The Agora Project

A temporary European newsroom for journalists collaborating on the biggest challenges facing Europe. Let's meet in Armenia in March 2017.

Hostwriter and its Armenian partner United Youth Union offer ten journalists the chance to cover European topics from a cross-border perspective. With elections coming up in several European countries, overcoming national bias and prejudice is crucial to serve a well informed civil society.

The Background

We believe that journalism underscores a well informed public and lays the foundation for mature debate. We see cross-border journalism as a tool to counteract increased polarisation and a thickening of echo chamber walls. The possibility to work collaboratively will result in good reporting and a better world press that is more equipped to deal with the issues of today.

Read the story behind The Agora Project

To pay tribute to the ancient Athenian democracy where the Agora was the main place for exchange and debate, the program is called »The Agora Project«.

Apply by February 19th

The Program

After an application and assessment process, the program will start with a kick-off workshop in Yerevan in late March 2017, a week before Armenia holds its national elections. We will discuss the participants’ story ideas and possibilities for collaborative research. There will also be sessions on debate, hate speech and polarisation in democratic societies and room to discuss the role of the media around these issues. After the workshop the participants will continue to exchange ideas and feedback and share their research through an online newsroom. The journalists will publish their pieces in their home countries.

The program is funded by Advocate Europe


  • A three day workshop with talented journalists
  • Transportation to and from Armenia
  • Accommodation in Yerevan (Hyatt Place, Yerevan)
  • Financial support for research


  • Time to come to Armenia March 23rd-26th '17
  • Publish at least one story in your national media
  • Translate your piece into English (We will help)
  • Team spirit

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The program is funded by Advocate Europe, an annual idea challenge for European initiatives and projects realised by MitOst and Liquid Democracy, funded by Stiftung Mercator to support and to strengthen connection and cohesion in Europe.
No. Your story however must have a connection to Europe. If you are American, you could for example pitch an idea that links the election of Donald Trump to a European issue. Be creative. is a global network for journalists, documentary filmmakers and journalism students. Members become part of a network that enables them to easily search, find and collaborate with fellow media professionals.
United Youth Union (UYU) is a non-profit organization committed to youth development and empowerment. Organization is locataed in Yerevan, Armenia.
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