Media awards aiming to bridge generation gap

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Bridging the growing generation gap across Europe is the theme of this year’s round of a pan-European citizen journalism contest.

Organisers of the International Citizen Media Award say the rise in the number of older people across the continent is one of the biggest issues facing Europe as we head into the second decade of the 21st century.

They’re looking for media products, such as radio reports, television programmes or internet projects showing how young people and older people can work together to campaign for a better life for all Europeans.

“Common civic involvement is the key to solidarity between the generations and the positive development of society in Europe,” says a spokesman for the awards.

“Outstanding products about active aging and solidarity between the generations are going to be recognized. Beside the personal interest, quality, medial implementation, activity, authenticity, extent and relevance of research, design elements and innovativeness are relevant for the jury’s decision.”

Over 50 entries were received for the last round of awards in 2011, and organisers are hoping to build on that this year.

Cash prizes of up to €1,000 and the chance to participate in an international media camp are up for grabs for the lucky winners.

The competition is open worldwide to single participants, groups, associations, civil initiatives, school classes and especially for producers, actors and editorial teams in the field of citizen media work.

Entries have to be in by 31 July 2012 – and should be submitted to the Bennohaus international media centre via their website.

The awards are supported by the German Federal Association of Citizens’ and Education Media in Hannover, the community centre Bürgerhaus Bennohaus Münster and the European Youth4Media Network.

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