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11/05 2004


to the information platform of European MediaCulture-Online. Here you will find information about media education in a European context. While the "Library" provides you with theoretical texts about media education as well as media literacy, the "Know-how" section gives instructions on practical media production, media publication and media technology. In "Media projects" the results of an international group of pupils' own media productions are shown.
"What's new" informs you about competitions, meetings and events relating to media education and Europe.

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29/06 2004

+++Europe: Young Reporter of the Year wanted+++

Europe has grown: 10 countries joined the European Union on 1st May 2004. That means there are 13 million more young people between the ages of 15 and 25 who are a part of the EU. They speak nine different languages and will be contributing all kinds of ideas, traditions, stories and customs. For a lot of young people in the ‘old’ member states, the countries that have just joined are unknown territory. So there is a lot to be discovered!

Exchange visits between Western and Eastern Europe have been taking place on a large scale for some time: a great many young people have been brave enough to cross the borders to the other side and have gathered first hand experience. And even if you have not yet been to Poland, Slovenia or Lithuania – the expansion of the European Union is spectacular enough to set you thinking. That is why Youth-Reporter.de is looking for people to enter their writing competition.

Who can take part?

Young people from anywhere in Europe can enter the competition. They must be aged between 15 and 25 and either have travelled abroad, or be at present visiting a foreign country, as part of the JUGEND programme: that is to say, they must have been involved in European youth exchange projects, European voluntary service or other similar programmes. Of course anyone who has been, or is currently, a European Volunteer in Germany can enter the competition, too.

What do you have to do?

Make a contribution to the new twenty-fiver EU – consisting of your thoughts on the subject! It can take the form of a written report about a young people’s conference in Slovenia, a short documentary on a children’s home in Poland, a portrait of someone from Latvia, or a collage of impressions of Cyprus. Or it might be an essay on prejudice and fear of foreigners and strangers, on the opportunities and risks which the EU expansion brings with it, or on visions of Europe in the future. If you should need anything translated, a translation service is available to you at: www.youth-reporter.de/community/translate

Youth-Reporter.de would like to find out from young people what they think about this new, larger European community; what their hopes, expectations and wishes with regard to it are. What does this recent development mean to them personally? What connections or associations do they have with the new members of the EU: is there anything they have in common with these countries? What did they experience there? How do they see the future of Europe?

Youth-Reporter.de would like to know what the inclusion of countries in Eastern Europe in the community means to young people. What is life like for a young person living in one of the new member states? What are the cultural differences between individual countries? What opportunities are offered by a more extended Europe?

What you should send:

A report, mini documentary, or a portrait (up to 6 pages in length, 1800 characters with spaces* per page), or
a short story (at least 5 pages, 1800 characters with spaces per page), or
a photographic account (at least 5 photographs, size: minimum 13 x 18 / 2 megapixel, with a short description of the project and headings for each photograph), or
an essay ( up to 10 pages in length, 1800 characters and spaces per side)

What you can win:

Prize: 500,- Euro
Prize: 300,- Euro
Prize: 200,- Euro
- 10. Prize: a travel voucher worth 100,- Euro for the German railway

Where should would-be Young Reporters of the Year send their entry?
Send text material as .doc-, or .rtf document, pictures as .jpg or .tif document.
Re: Youthreporter 2004.
Address: [email protected]

By Post
Texts printed out, two copies, pictures with headings in a folder.
Redaktion Youth-Reporter
c/o Karoline Becker
Kaiserstrasse 139-141
D-53113 Bonn

All entries must be submitted by 31.08.2004

Further information on the Internet at: www.youth-reporter.de/wettbewerb/

www.youth-reporter.de is provided by JUGEND for Europe and contains reports by young people on their European experiences.

25/06 2004

+++Austria: Film Festivals in Austria+++

The Film Festival Tour begins on 9th June and offers participants opportunities to enjoy film screenings, live performances and all kinds of cuisine and culinary delights. The tour includes visits to Wels, Asparn/Zaya and St. Poelten.
The first stop on the film festival tour will be Wels. “Open-Range-Weites-Land” has been chosen to launch the open-air cinema season, which begins on 9th June.
On 25th June the "Filmhof Asparn/Zaya" opens their nine-week entertainment marathon with “Viktor Gernot and his Best Friends”. Besides top quality films, the programme of events will include specially selected stage performances and live acts for the visitors to choose from.
For the seventh time in succession, the capital city of Lower Austria is putting on an international film and arts festival. From 22nd July to 29th August films such as “Troya”, “Lord of the Rings (III)” and "Find Nemo" will be screened in St.Poelten’s main square: the Rathausplatz – where they are sure of an enthusiastic audience.
The "Filmhof Weinviertel" in Lower Austria will be putting on their “Filmhof Festival” from 24th June to 14th August 2004 which is to include open-air cinema, plays and theatre entertainment as well as live acts. Some of these events are particularly geared toward young people, offering them a wide range of entertainment including the “Summer Academy for Film and TV” (http://www.filmausbildung.at), which will be showing short films produced by participants. This is scheduled to take place between the 3rd July and 17th August in the “Weinviertel”.

More information: Film Festivals

03/06 2004

+++Europe: CHICAM+++

The European Union Research Project – „CHICAM“ (children in communication about migration) provides children aged between 10 and 14 with opportunities to communicate with one another and as groups across national boundaries. The project is directed toward children whose families have migrated or fled from their native countries and who are currently living in the EU. Using digital photography, videos and the Internet they can confront and present their living situation and experience, and subsequently receive feedback and input from children in similar situations in other countries. So far CHICAM groups for young immigrants from all over the world have been set up in Germany, Italy, Greece, Sweden, Great Britain and in Holland. These groups have produced videos and photographs about their lives which were viewed by the other partner groups on the Internet.

The project group in Germany is led by Professor Horst Niesyto Ph.D. at the University of Education in Ludwigsburg. The first results of this ongoing project are available for viewing on their website.

More information: CHICAM

11/05 2004

+++France homes in on teenage radio programmes+++

France homes in on teenage radio programmes. "Programmes that can hurt or offend the sensibilities of the under sixteens may no longer be shown between 6.30 am and 10.30 pm", declared the French media supervisory board, CSA. Some programmes went too far. The same regulation requiring "appropriate broadcasting time scheduling" is already in force in the USA, explained Jacqueline de Guillenschmidt, a member of CSA.

Pornography and programmes glorifying violence are banned on French radio in principle because there are no technical means of rendering them inaccessible to young people – unlike television. Last autumn the radio station NJR was issued a warning on account of the "pornographic and offensive remarks" made to callers during a programme entitled "Only with Parental Permission". NJR was warned not to broadcast anything which might "impair the physical, mental or moral development of minors". The programme was discontinued in November.

15/01 2004

+++UK: British Film Institute opens archive+++

Screenonline is a new website provided by the British Film Institute that gives access to film and television material for schools, universities and libraries. The resource is useful for all areas of the curriculum from English to History and Media Studies. Video and audio material is accessible only for users in registered UK schools, colleges and libraries. All other material is available to all.
More information: screenonline

25/11 2003

+++DVDs with subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing+++

The British Film Institute provides DVDs with English subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing people. In order to make the films easier to understand for the audience, these subtitles also indicate non-spoken sound on the soundtrack. Extras like deleted scenes and commentaries are also subtitled.
More information:
List of DVDs

20/11 2003

+++Flashlight of the Week+++

On the project platform of European MediaCulture-Online you can see the first results of a project called "Blitzlicht" or "Le Flash de la Semaine" (flashlight of the week). Primary schools from Vienna/Austria, Fessenheim le bas/France and Karlsruhe/Germany publish articles about technical basics in order to inform their class mates.
More information:
Project platform

27/10 2003

+++Worldwide: Dead but rich+++

The magazin "Forbes" has published a list of top-earning deceased celebrities who, although they are no longer able to spend their income themselves, still get millions of dollars each year. Elvis Presley takes the first place; he earns 40 million dollars. Charles "Peanuts" Schultz, whose "Peanuts" characters continue to make children laugh, is number 2 with 32 million dollars. The two "Beatles" George Harrison and John Lennon are under the top-five. Bob Marley ranks on the ninth place followed by famous "Marilyn" on the tenth. Here is the complete list:

Elvis Presley 
40 million dollars 
Charles Schulz  
32 million dollars 
J.R.R. Tolkien  
22 million dollars 
John Lennon 
19 million dollars 
George Harrison 
16 million dollars 
Dr. Seuss 
16 million dollars 
Dale Earnhardt 
15 million dollars 
Tupac Shakur  
12 million dollars 
Bob Marley 
9 million dollars 
Marilyn Monroe 
8 million dollars 

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09/10 2003

+++France: International cooperation+++

In Klingenthal, France, an international group of pupils from Finland, France, Austria and Germany have participated on various multinational media projects. The students have documented this meeting using a variety of equipment: computer, camera, minidisc recorder, and camcorder. This encounter is the start of a cooperation in the context of the "European MediaCulture-Online" project.
You can see the results of the computer-camp on the project platform.

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In our little slide-show you can see the pupils working on the media projects in Klingenthal.

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