nations Volunteers;
- Europe 10 Points, a series on the life of young citizens of the ten new EU member states in co-production with the RTBF and the support of the European Commission's DG Enlargement
- Cma Planete , a series on children's rights in developing countries in co-production with the RTBF and the support of the European Commision's DG Development and DG Education and Culture