The European Week of Regions and Cities will again bring together some 6000 regional representatives and experts in Brussels from 6-9 October.
We’ll be hosting a couple of hundred journalists from across the EU at the event, which includes a specially designed media programme. Given the strong focus on the use of statistics to report about European regions and EU Cohesion Policy, we will be extending a special invitation this year to a limited number of data journalists.
I’m following a Mass Open Online Course (MOOC) on data journalism organized by the European Journalism Centre at the moment. This week’s assignment required students to find four examples of data journalism and to say briefly:
- What does each story do?
- How was it created?
- How is it illustrated?
- What technologies were used to create the stories?
Have you spotted any interesting slogans, posters or hashtags relating to the forthcoming European elections. Dana Manescu has created a really useful database to gather examples from all over Europe showing the words and images that candidates, parties and other actors are using in the context of the elections. Contributors have already added over 200 entries to the SloganEUizer database!
Twitter was a major feature of the 2012 US Presidential elections, with a combined 14 million tweets during the Democratic and Republican Party Conventions and over 10 million tweets during the TV debate between the candidates in October 2012.
No less than three of the Brookings Institute’s Ten Communication Lessons from the 2012 Presidential Election relate to the game-changing impact of Twitter, including the democratization of political debate and commentary. Pollster Stephen Mills commented in the Guardian during the campaign that “tweeters, not bloggers or pundits, will decide debate winners as politics shifts from a 24-hour news cycle to a 140-character one”.
So, will Twitter play a similar role during the 2014 European elections?
Bestselling international author, Jung Chang, was the closing keynote speaker at a conference I helped to organize in Brussels on 9-10 December 2013. Entitled “Telling the Story”, the event was a gathering of around 800 European communication professionals.
Winners of the 2013 “Europe in My Region” photo competition with Commissioner Johannes Hahn
It was a pleasure to meet Ourania from Greece, Joseph from Malta, György and Tünde from Hungary during the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels. They are the four lucky winners of the 2013 “Europe in My Region” photo competition. Ourania, Joseph, György and Tünde came to Brussels on 9 October to collect their prizes from Commissioner Johannes Hahn and to share the stories behind their winning photos.