March 3, 2006

OPPORTUNITIES: Writing about refugees - A competition for student journalists (EUROPE)

Writing about refugees - A competition for student journalists

Refugees and asylum seekers coming to Europe repeatedly make headlines, but
not all the information given about them is true. What is true is that every
day there are people arriving in Europe who are fleeing persecution, that
some European governments put these people behind bars, and that the numbers
of new arrivals often make front-page news while the stories behind the
sound bites are lost.

The Jesuit Refugee Service is inviting aspiring journalists to investigate
the reality behind the headlines. Students across Europe are asked to write
an article on the theme "Refugees in Europe".

The authors of the three best articles will be invited to Brussels to meet
with the members of the jury who are all experienced journalists in this
area. The winner will be offered the opportunity to visit Kenya for 12 days
in the summer of 2006 to broaden his/her knowledge of asylum and refugees
issues. JRS Eastern Africa will organise meetings in Nairobi and in Kakuma
Refugee Camp with refugees, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and local

Deadline 21st of March 2006 at 14.00

More information (in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and
Portuguese) and application form, available at the JRS website -


Chris Schuepp
Young People's Media Network - Coordinator

Youth Media Consulting GbR
c/o ECMC (European Centre for Media Competence)
Bergstr. 8 / 11th floor
D-45770 Marl - Germany

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