Maastricht 2017 Application as Editors: Jasmin MyllĂ¤ri & Marsel Szopinski
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The driving motive behind our application is to expand our own horizons, both personally as well as a team. We have already worked together in a Media Team which provides us with useful insight to each otherâ€™s working methods. However, as we have a lot of different experiences both in EYP and work in the field of media, we would surely gain a lot of newfound knowledge ourselves just through editing together. Furthermore, we both have strong personalities, capable of managing a leadership position, although making sure there is an overall integrity in the team dynamics. This indirectly relates to the session theme on a metalevel, as the Maastricht treaty is one of the founding stones of European integrity. The crucial part of our organisation lies within the inclusivity of all cultures and backgrounds, which we would like to emphasise in our vision. As we have learnt so much from being involved with the European Youth Parliament ourselves, we wish to provide our Media Team Members a chance to grow throughout this experience. Emphasis is put particularly on developing a sense of responsibility in our team, as our work will be project-based with ideas initiated and executed by the Media Team Members themselves. Furthermore, through extensive trainings and continuous feedback throughout the session, both from us to our team and from our team to us, we hope to aid our team in developing their communication skills also regarding giving and receiving feedback as well as providing alternative solutions. In conclusion, Maastricht 2017 is the perfect chance to enrich ourselves, but also enrich others, leading to personal growth of every participant throughout the session.
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I am Jasmin Mylläri, a 19 year old student living in London, UK, though I originally come from Helsinki, Finland. I’m very interested in understanding how the powerfield of the world works, and for that reason I’m studying History and International Relations for my Bachelors degree. I find the session theme to be one that suits this interest of mine, as I consider uniting Europe to be one of the most impactful moves on a global political scale. In addition to being active in EYP media, I have engaged with media production through other platforms as well. Back in high school, I contributed to the school newspaper through writing, illustrating and lay outing different pieces for each issue throughout my time in high school (http:// www.hel.fi/www/ressul/fi/harrastus-kilpailu/ parskeita-lehti). Furthermore, I have done a brief internship at Otavamedia oy, one of the largest publishing houses in Finland, during which I assisted in photoshoots, proofread articles, archived imagery, attended brainstorming meetings for issue content and wrote some short pieces for print and the web. This summer I also had the opportunity to work as the Media Director at Kesä-Safari 2016, which was a week-long “camp” for societal action (http://safarimatka.fi/). The event was run by Demos Helsinki, the largest think tank in Finland, and focused on bringing high school students
together with NGOs, companies and governing bodies concerning various urban issues. I have a lot of experience with leading a team, as I have undertaken several group leader training courses and worked as one for 4 years at my past job. When pairing this experience with my background in both visual and theatre arts, I am confident that I can contribute to structuring a creative flow within the Media Team. As an Editor, I believe the highest quality of output comes when one works on projects they are truly passionate about and hence personally invested in. I aim to be the team leader who supports her team members in bringing the ideas they are most intrigued by to reality. References: Karin-Liis Lahtmäe (firstname.lastname@example.org) Koka Kapanadze (email@example.com)
My name is Marsel Szopinski, I am 19 years old and I live in the capital of Switzerland: Bern. As you might be able to tell, though, my name is not very Swiss - it is in fact Polish. Having grown up multiculturally, I mostly consider myself European. Currently, I study media and communication sciences at the University of Fribourg, which is highly interesting from the point of view of EYP media. My studies allow me to gain theoretical insights into the practical work I do, facilitating and explaining different issues we deal with. Next to EYP, I also am engaged as the Media Director of the International Student Environmental Coalition (ISEC), where I mostly work on graphic and web design (http://www.isecoalition.org/) as well as our communication facilities. I am also the editor and photographer for the organisation’s own magazine, focussed on sustainable clothing (ThriftMag: https://issuu.com/iseco/docs/thriftmag).
Furthermore, I am fully aware of minor linguistic nuances and facilitating the proofreading of even bigger products, such as the “Laax Magazine”. Overall, my profile is very much focussed on media and communication, but also the scientifical, empirical parts of the matter. Thus, I strongly believe I would contribute well to the general vision for the session as well as our Editorial one. References: Karin-Liis Lahtmäe (firstname.lastname@example.org) Liora Lemberg (email@example.com)
Considering my writing skills, I have been involved in creative writing for an extended time (such as short stories or poetry), but also contributed to many articles in EYP (cf. Portfolio).
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European Integrity Taking into consideration the session theme, we embrace the Maastricht Treaty as a major part of our own vision and regard the topic of European Integrity as a focal one. With conflicts in the East and West, such as the Brexit in the United Kingdom or right-wing radicalisation in Poland, Europe is confronted by fundamental instability. Our organisation, the European Youth Parliament, provides an infrastructure to overcome these conflicts and to fight prejudice at its very roots. Unity stands in the focus of our vision. Not only by encompassing cultural diversity, but also by creating a close-knit atmosphere, a purposeful sense of belonging in our Media Team. After all, we still believe in Europe.
To implement the session theme, we want to provide the entire media team a training on the history of the EU as well as different bodies within the union. Having this module for our Media Team would ease them in incorporating an academic viewpoint to their projects when discussing the session theme. For this module, we’d again like to emphasize cooperation among different teams, as it is one that is usually led by a Vice-President for the Chairs’ team.
Cooperation Unity is also important on a more general level — between all the Officials. Herewith, we long to follow a trend set by session, such as Laax 2016, which pioneered in surmounting segregation between the respective teams. It can only be done by active involvement of the Organising Team as well as a close and well-balanced cooperation between Journalists and their Chairpersons. Closely including the Media Team in the academic preparation of the Session is of vast importance for said cooperation, but also facilitates the experience of Delegates, through products like Resolution Briefings. The specifics, however, need to be discussed with the Board to find the best solution for everyone.
Creativity At Maastricht 2017, every participant should experience an opportunity to live their creativity. Our goal is to establish a platform in our Media Team, which embodies projects the Journalists come-up with themselves during preliminary brainstorming (for example using RealTime Board). Once again emphasising cooperation between the teams, we also welcome contributions to our media outputs through other Officials, be it in articles or social media. Maastricht is the place to fully develop one’s abilities and venture out in the world more consciously after.
In Focus Issues: In total, we plan on releasing two written issues, which mostly reflect the academic aspect of our vision, but also leave space for creative and humoristic articles. We aim to publish a digital issue before the session showcasing content from each Journalist. The ‘red thread’ of the first issue would be elaborating on the session theme as best seen by the Journalists. Creating the issue would also double as hands-on presession training for the team. The second one would revolve more around the session itself, giving the freedom to our Journalist to define the focal points of their articles. The idea is to create more than a piece of paper (if it will be possible to print) for the participants to reflect on for years to come.
Photography: The images shall be representative, but also engaging. Ideally, around 50 pictures would be uploaded to Facebook, in order to keep transparency and make it possible for externals to grasp the progress of the session visually. Additional pictures could be added to the folders or a separate google drive for the participants to access. However, we wish to give our Editorial Assistant the freedom to implement their concept. They would be in charge of planning the coverage of each event, preferably engaging two Journalists per event. Videography: Our Maastricht video output would consist of up to three concise and high quality clips. The precise conceptualisation would be for the Video Editor to manage, but should involve the Journalists in each production in order to leave room for their personal projects.
Social Media: Except for Facebook, we leave it up to our Media Team members to agree upon channels they wish to integrate in their work. Even though social media are becoming increasingly important, they are not easy to implement during sessions, as the focus remains on the academics and the participants do not often find the time to engage in them. In this case, less is more. Not to forget is the importance of entertainment when using channels such as Snapchat, Instagram or Jodel. Training and Brainstorming: We are planning on leading trainings both before and during the session. The presession trainings would focus on improving the technical and creative thinking skills of the Media Team Members through short tasks relating to photography, filming, post-processing foot-
age and structuring writing. The Editorial Assistants will also be provided the opportunity to introduce their vision regarding their field in media and issuing training tasks that ensure this vision will be fulfilled during the session. As our vision is project-based, we would also start off with brainstorming on the online platform RealTime Board, which can be used in building an interactive mind map. During CJO training, we plan on leading various modules together with the Editorial Assistants from which the Journalists have the freedom to choose which ones to attend. The modules would focus on photography, videography, social media as well as creative and academic writing. In addition to these, weâ€™d like to provide the team with an EU training, as outlined earlier in the vision.
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