Quote of the day – Henry Peter Brougham

„Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.” – Henry Peter Brougham

Call for online editors for Plotki

The East European magazine PLOTKI is looking for new online editors from East European countries. The aim is to enlarge the existing international editorial board of the PLOTKI online news, the „monthly updated rumours”.

PLOTKI editors contribute to the magazine by organizing and editing their own issues and putting them online.

DEADLINE: 01.04.2008, please read details below.

PLOTKI is a magazine, an open platform, a network of over 100 authors, photographers and graphic designers from Eastern Europe. The online magazine is put together by an international editorial board, made up of young people from
Central and East European countries.

In May 2008, the editorial board will have its next team meeting in the Czech Republic. We would like to use this opportunity to invite interested people to become online editors of PLOTKI and to actively take part in the PLOTKI project. Transport, accommodation and food costs will be covered.

Participants are asked to prepare one article and/or photos or illustrations or other publishable media on the topic: SOLIDARITY.

Your profile?
– journalistic and/or photographic experience welcome
– contacts to authors, photographers and illustrator in your country
– English language skills
– online skills are not necessarily needed (we will teach you everything at
the seminar – a certain affinity to computers is helpful)
– readiness to attend the seminar in Czech Republic from 1st – 4th of May

Plotki offers:
– a 4 day seminar in the Czech Republic
– introduction into online editing: PLOTKI Content Management System
(CMS),”the making of an online issue of PLOTKI”
– a platform for creative journalism
– a broad network of journalists and photographers from Central-Eastern


Please mail your application until 01.04.2008 to application@plotki.net by answering the following questions:
– name, age, country, language skills
– occupation and/or field of studies
– experiences with journalism and/or photography
– motivation why you want to become a PLOTKI online editor
– and attach your contribution: your article on the topic SOLIDARITY (less
then 1.000 words) OR your photo contribution OR your illustration.

Reminder – Earth Hour 2008

Remember, Saturday night at 20.00 turn off your lights for one hour.

ASJC proudly supports Earth Hour 2008. Do the same.

Quote of the day – Albert Einstein

„It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.” – Albert Einstein

Think about the nice things you can do when you turn off the lights…

by Carmen Paun

… Nice things, of course. The first thing that may come to your mind (or is it just me?) is making love. But about some other kind of love I wanna tell you about: the love for the environment, for your place, for your kids to come, for your future, for the Earth.

That might sound pathetic, I know, but it might be the truth. So why not do something nice and easy: just turn off the computer, the TV, the lights on Saturday the 29th of March, for an hour. From 8 to 9. I believe is just a way of saying thanks for the air we breath, for the sea we like to go see every 1st of May and for the forests where we mostly stop for a barbecue.

Sydney was the first city in the world to do what I hope we’ll do on Saturday. You can see it here:

Just turn off the lights, it might be fun. And let me tell you one last thing – that’s the latest trend. Are you trendy?

European Journalism prize from the European Parliament

Are you a European journalist covering the European Union and attempting to explain to people what happens in Strasbourg and Brussels? If this is you then you are eligible to enter a new Journalism Prize launched this year by the European Parliament. Divided into four categories of print, radio, TV and internet journalism – the winners will each receive €5,000. To enter all entries must be published between 1 May 2007 and 30 April 2008. The winner will be announced in October.
The prize is intended to recognize journalists who have helped people become more aware of the workings and policies of the EU. With the debate over the reform treaty and new EU initiatives on climate change over the last year this work has become ever more important in explaining what the real issues are.
Am I eligible to enter?
Journalists who are nationals or residents of an European Union country are eligible. A maximum of 5 people may work on reports and articles that may be entered for the competition. The dates when work was published or broadcast must correspond to the dates above and must be in one of the Union’s 23 official languages.
Who is on the Jury?
The competition will be judged in two stages. A „shortlist” jury in each country made up of journalists will look at the entries from their own nationals and choose the best entries. Form this an „award jury” of three MEPs and six journalists will look at all the remaining entries from around Europe and choose four winners.
How do I enter?
All entries can be submitted between 15 March and 15 May.
More info on the European Parliament’s website.

Quote of the day – Dante Alighieri

„The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.” – Dante Alighieri.