Hi, On Wednesday we were invited to the local news station. After a brief introduction from the Director, myself (John) and two other course partcipants were selected to take part in a television interview during which we were asked questions about the training course, our expectations of the news station and what we thought of Serbia. Upon completing the interview we were given a tour of the radio station. The staff at the news network were very interested to meet us, in particular Samuel. Later we explored Krusevac and the main park before returning to Hotel Dabi and presenting our article on Joseph Kony and Invisible Children and the impact social media had on this issue. Thursday was filled with presentations and discussions from the remaining groups who didn’t have time to do so the day before. In the evening, we watched a TED talk video called The Future of News? Virtual Reality by Nonny de la Pena ( www.ted.com/talks/nonny_de_la_pena_the_future_of_news_virtual_reality ). We then went out for dinner at Olive Tree. Despite the long wait, we enjoyed a delicious meal. Today, we visited a nearby town and wandered around the park at the centre of the town. The park had many different attractions such as a Japanese water garden, an art gallery, an indoor spring where you can fill up your water bottle and a cafe where we were able to recharge our batteries, enjoy a coffee, then get back on the bus. Our next destination was an Orthodox Monastery built in the 13th Century. One of the nuns spoke to the group, telling us about the history of the monastery. Once everyone had bought souvenirs, we boarded the bus one last time.
Our journey to the Media Active Youth Project in Krusevac began on 4th December. We believed it would be beneficial to take part in this project as it presented us with the opportunities to gain more skills and knowledge in media activism because of its increasing presence in everyday working and social life. We met in the early hours of Friday at Heathrow’s Terminal 2. From there we flew to Zurich and then caught our connecting flight to Belgrade using Swiss Airlines. On arriving in Belgrade we took a taxi to the main bus station, waited for over an hour before embarking on our final leg of the journey from Belgrade to Krusevac. After 11 and a half hours of travelling, we finally arrived at our destination, Hotel Dabi. For the next 8 days we would be staying at Hotel Dabi as this is where the course was based. As representatives of Momentum World, an NGO involved with the education, training and empowerment of young people internationally, we would be working alongside representatives from 10 other youth organisations from various European countries. So far, we are half through the project and have been working on two articles, one relating Momentum World and Kony 2012, which will be present on the Blog we are in the process of creating. This has given us a chance to learn new skills by engaging with WordPress, an online Blogging platform. We have also presented our organisation to the group during one of the sessions and our country UK on the International Cultural evening. We look forward to seeing what the next few days of the project will entail, it has been great relating with the different people on the project so far.