This project is the follow-up of an earlier project that Coolpolitics and its partners developed in 2011.
Coolpolitics want to facilitate an exchange program for journalism students in Turkey and in the Netherlands. The aim of the project is to enhance the students' understanding of the challenges and opportunities in reporting about the European Union (enlargement) and other related issues such as religion and European identity formation. As such the project aims to build bridges between the participating schools of Journalism in the Netherlands and the Turkey. Young journalism students are provided with the opportunity to develop important practical journalistic skills of reporting in a very different cultural, political and societal context. The final aim of the project is to achieve intercultural awareness and durable journalistic networks between Turkey and the Netherlands.
The project provides the Turkish and Dutch students with the opportunity to go beyond their 'ordinary' fields of action by focusing on investigative journalism skills. These practical skills are usually not part of journalism curricula in both countries. In this way the project creates a network of critical young journalists producing news related to European integration, globalization, international cooperation, sustainable development and human rights. This is especially relevant since the program takes place at a time when attention on European integration and identity formation is under threat.