Youth Media and the Irish Presidency

European Movement Ireland have launched a new 32-county initiative to recruit 25 young communicators to report on Ireland’s Presidency of the EU

Applications are now open to take part in Youth Media and the Irish Presidency (YMIP) and to cover the Irish Presidency from January to June 2013.

Am I eligible to participate?
Participants should:
  • Be aged 18 to 25 and from any part of the island of Ireland;
  • Have a passion for communicating in any format;
  • Have a desire to bring a strong youth perspective to the coverage of Ireland’s Presidency.
Take note: no prior journalism experience is necessary to participate in YMIP.  EM Ireland are looking for interested and enthusiastic communicators.  Whether you write, blog, photograph or video, we want to hear from you and see how you could apply your skills to enhance the Presidency coverage.
What Is Involved?
YMIP participants will be given access to official Presidency events – approximately one a month per participant – and tasked with reporting on these in any medium they wish.  Print, blog, video, photography…  You name it, we want it.  Your reports will then be published on the EM Ireland website, with the opportunity of also appearing on SpunOut, and will be promoted by the EM Ireland Communications teams via social media and to regional and national media. 
The first task for all 25 participants will be to cover the launch of the European Year of Citizens 2013 which is taking place in Dublin City Hall on 10 January.   The year will be launched by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, along with the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD, and the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD.  This event will then be followed by a Citizens’ Dialogue, at which Vice-President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding, and Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton TD, will engage in a frank and open exchange of opinions with 200 citizen guests on the current economic crisis, the rights of European citizens and the future of the EU.  Our 25 citizen journalists will all be there covering these two events. 
Read more about these events and how you can participate here.
In advance of this, and to prepare you for your six-month stint as a citizen journalist, EM Ireland have organised a two-day training period in Dublin for our 25 citizen journalists in January.   This will provide you with the chance to get to know the rest of the YMIP participants, and to learn from practitioners from all fields of journalism: good old-fashioned newspaper contributors, bloggers, online communicators and television presenters.  You will also be given a brief crash course in the Presidency of the Council of the EU: what it involves and what it means for Ireland and for Irish citizens.
Over the course of the six months of the Presidency and the YMIP Programme, you will liaise with Neale and Ruth in the EM Ireland team, who will task you with events to cover, edit your work and give you feedback on your coverage. There will also be a follow-up session in Dublin during the Programme to see how everyone is getting on, to address any issues that have arisen, and to give you the chance to learn more about journalism and communication and to further improve your skills and output.   The Programme will be rounded off with the official launch of the YMIP Report in late June 2013.
Participation in the YMIP Programme requires significant time and energy commitments from its participants, particularly from those who live outside Dublin, but it is a fantastic opportunity for Ireland’s young people to get involved with the Irish Presidency.  We want to empower young people North and South of the border to make your voices heard in this year celebrating active citizenship and engagement.
How To Get Involved
If what we’ve described here sounds like something you might be interested in, download the application form from the YMIP webpage, fill it out and return it to EM Ireland by Wednesday 19 December.  
EM Ireland will be in touch with all applicants by Friday 21 December. Successful applicants can think of it as an early Christmas present!
Any questions, just drop Ruth a line at 01 662 5815 or
We look forward to receiving your applications, and best of luck!
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