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Winter is our favourite season at E&M: workshop time! For the third time after Hamburg (January 2011) and Berlin (December 2011), the European online magazine organised a workshop to spread the word on transnational journalism and at the same time bring together a select bunch of European ‘Me’s with the ‘Me’s of E&M. With 400 applications, the selection was tough, but certainly worthwhile. The workshop brought four E&M editors together with 18 top-notch participants, whose backgrounds in journalism were both diverse and ambitious, ranging from European press review to euro|topics, Al Jazeera, Radio France International, BBC, Café Babel magazine, and Cosmopublic.eu. (And of course, some had contributed to E&M itself.) Ages spanned from 19 to 30, and 15 countries were gathered around one table.
Is there such a thing as "speaking European"? How does our identity as Europeans affect our everyday lives? And is there actually a difference between German Frikadellen and Turkish Köfte?
These are some of the questions we asked ourselves at our workshop in December - and now, we're launching a special section of the website to present you with our ideas. Among other things, you'll find a European cookbook, a comic strip about transnational love, and a guide to Berlin. Plus you'll discover how our participants see their personal futures in Europe - from Laura, who comes from Romania and is studying in the UK to become a journalist, to Sezin from Turkey, who says she knows the recipe for happiness... And if you're really serious about speaking European, you can get stuck into our European Dictionary or listen to our multilingual poem.
A very special part of the project is our film, What do you believe in?, a mini-documentary in which the participants tell us whether they believe in God, love, stories or laughter - and why.
So: happy reading! Does this understanding of Europe match your own experiences? Tell us with a comment and we can add it to our collection of speaking Europeans!
And look out for news of our next event in the not too distant future!