Citizen Journalists on Tour



DE, PL + 3 x EU

Citizen Journalists on Tour is a training course for talented young journalists, youth workers, educators, activists and other multipliers from Estonia, Germany, Greece, Poland and Sweden on the issue of migration in Europe.

The program consists of three parts:

  • In the first part, the participants are introduced to the topic and provided with a deeper understanding of the situation of asylum seekers and refugees in Europe. Special emphasis is put on the media discourse in the participating countries and the representation of affected people.
  • In the second part, the participants form small teams and embark upon a two-and-a-half-day research trip to such places as Berlin and Warsaw. They visit public institutions, meet with representatives of civil society, the media and the EU, conduct interviews and discuss the issue with various stakeholders.
  • In the third and last part, the participants come back together in Krzyżowa and process their collected material. They document their experiences in an online publication and develop a "handbook" in which they give advice how to speak about people seeking refuge in a non-discriminatory way. In addition, possibilities of using the developed material in media education are presented.​

Goals of the project

The goal of "Citizen Journalists on Tour" is to empower the participants to effectively counter negative representation of asylum seekers, immigrants and refugees in their local contexts. More specifically, the participants shall:

  • acquire a deeper understanding of the migration issue in Europe
  • learn to critically assess media coverage with regard to the representation of immigrants
  • create a "handbook" on how to treat the subject sympathetically.

To achieve these goals a variety of methods will be applied, including individual and group work, peer-to-peer learning, team-building exercises, informal and self-experience based learning.

Partners and Sponsors

Krzyżowa Foundation for European Understanding, Poland
Estonian Refugee Council, Estonia
Ekopso Nostos, Greece
Öresundpuls, Sweden

The project is co-financed by the European Union programme Erasmus+.