Our 2020 strategyOur vision
Journalists improve people’s lives through access to information, data and new perspectives. We strengthen the resilience of European journalism by connecting journalists to new ideas, skills, people and funding. Our goal is that every journalist and news organisation benefits from a European Journalism Centre programmeOur focus in 2020
Across Europe, journalism is under threat. News organisations are being co-opted by authoritarian governments, being streamlined and sold off, or are taking risks by pivoting towards new revenue streams. Journalists themselves are the immediate victims. Free speech and access to information come next.
In 2020, the European Journalism Centre will help journalists prepare for what’s next. Despite the difficult outlook above, we see a huge amount of inspiration and innovation across our communities.
We will be supporting communities of journalists to build resilience into journalism in five areas: freedom, funding, leadership, storytelling and digital.
- Freedom. Without an enabling media environment, journalism will not survive. We believe there is much to gain from looking outside Europe, as well as within. In 2020, the European Journalism Centre will implement and connect press freedom initiatives globally.
- Funding. The uncertain economics of journalism makes it easier to co-opt news organisations and silence journalists. We urgently need to help journalism discover new means of sustainability. In 2020, the European Journalism Centre will support the testing and development of new funding models.
- Leadership. Leadership and diversity are required to reinvent and reimagine journalism. Our industry does not invest enough in the skills, diversity and wellbeing of those who will lead journalism into a new era. In 2020, the European Journalism Centre will support new journalism leaders, freelancers and cultural change.
- Storytelling. Certain types of journalism - namely investigative journalism, science journalism and development reporting - have suffered as news organisations cut back. In 2020, the European Journalism Centre will support underfunded journalism, especially on underreported topics.
- Digital. The value and potential of digital skills and data journalism is huge. Video, data and social networks affect every aspect of our global lives. In 2020, the European Journalism Centre will connect and train a global community of students and journalists in digital and data skills.
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