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EU supports two media consortia to enrich pan-European debate among young Europeans

Following an open Call for Proposals in 2021, two media consortia will receive support to produce and distribute innovative, thought-provoking content around current affairs for young Europeans, allowing them to compare perspectives from across Europe and discover how their interests link to interests of youngsters in other countries, as well as to relevant EU initiatives. Both projects will operate with full editorial independence.

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ENTR – what’s next?

ENTR gathers Deutsche Welle, France Médias Monde, RFI Romania, RTP Portugal, Ringier Axel Springer Polska, Are We Europe and associated media, to produce content in 6 languages (EN, FR, DE, PL, PT, RO). The project mainly aims to target age group 18-34 with videos, articles, events and social media formats. It offers adaptations of existing formats as well as new formats on Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter and soon TikTok.

More information on ENTR

SPHERA Reloaded

SPHERA gathers Babel International and 9 other youth media organisations (Bulle media, Dinamo, Arty Farty, Street Press, El Salto Diario, Krytyka Polityczna, VDNews.tv, 444.hu and Popaganda.gr). The consortium produces innovative content in 8 languages (EN, FR, DE, ES, PL, IT, HU and EL). The project aims to engage youngsters of all sorts, through videos, podcasts, events and engaging social media formats. It mainly targets the age group 16-30 via Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Vimeo, Europod and Spotify.

More information on Sphera

Related information

Support has been granted following an open Call for Proposals launched last year, implementing the EP Pilot Project "A European public sphere: a new online media offer for young Europeans". It called upon media to establish consortia of at least 5 media organisations from 5 EU Member States. The grant agreements contain an editorial charter to ensure editorial independence. ENTR will receive € 1.2 million (approx. 42% of costs), Sphera will receive € 800.000 (approx. 66% of costs) between March 2022 and March 2023.

A larger call for proposals is foreseen in autumn 2023 with a budget of € 9 million, for projects starting in spring 2024.

For an overview of other grants to news media, see updates on this page or the factsheet overview of March 2022.