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Apply Now: Map Training for Youth Journalists in Nigeria and Brazil

EJN partner, the European Youth Press is currently looking for 24 young environmental journalists to take part in the following training sessions of the “Flag it!” project. The first will be held in São Paulo (Brazil): from the 20th to the 26th of May 2013 and the second will take place in Lagos (Nigeria): from the 1st to the 7th of July 2013.

The project “Flag it! – Using digital tools to map environmental issues” aims at equipping young reporters from all over the world with innovative reporting tools in order to raise awareness of global environmental challenges.

To this end 48 young journalists from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, will be involved in a seven day training course which aims to bridge social media, technology and scientific information. The courses will be hosted as follows: in São Paulo (Brazil – 20/26 of May 2013), Lagos (Nigeria, 1/7 of July 2013), Manila (Philippines – 9/15 of September 2013) and Bucharest (Romania – 7/13 of October 2013).

The project is supported by the European Commission through the Youth in Action programme.
The call for participants for the training courses in Manila and Bucharest will be published in June 2013.

The training course will be based on the best practice provided by the Brazilian association “O Eco”, in mapping deforestation in the Amazon basin through the use of free digital mapping tools (infoamazonia.org).

The participants will be involved in specific sessions on:

Data mining: how to explore large datasets to create stories and visualization Data journalism: the whole process of using data to create stories Data Visualization: using digital tools to analyze data Mapping : using tools to create interactive maps Crowdsourcing: how to use different sources like SMS, mobile apps, citizens reports, social networks to create one’s own story Geojournalism: using geotagged content to create and illustrate one’s own story

Tools such as Google Maps, Google Earth, Google Fusion Tables, Crowdmap, Ushahidi, Geocommons, and others will be used in training sessions.

After each training course the participants will be asked to use their newly acquired skills to develop their own stories. The reportages shall be published and spread through the project website and social networks. The four most effective reports will be selected and their authors will have the chance to cover the Conference of Parties (COP 19) in Poland in November 2013.

The “Flag it!” project involves six partner organizations: the European Youth Press, the Association “O Eco” from Brazil, the Philippines Network of Environmental Journalists (PNEJ), the Nigerian Association of Science Journalists (NASJ), the Association of Students at Journalism and Communication Studies (ASJC) from Romania and the “Forum for European Journalism Students” from Latvia.

Each partner works in its target area, to provide (young) journalists with experiences and opportunities to promote their active involvement in society and their access to profession.
Participants profile:

The call is open to young journalists, aged 18 to 35 who are citizens or legal residents of the following countries: Brazil, Philippines, Nigeria, Romania, Latvia and any countries in which EYP member organizations are based.

The participants will be selected according to their country of residence as follow:

4 participants from countries in which EYP member organizations are based; 4 participants from Brazil; 4 participants from Nigeria; 4 participants from the Philippines; 4 participants from Latvia; 4 participants from Romania.


Working level of English; Computer literate, with a basic knowledge of social networking; Proven knowledge or interest in environmental reporting; Capacity to be multipliers (any involvement in local networks or organisations is viewed as an advantage). Participants need to be based in the countries mentioned above.


Travel costs, accommodation and board are covered for the event. Detailed information on these costs and limits will be provided to selected participants by the organizers.
How to apply

Please fill in the application form.
Applicants will be required:

To provide their personal data, address of domicile and passport ID; To upload their CV and motivation letter, in English, stating: their interest to participate to the training course and their previous experience in environmental reporting. To provide a list of links with media samples; A letter of support from a relevant media (this may include school newspapers and/or proof of active participation in blogs, social networks, etc.) will be considered an asset.

If the materials are not in English, a short summary in English for each media item is required.
Please note that by applying you cannot choose which training course you would like to attend and should be able and eager to participate in either one of them.

The closing date for applications is Friday the 15th of March 2013 (23:59 CET).
Applications sent after the deadline or/and are incomplete and/or not in English will be automatically considered ineligible.

Any questions related to the present call of participants can be addressed to: a.lupi@youthpress.org

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