The freelancers and organisations are based in 28 European countries

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The European Journalism Centre (EJC), in partnership with the Facebook Journalism Project (FJP), has announced 68 more news organisations and freelance journalists receiving grants through Wave 2 of the European Journalism COVID-19 Support Fund.

Wave 1 of the Fund, launched in April 2020, saw €1,530,000 awarded to 94 news organisations and freelancers. In Wave 2, grantees are serving local and regional communities and communities of interest across 28 European countries. …

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At the beginning of May, the European Journalism Centre, together with the International Press Institute (IPI) and the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF), launched the Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) Fund, providing a total sum of €1 million in grant funding for cross-border investigative journalism in Europe.

Under the Publication Support Scheme (PSS), managed by EJC, teams of journalists/news organisations are able to apply for grants to complete or publish cross-border investigations that have already been started.

Today, we are introducing two updates to this scheme. We believe this will not only increase the number of potential applicants that are eligible to receive support for their investigative projects, but it will also enable us to support a greater variety of stories and teams. …

Introducing our Engaged Journalism In Europe Database

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Photo by Ian on Unsplash

Let’s do a quick exercise. Can you name more than five European publishers whose journalism is based on an ongoing conversation between themselves and their communities? If your answer is yes, chances are these examples are mostly located in Western Europe. If your answer is no, how would you go about finding them?

News organisations that are doing engaged journalism in Europe tend to be smaller and they are not always the ones we get to read about. The way they innovate rarely translates into pioneering the newest tools or technologies. …

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“I will more easily be able to engage with any community of my choosing because I discovered there are many communities, not just one.”

“I feel empowered to put into practice, with the help of the crowd, ideas that were put in a drawer because we don’t have the resources to realise them.”

“I learned about the parallels between engaged journalism and data journalism, so I am going to go back and ask the data unit in my organisation if they realise that they are actually doing this kind of work.”

These are just some of the takeaways we heard from participants at the end of the second 2018 edition of the News Impact Academy, which took place in Paris on 27 and 28 June and focused on community engagement. …


Madalina Ciobanu

Project manager @ejcnet, working on, #IJ4EU and the Engaged Journalism Accelerator. Previously senior reporter @journalismnews.

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