Media Information & Literacy
in Serbia and Beyond

27 August –
2 September

Youth Time International Movement is excited to announce our partnership with Erasmus+ and other organisations around Europe to host the Media Information & Literacy event in Serbia and Beyond. We will bring together 50 participants for a six-day event of learning, discussions, and speaking with experts in the field of Media Literacy. Topics will range from misinformation and disinformation, to effective regulation, to spotting fake news and propaganda all taught through workshops, masterclasses, and keynote speeches. This experience is not just limited to direct learning – this event will include an excursion, city walks, cultural events, networking and much more! This one-of-a-kind event will be tackling the media minefield of today’s society and simultaneously experiencing the incredible city of Belgrade.

Each participant will be given access to a short, online course focused on media information & literacy prior to the event. The course will be a new method of learning the topic and not one which is currently commercially available. This will give participants a basic understanding going into the event and will be used as feedback and encouragement of alternative learning methods.

Each participant will be tasked with choosing a topic from a provided list of specific topics that will be covered during the event. They will then need to create and write a 700-1,200-word article during the event that will be submitted at the end of the week to create a collection of work that will be reviewed by our experts. Subsequently 5-10 articles will be selected to be published in the Youth Time Magazine to share their new learnings, skills, insights, and understanding regarding media literacy to a wider global youth audience. This will demonstrate a higher level of achievement and knowledge gained throughout the event. Topics for the articles will be specific to the broader content discussed on any of the days. The event will provide the knowledge and discussion on the broader topic and participants will be expected to conduct some of their own preliminary research into their specific article. E.g. Fake news on social media (Event) – “How fake news spreads on Facebook”, “Fake news in (country)” or “Why fake news spreads faster than facts”.


Day 1 – Arrival Day

Until 17:30 – Arrival of the Participants and Registration reception desk Hotel reception
17:45 Welcome Networking and Ice Breaking Hotel function room
19:45 Opening Ceremonies Hotel function room 2


Day 2 – Media Literacy: What Is It and Why Does it Matter?

07:00  Breakfast Hotel restaurant
08:45  Leave for Venue Hotel reception
09:30  Welcome Speech by YTIM Room U1/U2
09:45  The State of Media Literacy in Sending Countries Presentations Room U1/U2
11:45  Coffee Break
12:15 Introduction into MIL and Why it Matters Masterclass Room U1/U2
13:30  Lunch
14:45  MIL strategies, policies, good practices in Serbia Presentation Room U1/U2
16:00  Coffee Break
16:30  Media Landscape and reflection discussion for practical application in article construction Room U1/U2
18:30  Leave for Restaurant Uni main entrance
19:15  Dinner Blunch
20:30  Informal Networking Hotel function room

Day 3 – Freedom of Speech, Responsibility and Ethics

07:00 Breakfast Hotel restaurant
09:15 Leave for Venue Hotel reception
10:00 Part 1: The Value and Principle of Free Speech in a Democratic Society Room U1/U2
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 Part 2: The Challenges to and Limitations of Free Speech in the 21st Century Room U1/U2
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Case Studies and Their Comparison: A Practical Look at Freedom of Speech Room U1/U2
16:00 Coffee Break
16:15 Panel discussion: Freedom of Speech – History and Future Implications Room U1/U2
17:45 Time allotted for article writing and discussion Room RU1
19:00 Dinner Uni restaurant
20:00 Ambassador’s Evening/Walk Uni main entrance
21:45 Leave for the hotel Uni main entrance

Day 4 – Rumors and its Mechanisms

07:00 Breakfast Hotel restaurant
08:45 Leave for Venue Hotel reception
09:30 Communication Mechanisms: Rumours and Why We Trust Them Room U1/U2
11:15 Coffee Break
11:45 Fake News and Misinformation/Deep-fake and Disinformation Workshop Room U1/U2
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Workshop: True or False, Putting it to the Test Room U1/U2
16:30 Coffee Break
17:00 Time to write articles Room RU1
18:15 Leave for restaurant Uni main entrance
19:00 Dinner Blunch
20:15 Informal Networking Hotel function room

Day 5 – Artificial Intelligence and Big Data in Media Literacy

07:00 Breakfast Hotel restaurant
08:45 Leave for Venue Hotel reception
09:30 Newsroom in Contemporary Society: Study visit in Beta News Agency BETA
10:50 Coffee Break
11:20 Beta News Agency Presentation BETA
13:00 Lunch
14:30 AI in Media and Social Media: A Theoretical and Practical Approach Room U1/U2
16:45 Coffee Break
17:00 AI in Media and Society: Implications Panel Discussion: The Implications of AI and Technology in Society – a Benefit or a Pitfall? Room U1/U2
19:00 Leave for Restaurant Uni main entrance
19:45 Dinner Blunch
21:00 Time to write articles/ Informal Networking Hotel function room


Day 6 – Final submissions and Cultural Day

07:00 Breakfast Hotel restaurant
08:45 Leave for Venue Hotel reception
09:30 Final day for writing articles, morning dedicated to completion. Submissions given by lunch Room RU1
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Start of Cultural Excursion Uni main entrance
17:30 Arrival back at hotel
19:00 Leave for Closing Ceremonies Hotel reception
19:30 Closing Ceremony/Networking Easy Club


Day 7 – Departure Day

07:00 Breakfast Hotel restaurant
09:00 Departure of participants to return home


Tamara Vučenović
Professor at the Metropolitan University media professional

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Tamara Đjurić
journalist at the Tanjug news agency

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Robert Warren
Professor, Anglo-American University

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Karen De Sousa Pesse
Digital Advisor at Microsoft

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Vojkan Kostic
Editor in Chief, Beta News Agency

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Danica Čigoja Piper
Assistant Professor, Zayed University

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Ibrahim Kushchu
Director of TheNextMinds

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Contact and Covid-19 Information

Hotel M: Bulevar Oslobođenja 56a, Beograd 011000, Serbia
Metropolitan University: Tadeuša Košćuška 63, Beograd 11158, Serbia

Emergency Contacts:
YTIM Contact (only for emergencies)
Olivia Hupp: +420 608 211 283
Anton Golikov: +420 775 567 161

Hotel M: +381 113 090 401
Belgrade Emergency Number: 112
Belgrade Police: 192
Belgrade Ambulance: 194

Check the number and address of your home country’s embassy or consulate should you need their assistance.

Covid need to know for the city:
Throughout Serbia and Belgrade, masks are mandatory in indoor spaces as well as crowded outdoor spaces. Throughout your time in Belgrade, please be mindful of other’s needs surrounding Covid. Please check all requirements – including testing – for re-entering your designated country when leaving Belgrade before you travel.

All information around the use of masks is subject to change and this information is correct as of 3rd August 2021.