Scope magazine out now
The Media Academy is a programme that runs each year throughout European Forum Alpbach. Fifteen journalism students from nine European countries come together and go through three weeks of intensive practice. Scope magazine is their final magazine product.
Each year during the first days of the Forum Alpbach 15 European journalism students sit down in a classroom and launch the Media Academy. In a first burst of ideas they pitch the big topics they are interested in such as artificial intelligence, future of work or gender imbalances. These terms are written on cards and pinned to the board and in the following days the students explore and develop their topics. They sit in conference sessions, they talk to speakers, they get some first-hand experience. Out of all these bits and pieces the stories of Scope are created.
A topic the students considered particularly important this year is the upcoming European parliamentary election of 2019. They took on explaining the EU and the relevance of the election to a teenage audience that is going to vote for the first time next year.
We do it everyday and more and more it becomes a digital routine: payment. Our reporters asked the simple questions: What happens when I pay using my mobile phone? Who knows about my purchase? And how does it all relate to that buzzword ‘blockchain’?
The Forum evokes serious talk in a conservative Alpine village. However, the Forum programme adds some interesting flavours to that. One day you hear legal experts talking about the consequences of a third gender and the next you see a group of women coming out of a workshop dressed in male drag.
Read about this and other stories in the September 2018 edition of Scope.