Could the European Union support journalism, while also promoting European cohesion? Inspired by its successful experience with the Erasmus student exchange programme, the EU considered implementing a similar scheme for professional journalists working in EU Member States. Reporters covering a variety of subjects could learn first-hand about other countries, exchange conventions of best practices with their peers, and become more knowledgeable about European and international affairs.
A programme like this would require careful preparation and should be based on up-to-date information on European journalists and journalism. The EJC joined therefore a feasibility study conducted by The Evaluation Partnership and Economisti Associati. Engaging our extensive journalism networks, we established focus groups and a large-scale online survey of media professionals across all EU 27 Member States. We also contributed expert input for the final report and for the statistical review that resulted from the study.
Erasmus for Journalists was commissioned by the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology of the European Commission.