golden-pen-autumn-edition

Guide to the “Golden Pen Spring 2016” Competition (10 October – 28 November 2016)

  1. Writing articles for Danish media
  2. Topics
  3. Activities
  4. Prizes
  5. Point System
  6. Where to publish articles?

..1… Writing articles for Danish media

Every newspaper in Denmark has a section called “DEBAT” at the end of the newspaper, where readers can publish their own opinions on diverse subjects. The national newspapers, have less space for it, and the competition to get published is harder, and therefore chances to get in are smaller. However, the regional/local newspapers, have plenty of space for it, and it is almost a guarantee you are going to get published.

There are typically, two types of articles that are published in the “DEBAT” section. First type, is letter to the editor “Laeserbreve”, which typically goes between 100 and 350 words. This type has the highest chance of approval, as there are more than one per day published. In this type of article, you need to choose one main point, or message that you try to send to the readers, and use 1-3 arguments to deliver that message. You need to be able to summarize your letter to the editor in a single sentence with 3 lines, to make sure you focused on one point only.

Structure – Headline, message, 1-3 arguments, message again with a “killer” ending

The second type of article is “Kronik”, which typically goes between 500 and 1000 words. This type has less chance of approval, as there is only one per day published. In this type of article, you can choose a topic and really go in depth with it.

Remember to send the articles in Danish (they don’t publish in English), and if you wrote in English make sure someone from the organization helps you to translate it.

Also, when you send the mail with the article, add under the title, your name, position (if no position – just member of Europaeisk Ungdom (insert your section name) ), address, e-mail and small head picture.

Is important that you write your position or that you are member of Europaeisk Ungdom, as I need that for our scanner to find your article, and for me to be able to give your points in the competition.

..2… Topics

When you decide that you want to write, in order to participate in the competition you need to choose a message related to one of the following six subjects. Our adopted political program at the National General Assembly 2017, contains our positions on Brexit, Refugee Crisis, Freedom of Movement and Ukraine Situation, from which you can get inspired. Link here Danish – http://euro.dk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Europ%C3%A6isk-Ungdom-Politisk-Program-2016-Udkast.pdf English – http://euro.dk/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Europ%C3%A6isk-Ungdom-Politisk-Program-2016-Udkast-English.pdf

Also, fostering a European Identity is part of our Principles program, and therefore always a fresh subject to talk about. Besides these 5 subjects, consider Federalism as a subject you can write about, as there is very little on this subject known by the general population. For our stance on Federalism, check our pan-European network, JEF paper – http://www.jef.eu/policies/political-platform/

  1. European Identity
  2. Federalism
  3. Brexit
  4. Refugee Crisis
  5. Freedom of Movement
  6. Ukraine Situation

..3… Activities

In order to encourage members of your regional/local section to write their opinions on the diverse subjects offered, is suggested to organize the following type of activities.

  1. Article Writing Workshop at the Board Meeting that you will host in this period – put up 30-45 minutes for it – great way to get everyone in the board to write something
  2. Article Writing Workshop for members – Gather members, make a presentation on how and what about to write, and then get productive ☺

..4…Prizes

“Golden Feather” Award for the member that gathers the most points – besides the honor of the award, there will be an actual golden feather set in a surprise box (the prize picture will be unveiled mid-Month)

“Golden Pen” Award for the section that gathers the most points – besides the honor of the award, there will be an engraved golden pen cup with “Europaeisk Ungdom”. The winner will keep the prize until the next edition of the competition.

..5… Point System

Point System – for the “Golden Feather” competition (where one member can win)

  • 1 point for laeserbreve/letter to the editor published
  • 3 points for Kronik  published
  • 3 points for article in the New Federalist

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  • 1 point for being published in a local or regional newspaper
  • 3 points for being published in a national newspaper
  • 0.25 points for each young leader / politician you get to write the article together with

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Point System – for the “Golden Pen” competition (where one regional/local section can win)

  • All the points gathered by the members of each local/regional section are counted for the local/regional section total number of points
  • For each published article, SydDanmark receive 0,5 points extra, while Sjaelland received 1 point extra

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Extra team points

  • If every member of the board is published – they receive 5 point extra
  • If the section maintains a 7-day streak of publishing (minimum 1 article/day) – they receive 2 point extra
  • If the section publishes minimum 10 articles – they receive 3 point extra

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..6… Where to publish articles?

New Federalist (in english)

http://www.thenewfederalist.eu/about-826

List of National Newspapers (with e-mails and writing limits)

Berlingske Tidende  
Læserbrev debat@berlingske.dk 1.000 anslag
Replik debat@berlingske.dk 300 anslag
Opinion debat@berlingske.dk 2.500
Kronik debat@berlingske.dk 7.500 anslag (indsend også pasfoto)
Onlinedebat www.berlingske.dk/indland
B.T.  
Debatindlæg btdebat@bt.dk Max 1.000 anslag
Onlinedebat debat.bt.dk
Børsen
opinion@borsen.dk Max 3.000 tegn
Ekstrabladet  
Læserbreve debat@ekstrabladet.dk 100 ord
Onlinedebat ekstrabladet.dk/nationen/
Erhvervsbladet  
Debatindlæg debat@erhvervsbladet.dk  Max. 600 anslag
Information  
Læserbrev debat@information.dk 1.000 anslag
Påtale debat@information.dk 3.000 anslag
Kronik kronik@information.dk 8.000 anslag
 Jyllandsposten  
Kort sagt   Max. 60 ord
Læserbreve   Max. 150 ord
Debatindlæg debat@jp.dk Max. 350 ord
Midtpunkt   Max. 500 ord
Kronikker   Max. 1.300 ord
Onlinedebat jp.dk/meninger/ordeterdit
Kristeligt Dagblad  
Læserbreve debat@kristeligt-dagblad.dk 900 anslag
Debatindlæg debat@kristeligt-dagblad.dk 3.500 anslag
Kronik debat@kristeligt-dagblad.dk 8.000 anslag
MetroXpress  
Debatindlæg debat@metroxpress.dk 100 ord
Politiken  
Læserbrev debat@pol.dk 100 ord
Debatindlæg debat@pol.dk 400 ord
Kronik kronik@pol.dk 2.200 ord
Onlinedebat www.politiken.dk/debat
Weekendavisen  
Debatindlæg opinion@weekendavisen.dk 5.000 anslag
Kronik max 8.000 anslag
Ord – words             anslag – letters

List of regional/local newspapers

Dagbladet (Køge, Ringsted og Roskilde) dagbladet@db-faa.dk  Max. 400 ord
De Bergske Blade (Holstebro og Struer Dagblad)  Læserbreve debat@bergske.dk 250 ord Synspunkt-artikler debat@bergske.dk 800 ord
De Bergske Blade (Ringkøbing og Skjern Dagblad)  Læserbreve debat-drs@bergske.dk 250 ord Synspunkt-artikler debat-drs@bergske.dk 800 ord
Flensborg Avis bl@flensborg-avis.de  3000 anslag
Frederiksborg Amts Avis  Debatindlæg frederiksborg@db-faa.dk  450 ord Kronik frederiksborg@db-faa.dk  8000 anslag
Fyens stiftstidende  Læserbreve debat@fyens.dk 300 ord Synspunkt  debat@fyens.dk 500 ord Kronik debat@fyens.dk 1200 ord
Herning Folkeblad hf@herningfolkeblad.dk (formalia ikke oplyst)
Holbæk Amts Venstreblad  Læserbreve red.hav@nordvest.dk Ikke oplyst (kort)
Horsens Folkeblad  redaktionen@horsens-folkeblad.dk  1/2-1 A4-side
Hvidovre Avis redaktion@hvidovreavis.dk (formalia ikke oplyst)
Ikast Avis presse@ikastavis.dk (formalia ikke oplyst)
Jyske Vestkysten  Synspunkt debat@jv.dk 250 ordDebatindlæg debat@jv.dk max 500 ord
Kalundborg Folkeblad  Læserbreve debat.kf@nordvest.dk 300 ord
Lolland-Falsters Folketidende redaktion@folketidende.dk 1.600 anslag
Midtjyllands Avis debat@midtjyllandsavis.dk (formalia ikke oplyst)
Morsø Folkeblad redaktion@morsf.dk (formalia ikke oplyst)
Nordjyske Stiftstidende  Synspunkt ca. 3000 anslag Læserbreve debat@nordjyske.dk max. 3000 anslag
Randers Amts Avis debat@amtsavisen.dk (formalia ikke oplyst)
Sjællandske Medier (tidl. Sjællands og Næstved Tidende) Læserbreve red@sj-medier.dk 200 ord
Skive Folkeblad redaktion@skivefolkeblad.dk (formalia ikke oplyst)
Vejle Amts Folkeblad & Fredericia Dagblad debat@vejleamtsfolkeblad.dk ikke oplyst
Viborg Stift viborgnyt@bergske.dk (formalia ikke oplyst)
Århus Stiftstidende  Debatindlæg debat@stiften.dk 200 ord