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Brussels, 20 September 2010

Young Reporters Against Poverty - the Commission calls on young journalists to engage in development issues

Today the European Commission launches the Young Reporters Against Poverty contest – an invitation to all journalism students in the EU Member States to send in a report on development issues to be selected to cover the European Development Days in Brussels in December. The final winners will be invited to a field trip to one of the Commission's partner countries in Africa. The contest is being kicked off at a key date for development cooperation - with only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the world will have its eyes on the United Nations summit in New York on 20-22 September to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.

"On the day of the opening of the MDG Summit in New York, I am proud to call all European journalism students to join the fight against poverty in the world. The media has a very important role to play: reports are critical to raise awareness, to mobilise and to put development on the political agenda. I have great expectations on the creativity and engagement of the young reporters and I wish them the best of luck in the competition", Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, said.

The Young Reporters Against Poverty contest, organised in cooperation with the European Journalism Centre, is an initiative targeting journalism students in the EU Member States with the purpose of raising their interest for development issues. From today until 29 October, the journalism students are invited to submit a written or radio report on EU and development. Based on this report and on the application form, 33 selected applicants will be invited to participate in a workshop during the European Development Days in Brussels in December.

During the workshop, the journalism students will report live from the Development Days on a dedicated website and possibly also report for national and local media in their home countries. Based on the quality and originality of the media items produced, participants will have the opportunity to win an award at the end of the competition in the categories: Best Written Reportage(s), Best Radio Reportage(s) and Most Original News Reporting(s), selected by a jury composed of journalists and teachers in journalism from the EU Member States. The final prize will be a press trip to one of the EU Delegations in Africa.

Other media partners: ORF, Trends-Tendances, Radio Sofia, The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, Politiken, The Finnish Broadcasting Company, La Croix, Die Tageszeitung, Ethnos, Budapest Business Journal, Radio Vaticana,, Vilniaus Diena, Luxemburger Wort, Malta Independent, VPRO, RTP/RDP, Uj Magyar Szo, Pravda, Radio Koper, Agencia Efe, The Economist.

Early July, the Commission also launched, for the second year in a row, the sister contest Music Against Poverty which is targeting young musicians in the Member States to express themselves on the fight against poverty in the world. Songs can be submitted until 17 October, the international day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Key dates for the Young Reporters Against Poverty contest

  • 20 September: Launch of the contest

  • 29 October: Deadline for submitting reports and application

  • Beginning of November: Selection of participants for the workshop during the European Development Days

  • 4-7 December: Workshop in Brussels reporting on the European Development Days

  • 14 December: Deadline for participants to submit their best reports

  • Mid January 2011: Announcement of the final winners

More info:

Young Reporters Against Poverty website

Music Against Poverty website

IP/10/879 2 July 2010 on Music Agains Poverty launch

EuropeAid External Cooperation Office

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