E4S enabled young media professionals from 12 EU Member States (Malta, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania) to gain a thorough understanding of development issues by immersing them in African, Sub-Saharan societies and allowing them to experience, first hand, the difficulties and challenges the peoples of the region face. It also enabled them to gain additional insight into development aid and cooperation.
The programme comprised four rounds, which brought together 10 European and 10 African journalists. Each round included an introduction phase, consisting of initial training and team building in Brussels. Participants were then required to conduct preliminary research into their subject of investigation, which they subsequently carried out within 10 days, in-situ, turning their journalistic work into video, sound bites, and text. The round was concluded by a post-production, final phase, carried out at the Deutsche Welle headquarters in Bonn.
The participants' work ranged across diverse topics, including a behind-the-scenes look at Nollywood, Nigeria's bustling film industry, as well as an investigation of child labor in a fishing community in Ghana, and a research on the prevalence of sex crimes in Johannesburg, South Africa.
For this three-year project, the EJC collaborated with Prospective Internationale and Deutsche Welle Akademie, leader of the programme.
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