European Youth Media Days

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One week in the European Parliament in Brussels came to a close yesterday. Together with 60 young people from all over the European Union, we've been working for months in order to organize the biggest young media event in Europe: the European Youth Media Days 2008. Finally, on Saturday last week, we met in a crappy hotel in Brussels to finalize the last things before 200 European participants could invade the Parliament for three days between 15 and 17 October.
Since Saturday and until Wednesday, our life bounced between the conference rooms of two Brussels youth hostels, a dodgy hotel which allowed thieves in and our money out, various cafés in the city, and the European Parliament. We ran up and down the numerous corridors, conference rooms, halls, and press rooms of this giant complex to organize our 16 workshops in time for the participants to arrive. The European Parliament is an enormous building of glass and concrete with three subbuildings, bridges that lead from one building into another, more than 14 floors, a canteen, restaurants, bars, shopping facilities, banks, kiosks, a barber - shortly, all the facilities of an average city. People don't only work there - they live there! If you want to go from the press center on the ground floor of the Paul Henri Spaak building into the canteen on the ground floor of the Altiero Spinelli buidling, you have to go up to the third floor, take the bridge leading from one complex into the other, and take the elevator back done to the canteen. Walking time: 10 minutes.
Our 16 workshops had the task to bring 10-15 people of all nationalities together to produce a high-quality journalistic product reporting from the Parliament within the timespan of two days. From print and online over radio and television to photo and cartoon workshop - everybody concerned with media could find a field of interest. And the results are good: by the time of the closing event in a Brussels hotel, every participant could proudly claim to have produced his own media. For our radio workshop "United we Stand", check
http://www.euradionantes.eu/index.php?page=de tailPodcast&id_podcast=1615&id_programme=31. For a good overview over the entire event, check http://blog.youthmediadays.eu.

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