Take Part in a Media Bootcamp

The Association of European Journalists in Bulgaria in partnership with the Bulgarian-American Fulbright Commission are organizing a week-long Media Bootcamp for high school students interested in journalism. The training will take place from July 1-8, 2023. The camp will offer up to 20 Bulgarian high school students with a demonstrated interest in journalism the opportunity to work with international and local media experts and to develop their own media projects.

If you would like to take part in the camp, follow these steps:

1. Send us a journalistic story in English by April 20, 2023.

The piece might be tied to one of our monthly topics or on a different topic you have decided to cover. If you already have a published story on sCOOL Media’s website but it is in Bulgarian, you can translate it into English and use it as part of your application.
The selection jury will select the best materials whose authors will compete to take part in the summer camp. It will be made up of one representative from AEJ-Bulgaria, one representative from the Fulbright Commission and journalists representing broadcast, print and online media.

2. Consider the following selection criteria. In choosing the winners, the judges will consider:

  • Topic relevance
  • Style of storytelling
  • Story structure (Here are some tips on how to write a news story)
  • Good use of quotes/clips
  • Human interest potential
  • News-worthiness
  • Interview techniques
  • The range and variety of stories submitted

3. Complete this application form.

4. A member of the jury will get in touch with the shortlisted candidates

The organizers will cover all travel and accommodation expenses. The selected participants will be invited to attend the summer school as part of the Media Literacy in the Classroom project.

The winners will be announced in June, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

Good luck!

Eligibility criteria:

Must be enrolled as a high school student in Bulgaria before May 31st, 2023.

The closing date for entries is April 20, 2023. No entries will be accepted as part of the competition past this deadline but they might be published on sCOOL Media’s site.

The Journalism Bootcamp competition requires English proficiency at B1/B2 level.

In cases where a story has been produced by a team of students, the team’s leader receives the nomination for the summer camp.

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