From 23rd to 25th September 2015, ALDA took part to the second edition of SumLab in Cesena, Italy, presenting the Citizen Journalists initiative as a strategy conceived to involve citizen participation in development issues through communication and journalism.

After the successful results achieved last year with the first edition in Matera, Italy, the SumLab also took place this year, focusing on the theme of “Cross-border Communication”. The 3-days seminar was characterized by presentations, lessons, workshops and contributions by communication officers and experts, sharing innovative techniques and methodologies used in the communication field, referring to the topic of the year.

Elena Debonis, Communication Officer of ALDA, took part to the seminar presenting the Citizen Journalists initiative as strategy developed in the framework of the LADDER project. Citizen Journalists is an initiative that aims at developing a network of people interested in Development Education and Raising Awareness, giving their contribution through communication and journalism. Participants cannot be experts in journalism and have to come from the 18 EU and 17 non-EU countries of LADDER’s consortium. After the selection of the Citizen Journalists, participants will attend a training on communication tools, drafting techniques, video reporting, as well as development issues. Once the network is ready, they will start drafting news and creating reports and interviews in their countries, at the local level, having an impact at global level. In fact, their outputs will be published and spread among ALDA and LADDER’s channels.

SumLab is a learning and knowledge network of EU communicators dealing with policies, both at the project and programme level. It focuses on practical learning, inviting high level experts and exchanging innovative experiences, with a people-based, bottom-up and non-institutional approach.

This initiative represents an important occasion to build a heterogeneous network of people sharing same interests that want to get involved in issues of global relevance. Furthermore, this opportunity is in line with ALDA’s mission of fostering citizen participation and including all citizens in the community life, but it also meets the DEAR policies of the EYD 2015 – the European Year for Development – flagship initiative of the EU for 2015, that aims at raising the awareness of citizens on development issues, informing them how the taxpayers’ money is spent by the EU with regards to development.

Useful links:
Citizen Journalists presentation (Prezi presentation)
LADDER website 

From 23rd to 25th September 2015, ALDA took part to the second edition of SumLab in Cesena, Italy, presenting the Citizen Journalists initiative as a strategy conceived to involve citizen participation in development issues through communication and journalism.

After the successful results achieved last year with the first edition in Matera, Italy, the SumLab also took place this year, focusing on the theme of “Cross-border Communication”. The 3-days seminar was characterized by presentations, lessons, workshops and contributions by communication officers and experts, sharing innovative techniques and methodologies used in the communication field, referring to the topic of the year.

Elena Debonis, Communication Officer of ALDA, took part to the seminar presenting the Citizen Journalists initiative as strategy developed in the framework of the LADDER project. Citizen Journalists is an initiative that aims at developing a network of people interested in Development Education and Raising Awareness, giving their contribution through communication and journalism. Participants cannot be experts in journalism and have to come from the 18 EU and 17 non-EU countries of LADDER’s consortium. After the selection of the Citizen Journalists, participants will attend a training on communication tools, drafting techniques, video reporting, as well as development issues. Once the network is ready, they will start drafting news and creating reports and interviews in their countries, at the local level, having an impact at global level. In fact, their outputs will be published and spread among ALDA and LADDER’s channels.

SumLab is a learning and knowledge network of EU communicators dealing with policies, both at the project and programme level. It focuses on practical learning, inviting high level experts and exchanging innovative experiences, with a people-based, bottom-up and non-institutional approach.

This initiative represents an important occasion to build a heterogeneous network of people sharing same interests that want to get involved in issues of global relevance. Furthermore, this opportunity is in line with ALDA’s mission of fostering citizen participation and including all citizens in the community life, but it also meets the DEAR policies of the EYD 2015 – the European Year for Development – flagship initiative of the EU for 2015, that aims at raising the awareness of citizens on development issues, informing them how the taxpayers’ money is spent by the EU with regards to development.

Useful links:
Citizen Journalists presentation (Prezi presentation)
LADDER website