The blog Voices against racism and populism consists of three independent editorial teams that want to raise their voices against racism and populism – with the help of texts, short films and podcasts. About 30 students and volunteers from Freiburg, Offenburg, Strasbourg, Lyon, Karlsruhe and Villingen-Schwenningen took part in the project. Our participants have different biographies, some have a migration background or look back on a personal history of immigration – others do not. We hope that this diversity will also be mirrored in the contributions of the different editorial teams.
This year, Julika Kott and Undine Weimar-Dittmar from the Studierendenwerk Freiburg are the editors-in-chief of the text editorial team. Maha Ganem directs the podcast editorial team in Lyon. Lisa Voelter and Margitta Freund are in charge of the film editorial team and guide the participants with the production of their short films.
The 2020 blog project – shaped by the pandemic
Last year, the editorial team consisted of ten German and French students as well as volunteers from the Franco-German Youth Office. Their mission was to produce journalistic contributions on racism and populism as part of the project Voices against racism and populism.
We are not only united by our passion for language, but above all by our interest in engaging in the Franco-German context and in addressing and thinking about socially relevant issues in order to contribute to cross-border Franco-German cooperation.
Working as a bilingual journalistic editorial team on this blog project allowed us to test our Franco-German cooperation and has given us the opportunity to create a digital space that gives visibility to voices against racism and populism.
The project has produced texts both from within the editorial team as well as contributions that were produced in collaboration with students from the Universities of the Upper Rhine and Lyon, which tell about experiences with racism and populism.
Our editorial work was actively supported by Jugendpresse Deutschland e.V. and its independent media project politikorange. “Politikorange” is an educational editorial program run by young media professionals to support young and upcoming media professionals. Its topic-specific editorial offices introduce people to the journalistic craft and editorial working methods whilst promoting the exchange of ideas and knowledge at the same time. Our work on the articles was guided by the editors-in-chief Véronique Gantenberg and Hannah Bernstein from Jugendpresse Deutschland e.V. as well as Christina Braun from Studierendenwerk Freiburg, who provided us with advice and support.
Translation Christina Braun