The Young Reporters Against Poverty (YRAP) competition, organised by the EJC, was the first pan-European competition for journalism students passionate about development issues.
Applicants for the YRAP competition (EU citizens, aged 18-30, studying journalism, communications, international affairs, or development at a EU institution of higher education) had to submit a short journalistic story concerning EU external development aid.
A total of 166 students from all EU 27 Member States applied for the 33 finalist spots. A team of 27 media partners, composed of our network of contacts in leading mainstream media organisations throughout the EU, helped to select the best candidates from their country and designate the members of the finalist group, who were then asked to come to Brussels and cover the 2010 edition of the European Development Days (EDD). Their coverage – articles, radio broadcasts, photos, and tweets – were posted on the dedicated YRAP website for everyone to follow.
After the EDD, the finalists had one week to perfect their reporting, which was subsequently presented to a jury of journalists and media professionals. The jury selected three winners, who were then invited to a three-day press trip in Tanzania in June 2011, where they visited a number of EU funded projects and met with local journalism students and media professional.
YRAP was financed by the European Commission’s EuropAid Co-operation Office.