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This year’s Journalism Partnerships call for proposals is composed of two actions: this first one to increase collaborations between media Collaborations (see below); and a second one Pluralism to support media pluralism and media of particular relevance to democracy and civic participation.

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  • Journalism Partnerships - Collaborations will support cross-border collaboration among news media organisations in Europe, to work on business model transformation and/or journalistic projects with full editorial independence. Consortia may choose to focus on a news media sector such as radio, TV, digital media, print, magazine, and / or a specific journalistic genre.
  • Projects should enhance cooperation and can for example focus on developing technical and editorial standards, testing new business models, new types of newsrooms and journalistic formats, and sharing best practices among peers e.g. through training and events.
  • Ultimately, projects should also benefit other outlets on the market, including small media. The proposed activities should be clearly presented and justified, and should be based on the needs of the chosen (sub)sectors.
  • Funding outcomes should include:
    • Increased media collaboration
    • Sector-wide networks for the exchange of best practices among news media professionals
    • Knowledge-hubs for sub-sectors around technical formats such as written/online press, radio/podcasts, TV, etc.) and/or journalistic genres (data journalism, general topics, specialised journalism, etc.
    • Acquisition and improvement of professional skills by journalists as well as media business professionals.

  • Activities should aim to serve the wider ecosystem across Europe, including small media. Sharing of best practices between operators in media markets with different and diverse characteristics (in terms of languages, production volumes, sizes, digitalisation levels etc.) is encouraged, to promote mutual learning.
  • Activities should include concrete deliverables and set clear, objectively verifiable and quantifiable performance indicators for the mid-term and the end of the project. The estimated reach must be more precise than the sum of available distribution channels, and should be substantiated by a detailed outreach plan as well as proof of interest from the target groups.
  • All Partnerships should consider the ecological footprint of the activities they propose, and where relevant, describe the strategies to ensure a more sustainable and environmentally-respectful media sectors.
  • Proposals should cover one or more of the following priorities: Collaborative business transformation, and/or Collaborative journalistic projects. Overlapping activities combining both priorities may be included.
    • Priority 1: Fostering collaborative business transformation. Projects could aim to develop, inter alia, better revenue models, management models, new approaches to audience development and marketing,
      development of common professional/technical standards, new types of newsrooms, syndication networks or other models to exchange content between news media across the EU, or provide assistance to small
      organisations to develop business readiness. To this end, projects can include events, online trainings and workshops for media professionals, exchange programmes, mapping of best practices, sector-wide development of technical standards, production of practical guidebooks, development and testing of platforms and technical solutions to exchange ideas and best practices, promotional activities, or other activities that aim to uphold the viability of the sector. Applicants should propose activities supporting media sectors lacking the means of adapting to the digital environment.
    • Priority 2: Fostering collaborative journalism projects. Professional collaboration can increase efficiency and the quality of reporting. Projects can therefore test original reporting and innovative production methods and formats. Projects can aim to increase exchanges of best practices among journalists and optimise workflows for those journalism genres requiring more time and resources. To this end projects can include events, online trainings and workshops for journalists, collaborative development of guidelines and editorial standards, exchange programmes, online mentoring schemes, financial support to collaborative journalism projects, promotional activities or other activities that aim to uphold quality and diversity of journalism. Whenever editorial production is included, actions will respect the editorial independence of the media and emphasise the importance of proper and joint editorial arrangements.

  • The maximum individual grant amount is €2 million per project - the EU would finance 80% of the cost of projects.
  • The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.
  • All projects should last 24 months.