Much of grant-making in journalism emphasises support for media organisations rather than individual journalists. That makes sense, because individuals are not likely to save the public sphere single-handedly.

Among many other things, journalism requires an infrastructure that brings it to the attention of readers, safeguards quality, and signals trust. Journalism…


Photo by Giannis Skarlatos.

The European Union is entangled with journalism in so many ways that it can be hard to see the forest for the trees. That’s because journalism only appears on the label of very few programmes, but can well be an ingredient or theme of many others. …


Notes from the Journalism Funders Forum’s Expert Circle in Brussels

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The three general-purpose news outlets with the greatest agenda-setting power over European politics — the Financial Times, The Economist, and the BBC — all happen to be run out of London and thus will very soon be based outside the European Union. …


Re-defining the migration debate in Germany

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Mobility and migration are key policy issues of the European Union and, accordingly, of the news media. To better understand the dynamics behind migration reporting, we conducted a survey of journalists in nine European media landscapes in autumn 2017. The survey was part of a larger research project called REMINDER.


The third Journalism Funders Forum convened in Paris on 15 June 2017 (as usual under the Chatham House Rule), and opened with the launch of the latest in a series of European Journalism Centre-commissioned country reports on philanthropic funding for journalism (available for download as a PDF here). Several topics…


The second Journalism Funders Forum took place in Hamburg on 31 May 2017. Once again, an EJC-commissioned country report on philanthropic funding for journalism (download the full PDF here) set the scene for the ensuing debate, which was, however, putting the German situation into the broader European context. …


On 11th May 2017, the European Journalism Centre (EJC) convened the Journalism Funders Forum London, which discussed the status and perspectives of philanthropic funding for journalism in Europe, with a focus on the UK. …


Note: I was meaning to talk about this at the 2016 edition of the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, but had to cancel at short notice. Wilfried Rütten, Director of the European Journalism Centre (EJC) kindly agreed to fill my slot, and with great success. …


When Google announced the Innovation Fund of its Digital News Initiative (DNI) this spring, I was pleasantly surprised. It appeared as if an organisation with the appropriate clout and credibility was finally making the European news industry get a move on. …

Eric Karstens

Writer of technical prose. Interested in media, journalism, technology, and art. http://karstens.eu

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