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Our story

Reimagining European Journalism

European Journalism Centre foundation(EJC) is an independent Dutch non-profit based in the city of Maastricht, The Netherlands. We are a Centre for communities, knowledge and collaboration with partners and funders.

Our purpose is to support, strengthen and develop journalism and media in the council of Europe.

Our vision & mission:

The essence of journalism is to provide people with reliable, trustworthy and verified information so they can make the best possible decisions about their lives, communities, governments, and societies. Journalism plays a key role in defending freedom of expression, making governments and societies function better and enabling  strong democracies. We need to stand for and defend press freedom and the free flow of information in a time when evidence-based reporting is under pressure.

Our mission is to strengthen the resilience of European journalism and progressive media by connecting journalists and media to new ideas, nurturing communities, making available a wide range of unique experiences, providing grants and skills development, and producing resources and training affordable or for free. Our aim is that every journalist and news organisation shall benefit from an EJC programme or initiative.

EJC embraces innovation and positive changes within the industry and is optimistic about the many exciting developments taking place across the media landscape in regards to new business models, new formats and technology.  We aspire to be an essential resource and provide future insights so it can help journalism and media to innovate and flourish. We believe that reimagining journalism is key.

We connect and inspire people and communities through experiences, events and channels. We financially support and fund storytelling and innovation through grants and fellowships and we improve skills through training & resources. We actively engage and communicate about programmes, results (successes as well as failures) and outputs and the best practices in journalism and our work.

Our values:

Collaborative yet independent, innovative and inclusive.

Our history

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1992 with the mission of promoting high-quality journalism and fostering media innovation in Europe and beyond. It is based in the Netherlands and has a long history of supporting and empowering journalists, media organizations, and civil society through its programs and initiatives.

Since its inception, the EJC has been at the forefront of promoting media innovation, fostering cross-border collaboration, and promoting media literacy. It has provided training and support to journalists, media organizations, and civil society organizations, helping them to develop the skills and knowledge they need to effectively report on complex issues and to make the most of new technologies and innovations.

Over the years, the EJC has become a leading voice in the media industry and has established itself as a respected and trusted partner for organizations working in the field of journalism and media. Its programs and initiatives have helped to advance the field and to promote high-quality journalism, and it continues to be at the forefront of efforts to ensure that journalism remains an essential part of democratic societies.

The EJC has also been a pioneer in data journalism and has been at the forefront of efforts to promote the use of data in journalism, as well as to support the development of data journalism skills and knowledge among journalists and media organizations. Through its programs and initiatives, the EJC has helped to foster innovation and collaboration in the field of journalism and has played a critical role in promoting the use of new technologies and techniques to improve the quality and impact of journalism.

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