The Media4Europe conference connected media innovators, policy makers and Stars4media participants, to discuss how to accelerate innovation in the news media, on 14 October 2020 in Brussels (and online). Programme:
– Stars4Media networking sessions: media professionals participating in the Stars4Media training programme presented their initiatives, and provided feedback on how to improve the project
– Policy debate and “Stars4Media Prizes”
Panellists: Mogens Bjerregård, President of the European Federation of Journalists; Fernando de Yarza López-Madrazo, President of WAN-IFRA; Audrius Perkauskas, Deputy Head of Unit, Audiovisual and Media Services Policy, DG CONNECT; MEP Dace Melbarde (ECR); MEP Margarida Marques (S&D); MEP Ramona Strugariu (Renew Europe); MEP Damian Boeselager (Greens). Read here the press release focused on this event, and watch the event video here.
Europe’s Media Lab #Media4Democracy was a series of events designed to enrich the conversation on the media sector’s needs at EU level, supported by EU40, EFJ, Civico Europa, EMMA, News Media Europe, Re-Imagine Europa and sponsored by Equinor.
Europe’s media sector does not need cash per se. It needs to adapt not only to ever-changing technologies, but also to a moving political environment and new reader habits. In this context, a smart alliance of private and public funders is necessary to act nimbly. With this in mind, the European Journalism Centre and Fondation EURACTIV brought together on 23 October 2018 some 40 representatives of philanthropic foundations, EU institutions and the media sector.
Y a-t-il une stratégie européenne des médias ? Celle-ci est-elle essentielle pour la santé de l’UE et de la démocratie ? C’est par un consensus clair entre les participants que s’est ouverte la conversation conviée par l’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie et la Fondation EURACTIV, le lundi 15 octobre 2018. Le contexte est clair : face aux multiples défis auquel est confronté le secteur des médias, l’innovation technologique est clé.
The event “Disinformation – the playbook and how to fight it: 2018 Brussels DisinfoLab”, co-organised by EUDisinfoLab and the Atlantic Council, took place on 11 April 2018 and brought together 80 participants and high-level experts. The goal of the event was to shed light on disinformation operations not only in the EU, but also globally. Disinformation, just as “fake news” among the population, is a buzz word among Brussels officials and experts. There is a consensus that it’s a priority for Western societies to fight it, but often without an understanding of the complexity of the issue.
In January 2018, we organised an interactive workshop showcasing the results of the CODES project co-funded by “Europe for Citizens”, discussing solutions to engage local media and citizens, and to combat misinformation. Through public debates in 6 different countries, the CODES project identified the sources of Euroscepticism and developed tools to communicate EU policies at local level. The project developed an innovative communication strategy based on a bottom-up approach: Being active, less formal and going local: Adjusting communication strategy.
Key MEPs , top media practitioners and academics led a discussion on the future of media cooperation and innovation. In the end, the conference confirmed that cross-border on-the-job exchanges and training are pioneering tools to tackle the crisis of the European media sector.
The basis of the concept is essentially to exchange up-and-coming professionals (“rising stars”) to develop innovative and sustainable solutions. The ultimate goal is to share best practices among senior media management.
Fondation EURACTIV organises policy stakeholder events in Brussels. We host panel discussions moderated by a relevant expert, with 4-10 speakers representing key European actors: the European Commission, the European Parliament, Member States, the media sector, civil society organisations, and think tanks.
We gather high-level speakers, panellists and participants, from all EU institutions, including MEPs, European and national-level associations and organisations, private companies, NGOs, think tanks, academia and media. We use different formats, such as conference, fishbowl, roundtable, interactive workshops.
We also promote debates and sharing of best practices, through training programmes and interactive workshops. In particular, we provide extensive training for both its team members and young media professionals from third party organisations.
In cooperation with our partners, universities and foundations, we organise lively discussion groups. These groups aim at involving all participants, developing skills and stimulating innovative approaches.
We also address and co-organise events with our partners. Our goal, above all, is to encourage the development of projects, activities and creative ideas focused on the future of journalism and democracies.