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The seminars will take place once a week and will have a duration of two (2) hours, (18:00 – 20:00).

Start date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 18:00 – 20:00

All workshops will be conducted online via a zoom platform and participants must have access to a fixed internet connection and a webcam. The workshops will be conducted in Greek and English without the possibility of simultaneous translation. Solomon Media Lab is a tuition-free lab.

After submitting and evaluating all the applications, the successful candidates of this phase will be invited for an interview. The final selection of students who will participate in the fourth session of Solomon Media Lab will be announced in early November 2020.

During and after the workshops, participants will be invited to discuss, plan and conduct their own research, utilizing the skills, methodology, information resources and network they developed during their training to create their own project. Solomon’s team will support the students throughout the process, providing guidance at all stages of their project. The project can be a text, photo project, video, documentary, sketch, or other format. The final projects will be published on the Solomon platform, and participants will receive payment for their contribution.

Solomon is organizing the latest session of Solomon Media Lab which will begin in November 2020 and end in April 2021.

Twelve (12) young journalists, researchers and other content creators will participate in a comprehensive webinars program, with the aim of promoting good practices for responsible and balanced journalism on refugee and immigrant issues.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discover various aspects of journalistic practices, as well as other research tools and procedures used to cover issues related to mobile populations. Participants will learn about the legal framework around asylum procedures and will become familiar with their proper use; they will gain an understanding on the avoidance of hate speech and prejudice, and the importance of including different perspectives and voices in their reporting.

During the seminars, participants will also have the opportunity to delve into topics such as the reported deportations and human rights violations at the border, the living conditions of asylum seekers at the Reception and Identification Centers on the Greek islands, and the effects of COVID-19 in the accommodation centers, the living and working conditions on the mainland, etc.

The workshops include speakers from the Solomon team and experienced fellow Greek and international media journalists, filmmakers, data analysts, anthropologists, as well as Refugee and Immigration experts, people from the community and representatives from refugee and immigrant communities.

The broader goal of the Solomon Media Lab is to increase the impact of journalistic research on immigration issues, to share our skills and experience, to bring different communities closer together, and to maintain an open dialogue that continues beyond the publication of each story.

As part of the new session of Solomon Media Lab, a relevant toolkit will be developed, which will be available on the Solomon platform. More will be announced later in the new year.

Solomon is organizing the latest session of Solomon Media Lab which will begin in November 2020 and end in April 2021.

Twelve (12) young journalists, researchers and other content creators will participate in a comprehensive webinars program, with the aim of promoting good practices for responsible and balanced journalism on refugee and immigrant issues.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to discover various aspects of journalistic practices, as well as other research tools and procedures used to cover issues related to mobile populations. Participants will learn about the legal framework around asylum procedures and will become familiar with their proper use; they will gain an understanding on the avoidance of hate speech and prejudice, and the importance of including different perspectives and voices in their reporting.

During the seminars, participants will also have the opportunity to delve into topics such as the reported deportations and human rights violations at the border, the living conditions of asylum seekers at the Reception and Identification Centers on the Greek islands, and the effects of COVID-19 in the accommodation centers, the living and working conditions on the mainland, etc.

The workshops include speakers from the Solomon team and experienced fellow Greek and international media journalists, filmmakers, data analysts, anthropologists, as well as Refugee and Immigration experts, people from the community and representatives from refugee and immigrant communities.

The broader goal of the Solomon Media Lab is to increase the impact of journalistic research on immigration issues, to share our skills and experience, to bring different communities closer together, and to maintain an open dialogue that continues beyond the publication of each story.

As part of the new session of Solomon Media Lab, a relevant toolkit will be developed, which will be available on the Solomon platform. More will be announced later in the new year.

Useful information

Applications are closed

The seminars will take place once a week and will have a duration of two (2) hours, (18:00 – 20:00).

Start date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 18:00 – 20:00

All workshops will be conducted online via a zoom platform and participants must have access to a fixed internet connection and a webcam. The workshops will be conducted in Greek and English without the possibility of simultaneous translation. Solomon Media Lab is a tuition-free lab.

After submitting and evaluating all the applications, the successful candidates of this phase will be invited for an interview. The final selection of students who will participate in the fourth session of Solomon Media Lab will be announced in early November 2020.

During and after the workshops, participants will be invited to discuss, plan and conduct their own research, utilizing the skills, methodology, information resources and network they developed during their training to create their own project. Solomon’s team will support the students throughout the process, providing guidance at all stages of their project. The project can be a text, photo project, video, documentary, sketch, or other format. The final projects will be published on the Solomon platform, and participants will receive payment for their contribution.

Meet our facilitators

If the refugee issue was a problem, there would be a solution

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Dimitris Christopoulos is president of the International Federation for Human Rights. University professor at the Department of Political Science and History of Panteion University and activist, he works particularly on issues related to migration, citizenship and other human rights issues.

Open source tools for Data Analysis & Visualizations

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Thanasis Troboukis is a journalist. He has worked as a reporter and Editor in Chief for some of the most successful Greek media. He set up the office of VICE Media in Greece, where he served as the Head of Content. His investigation about child trafficking in Greece was shortlisted for the Investigative Award of the European Press Prize 2017. He took part in the ICIJ’s cross border investigation of the Paradise Paper and later he was trained in Data Journalism at the LEDE program of Columbia Journalism School in New York, with a full scholarship from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Rights amidst more militarization and securitization of the borders

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Maria Paraskeva is Legal expert and Project Coordinator at HumanRights360. She has studied law and she has practiced administrative and criminal law as well as immigration and refugee law in Greece. She has also worked in the field, providing counselling and legal assistance in refugee camps.

Maria has participated in drafting and implementing several projects coordinated by Universities in the field of humanities. During 2015, she worked at the Ministry of Migration Policy and has enriched her prior experience by integrating key aspects of policy to projects.

She has worked with UNHCR Greece supporting the second instance procedures and has followed closely the developments on the asylum procedures and the relevant legislative amendments as well the judiciary engagements of the European and Greek Courts. Throughout her work, she has focused on humanitarian issues and she has defended human rights in courts, while she has implemented programs in order to develop effective strategies to facilitate persons in need of protection.

Choosing the appropriate words – Journalistic coverage of refugee issues

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Ioannis Papadopoulos is a journalist in free and investigative reporting in the newspaper Kathimerini. He studied journalism at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed his master’s degree in print journalism and multimedia at Emerson College in Boston. He worked for the newspapers Aggelioforos of Thessaloniki (2004-2007) and TA NEA (2008-2014). His reports have been published in the German edition of Le Monde Diplomatique, on the website of the German newspaper Zeit, on Vice.gr and Insidestory.gr. In 2016 he was selected as a finalist for the Special Award of the European Press Prize. In 2017 he won the 3rd prize in the print reporting category at the European Migration Media Award.

Failing and why it matters

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Based in Greece, write for English speaking media such as Al Jazeera English, Guardian and Independent focussed on migration and borders and have reported from places such as Calais, Bosnia, Croatia and Lesbos along the migration route.

What is collaborative journalism

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Daniel is a long-form writer and experienced editor. He has been a foreign correspondent for the Economist, the Guardian and the Independent. He’s a migration expert, Visiting Fellow at Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre and was Senior Editor at Refugees Deeply. Daniel is a two-times winner of the Migration Media Award, nominee at the True Stories Award, and finalist at the Online Journalism Awards.

Resistance Through Storytelling: The Necessary Power of Citizen Journalism

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Douglas F. Herman is a film director, journalist, media artist and veteran media arts teacher from New York. Having pioneered the Career in Technical Education film and video program at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, Douglas also co-founded ReFOCUS Media Labs Foundation and currently serves as the educational director, equipping refugees with professional media creation tools and instruction. Their ground-breaking media arts program on Lesvos, Greece has trained over a hundred refugees in professional media creation skills, whose works have been included in numerous festivals, conferences and classrooms throughout America and Europe.

More facilitators will be announced soon…

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