Do you consider yourself a blogger, podcaster, influencer? Do you produce your own original content on subjects that matter to society? Would you like to develop your platform and strengthen your technical, digital and business skills, while meeting your peers in the region?
If you answered yes, then this opportunity might just be for you!
Canal France International (CFI), in cooperation with Mediacentar Sarajevo, Albanian Media Institute, Montenegro Media Institute, Macedonian Institute for Media, Novi Sad School of Journalism and Foundation for Information, Media, Dialogue and Education KosovaLive invite you to apply to the “Balkans Voices” Digital Media Program.
Who can apply?
If you want to participate in the “Balkans Voices” Digital Media Program, you must:
- Be aged 18-30 years-old;
- Be a resident of one of the six targeted countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia;
- Have a basic Level of English (understanding and speaking (minimum B1 level)) in order to be able to communicate with fellow participants and to participate in the activities without issue;
- Be available to participate in the activities of the program
- Be able to demonstrate a minimum of three months of active media content production and audience reach through your platform;
- Be willing to cover social, environmental or cultural subjects such as (but not limited to) :
- Youth employment and Innovation;
- Value opportunities for young people from the Western Balkans;
- Migration and Return;
- Identities and Minorities (LGBTQ+, Roma, Ashkali etc.);
- Gender and gender equality;
- Human rights;
- Topics generally linked to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
About the “Balkans Voices” Digital Media Program
The “Balkans Voices” Digital Media Program is part of the Balkans Voices project, financed by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and implemented by CFI in concordance with Cooperation and Cultural Action Services of the French Embassies in the targeted countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
The program aims to strengthen the skills of the new media contributors among young people aged 18-30 years old in the above mentioned countries.
Activities of the “Balkans Voices” Digital Media Program
After the selection process, you’ll join a pool of approximately 60 young media content producers from the six targeted countries and you’ll participate in the activities of the program:
- An online regional conference, to be held on the 3rd and 4th of June 2021, bringing together the 60 young people selected. This will allow you to attend round-table events, debates, keynote speeches, breakout sessions along with contributors to the region’s online media sector. You’ll also have the opportunity to discover other young people’s projects and to interact online.
The conference will cover topics such as:
- Challenges to being a young media player in the Western Balkans countries
- Building online audiences
- Media content promotion
- Media product monetisation
- Managing hate speech and hateful comments
- Using influence to promote social/environmental/cultural issues and to empower vulnerable groups
- Regional workshops, to be held in September and October of 2021: You will have the opportunity to take part in a 3 day workshop in one of the capitals of the six countries (should traveling be possible at this time) and participate in training sessions with a group of 15 other young people from targeted countries.
Workshops will cover topics such as:
- New media economics models
- Using audience data to steer your content
- Career development tools
- Photo, video, sound production
- Staying safe in an online environment
Among the 60 media content producers, a select number of applicants will be chosen to participate in further activities:
- A one-week incubation program in Paris in November 2021 (approximately 18 young people will be identified and selected from the conference and workshops) and six months of mentorship (12 participants from the incubation session will then be supported through mentorship).
 Organised by a French service provider to be chosen later by CFI.