Supporting collaboration and networking among European Journalists

Journalists have an elementary function for a vivid democracy. In Europe as well as on a global level, journalism is experiencing deep structural change. Offering the European collaborative journalism programme, Toepfer Foundation aims to support quality journalism and to connect journalists from all over Europe.

Digitalisation, changing pattern of media consumption and shrinking confidence in “the press” is putting journalism under pressure. In several European countries, media freedom is increasingly threatened. These processes impact on the quality and diversity of the media scene and force to search for new journalistic methods and models. Most affected by the budgetary constraints are investigative researches and the work of local and regional journalists. At the same time, the number cross-border topics is constantly increasing, as in the fields of environment, traffic, migration or organised crime. Cross-border collaboration of journalists enable to continue investigative journalism and to hold power structures accountable despite declining resources.

The Programme
The new programme on European crossborder collaborative Journalism aims at providing know-how on cross-border collaboration. It addresses journalists from local and regional media who are supposed to build up a network among each other, discuss collaborative methods and tools as well as reflect on their own professional practice. Participants get the possibility to further develop an own topic of research and to receive feedback from experts and peers. Up to twenty journalists from all over Europe will meet at the foundations conference centre, followed by a second meeting at the EIJC&Dataharvest close to Brussels. Input is provided by experts from Arena, Hostwriter, Journalismfund, Investigative Europe and others.
Toepfer Foundation is teaming up with Arena for Journalism in Europe on this programme.

27.2.-1.3.2020: Conference Centre Gut Siggen, Baltic Sea
14.-17.5.2020: EIJC&Dataharvest, Mechelen, Belgien  

Further Engagement in the field of journalism

European Crossborder Journalism Fellowship to attend GIJC19
The Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC19) took place in Hamburg from September 26.-29th 2019. Toepfer Foundation and Netzwerk Recherche teamed up to offer the European Crossborder Journalism Fellowship. Six journalists from Bulgaria, Greece, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia and Hungary could attend the conference after having successfully applied for the full-term fellowship.

Financial support to Riff Reporter 2018/2019
River Reporter, an online magazine to address the issue of rivers and European river deltas, was founded in 2018 under the roof of RiffReporter. Toepfer Foundation has supported the magazine in its initial phase with 20,000 €.  

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