The European Commission has signed a grant agreement with a consortium led by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), to conduct a Pilot Project facilitating the mobility of young media professionals and cross-border cooperation.

  • Identity of the Co-ordinator:  Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
  • Starting date: 1 November 2019
  • Duration : 12 months
  • Budget: 1.200.000 EUR
  • Website: stars4media.eu

The pilot project facilitates the mobility of young media professionals and cross-border cooperation between them and media outlets as a means to promote innovation in the EU media sector and foster an environment conducive to quality journalism and media pluralism.  

The project is set against the background of a European media sector facing several challenges. It aims to accelerate innovation in the media sector in Europe, building on the involvement of media outlets, publishers associations and journalists’ and media unions, through the exchange of young media professionals who will cooperate on ad hoc media innovation projects centred around the following themes: 1) Constructive journalism 2) Fact-checking 3) Data-journalism and 4)  Artificial Intelligence / Language technologies

A budget of EUR 1,200,000 was earmarked by the European Parliament in 2018 for a Pilot Project facilitating the mobility of young media professionals and cross-border cooperation.  Further to a Call for Proposals, the European Commission awarded a grant to a consortium led by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) Studies in Media, Innovation and Technology (SMIT) research group

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