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Maastricht - May 7, 2012Data takes off
With the launch of the Data Journalism Handbook and the School of Data Journalism training, data driven journalism (DDJ) was the most popular topic at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, last week. The collaborative book, coordinated by the EJC and the Open Knowledge Foundation is freely available online. A printed version and an e-book will be published by O’Reilly Media later in May. Tip sheets and notes from the Perugia workshops are available here. More details about the the next DDJ event can be found here ».Press freedom in Russia
The EJC will organise a Press Freedom Debate in Maastricht on 11 May, in cooperation with the city of Maastricht and the Foundation Médaille Charlemagne. Dmitry Muratov, the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, the Russian newspaper which won the 2012 Charlemagne Medal for European media, will take part in the debate. Applications and interview requests can be sent to Bianca Lemmens ».Will Europe lead the third industrial revolution?
Can the EU boost its competitiveness and relaunch economic growth? The EJC and the European Commission's DG Enterprise and Industry are inviting 60 journalists to discuss this question with the European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Vice-President Antonio Tajani and other EU officials. The high-level seminar will take place in Brussels on 29 May. Apply here ».2012 European Consumer Summit
The EJC will invite a group of 30 EU journalists specialising in consumer issues for a press seminar to be held in parallel with the 2012 European Consumer Summit taking place in Brussels on 29 May. The event will offer an in-depth look at EU consumer policies on consumer safety, financial services and air passenger rights. Selected journalists will be able to interview EU Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli and meet with leading independent experts and Brussels-based correspondents. Apply here ».Cypriot journalists meet EU policy makers
As Cyprus takes on the EU Presidency on 1 July at a time of pressing economic challenges, a group of 18 Cypriot journalists will be given the opportunity to meet and interview high-level officials, policy makers and experts during a three-day seminar to be held in Brussels on 30 May-1 June. Apply here ».ThinkBrigade tackles Rio+20
With a new story published every day, ThinkBrigaders are actively working together to achieve best practices in multi-media reporting and have contributed more than 30 articles on global topics since the launch of the ThinkBrigade platform on 10 April. Take a look at the latest stories ahead of the Rio+20 Conference to be held in Rio de Janeiro on 20-22 June ».Balkans beyond borders
Through a series of lectures, ad-hoc meetings and tailored visits to take place in Luxembourg on 21-28 June, the EJC will give the chance to a selected group of young reporters from the Western Balkan countries to discuss the EU enlargement process and discover the Grand Duchy and the European institutions it harbours. For more information, contact Elise Rochez ».Unveiling EU actions in South Africa
European correspondents based in South Africa will soon have the opportunity to discover and visit the most interesting EU funded projects in the country, during a briefing in Johannesburg jointly organised by the EJC and the European Commission's DG DEVCO. For more information, contact Sonia Mihalikova ».Journalism training in Bolivia
Together with local partner Fundación para el Periodismo (FPP), the EJC implemented three back-to-back workshops led by veteran former Reuters journalist Oliver Wates. Held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra and La Paz, the courses offered training techniques for a group of future FPP trainers as well as intensive practical journalism workshops for reporters from across the country. A total of 46 Bolivian trainers and journalists joined the workshops from 30 April to 12 May and received the joint FPP-EJC course completion certificate ».Celebrating the past and the future
This year the EJC will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a conference on 4 June addressing future challenges to journalism education. The programme includes a keynote speech by Howard Finberg from the Poynter Insitute. Attendance is by invitation-only but proceedings will be made available after the event. For more information, contact Bianca Lemmens ».
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