Crisis Innovation in media! – Call for Initiatives

Deadline: 20/05/2020


Crisis Innovation in media! “Rising stars” can help their media companies survive the coronavirus crisis revenue gaps and create opportunities. The crisis-stricken European media sector requires cooperation and innovation, now more than ever, with the whole sector challenged by the coronavirus crisis.

To help out journalists and newsrooms coping with the current emergency, Stars4Media, the exchange and training programme for young media professionals (“rising stars”) announces a call for submitting innovative proposals. Proposals addressing the media response to the Coronavirus are now welcome, additionally to proposals revolving around the two thematic waves  – Trust in media and Data for media.


At the end of March, at a successful Stars4Media Lab, the first batch of proposals has already been evaluated anda number of initiatives are ready to start. Amongst them, there is Café Babel from France, cooperating with radio Arabel from Belgium; the news agencies EFE and LUSA, from Spain and Portugal; the Swedish enterprise media monitor; the news portal Azonnali from Hungary, cooperating with Transindex from Romania and freelance journalists , all working on innovative ideas. Some of the applicants received a conditional acceptance and are still looking for partners. For details and potential cooperation, join the Stars4Media LinkedIn Group.


Stars4Media aims to accelerate media innovation and cross-border coverage in Europe,  through skill-building activities to test ideas, produce contents and develop initiatives. Participants of this project are young media professionals (“rising stars”), coming from different backgrounds (journalists, graphic designers, tech developers, marketing and social media managers).

The partners of this programme are VUB (SMIT-Imec), Fondation EURACTIV, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). This project is co-funded by the EU.


Why participate in Stars4Media? 


As a young media professional, you will:

  • Cooperate with another European media team for 4 to 12 weeks (virtual cooperation is now allowed)
  • Gain interdisciplinary experience & training (for example on data journalism, fact-checking, AI, business development and social media)
  • Be part of a network of young media innovators in Europe

As an Editor, Publisher or media manager, you will:

  • Grow your network with the best innovative media companies and top media leaders in Europe
  • Have your ‘rising stars’ test ideas, innovate with new products and business models
  • Develop and motivate staff and future management, helped by EU co-funding

You can submit your initiative here:

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