Call for Participants: Pilot Media Lab

Dear Friends,

Symbiosis is pleased to announce the launch of a Pilot Media Lab, organised with the support of the UNHCR Office in Greece. The Media Lab will include a series of workshops that will take place during January and February 2022, in Athens and Thessaloniki.

The Lab aims to:

  • Promote good practices for responsible reporting on forced displacement issues, with a focus on integration and inclusion
  • Explore various story-telling techniques and tools, in theory and practice
  • Enhance participant’s skills in mobile reporting, photography, video-making and use of social media
  • Empower refugees and other forcibly displaced people to tell stories (their own or others) in a compelling and effective manner
  • Provide a platform for refugee voices to be heard and to reach a wider audience

In the workshops organised in Athens and Thessaloniki, refugees and locals, 10-12 people in each city, will participate in engaging with and learning about Storytelling & Journalism, Mobile Reporting and Effective Use of Social Media.

Throughout the workshops, participants will produce stories, podcasts, videos, photos, etc., that will be uploaded on a digital platform with the aim to challenge existing stereotypes and negative narratives around forced displacement and highlight stories of hope and inclusion.

Who can apply?

Refugees, asylum-seekers, humanitarian workers, students or other individuals, who are above 16 years old, reside in Greece and have basic skills or strong interest in journalism, storytelling and content creation, are encouraged to apply. Applicants are required to have a good knowledge of either Greek or English. Applicants should be able to participate in the entire or at least 90% of one of the two local courses described below.


The programme in Athens

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 19-21 January (17:00-21:00) Storytelling/Journalism
Intro to mobile reporting
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 2-4 February (17:00-21:00 Mobile production Online
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 16-18 February (17:00-21:00) Mobile post-production
Social media
Week 21-25 February Final production


The programme in Thessaloniki

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 12-14 January (12:00-16:00) Storytelling/Journalism
Intro to mobile reporting
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 26-28 January (12:00-16:00) Mobile production Online
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9-11 February (12:00-16:00) Mobile post-production
Social media
Week 21-25 February  Final production


Applicants should express their interest for either Athens or Thessaloniki Labs filling the form HERE, not later than 6th January 2022

The Workshops will run in accordance with applicable rules for the Covid-19 situation at the time of the implementation.

For any questions or additional clarifications, please contact


The Symbiosis Team

with the support of

not later than 6th January 2022


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