"GENERATION SEPARATION": Axel Springer Akademie launches international live project on conflicts in Europe




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01.12.14

"GENERATION SEPARATION": Axel Springer Akademie launches international live project on conflicts in Europe

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The Axel Springer Academy is launching an international, digital live project. At www.generation-separation.eu, 18 reporters investigate current conflicts in Europe. Divided into five teams, they are traveling to 15 countries and reporting live for a period of ten days on their research from Transylvania, the Basque Country, Kosovo, Greece, Latvia, Cyprus and other regions where European crises are having an effect.

The topic of Europe is of high journalistic relevance: Right-wing populism, economic crises, autonomous trends, extremism and ethnic conflicts – fewer and fewer people see the EU as the solution to their national problems. Yet who can offer a way out? The young journalists want to find answers to this question on an international level. The topics were researched partly in advance, partly on site and will be presented in multimedia formats. The reporters are equipped with cameras, smartphones and laptops, and have developed numerous video formats. From 1 p.m. every day, a program at www.generation-separation.eu will summarize the most important events of the day. In addition, the teams are using social media intensively and are continuously available throughout their journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. "We are focusing consistently on live coverage. We want our users to be able to share in this political road trip and join in the discussions," says Marc Thomas Spahl, Director of the Axel Springer Academy.

It is the first Axel Springer Academy project which is being produced almost entirely in English. "Because GENERATION SEPARATION only addresses topics which are of concern to all Europeans, production in English is a must," says Kristin Schulze, Head of Cross-Media at the Academy.

Further information on all the travel routes and reporter teams, as well as a video trailer, is now available at www.generation-separation.eu, as well as in the social networks at:

Facebook: facebook.com/pages/Generation-Separation/740079046071518?fref=ts

Instagram: instagram.com/generationseparation

Twitter: twitter.com/gensep2014

Trailer of www.generation-separation.eu (also available at YouTube):

 

About the Axel Springer Academy

The Axel Springer Academy is considered the most progressive school of journalism in Germany. Every year it offers up to 40 young talented individuals the opportunity to learn cross-media journalism from scratch. The Academy, which is also the publisher's think tank, has won numerous awards for its digital projects, including the Grimme Online Award, the CeBIT AppStar and the European Newspaper Online Award. Vocational training courses start in January and July every year. Further information: www.axel-springer-akademie.de/english.html

Press contact:
Jennifer Fuhr

Tel: +49 30 2591 77622