The Young Journalists program is a non-standard, non-formal education practice, with basic tools in journalism and the media, aimed at adolescents and young people aged 13-25.
The Young Journalists, a group of teenagers and young refugees, immigrants / three and Greeks / identities, publish the newspaper “Migratory Birds” and produce podcasts for the internet radio “Pikralida”. The newspaper is published as an insert with the Journal of the Editors and includes texts in English, Arabic, Greek, Urdu and Farsi. The “Migratory Birds” also fly on the internet, with the website migratorybirds.gr.
The content of the printed and electronic newspaper and radio broadcasts is produced exclusively by the members of the group, with the encouragement of the Network. The aim of the program is to transmit the principles and values of journalism, to promote intercultural dialogue, to help children exercise their basic rights, such as the right to freedom of opinion and expression, to strengthen their integration into society, and to fight xenophobia.
The reason for creating the program was the reluctance of those living in refugee camps to speak to journalists, as they believed that their story would not be captured properly.
The program was included as a promising good practice and example of participatory learning between peers in a practical handbook for professionals working with children, compiled by the Directorate for Children’s Rights of the Council of Europe.
The internet radio broadcasts are produced exclusively by teenage appeals, immigrants and Greeks with the encouragement of the Network. With this program, the Network aims to transmit the principles and values of journalism, to promote intercultural dialogue and to help children exercise their basic rights, such as the right to freedom of opinion and expression.