The project You(th) Challenging Diversity: Representation of Minorities in the New Media aims to attract young people aged 18 – 35 to discuss and analyze how to provide open access to the new media to all citizens as well as how to build good multicultural practices in the media by presenting examples of cooperation and living-together.

The project is concentrated around research on new media and minorities (to be done in the period June-July 2015), and 4 events are to take part in each of the participating countries (Croatia, Greece, Bulgaria and Macedonia). Each event will last 2 days and will provide a different perspective of the project’s topic (open access of new media, stereotyping, multicultural practices online) mirrored through presentations, panel discussions and workshops of experts, media professionals, local representatives and participants. However, the final event is to take place in Skopje, Macedonia in a form of Final Youth Forum where the topics covered from the previous events will be correlated and summarized.

The outcomes of the project will encompass an online media research providing a regional perspective of the issue, as well as recommendations on how to report on national minorities and how to promote diversity that are going to be delivered to the media in their home countries, international organizations, NGOs, municipalities.

This project aims to:

  • Raise the awareness about the representation of national minorities in new media;
  • Boost the quality of the media reporting;
  • Stimulate exchange between journalists, NGO activists and media workers on European level, as well as to strengthen the intercultural cross-border cooperation through regional cooperation mechanisms;
  • Promote intercultural learning, preserve diversity through minority rights’ protection and to empower European youth on active citizenship and participation in the society;
  • Enhance the Europe for Citizens visibility.

The general objectives of the Europe for Citizens Programme targeted by the project is to foster European citizenship and to improve conditions for civic and democratic participation at Union level, whereas the specific aims of the programme will include encouraging democratic and civic participation of citizens at Union level, by developing citizens’ understanding of the Union policy making-process and promoting opportunities for societal and intercultural engagement and volunteering at Union level.

The following events will take place as part of the Youth Challenging Diversity (YouCD) project:

  1. 10-11 May 2015, Buje/Brtonigla, Croatia
    Youth Forum: New Media – New Opportunities? The Newity They Bring to Diversity;
  1. 11-12 September 2015, Chania, Greece
    Youth Forum: Online (Stereo)Typing: How We Portray Minorities in Everyday Life through New Media?;
  1. 27-28 November 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria
    Youth Forum: Stories That Connect, Examples That Direct: Good Practices in Representing Minorities Online;
  1. 3-4 March 2016, Skopje, Macedonia
    Final Youth Forum: You(th) Challenging Diversity: Representation of Minorities in the New Media.

The project duration is 2 years, from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2016.