No News is Bad News is a five-year programme within our Strategic Partnership with Free Press Unlimited, supported by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the next five years, we will be working with them to professionalise and strengthen journalists and media organisations in 17 countries, so that they can serve as drivers and catalysts for change.
Supporting a free press and access to credible information globally has been a core tenet of the European Journalism Centre’s mission from day one. Working beyond Europe’s borders, we develop sustainable projects, knowing the positive/vital impact on citizens’ lives that independent journalism must play. From news literacy to accountability journalism projects, the European Journalism Centre has decades of experience in Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and beyond.
Projects include working with the Bolivian Ministry of Education to embed media literacy into the national curricula and the Fundo Spotlight, which partners with FPP to support investigative journalism projects at the community level. Our core strategy is to empower and enable local partners to directly and indirectly lobby and influence policy actors and decision-makers.
In Zimbabwe, the European Journalism Centre supports strengthens and supports journalists’ abilities to act as the watchdogs of society and keep the powerful accountable. To that end, the European Journalism Centre supports The Source, the country’s first all-digital independent financial news service, which regularly focuses its reporting on corruption in the business community.
In Tanzania, the European Journalism Centre partners with TMF to provide ground-breaking data journalism skills, while in Senegal, the European Journalism Centre partners with E-jicom to raise journalism ethics and professional standards among the media community with focused efforts on fact-checking.
The European Journalism Centre’s commitment to diversity is focused on encouraging media content production that features underrepresented voices from across communities. To this end, we work in sub-Saharan Africa with the Netherlands key LGBT rights group, COC, to train journalists on new approaches to reporting minority communities and avoiding stereotypes. The European Journalism Centre partners with Foreign Policy Interrupted across the global south to raise the visibility of female journalists by showcasing their work on innovative platforms.