Get involved in LADDER Citizen Journalist Initiative

The WHO & the WHAT? 

• If you are a journalism lover and you practice it  – or would be interested to practice – in a non-professional way (maybe you write on a local paper, or you run a blog, or you are part of a university radio, or… you tell us!)

• If you are interested on global issues (including migration, human rights, development, poverty eradication, citizens’ participation, youth engagement, solidarity, cohesion and mutual understanding, women’s rights, multi-culturalism etc) from a local/national/European/global perspective

• If you are tightly connected to JEF Europe (you may be a volunteer, a member, but not a staff member)

• If you are a citizen of any age (youngsters most welcome!) from the EU and its Neighborhood

… then apply to the initiative! 

The project LADDER will create a network of citizen journalists (approx 50 people) from all over the enlarged Europe (all the EU countries represented by LADDER partners) who are already or wish to be involved, non professionally, in journalistic activities covering development issues

The WHY? 

We are setting up this network of citizens’ journalist because we believe that citizens are the CORE element of every democracy and society. Covering/ Writing about development issues is one thing, being promoted is another. We believe in your skills & want to support your coverage! JEF will select 2 citizen journalists, who will benefit from a dedicated support to promote their work (eg: booking a space on a newspaper, online blog, promoting the articles within its network, participation in local events etc).

In order to strengthen & promote the citizen journalist network and ensure its operational capacity, a dedicated training will be delivered, which will gather all selected citizen journalists. The trainers will include both ALDA experts, and external experts, and will enhance communication & journalism skills as well as development related topics knowledge. The date and venue of the training are under discussion and will be communicated once agreed.The costs for participation (travel & accommodation) for the selected participants will be covered by LADDER.

The citizen journalist network of LADDER will operate during the three-year project, until its completion in December 2017, and the pieces produced by the citizen journalists (interviews, articles, videos, cartoons, blog articles, etc.) will be widely disseminated through the communication channels of the partner of in country of origin, but also by ALDA and other LADDER organisations. In order to ensure a stronger impact and sustainability of the initiatives, actions will be put in place to make the network a permanent platform for communication of global and development issues.

TO APPLY: Please get in touch with us at by 30/11/2015 with your resume (incl. proven background in journalism) and short motivation letter (350-400 words incl. your connection to JEF).

To apply, interested people have to contact JEF, and we will select the citizen journalist and communicate the names to ALDA, the project leader. It is important that citizen journalists are in tight connection with JEF, as they will bring in their voice, instances, and perspective. Therefore, volunteers and members are ideal candidates; staff members are instead not eligible.

More information about the LADDER project

The project “LADDER – Local Authorities as Drivers for Development Education and Raising awareness” started in January 2015 and will be running until December 2017 (36-month duration), including 46 organisations across 35 countries, coordinated by ALDA.

It’s an EU-funded project that intends to promote the action of Local Authorities & Civil Society to work on development education, that is raising awareness & promoting engagement of citizens on global issues (human rights, good governance, tolerance, eradication of poverty, development, mutual understanding & multi-culturalism, social cohesion, migration etc)

See the project website:
Get in touch with us at
Or contact ALDA Project Manager, Nikos Gamouras at

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