The second edition of our Multimedia Connector for Youth took place between the 9th and 12th of July in Vadul lui Voda and Chisinau. 160 young people from Moldova’s regions came to learn about new media, participative journalism, the power of photo and video, manipulation and misinformation in the media, and much more.
The Multimedia Connector for Youth is a combination of exercises and presentations, workshops and projections on civic activism and citizen journalism, media education and online safety. It’s divided into two parts, one for a smaller group of 45 girls and boys held in Vadul lui Voda, where the youth are guided by Romanian and Moldovan trainers through 4 workshops:
- Video Storytelling
- Digital Storytelling
- Mobile Journalism
- Civic journalism and social media
- Media Toastmasters (public speaking)
Each group produced up to 3 media products. A steering committee and audience’s voting were used to select the best, who were awarded prizes.
The second part is held in Chisinau and is open to a larger group of youth, with over 100 attending. A discussion panel was organized for the attendees having as invitees’ journalists from the leading independent media: TV 8, Pro TV, diez.md and Valeriu Rașcu (vlogger, Banca de Bancuri).
The event ended with the launch of a contest: “Writing from my locality”. Only participants at the event can apply, meaning we will have potentially 160 video, photos, text and multimedia reports from different localities around Moldova.
The contest aims to promote the voice of young people, encourage them to write, film and talk about the reality around them. The best ten young ‘reporters’ will win a smart phone, which will help them to develop their media skills and produce reports on topics from their regions. All participants will be invited to an award ceremony that will take place in Chisinau on 29th of October and is part of Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2019.
The event is organized by Youth Media Centre and IREX Europe in the framework of Empowering Youth to Become Civic Actors Project, funded by the European Union.