Deadline for applications: 21 January 2018 at 12:00 CET.
The European Parliament is looking for a team of young reporters to cover the European Youth Event (EYE2018) and highlight the most relevant and hotly debated ideas. If you are young, interested in political debates and a talented writer this call is for you!
The EYE2018 is all about young people meeting together and discussing how to address the challenges Europe is facing. A team of young reporters, coordinated by the European Youth Press, will cover the whole event and its activities, highlighting the most concrete ideas discussed and collecting them in the EYE Report.
The aim of the report is to serve as a source of inspiration for Members of the European Parliament and to provide them with a clear view of young people’s concerns, dreams and future perspectives. Check out from the links on the right side the reports from the last two editions!
Posts: 5 Specialists and 3 Generalists
Type of post: Unremunerated (expenses related to missions to Brussels and Strasbourg will be reimbursed).
Location: Home office with one preparatory mission to Brussels (in on a workday between 9-13 April 2018 TBC) and one mission to Strasbourg (31/05-03/06/2018).
Contract duration: Approximately 80 working hours starting on 9 April and ending on 30 June 2018 (excluding time for travel).
The third edition of the European Youth Event, the EYE2018, will take place in the European Parliament’s official seat in Strasbourg from 1 to 2 June 2018 and gather about 8.000 youths aged 16-30 years from all over the EU. They will be invited to meet with European decision-makers and speakers, exchange ideas and perspectives on youth-related issues and develop innovative solutions. At the same time the event will provide an opportunity to experience the rich cultural diversity within the European Union through the staging of various artistic performances.
The EYE 2018 will include a large variety of activities giving young Europeans an opportunity to make their voices heard. All activities will focus on five main themes:
- Young and Old: Keeping up with the digital revolution
- Rich and Poor: Calling for a fair share
- Apart and Together: Working out for a stronger Europe
- Safe and Dangerous: Staying alive in turbulent times
- Local and Global: Protecting our planet
What is the aim of the EYE Report?
- The EYE Report should give Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and other institutional decision-makers a general idea of what the EYE is. It will also serve as promotional product to convey the unique spirit of the EYE, which encourages and supports youth participation in EU political life.
- The EYE Report ties the event to the follow-up EYE hearings in the relevant parliamentary committees dealing with the five main themes later in the year. The idea is to communicate to MEPs (and other EU decision-makers) the concrete ideas put forward during the event by young people. The content has to be relevant to committee members as a source of preparation and inspiration for the European Parliament’s legislative agenda.
- The Report will also form part of the European Parliament’s outreach activities for young people ahead of the European elections in 2019.
Who is the target audience of the EYE Report?
- MEPs and other European decision-makers are the prime readership for potential follow-up of ideas in politics on a European level.
- EYE partners (City of Strasbourg, Commission, Council of Europe, etc.) receive the Report as part of the event outcome.
- EYE participants will see their very own ideas and can live through the event again.
- General public and potential future partners will better understand what the EYE is about.
The nature of the EYE Report
The EYE Report collects the political ideas that are developed during the event. It should
- Be an attractive, reader-friendly and EU jargon-free product with a creative presentation of ideas using storytelling, pictures, infographics, extracts from social media, etc.,
- Be easy to promote and distribute,
- Capture the spirit of the event and portray a content-based, youth-led event, which is different from traditional EU youth conferences,
- Be a cost-efficient product.
The making-of the EYE Report
The ten selected members of the EYE Report editorial team, led by the two chief editors, will
- Develop the concept of the EYE Report,
- Come up with an implementation plan,
- Produce the content of the Report.
An editorial committee consisting of the two selected chief editors, one representative of the European Youth Press, and two representatives of the European Parliament will
- decide on the proposed concept and implementation plan of the Report,
- steer the implementation of the Report,
- present the final draft to the EP hierarchy.
The format and structure of the EYE Report
- It will be up to 100 pages long comprising the young EYE participants’ ideas which were developed and presented before and during the event. Its final length will depend on the content gathered during the event.
- It will be a ‘magazine type’ report giving each theme its separate section, which will allow readers to flick through.
- The Report will be framed by two forewords from the EP’s leadership, a table of contents, an introduction, and a “meet the authors” part.
- Each section (theme) should be self-contained with the following elements
- A list of the most innovative and well developed ideas,
- A main text drawing a picture of the activities on each theme and presenting the ideas,
- Additional elements: Some facts and figures MEPs could find interesting (Did you know?), brief interviews (pros & cons, elaborating more ideas), a personal story, quotes, tweets, infographics, pictures, etc.,
- Each thematic section will be followed by a two-page commentary, which will be written together by the European Youth Forum and the European Youth Press.
We are looking for
- 5 Specialists each reporting on one of the five main themes with expertise on the topic and experience in writing for a broader public.
- 3 Generalists reporting on cross-cutting aspects of the EYE with journalistic experience.
The Report will be drawn up in English, which is the working language of the editorial team; therefore, all team members must have outstanding English language skills.
The selected team members need to be available before the event to participate in a preparatory meeting with the EYE Report editorial team in Brussels, which would take place between 9 and 13 April 2018.
Professional selection criteria
The successful candidate should
- Be able to identify and develop the key messages of the EYE2018,
- Be able to create coherent content, which is tailored to the Report’s audience,
- Have excellent English writing skills; knowledge of French and/or German is an asset,
- Have relevant educational background and professional journalistic experience.
Personal selection criteria
The successful candidate should
- Have very good communication skills,
- Have a flexible, innovative and quick mind,
- Be a motivated team-worker,
- Be committed to the project with a sense of duty and responsibility,
- Have passion for EU Affairs and Youth.
Applicants must be
- EU nationals,
- 18-30 years old.
How to apply
- Fill in an online application form.
- Send us a video of up to 100 seconds where you give an account (in English) of your personal motivation to work on this project. You can be as creative and innovative as you like. The video’s purpose is to give us an idea of your personality; therefore, we would like to see and hear you in person. The video has to be uploaded on Vimeo or YouTube and the link inserted in the application form.
- Respect the deadline for applications (21 January 2018 at 12:00 CET).
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