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Europocket TV: A young way to explain Europe

Submitted by on March 14, 2011 – 17:06No Comment

Enric Yusá and Manolo Ortiz cre­ated Europocket TV in Valen­cia in 2006. Nowa­days, there are two dif­fer­ent branches of Europocket TV in Europe. The first branch is in Valen­cia for the French, Span­ish, and British ver­sions while the sec­ond one is in Rome for the Ital­ian ver­sion. The edi­to­r­ial line for both branches is the same and “the Span­ish branch broad­casts quite a lot of work from the Ital­ian one”, explains trainee at Europocket TV Aline. Europocket TV is a web tele­vi­sion and jour­nal­ists do not get any cen­sor­ship or exter­nal pres­sures so they can work in a totally free way.

With­out any funding

When Europocket TV started five years ago, they were receiv­ing funds from the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, but they do not receive any­thing any­more. “Even as trainee, I can notice that Europocket TV does not have enough money. There is only one jour­nal­ist work­ing for the Span­ish branch and it is not pos­si­ble to have another one because it would be too expen­sive”, says Aline, “there is not always nuances within comments.”

The only jour­nal­ist has to make her jour­nal­ist job but she also has to stay coher­ent and to keep the edi­to­r­ial line of the web tele­vi­sion. “It is not that good to work as jour­nal­ist when nobody can con­trol what you do because you are the only jour­nal­ist work­ing for the media”, explains Aline.

“We believe in jus­tice, equal­ity, and solidarity”

The web tele­vi­sion is not linked to any polit­i­cal party and its jour­nal­ists “do believe in jus­tice, equal­ity, and sol­i­dar­ity”, explains Emma Palau, direc­tor of Europocket TV for Spain, Great Britain, and France.

They also believe in ecol­ogy and “in the crit­i­cal think­ing of young peo­ple. Young peo­ple need to stim­u­late a bet­ter reflec­tion to help old ideals to come back”, points out Emma Palau, “Those ideals dis­ap­peared because of a soci­ety mainly based on con­sump­tion and individualism.”

Clear, young and hon­est Euro­pean information

Europocket TV tries to ana­lyze Euro­pean infor­ma­tion in a clear, straight­for­ward, and hon­est way. Its jour­nal­ists mix facts with opin­ion, but the dif­fer­ence between both of them is always clear. “It is obvi­ous when some­thing writ­ten reflects what we do think or when it is a real fact”, explains Emma Palau. All the medias have their own edi­to­r­ial line and “our line is trans­par­ent, hon­est, and consistent.”

Peo­ple always say that Europe is too dif­fi­cult, and not sexy or saleable enough. But Europocket TV wants to change this vision. “We are young and clever. We want to change the world and we will man­age to do it. We do believe in our work”, describes Emma Palau. While Jean-Sébastien Lefeb­vre explained in another arti­cle that he calls his mother to know if she under­stands his arti­cles. Emma Palau points out that they try to “explain Euro­pean news as they would like to hear them, like her friends would like to read them.”

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