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This event is a part of the programme of the upcoming European Youth Conference in Gdańsk hosted with Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung office in Warsaw.
Austerity, populism, illiberalism, corruption, nationalism, xenophobia – all around us today we see obstacles to reaching an open and progressive society. Crackdowns on media, freedom of expression and civil liberties are all threats to democracy that exacerbate these trends. Now, more than ever, the voices of young people need to be heard – yet they are all too often marginalised, ignored and dismissed. In addition, the volume of information available, through new forms of media, and the circulation of so-called ‘fake news’ make it harder than ever for all citizens, not just the young, to obtain reliable, trustworthy information. In this challenging context, how can young writers stand out as progressive voices communicating with integrity?
This workshop aims to give you some tips and tools to make your voice heard. From coming up with an angle to turn an important topic into a compelling news story, to pitching your proposal and getting your work published – we’ll walk you through the steps to get your story out there. Participants will get the chance to start working on a story of their own, and will be invited to share their own experiences with writing, communicating and getting publishing.
We’ll also be discussing some controversial questions such as how to be a credible voice whilst taking a political position, and the role that alternative media can play to shed light on the topics overlooked by the mainstream media.
The workshop will be moderated by Beatrice White (deputy editor of the Green European Journal) and Julia Lagoutte (editorial assistant at the Green European Journal).
Gdańsk , 80–863 Poland