Media makers invited to take part Youth Media Award on press freedom, deadline 1st August


This year’s theme is media freedom and the deadline is August 1st. Four categories are open to contestants between the ages of 18 and 30:
  • photography
  • video
  • radio
  • print
Winners will be invited to Strasbourg to receive their cash prize of €1000 at a ceremony during the October 2011 session of the Parliamentary Assembly.

This year’s theme is inspired by one of the most important articles of the European Convention of Human Rights – article 10 “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers…”

Without a free media and plurality of opinion, democratic societies can no longer exist. Yet contemporary media are under threat from violence against journalists, attempts at government control, concentration of ownership of media outlets, dwindling standards in press freedom and the surge of the internet as a source of last-minute news.

In order to apply, all candidates must log in on platform and subscribe their media in the Contest section.

The Award is organized by the European Youth Press in collaboration with the Council of Europe. The European Youth Press (EYP) is an umbrella association of young journalists from all over the continent. It involves more than 48,000 journalists below the age of 30. It has members in 18 countries and cooperates with young media makers in a further 7 countries.

Youthmedia is the EYP’s online media sharing platform. Through the website and its national platforms, over 21,000 users from 25 countries can upload and share photo, video, text and sound files.