European Movement - France
The debate on the EU is toxic today, as seen in the Brexit vote, with incomplete/false info in the media & the rising role of the tabloids. It is crucial to educate the next generation of journalists in order to provide them with tools to critically assess the EU developments and engage in a fair, informed and democratic debate on European integration. The project has 2 phases and will be aimed at both educating younger journalists and revealing the level of EU knowledge in this profession.
The project takes place in France (conducted in French), in Journalist Schools all over the country.
Society relies on journalists as gatekeepers of information to form their opinions & frame debates. Our project identifies & addresses the gaps in reporting on the EU, equipping journalists with the knowledge and training to provide accurate information necessary for the EU's democratic advancement.
This project addresses misinformation on the EU at its core: in addition to our daily pedagogical actions, we want to amplify our impact by educating those who will later influence millions of people. Our goal is a higher quality of EU journalism that will result in a better-informed public.
- An introductory seminar on issues misreported in the media
- The students prepare articles, podcasts or videos tackling these issues
- 2nd seminar: evaluation of this content, developing critical thinking skills
- Content published on our news platform EuroClic
- Conducting and publishing a national poll-based study to discern journalists’ EU knowledge
- Publication of a MOOC (in French) based on seminar recordings to empower journalists in their understanding of the EU
Our activists across France are often demoralized with the lack of basic EU understanding among the public and by the acceptance of Euromyths recited in the media. This threat became all too real with the Brexit vote which showed the power of these falsehoods, that we felt compelled to fight.
While the project is aimed at journalists, it ensures that the public has access to trustworthy information about the EU in the future, enabling a democratic discussion on the future of the EU, not one based on the falsehoods that currently frame the debate. Thus the project will benefit all of us.
We welcome all forms of feedback! We especially hope to exchange ideas with the pro-EU community and discover similar projects being planned in other countries to brainstorm eventual partnerships.