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Europe in your pocket

Europe in your pocket
Europocket TV reporter Iris Lezcano


New internet-based news programme for young people presents European and other issues.

A unique blend of information and entertainment, Europocket TV offers young people a new way of getting information on Europe and having their say on EU topics.

“The idea was to create something that could get young people closer to Europe” says Europocket’s Brussels correspondent, Miriam Reyes Gimeno. “New technologies are the future, and young people make great use of them, that’s why we wanted to make a programme on the internet that could be downloaded onto their I-pods or mobiles.”

Breaking news is reported daily in the form of videos by three young journalists who translate it into English, French and Spanish, giving it their own personal flavour. “We are not covering only EU affairs but all kinds of things that could be interesting to young people, like cinema and new technologies,” Reyes Gimeno adds. Reports include interviews with young people, politicians and experts.

For the EU’s 50th birthday, the internet programme organised a Europe‑wide video competition, with the winning prize a trip to Rome to cover the celebrations taking place there. “Asking questions to Italian prime minister Romano Prodi, European commission president José Manuel Barroso, European parliament president Hans Pöttering and to Italian politicians, as well as reporting from the Youth Summit, has been a great experience”, said competition winner Martina Fava. 

Created in September 2006 with funds from the European parliament, this Valencia-based digital platform is now financed privately and looking to expand the number of its reporters worldwide. 

Europocket report on EU's 50th birthday bash 4'53" in Rome

Competition winning video   by Martina Fava

Martina in Rome  

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