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NEWS – Journalism Partnerships

30 30+00:00 November, 2022 @ 8:00 - 17:00

NEWS - Journalism partnerships (CREA-CROSS-2023-JOURPART)









3.000.000,00 €





In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must

  • Be legal entities (public or private bodies)
  • Be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:
    • Creative Europe Participating Countries:
      • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories(OCTs))
      • non-EU countries:
        • listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative Europe Programme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature (list of participating countries)

Only for topic 2 “NEWS – Journalism Partnerships – Pluralism”:

The action is open to civil society organisations which are active in the news media sector (incl. media associations, NGOs, journalistic funds and training organisations focusing on media professionals, etc). These organisations should be in a position to set up third party support schemes targeting news media outlets, organisations and journalists, and in ways that enhance pluralistic media landscapes across the Union. Consortia are allowed.


The applicant must fulfil all of the following (if the proposal is submitted by a consortium, the following conditions should be fulfilled by at least one partner):

  1. have recent proven experience in implementing media-related activities;
  2. have recent proven experience in awarding and managing grants/or funds, in particular in the media sector.

Consortium composition

  • For Topic 1 “NEWS – Journalism Partnerships – Collaborations”: Proposals must be submitted by a consortium of at least 3 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities) , which complies with the following conditions:
    • minimum 3 independent entities from 3 different eligible countries
    • Consortia may include non-profit, public and private media outlets (incl. written/online press, radio/podcasts, TV, etc) as well as other organisations focusing on news media (incl. media associations, NGOs, journalistic funds and training organisations focusing on media professionals, etc).
  • For Topic 2 “NEWS – Journalism Partnerships – Pluralism”:
    • Applications by single applicants are allowed (single beneficiaries), as well as proposals submitted by a consortium of at least 2 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities).



The European news media sectors play a crucial and valuable role in Europe. Yet, they are facing multiple challenges. Partially as a result of the digital shift, with readers shifting to online sources and traditional news outlets losing advertising revenues, the economic sustainability of professional journalism has come under pressure. Media pluralism has also been weakened over the years: many media at the local level as well as those putting their public interest mission before profits, have had to close down, posing risks for the good functioning of democracy.

This call will address media challenges and opportunities of trans-national nature.

Topic 1. “Journalism Partnerships – Collaborations”. Helping the wider European news media sector become more sustainable and resilient, thus contributing to trustworthy reporting, to skills development and employment for news media professionals and journalists, in particular by supporting media collaborations. This topic will support cross-cutting actions that address the structural and technological changes faced by the media sector, and support high-quality media production standards and business models by fostering cooperation, digital skills, cross-border and/or collaborative journalism.

Topic 2. “Journalism Partnerships – Pluralism”. This topic will support organisations active in media in setting up supporting schemes for news media organisations and independent journalism, as well as other capacity-building measures. These actions, notably third-party support, will target media active in sectors of special relevance to democracy and civic participation, such as local and regional media, community media, independent and investigative journalism and other organisations delivering public interest news.


Activities that can be funded (scope)


NEWS – Journalism Partnerships – Collaborations

  • Priority 1: Fostering collaborative business transformation
  • Priority 2: Fostering collaborative journalism projects


NEWS – Journalism Partnerships – Pluralism

Civil society organisations active in the news media landscape are uniquely placed to provide this support, while guaranteeing the sectors’ independence and diversity. Thus, this topic invites these organisations to setup supporting schemes for news media organisations and independent journalism, as well as other capacity building measures. The proposed activities must be run by civil society organisations and must focus on news media sectors of special relevance to democracy and civic participation, in particular:

  • Local and regional media
  • Independent and investigative journalism
  • Organisations delivering public interest news/public service journalism (such as community, legal and civic journalism and media, or news increasing transparency about the media).

Applicants must present, develop and implement funding schemes. These funding schemes shall take the form of financial support to third parties. They shall focus on activities that contribute to sustaining, improving or transforming the work of the targeted parties. Activities can consist of:

  • Editorial production, coverage and innovations
  • The development of governance standards and editorial oversights
  • The improvement of distribution and dissemination of news
  • The development and engagement of audiences
  • The development or maintenance of technical tools applying to the above topics
  • Training on the above topics, legal advice and sectorial events
  • In addition to funding schemes, applicants can propose capacity building measures benefitting their chosen sector/s.

Expected impact

  • Increased innovation and creativity in business models, journalistic production processes and distribution processes;
  • Increased interest in journalism, among various social groups, language groups and age groups;
  • Increased viability of professionally produced journalistic content;

Specific for Topic 1. “Journalism Partnerships – Collaborations”:

  • Increased media collaboration;
  • Sector-wide networks for the exchange of best practices among news media professionals;
  • Knowledge-hubs for sub-sectors around technical formats (written/online press, radio/podcasts, TV, etc.) and/or journalistic genres (data journalism, general topics, specialised journalism, etc.);
  • Acquisition and improvement of professional skills by journalists as well as media business professionals.

Specific for Topic 2. “Journalism Partnerships – Pluralism”:

  • Increased resilience, pluralism and editorial independence of media sectors at European level, such as local, regional and community media, investigative media or media specialised in public interest topics;
  • Increased resilience of civil society organisations active in the news media sectors and protection of the news media landscape;
  • Improved uptake of new technologies across the targeted media sectors in as much this contributes to media pluralism and a diverse media landscape;
  • Fostering repositories of knowledge about media sectors delivering public interest news (e.g., by detecting areas with low provision of high-quality content and/or in which media pluralism is strained).


Project duration: 24 months (extensions are possible, if duly justified and through an amendment).

The available call budget is 10.000.000,00 €.

  • For topic 1: 5.000.000,00 €.
  • for Topic 2: 5.000.000,00 €

The availability of the call budget still depends on the adoption of the budget 2023 by the EU budgetary authority.

Project budget (maximum grant amount):

  • for Topic 1: EUR 2.000.000,00 € per project;
  • for Topic 2: EUR 3.000.000,00 € per project.

The costs will be reimbursed at the funding rate fixed in the Grant Agreement:

  • for Topic 1: 80%;
  • for Topic 2: 90%.

See point 10. Legal and financial set-up of the Grant Agreements of NEWS – Journalism partnerships (CREA-CROSS-2023-JOURPART)

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30 30+00:00 November, 2022
8:00 - 17:00
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