History and Future of EMAJ

From May 4th to 15th 2008, the Goethe-Institut Jordan invited 18 young journalists from MEDA and EU member states to Amman to participate in the first Euro-Mediterranean Academy for Young Journalists (EMAJ), this as a follow-up project of the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament (EMYP).

The EMYP took place 1st of June 2007 in Berlin and was so successful that the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut intended to continue the support of different kind of youth organisations’ activities.

Through different workshops, expert hearings, active discussions and practical working experiences the participants of EMAJ gained an increased awareness for the relation between journalistic work and cultural as well as political frameworks and for the responsibility in dealing with sensitive issues in the media.

Follow-Up

The following projects are planned as follow-ups for 2008's EMAJ:

  • EMAJ 2009
    Extending the EMAJ idea to be held yearly with new concept/issue every year
  • Traveling Reporters
    Young journalists from European and MEDA countries travel and work together
  • The Green Ink
    Environmental Awareness Conference for Young Journalists
  • Remigration into the Middle East
    Reportage about young Arabs born in Europe who decided to settle down in the Middle East