Freedom under Pressure – NPA Seminar in Oslo April 2017

How can young media makers address struggles for freedom of expression and human rights?

Young conscious media makers are crucial for today’s Nordic societies. In our current era of rapidly intensified racism and xenophobia, we must work to protect civil rights and liberties for all. Nordic countries are placed at the top of human rights indexes every year. But we spend little time actually reflecting on our state of human rights implementation. Together we are going to explore this and create new and innovative media productions.

In April 2017 the Nordic Press Association (NPA) is hosting a seminar for young Nordic media makers in Oslo. This seminar aims to bring together young media makers from the Nordic countries, to investigate and dig deeper into human rights and freedom of speech.

Where? Oslo, Norway
When? 25th – 30th of April
Deadline to apply: 13th of February. The deadline has been extended for danish and norwegian applicants until February 25th midnight.
Language of the seminar and working groups: English
How many will get accepted A maximum of 10 people from each country

Work and expected results
Media production will be the main part of the seminar. Participants from Nordic countries will be split into groups of three, ideally with three very different approaches to journalism.
During our five-day seminar, we aim to get an understanding of issues regarding freedom of expression and human rights in the Nordic countries – always from a young and new perspective.

During the seminar, a number of editors will be supervising the work in the production teams. The editors themselves are young media makers with different backgrounds and vast experience in their field. The participants will be able to constantly communicate with the editors and get guidance and instructions.

We encourage all young 18 to 30 year old Nordic media makers to apply for the seminar, especially from different minorities. In the application form, participants will be asked to pitch a story that they want to produce during the seminar. A committee will choose the participants from the following criteria, the first being the most important:

– Quality and the potential of the applicant’s pitch for a story
– Previous media, education and/or work experience
– How well the specific skill set of an applicant can be incorporated into a group of three

Applicants will be notified about the decision as soon as the editorial group has read all of the applications and chosen the participants for the seminar. When preparing for the seminar, participants will be required to do some work on the story they are going to produce during the seminar. This will include the production of some photo/video material, research material or graphic material.

Tuesday April 25
*  Check-in and Arrival of participants @Thon Hotel Check-In booth – NPA organizers welcoming participants

Wednesday April 26
*  9-11 Getting to know each other & introduction to the organising institutions – team building exercises
*  11-12 Introduction to theme by Amnesty Norway and Fritt Ord
*  12-13 Lunch – Lecture by Kyrre Lien about his project The Internet Warriors
13-14.30 division into reporting groups, group dynamics
*  14.30-18 framing stories in groups with editors, start of work
*  19-20 dinner

Thursday April 27
*  9 – 12 Workshop: Online research and digital visualisation – Ståle de Lange Kofooed @Høyskolen Kristiania Oslo
11-12 Lunch
*  12-16 work in reporting groups
*  16-17.30 Jessikka Aro: being a target for propaganda because of journalistic work + Øystein Bogen about Russian trolls + Q&A @Stopp Pressen
18 daily debriefing in small groups
*  19-21 dinner

Friday April 28
*  08.30 – 11 Study visit to Norwegian public broadcaster NRK with discussion – How does NRK work to expose what’s fake news?
*  11-12 Lunch @NRK
*  12 – 17 work in reporting groups
*  18 – 20 dinner

Saturday April 29
9-16 Work in reporting groups and finishing projects
*  18 Presentations: all groups present their work and projects @Mathallen Oslo – public event
*  20 Dinner @Mathallen Oslo 

Sunday April 30
*  Departure

Accommodation, lodging and travel
For all participants at the seminar, accommodation with three meals a day and lodging in Oslo will be fully covered by NPA funds. Furthermore, all travel costs up to a total sum of 160 EURO will be reimbursed to participants shortly after the seminar has ended. It’s important that you keep all of your receipts – otherwise we can’t reimburse you.

Please note that participating in the whole seminar programme is compulsory and that you will receive a reimbursement of your travels upon completion of all parts of the seminar.

Deadlines and pre-work
The application deadline is on the 13th of February 2017. Participants will be announced shortly after the deadline has expired. All participants will be contacted by an editor of the seminar, and will be asked to prepare some work to bring to Oslo.

The seminar is founded by Nordbuk Foundation, Erasmus+, Fritt Ord and Norsk Journalistlag.
The project is completed with support from the EU-program ‘Akiv Ungdom’.


If you have inquiries regarding anything related to the seminar, feel free to get in contact with your country’s project manager:

Trude Furuly president of Norsk Journalistlag Student
Phone: +47 45416528

Sandra Rönnsved president of Ung Media Sverige
Phone: +46 733777766

Mikael Rasch international coordinator of Ungdomsproduktion
Phone: +45 26277435

Anna Takala contact person of Nuoret Journalistic
Phone: +35 8405437741

NPA is an association between the youth media organisations in the Nordic countries. We have already organised one similar seminar in Copenhagen in September 2016. We aim to promote the young Nordic media makers, facilitate Nordic cooperation and organise training in the form of seminars.