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Connect with our EJC team this conference season


Connect with our EJC team this conference season

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Vera Penêda — Director Programmes & impact
September 11, 2023

Meet the EJC team at events across Europe this Autumn

Journalism conference season has resumed this month and our EJC team will be out and about, to catch up on the latest conversations and challenges in journalism, and to let journalists and newsrooms know what we do to support their work across Europe.

Read on and you may just find the perfect journalism festival for you. Mark your calendars:

News Impact Summit on “Elevating Climate Journalism”, 12 October in Lisbon, Portugal

If you follow the EJC on socials you probably know all about this event by now. Every year, our annual summit focuses on an urgent challenge facing the media industry at the intersection of journalism, innovation and technology. Next month, we are bringing together a stellar lineup of +20 speakers and partners to showcase best practices and tools for climate reporting. Over 200 journalists from across Europe have already registered to attend and learn about satellite imagery, open-source intelligence tools and data; storytelling and solutions journalism; short-form video & investigations and more at this year’s News Impact Summit in Lisbon. We will also announce the winners of the #ClimateJournalismAward in recognition of excellence in climate reporting, with a cash prize of up to EUR 10,000.

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We have also rounded up together a group of heavyweight partners for this event and award ceremony that share a mission for driving innovation in climate reporting and making it a priority. Our partnership with the European Space Agency - ESA highlights the essential relationship between science & journalism in climate reporting; and we have teamed up with international partners AFP, the Solutions Journalism Network, the Bonn Institute, and Portuguese media & academia Público and its climate vertical Azul, Mensagem de Lisboa, TSF - Rádio Notícias, Diário de Notícias, Jornal de Notícias, NOVA FCSH, iNOVA Media Lab and more to deliver this summit #NISLIS in Lisbon. The News Impact Summit and the climate award are powered by a long-standing partnership between the EJC and Google News Initiative.

A big EJC contingent will be gathering in Lisbon as we will be running parallel activities, namely a Climate reporting YouTube bootcamp and other meetings in town. Join us in Lisbon and find Vera, Joe, Fleur, Gaura, Bianca, Tara and Lars if you wish to know more about our programmes and how we facilitate networks of support and knowledge that connect journalists across Europe. If you can’t travel to Lisbon, follow the summit updates via the hashtag #NISLIS and subscribe to the EJC’s newsletter to make sure you know when we upload the recordings of the sessions to YouTube.

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B.future Festival for journalism & constructive dialogue, 15-16 September in Bonn, Germany:

The inaugural edition of the b.future in Bonn kicks off this week so you still have a few days to buy your ticket. The line-up is stellar and features a mix of German and international journalism experts who will discuss topics ranging from AI to trust and the news business. This festival has a focus on reporting about the human experience with a solutions-oriented approach to find ways that journalism can foster constructive dialogue and a positive impact on people and society, which is why the EJC is a proud partner. Our team will be ‘in the house’ with Fleur, Juliette, Gaura and Lars attending, moderating a panel. Nudge them to find out more about how we support journalists to learn and develop solutions-driven reporting that drives engagement and impact. Don’t forget to get your festival ticket soon. You can follow the hashtags #bfuture #bff23 for updates.


Global International Journalism Conference (GIJC), 19-22 September in Gothenburg, Sweden:

Time is ticking and #GIJC23 will start in 7 days. This mammoth of a conference is getting ready to welcome over 1,000 participants from across the world. It describes itself as the “world’s largest international gathering of investigative journalists. The conference features training on the latest tools and techniques, cutting-edge workshops, and extensive networking and brainstorming sessions.” Our Grants team lead, Zlatina will be attending to take notes and meet and support over 20 of our grantees supported by #IJ4EU, the programme dedicated to supporting cross-border journalism investigations.

Google Newsgeist EMEA, 23-24 September in Lago Maggiore, Italy:

Our leadership team Vera and Lars are looking forward to attending Google Newsgeist EMEA to exchange ideas and work together on innovation and the future of journalism with an exciting group of journalists, educators, entrepreneurs, and advocates


International Journalism Forum, 28-30 September in Athens, Greece:

The agenda is out and the EJC team is fortunate to be featured alongside such a roster of international speakers. This forum focuses on “the ways in which innovation and journalism can co-create the industry’s next day, through talks, workshops, open discussions and other engaging events. Over two days, participants and panellists will discuss AI, press freedom, new tools and journalistic methods, and innovative sustainability models in media. Following up on our collaboration with the Incubator for Media Education and Development (iMEdD) across our Data Journalism initiatives, the EJC is delighted to be joining iMEdD’s forum to host two sessions, on best practices in Climate Reporting and introduction to Solutions Journalism, which will help place these topics in the journalism agenda in Greece and the region. Bianca, Zlatina, Juliette & Lars will be on deck, along with the experts invited by the EJC to discuss more. The EJC will also have our dedicated space at the Media Village, an area at the forum for organisations to share their work and interact directly with visiting journalists and media professionals. Visit us if you are planning to attend, for a coffee and fresh news about what we are doing (There may be some cool EJC stickers too!)


UNCOVERED 2023, conference for investigative journalism, 12-13 October in Brussels, Belgium

For two days, some of the best investigative journalists from across Europe will gather in Brussels, Belgium, alongside funders, policymakers, and civil society members, to network, participate in discussions, and join interactive workshops. UNCOVERED is the annual conference of the Investigative Journalism for Europe (IJ4EU) programme. It’s an opportunity to showcase the best investigative journalism Europe has to offer and to discuss the challenges faced by those working to shine a light on cross-border crime and corruption. The programme is rich in a diversity of topics, and after an opening talk about the impact of AI in investigative reporting, grantees will share topics ranging from investigations on wildlife and the environment to the Ukraine war, migration and corporate interests. We will also deliver the Impact award celebrating cross-border journalism. Zlatina and Juliette will be speaking and joining our partners and grantees at UNCOVERED.

The conference is organised by ECPMF, together with the International Press Institute (IPI) and European Journalism Centre (EJC), and funded by the European Commission. Registration is still open here so don’t forget to secure your spot or sign up to follow #UNCOVERED online.


World Health Summit, 15-17 October , in Berlin, Germany:

This may not sound like the usual summit for journalists but the EJC is beyond thankful to our former health reporting grantee Martina Mertens, who has invited us to highlight the importance of journalism, especially health journalism, for global health at this summit. We all know that mis and disinformation were a major challenge during the pandemic and that now that the worst of COVID may seem/feel that support to conduct reliable health journalism is dwindling. Our colleague Marjan, who has managed several editions of our global health reporting grants programme, will talk about the EJC’s experience and impact on global health reporting through these grants supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


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