What if we could make the European Union accessible for everyone? The Europe@School programme aims to raise awareness of what the EU does and promote a European identity among young people. This year, the objective of the JEF Europe Annual Work Plan 2020 called “Europe@School: New Directions” is to help educators to work with disadvantaged groups, such as young people with disabilities, young Roma and other minorities, as well as young migrants and refugees’ background.
In partnership with The New Federalist (TNF) webzine, the idea behind the development of these podcasts is to provide an online pedagogical and educational tool translating the sometimes difficult language used by the European institutions. Therefore, it will provide monthly updates on what is happening and give accessible information and opportunities at the European level that are relevant to the work of youth activists, educators working with disadvantaged groups as well as young people who are curious and want to know more about these issues.
Choose an event, law or directive (preferably a recent one) which is relevant to one of the groups mentioned in the introduction. For example, it could be the European Disability Act. Explain what the event/law/directive entails according to the format below.
Send a script of the introduction and a rough plan for the rest of the podcast to Théo Lecarpentier (email@example.com), who is coordinating the Europe at School project for JEF, prior to recording for checking.
- DURATION: 4-7 minutes maximum
- INTRODUCTION: give your names and your studies/job very briefly, then move on: what is the topic of your podcast? Outline the law/event/subject in a clear manner.
- MORE DETAIL: why did it happen? What will the impact be?
- DEBATE (if at least two people are working on the podcast): your opinions – is this a positive or negative development? What could be improved?
- CONCLUSION: what is the wider context? What might happen next? If needed, what can be improve?
- If you are a student, your university may have a student radio station from which you can borrow a microphone.
- If not, recording with a smartphone works absolutely fine! Some record with a higher quality than others so if there are several of you working on a podcast, test all the phones to see which is best. You can download a recording app for free.
- Leave the microphone on a table in front of you throughout recording, do not pass it from speaker to speaker as that creates a lot of background noise. If necessary, sit close to each other and close to the microphone or smartphone.
- All the speakers should be equidistant from the microphone and speak at a similar volume. If one person is naturally much louder than the others, sit further away!
**Run some sound tests prior to recording!**
- It is better to record slightly too quietly than slightly too loudly but of course we still have to be able to hear you.
- Speak naturally, it’s OK to say um and er! But don’t swear
- Plan carefully so that you can record all in one go without a break - it will be much easier! If you do wish to cut part of the recording, you can use Audacity, which is free to download, but be careful that you cannot tell that it has been cut - cut during silence, not in the middle of a word or a breath!
We are accepting submissions on a rolling basis until the of 2020.