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3 days of knowledge-sharing: October 19, 20 and 21 from 10.00-13.00

How do we track surveillance and deal with cybersecurity? How do we investigate abuse of personal data? How can we assess the lobbying power of big tech? These are questions of acute importance for all journalists – here is a chance to get closer to some answers!

In 3 half-day online seminars we zoom in on 3 crucial areas:

  • Cybersecurity for journalists – how and why did spyware end up in journalists’ phones? Does the EU cybersecurity strategy provide sufficient protection for journalists and other actors in civil society?
  • Data collection often happens without consent, for example when it comes to migrants at Europe’s borders or to predictions in relation to social welfare. How can journalists research this abuse of rights?
  • The power and lobbying of Big Tech in Europe – the tech sector is by far the biggest lobbying factor in the EU. What does that mean for decision-making in Brussels?

Each day will showcase journalistic examples on coverage of the problem  and a discussion of rules and legislation in the area. We also look ahead for initiatives to improve the situation.

The seminars are aimed at journalists, but open for all and free of charge. Register here.

The seminars are arranged by Arena for Journalism in Europe in cooperation with the Panelfit Consortium, OBC Transeuropa, and the European Data Journalism Network.

For more information see the Data Dilemmas website or write

Artificial Intelligence in News Media: the Case of Local Journalism

12th July, 2021, 4pm-5.15pm

Please join us to discuss latest trends and debates on AI in news media focusing on local journalism. Our speakers will be:

  • Carl-Gustav Linden: AI and local news
  • Neil Thurman, Bartosz Wilczek, Florian Stalph and Sina Thäsler-Kordonouri: Automation in local journalism: The views of news consumers, editors and executives in the UK and Germany
  • Agnes Gulyas and Gentian Gashi: Artificial Intelligence and Journalism: A Systematic Literature Review

The event is free but please register here.

By joining you give your consent to be recorded (this seminar will be posted online at a later date).
Please mute your microphone during the main presentation, before the Q and A.


For early stage Researchers and Journalists

The team of the Erasmus+ project Enhancing Research Understanding through Media (ERUM) has recently published guidelines, which should support students, young journalists and researchers in the development of their science communication skills and contribute to a better understanding of the role of media in communicating science to non-scientific audiences.

The Guidelines are based on prior research conducted in the project, a survey amongst journalists and media professionals, as well as a literature review. Especially the COVID-19 pandemic has proven that there is need for further guidance as far as the exchange between media and science is concerned. Journalists have to deal with scientific information, avoiding phenomena such as false balance, while at the same time, (young) scientists have to reflect upon the communication of their scientific findings to a broader audience. With the preparation of the guidelines, the ERUM team would like to offer a useful tool to both – (young) journalists and (future) researchers!

ERUM is a project carried out by university partners from Austria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Spain and focuses on the question how universities and media professionals can work together and learn from each other to improve the quality of information amidst changing and dynamic flows of information. Within the project, various events bring together journalists, researchers and students. In addition, the team produces freely accessible materials such as reports, guidelines and open educational resources for higher education.

The guidelines are available for download here.

OBC Transeuropa kindly invites EJTA members to Data protection in journalism: practical tools, a webinar to be held on 2 March at 4 pm CET. The initiative comes as a contribution of the European Data Journalism Network to PANELFIT, the Horizon 2020 project I told you about some time ago focused on the impact of technology in research and innovation, with a particular focus on data protection.
During the webinar, the Practical Handbook for Journalists on Data Protection will be presented. In a spirit of participatory development, the webinar will include an open space for questions, from which we will take inspiration to expand the Handbook.
The event will be led by Iñigo De Miguel Beriain, senior researcher at the University of the Basque Country.

Starting from March 2021, Lomonosov Moscow State University's Faculty of Journalism will organize once a month an academic seminar featuring world renowned researchers, both Russian and international. Media scholars from across the world will be invited to share relevant theoretical and practical insights in their area of research. Discussion between international and Russian scholars will be organized as an important part of these events.

Click here for more info.

Three EJTA member universities, The Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX), Hochschule der Medien (HdM) and Windesheim University have come together for an EU Erasmus+ funded project, because they share an understanding of the current difficult state of journalism and ideas on how to improve the situation. 

DIALOGUE is designated to develop curricula for teaching constructive and dialogue-based journalism as well as audience development and engagement to students and professionals. It was launched in October 2019 and is led by DMJX. The three-year project has just finished the first year and the first interim report of the project. Read the whole report here



Our student-colleagues from FEJS inevitably had to cancel their Annual Congress in Ljubljana but they creatively and inventively organised an interactive online event instead on Instagram. They discussed ‘Covering the Coronavirus’ and interviewed journalists, learned about ways to de-stress during a pandemic and even got together during a small digital concert.

The EJTA General Assembly 2020 will be held online from 5 to 10 of November in St. Petersburg, discussing the interesting topic: digital inequality. Participating students are asked to keep all afternoons and evenings free.

The Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) is implementing the project “Connecting the Dots: Improved Policies through Civic Participation” in North Macedonia, supported by the British Embassy in Skopje. As a part of it, the platform HOME aims to create short environmental and educational videos, short nature and environment documentaries as well as short in – depth journalistic stories that point on specific environmental issues such as pollution, protected areas, endangered species, climate change and environmental education in the N. Macedonia and Balkan Region. The idea is not just to present the problem, or the area of interest, but also to give human aspects of the story and to send a call for action and change.

ICS seeks to engage two UK experts, preferably one experienced in pre-production (scriptwriting, research and planning) and the other experienced in the practical part of the production (shooting and directing on set, editing and mastering the material) of environment documentaries:

Project outline and  call to action document

Dataharvest - the European Investigative Journalism Conference is the annual meeting place of investigative, data, cross-border and entrepreneurial journalists in Europe. Due to the covid crisis, the conference is fully online with over 100 sessions and workshops spread over three months from 1st of September to the end of November. Each week there will be inspiration, training and networking.
This model allows also journalism educators to get a good impression of what is going on in investigative and data journalism, and the disentangled programme offers easy planning.

Link to the Programme and Registration webpages.

As some of you know, in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme "Newsreel – New skills for the next generation of journalists" the Erich Brost Institute for international journalism (EBI) has developed a seminar to teach journalism students of TU Dortmund cross-border collaborative journalism. As we are currently in the process of writing chapter about our experiences - together with Tabea Grzeszyk, herself founder of the network Hostwriter.org, journalist and journalism teacher - we would like to include an overview of other seminars and workshops on this evolving trend.

More information about NEWSREEL can be found here.
More information about Hostwriter are available here.

We understand collaborative cross-border journalism along the criteria set by Brigitte Alfter consisting of:
1) journalists from different countries;
2) collaborating on a topic or case;
3) sharing their findings;
4) publishing to each their audience.

In our understanding, teaching collaborative journalism means teaching the basics of teamwork and intercultural sensibility, as well as investigative journalism and project management skills in theory and practice.
We would like to learn more about courses, workshops or programmes that were developed by you and your colleagues with the aim to prepare your students for creating work environments that encourage collaboration against competition - and as such for changing traditional mindsets and practices in journalism.

Therefore, we have prepared a very short questionnaire, which we ask you to answer until July, 15th. You find it here.

For any questions, please mail to