Liberty and Security
Dates: 22 August 27 August | Location: Alpbach, Austria
Application deadline: 28 May | Programme: European Forum Alpbach

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The European Forum Alpbach is an interdisciplinary platform for science, politics, business and culture. Established in 1945, the annual European Forum Alpbach addresses the relevant socio-political questions of our time. This year, its general theme is “Liberty and Security”.
Each year, the Forum brings together thinkers from across generations and different ideologies in Europe to network and explore the challenges and potential solutions. Since its establishment in 1945, the Forum has welcomed speakers such as Theodor W. Adorno, Karl Popper, Indira Gandhi, Friedrich von Hayek, Hans Kelsen, Ban Ki-Moon, Jeffrey Sachs, Saskia Sassen, Yannis Varoufakis, Joseph Stiglitz, Talia Sasson, Anya Schiffrin, and Stephen Sackur.

The Workshop

Liberty and Security are omnipresent topics in today’s world – especially to you as journalists. The focus of this workshop, taking place from 22-27 August 2019 in the unique setting of the Austrian Alps, will be on democracy, politics, and law. During your stay in Alpbach, you will have access to the Forum’s Political and Legal Symposium, and the chance to experience a mix of innovators, policy makers and drivers of change with differing perspectives who will help you dig deeper. You will gain insights into diverse issues that are tracked at the Political and Legal Symposium, such as the strengthening of democracy and rule of law, the protection of civic and human rights, the collaboration with the EU and its partners, and the facilitation of sustainability transformations – all in relation to liberty and security. The workshop is an opportunity for you to join and inform the debate on the way forward and to encourage your readers, listeners and viewers to join that debate and make their voices heard. We will explore what liberty and security mean with regard to topics that make headlines on a daily basis. In a world driven by vested interests, this workshop offers you a chance to discover WHO might be doing WHAT to WHOM, WHY and HOW, and WHO are, or should be, the gatekeepers.



In order to participate, you will need to…
•    Be a professional journalist from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Possible countries are: Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia.
•    Have a strong interest as well as professional focus on the topics democracy, politics and law.
•    Be active in working in any of those media: print, radio, TV, or online.
•    Have a minimum of one year’s experience in the profession.
•    Be either working full-time for a media organisation, or be a freelancer whose main work is journalism.
•    Commit to writing at least one article that will be published in your media (regional, national language).



We will cover your travel costs (up to EURO 300 per Person), accommodation costs from August 22-27 and the participation fee at the Political and Legal Symposium.


When applying you will be asked to upload the following documents - please have these ready:
•    Your CV and a short motivational statement (up to 1000 characters including spaces).
•    2 work samples (maximum file size 5 MB). Your work should demonstrate that you are actively concerned with topics relating to democracy, politics, and law.
•    A letter from your editor consenting to your participation in the programme and committing to publish/broadcast at least one story.
•    In the case of freelancers, your application should be accompanied by a letter from a media house that publishes your work and expresses interest in publishing or broadcasting a piece from the Forum.

European Forum Alpbach
  • Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with the European Forum Alpbach and with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy, will run a reporting workshop for ten journalists from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) EU member states at the European Forum Alpbach from the 22nd-27th August. During the programme, participants will be able to examine the relationship between 'Liberty and Security' together with a host of experts from the worlds of business, politics, culture and civil society.

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