Annual Congress of FEJS, April 2013, Utrecht – in cooperation with Evens Foundationand Café Babel


Imagine Europe

The Forum for European Journalism Students, together with partners Evens Foundation and CaféBabel, kindly invite you to the 2013 Annual Congress (AC) in Utrecht, the Netherlands, which will take place from the 25th to the 30th of April.

The event is aimed at European students of journalism, media and communication, as well as young professionals. The purpose of FEJS is to create a network for young journalists, to educate journalists, to spread knowledge about the different European cultures and to give the participants both a personal and professional experience.


The topic of this year’s AC is ‘Imagine Europe: The remainder of the European Dream beyond the economic markets – is there a European society of culture, values, narratives and solidarity?


We, as the Dutch Organising Committee (OC), want to portrait a broad picture of the non-economic Europe. Now that Barroso, Verhofstadt and Van Rompuy are daydreaming out loud about a European federation, we want to offer the young journalists sufficient and in-depth insights into that other Europe, the one of the narratives and diversity. The aim will be less on journalism than in other years, but it will not be forgotten – the editorial board of El País will be with us, NRC Handelsblad will be involved, and quite some lectures and workshops will be dedicated to our profession. However, we believe that each journalist needs up-to-date knowledge of high quality to be able to report at the same level of quality. Therefore, we have invited about twenty Dutch and international high profiled speakers, to give lectures and workshops and to participate in debates and a panel discussion.

Subjects which we will discuss are, among others: Until where do the borders of Eastern Europe reach in terms of culture, geography, religion, linguistics and political values? Does a common European culture actually exist or is there even a creatable esprit européen, and if not, is that amiss? Should Europe have its own army, be upfront globally in terms of environment policy or human rights, by means of soft power? What does the art of painting tell us about Europe, what is the status of active European citizenship, a public space – which role is there to play by journalism? In what way is the European novel binding, amazing and educating us?



As usual, Thursday is the day of arrival and in the evening there will be the traditional presentation of the countries’ delegations.

On Friday, Evens Foundation, the OC and the board of FEJS will present themselves, followed by a series of lectures, a poetic intermezzo and a tour through Utrecht.

On Saturday, there will be a main lecture by an international guest, and the group will be split up for four workshops:

Photo journalism – Get involved in the techniques and theories of photo reportages and experience it yourself later on, guided by a professional photographer. A camera of your own is required.

European arts– Learn about the European arts from an art historian and critic, and use his opinions and views for your own essay in one of the main museums in Amsterdam.

Blogging for CaféBabel – If there’s one website that knows all about Europe and its languages, it is CaféBabel. Two of their editors will train you in the art of blogging, and you will write a piece of your own – a selection will be published. Most probably supported by Monica Sassatelli, writer about European narratives.

Debate and speech training –A speech and debate expert will train you in the morning in the techniques and theories of his profession, and after some exercises, the group will split up into a debate and a speech group. The topics will be current European affairs, and the debate final will be held the next day, in front of all the attendants, and the winning speech will be performed again as well.

Investigative journalism and storytelling – Journalists and experts will show different investigation techniques like searching databases, searching archives and using social media. And how do make such a tough article readable? By using storytelling.


Sundaybrings one panel discussion, with academics and politicians, followed by another series of lectures and a cultural happening.

On Monday, we will head towards Amsterdam for an excursion, with many options; visiting NRC Handelsblad, the European Cultural Foundation, the museums, the concert hall, et cetera.

Tuesday might be the day of departure, but we highly recommend you to stay for another day. It will be at your own costs, but you will experience the orange chaos of Queensday in Amsterdam, and regarding even more European culture; the inauguration of the new Dutch king, Willem-Alexander, in the heart of the city. (If you want to stay, we can book the same room for you in our hotel, if you send an email to Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.– it is relatively expensive, though, about fifty Euro per night. You can also opt for a cheaper hostel and send them an email yourself; Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.orCette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser..)


How to get to Utrecht

There are no airplanes landing in Utrecht, but you can fly to Schiphol (near Amsterdam), Eindhoven (many cheap tickets), Germany’s Düsseldorf or Belgium’s Brussels and take the train towards Utrecht, the main train station in the Netherlands and easy accessible. It takes half an hour from Schiphol.



Application procedure

The application process will be proceeded via this link: All application forms must be filled in online before the 24th of February 2013. All applications that are received after the deadline will go directly to the waiting list. Such applicants will be informed by the Secretariat when and if they will be accepted to the Annual Congress.

Up to a hundred participants will be accepted to the AC 2013. If there are more than three applications from a single country's school the Secretariat with the supervision of the Executive Board will decide who will have the priority to participate. The main criterion will be the date of application.

FEJS‘ bodies may also contact the official FEJS satellite or National Coordinator (if there is one in your country) to discuss upon the selection of the participants in your country. If you don't know if there is an official FEJS satellite or National Coordinator in your country and you would like to contact him or her, don't hesitate to ask the Secretariat (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) for such information.

According to the decision of the FEJS General Assembly 2008, the participation fee for the event is 130 Euro. The fee covers food and lodging expenses, as well as the activities during the congress. A part of the amount of the participation fee is also a contribution to the FEJS Solidarity Fund.

At least40 Euro of the participation fee must be obtained in advance in order to secure your place at the Annual Congress. The rest of the participation fee will be paid at the registration on the Arrival Day on the 25th of April 2012. More details about the payment of the participation fee will be given in the Acceptance Letter once the application procedure will be over.

Every participant has to pay for his or her travel expenses. The participation fee doesn't cover your transport to or from Utrecht. If you have financial difficulties, you may apply for the financial support from the Solidarity Fund (SF). FEJS may grant you support up to seventy percent of your travel costs. Detailed information about the Solidarity Fund can be obtained from the Secretariat (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.). The deadline: 24th February 2012. After that date no applications for the SF will be considered valid.

The applicants that will be selected to attend the Annual Congress and need a VISA to come to Utrecht must contact the Secretariat as soon as they get the Acceptance Letter.

The selection of applicants will be complete by 27th of February 2013. On that date you will know if you have been accepted to the AC 2013 and if you have applied for it, you will receive confirmation regarding your application for the Solidarity Fund. All the other applicants will go through to the waiting list and will be invited to the Congress only if a participant cancels or he or she doesn't secure his or her place by paying the 40 Euro in advance.



Each participant of the FEJS Annual Congress 2013 must send an assignment. The topic and guidelines will be provided in the Acceptance Letter, but it will cover our subject on the broader, non-economic Europe. A selection of the assignments will be published on The quality of the assignment can be decisive to lose your spot at the congress, when it’s truly unpublishable in any way, but it’s mostly an opportunity to get your essay, reportage or interview published at the multi-lingual, European website.



We are very much looking forward to welcome you in Utrecht!


Kind regards by the OC of FEJS The Netherlands,

Yours sincerely,

Edward Geelhoed

President, FEJS The Netherlands

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