Postcard from Nantes:Neonet Eur@dio Nantes


“If you want to know what life is like at Eur@dio Nantes, you should watch the film “L’Auberge Espagnol,” says Kilian Fichou.

The 20-year-old student from Corsica moved to Nantes to be one of the stagiares, or interns, who participate in the radio station’s internship programme. For six months, he will be part of the European team which spices up the daily broadcasting.
Eur@dio Nantes aims to help build an awareness of the diversity of European cultures. It seeks to be a hub of information and opinions relevant to Europeans. It broadcasts online and on the radio.

Besides presenting a diverse schedule, the radio station serves as a local European school for radio journalism. The students, hosted at the station for a semester, learn codes and limits of journalism as well as develop their technical skills, while working with and around European and intercultural projects.

Stop wondering what Europe is, and start listening: The original idea behind Eur@dio Nantes was to present fresh European-related information. Inviting young people from all over the continent to expose local and national realities of the European news made it happen. And it doesn’t sound bad at all.

“In the newsroom, during the meetings, at tea or coffee time, during our endless discussions at the sea side, a European common identity is created which has nothing to do with the institutional concept of Europe,” says Andréa Bilbao, a former intern from Spain.

On 23 -24 November, Eur@dio Nantes organised Néonet, a meeting where about 70 people gathered around an oval table to discuss the state of the art and the wishes for local European information. Participants represented 13 nationalities, coming from traditional journalism, broadcasting and the media world. They spent most of their time together confronting their experiences and suggested ways to improve radio and journalism education in Europe.

During the first day, the focus was on how to translate European information to bring it closer to citizens.

“After a policy has been decided, the politicians try to explain it to the people,” says Jean Lemaitre, coordinator of the DESS in European journalism in Brussels. “More than translating those policies, it would be important to create a common opinion that will influence them, before they are adopted.”

Communicating Europe is a real challenge. How is it possible to capture and discuss every facet of Europe, making it a subject of civic education, and not only an element of contemporary history?

There are language problems: the jargon-riddled language spoken by bureaucrats working in European institutions is boring, therefore the EU is boring. There are translation problems and different media cultures across Europe to bring together. One of the attendants acknowledged a loss of interest in the European issues by the “old” countries, while the states that have just entered the union consider its developments relevant news. 
However, there are also interests that go beyond football and the Eurovision contest, participants agree. EU information reaches the media when the impact of policies seeps into the daily life of European people.

On the second day of the conference, the discussions evolved around to the possibility of creating networks of journalism schools and educators to develop means to bring policy debate close to the citizens. Local journalism could be one of the solutions, and Eur@dio Nantes is on the road to discover its full potential. 

At the end of the conference, all the participants were invited to visit the studio of Euradio Nantes, hosted in a former shipyard. To listen to the radio, go to or, in France, turn the radio on 101.3 FM.