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Boosting Fact-Checking Activities in Europe

January 24 @ 8:00 - 17:00

Boosting Fact-Checking Activities in Europe

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newsletter

OPENING
DATE

02-11-2021

DEADLINE
DATE

28-06-2024

SUBMISSION
LANGUAGE

English

MAXIMUM
VALUE

80.000,00 €

PERCENTAGE
OF FINANCING

100%

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Who?

Proposals from individual entities are eligible if submitted by:

  1. Small-sized independent fact-checking and news media organisations with up to 50 employees, and up to € 10 million turnover or € 10 million total balance sheet;
  2. Non-governmental Organisations;
  3. Universities;
  4. Research centres;
  5. Educational institutions;
  6. Non-profit organisations.

Proposals from consortia are eligible if submitted by:

  • any of the entities mentioned above under points (i) to (vi).
  • news media organisations, including for-profit entities of any status or size, on condition that the consortium also integrate one or more entities mentioned above under points (i) to (vi)

Only applications from legal entities and consortium members established in the EU, EFTA or UK are eligible.

What?

Independent fact-checking organisations play a key role in limiting the negative effects of disinformation on the public discourse and democratic processes. In addition to raising public awareness about concrete disinformation cases, their work feeds into mainstream news, media literacy practices and research, thereby entailing a strong multiplier effect.

This Call aims at strengthening the European fact-checking ecosystem by focusing on two priority actions:

  1. Urgent actions: projects designed to increase coverage, depth, and speed of factchecking activities by organisations that commit to producing regular flows of fact-checks:
  • in connection to critical events (e.g., elections, public health or public security crises, etc.), which may be likely targets of disinformation campaigns in one or more European countries; and/or
  • aimed at improving the detection and understanding of disinformation narratives in topical areas of public interest (e.g., climate change, economic recovery, immigration, geopolitical issues, EU policies, etc.) within relevant information environments (local/national/European).
  1. Scale-up projects: free-lance collaborations within newsrooms and/or the integration of state-of-the-art technologies for content verification and media and social media monitoring. This Call encourages projects:
  • involving structured and time-framed, free-lance collaborations with specialist staff (journalists, but also subject-matter experts or data analysts) to enhance diversity and bring complementary skills and innovative approaches in fact checking organisations, as well as best factchecking practices in newsrooms, thereby paving the way for more stable job opportunities and expanding journalistic coverage around topics of public interest that may be actual or potential targets of disinformation campaigns; and/or
  • involving the licensing or acquisition of adequate online content verification technologies and network analysis tools, which are instrumental for scaling-up and improving the efficiency of debunking activities, notably in view of the increasingly sophisticated information manipulation tactics and techniques employed in disinformation campaigns.

Eligibility

The projects funded under this Call are expected to:

  • raise public awareness and empower diverse readerships in different European countries to critically assess news and information accessed through different media, notably online;
  • foster knowledge-sharing between fact-checking organisations, civil society, researchers, media outlets and online platforms;
  • facilitate the creation of a European network of independent fact-checking
  • organisations;
  • stimulate innovation in fact-checking organisations, newsrooms and improvement of journalistic skills;
  • help reduce the impact in Europe of disinformation campaigns, including foreign interference and influence operations carried out outside Europe.

The following types of activities are eligible for both priorities a) (Urgent actions) and b) (Scale-up projects):

  • journalistic investigations and fact-checking activities;
  • production of original content in the form of articles (fact-checks);
  • awareness and dissemination actions, including conferences, seminars, events;
  • actions aiming at the creation and improvement of networks, exchanges of good practices, and uptake of innovative methodologies and relevant technologies.

Additionally, for priority b), the following types of activities are also eligible:

  • integration of complementary skills via additional human resources in newsrooms;
  • usage of innovative tools improving the efficiency of fact-checking (e.g., by facilitating online content verification or network analysis)

Funding

Maximum grant per project

  • Urgent Actions: 55.000,00 €
  • Scale-up projects: 80.000,00 €

Maximum duration per project (months)

  • Urgent Actions: 6
  • Scale-up projects: 12

Documents
and Forms

Organisation: European Media and Information Fund managed by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

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NOTE: The Opening Date in the description may not match with real Call Opening Date.

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Date:
January 24
Time:
8:00 - 17:00
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