Seven projects have been selected following the first call for proposals for Journalism Partnerships in 2021, as part of the NEWS initiative announced in the Media and Audiovisual Action Plan.
The 7 journalism partnership projects will be funded by Creative Europe. Their overall aim is to address structural challenges that the news media sector is facing, and help media become stronger in the face of digital transition and increased competition. They bring together multiple news media organisations to establish sector-wide networks for media professionals and focus on collaborative business transformation and/or collaborative journalistic projects. The winners were selected by independent experts evaluating 32 proposals from across Europe.
Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Values and Transparency, said:
“From training on safety to grants for local media, these projects aim to support journalists with a focus on cross-border cooperation. It is the first time ever that the EU supports such journalism partnerships. And it is not the last time. We want to invest at least €75 million euros in similar projects by 2027. We are stepping up action, both in terms of funding and legislation, to support media freedom and pluralism, because this is about the health of our democracies.”
Commissioner for Internal Market, Thierry Breton, added:
“The media face unprecedented challenges including falling revenues, accelerated digital transition, as well as threats to media pluralism and independence. With the EU support of € 8 million announced today, we are fostering collaboration among journalists and media outlets to help them innovate, test new formats, build new skills and thus strengthen their resilience.”