The new edition of the forum raises the question of the limits of the capabilities of technology and people. Where, these boundaries will take us out? How far will we get? Is there a last barrier that we will not go through? Do the technologies develop outside our control and whether they are good or bad? That’s why this year there are only two, complementary, but also controversial, panels: Technology and People. Technology panel will meet you with incredible inventors that create magical products and services beyond human frontiers and the black mirror. Humans panel will meet you with remarkable innovators in the sphere of medicine, sports, arts, economics and politics that leave behind a significant inception trace. Both will guide you to your unimaginable journey beyond ultimate frontiers.
Among the panelists are Robert Baer, Ex-spy Central Intelligence Agency, Reality Television Host; Butzi (Johannes Alinhac) Magician, Keynote Speaker; Stephen B. Thomas, Director, School of Public Health Science; Dan Ramsden, Creative Director for UX architecture and Design Research at BBC; Meenu Singh, Learning Experience Designer at Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
With the general media support of the Bulgarian National Radio.
When: November 19, 2018 – April 2019
Where: Elieff Center, Sofia, Bulgaria
Who: Journalists and 3rd and 4th year Journalism students who want to improve their English abilities from intermediate to upper-intermediate and above, while also developing their professional skills.
About the program
The program consists of 15 weekday and weekend sessions. The first 5 weeks are dedicated exclusively to English language training. The following 10 weeks will be a mix of English language trainings, as well as weekend seminars on Journalism topics. The program participants will be split in groups for their language training but will attend the Journalism specific seminars altogether.
- Current employment with a media company or enrollment in 3rd or 4th year in Journalism major at a university;
- Proven professional track in the field of journalism;
- Upper-Intermediate Level of English (CEFR B1/B2). Applicants with completed intermediate level, with high final grades will be considered;
- Strong commitment to a 15-week long program in terms of class attendance, preparation and participation.
- A brief motivation letter in English on how the participation in the program will help the development of free journalism in Bulgaria;
- English Certificate Level Completion (applicants without a certificate but with proven working level English proficiency are encouraged to apply).
Application deadline: November 2, 2018
If you have any questions, please visit: https://www.aubg.edu/english-for-journalists.
Journalists and journalism students will be able to increase their professional capacity
on topics related to poverty, migration and minorities
The project “Reporting Effectively on Development, Minorities & Migration” aims to raise EU public awareness of the interconnections between the EU and developing countries on issues concerning poverty, migration and minority exclusion. In addition, the specific objective is to improve media coverage of development by strengthening the capacity of journalists and journalism students through non-formal education opportunities to report sensitively on poverty, migration and minority issues.
The activities of the project are:
• Five 8-week online courses (in English) on development, minorities and migration for 200 journalists and journalism students (50 from Bulgaria)
Participants will be expected to devote 2-3 hours every week towards reading, doing their own research, completing the quizzes and tests, and doing the assignments.
• 1-month internships for journalism students graduates of online training at national media outlets
Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation (GPF) will facilitate 20 journalism students from Bulgaria, graduates of the online course, to go on one-month internships at national media. Selection will primarily be based on the level and quality of applicants’ participation in the online training course. In their applications, they will be asked how they plan to use their internships, and to demonstrate competence and interest in development journalism. Writing samples of published or unpublished media pieces will be required to test their research and writing skill.
• 7-day face-to-face training and site visits for 80 journalists and journalism students to urgent frontline EU arrival points and to Africa
Participants in the online training who have demonstrated ability, potential and commitment will be offered the possibility to attend 7 day trips encompassing face-to-face training events (2 days) and study visits to frontline EU arrival points in Italy and Greece (and possibly Spain) and to countries of origin in Africa (5 days). Participants will be selected with a view to providing a good geographic spread across the target countries as well as gender balance. The visits will help the participants break down stereotypes and understand the realities confronting migrants arriving at the EU’s external borders, and communities of origin and why their members are migrating. Furthermore, given that a key obstacle for media outlets in the target countries is lack of resources for in-depth field reporting, the study visits will provide participants with opportunities to interview firsthand and identify personal stories. This will strengthen the development of positive narratives concerning development and migration.
• 20 stipends to most active online trainees for investigative reporting projects
The project will offer stipends or bursaries of up to €1,600 to 20 successful participants to conduct in-depth reporting on issues relating to development, migration and minorities. Smaller amounts will be granted to those who choose to apply for funds to stay on in the same locations as the study visits to conduct further in-depth reporting, whereas the upper amount will allow those who are successful to plan their own independent trips. The grants contribute towards travel costs, accommodation, insurance, per diems, etc. It will not be used as fees or salaries.
Within the framework of the project will be organized national high-profile round tables about on development journalism for senior media professionals. The university journalism professors and the senior editors most active and engaged in the national roundtables will be invited to attend international high-profile roundtables on development journalism. Two annual prizes per target country will be awarded to journalists who have published outstanding pieces of development journalism. Photo-stories will also be eligible.
Partners of the project: Minority Rights Group Europe (MRGE) – applicant, based in Budapest, Hungary; Minority Rights Group International (MRGI), UK; Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation (GPF), Bulgaria; Cracow Economic University, Poland; The Human Rights League, Slovakia
Deadline for participants: 31 August, 2018.
For additional information, please contact Stanimira Hadjimitova, firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com, +359 888 242 592.