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NEWS: Journalism partnerships - Collaborations
|Funding Program||Creative Europe - Cross-Sectoral Strand|
|Funding rate||80 %|
|Call budget||€ 5,000,000.00|
|Estimated EU contribution per project||maximum grant amount per project: € 2,000,000.00|
|Link to the call||ec.europa.eu|
|Link to the submission||ec.europa.eu|
The European news media sectors play a crucial and valuable role in Europe. Yet, they are facing multiple challenges. Partially as a result of the digital shift, with readers shifting to online sources and traditional news outlets losing advertising revenues, the economic sustainability of professional journalism has come under pressure. Media pluralism has also been weakened over the years: many media at the local level as well as those putting their public interest mission before profits, have had to close down, posing risks for the good functioning of democracy.
Support is foreseen for collaborative projects in and between any news media (sub)sector and/or genre that aim to enhance cooperation and instil systemic change across that sector. The proposed activities should be clearly justified and based on the needs of the chosen (sub)sector(s). The proposed partnerships are strongly encouraged to involve organisations from countries/regions with different and diverse media capabilities.
The 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 projects need to respect widely accepted professional media standards. The chosen standards should be indicated in the proposal and confirmed with a signed Declaration on Standards & Independence (Annexed to the Application form). Partnerships involving editorial work must operate with full editorial independence.
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.
|Expected effects and impacts|
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.
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.
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.
|Regions / countries for funding||EU Member States, Overseas Countries and Territories (OCT)|
Moldova (Moldova), Albania (Shqipëria), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Island (Ísland), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Liechtenstein, Montenegro (Црна Гора), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Ukraine (Україна)
|eligible entities||Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)|
Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) , which complies with the following conditions:
|other eligibility criteria|
In order to be eligible, the entities must be:
Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person.
International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offerguarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
Associations and interest groupings — Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’. Please note that if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible).
Creative Europe Desks (CEDs) — The host organisations of Creative Europe Desks are eligible as coordinator or beneficiary in open calls, if they have procedures to segregate the project management and the information provision functions and if they are able to demonstrate cost separation (i.e. that their project grants do not cover any costs which are covered by their other grant). This requires the following:
Education & Training, Children & Youth, Media
|Relevance for EU Macro-Region||EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region|
|UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)|
|project duration||24 months|
Proposal page limits and layout:
Page limit - part B: 70 pages
|Call documents|| Call Document CREA-CROSS-2023-JOURPART (1125kB)
|Contact||European Education and Culture Executive Agency |
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