“A Union for what? », asks the 3rd Europorters reporting competition

“The EU, a Union for what? Protection of the environment, defense of peace, food self-sufficiency, mutual aid… through a journalistic production on a local action, the pupils tell how the construction sites of the European Union affect them directly »we read in the regulation of the Europorters 2022/2023 competition.

This year, for its third edition, the reportage competition Europorters chose to make the students think about the theme of “union”. Is it still strong within the Europe of 27? In what areas? With what concrete local implications?

Put students in the shoes of journalists

Launched in 2020 by regional and national daily newspapers (including The cross) united within theAlliance for Media Literacy (APEM), the Europorters competition aims to educate young people in the production of information and to awaken them to European citizenship, by producing a report on a concrete action of the European Union.

“The decisions taken in Brussels by our representatives have a direct impact on our daily lives. Learning to inform oneself in an enlightened manner about the techniques of journalism can only benefit future voters. It is up to them to form an opinion afterwards!emphasizes Pascal Ruffenach, Chairman of the Management Board of the Bayard Group and Chairman of APEM, an offshoot of theAlliance for General Information Press (APIG) which brings together more than 300 press titles.

“We expect their productions to highlight the positive effects but also the shortcomings of European actionhe continues. The objective is that by discovering what information is, they are better equipped to deal with propaganda, misinformation, manipulation”.

Competitions open from primary school

Middle and high school students, and since last year school children have until March 3, 2023 to send their reports in the form of articles, podcasts, videos… The competition is also open to associations wishing to raise young people’s awareness of journalism and questions Europeans.

By going to the platform, participants will find resources to learn about the functioning and competences of the European Union, as well as tutorials for researching and verifying information, producing written, radio, video or photo reports. Primary schoolchildren are invited to design an infographic or an illustrated report, likely to be published in the Children’s Diary (Ebra group) and Kids Morning (the participatory media for 7 to 12 year olds from the Nice Matin group).

A day in Paris at Europa Experience

Last year, the winners were received in Strasbourg to visit the European Parliament. This year, they will be invited to a day in Paris, on May 11, Europe Day, to discover the new interactive and fun space Europa Experience.

APEM, which in particular launched a media course in 2021 designed for 3rd year students doing an internship in a press company, has just put its website online It includes a map of France allowing you to view the titles that offer media education systems, and in particular workshops as part of the Pass Culture mediation actions.

The issue of media and information literacy for all will be at the heart of the next states general of the right to information which will open on November 22, 2022 during the festival Media-in-Seine.

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