New project: European Excellence Exchange in Journalism
Free Press Unlimited in collaboration with Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and its European media partners Copeam, CMFE and COMMIT this week launched the “Creative Europe” programme, a 2-year programme focused on supporting cross border partnerships in journalism.
In times where trustworthy information is needed more than ever and disinformation and propaganda flourish and have become a threat to European security, the excellence of journalism is considered a critical component of societal resilience and social inclusion.
The unique composition of this consortium brings together an unparalleled network of member organisations, partnerships and individuals across Europe. By joining forces and expertise, it combines a range of preceding initiatives to build on, like for example the JTI and the Collaborative and Investigative Journalism Initiative (CIJI).
The programme focuses on three topics; climate change, public health and migration. Media outlets and journalists who participate in this programme will have access to training, mentoring and fellowships, small production grants and dedicated and online resources.
“Creative Europe” is funded by the European Union. It supports ethical and collaborative journalism Europe-wide and promotes media pluralism.
RSF’s Secretary General Christophe Deloire welcomed the grant decision of the European Commission in favor of this consortium. “In the context of the upcoming European Media Freedom Act we see the EU more and more living up to its responsibility to support structural and meaningful change in our information space”, he said and added: “We believe, however, that financial means and innovative ideas will never suffice without a co-regulatory framework that unlocks competitive advantages to those providers of information that adhere to basic journalistic standards, such as the JTI.”