- Grants under both NewsSpectrum fellowship programmes will provide funding to both minority-language media professionals as well as the majority-language media outlet that is the reporting partner or host in the fellowship.
- Fellowship applications are open to media professionals working in minority-language media in the EU, including migrant-language and Roma-language media.
- Funding amount: €480,000
- Type of funding: Programmatic
- Target countries: Europe
- Application languages: English
The International Press Institute (IPI) and the European Association of Daily Newspapers in Minority and Regional Languages (MIDAS) are excited to announce the launch of NewsSpectrum, a fellowship programme designed to encourage working partnerships between minority-language media, including migrant-language media, and their majority-language counterparts across the EU.
The NewsSpectrum fellowships aim to enhance cooperation between the two groups and support the professional development, innovation and sustainability of minority-language media as crucial members of a free and pluralistic media environment in the European Union. They also seek to support media coverage that reports knowledgeably on minority issues and includes the perspective of representatives of minority groups in news coverage.
NewsSpectrum will provide a total of €480,000 in grants to media professionals working in minority- and majority-language media outlets through two fellowship programmes, the Collaborative Reporting Fellowships and the Professional Placement Fellowship.
The Collaborative Reporting Fellowships will fund specific reporting projects between minority- and majority-language media professionals on topics of public interest. The projects can take numerous forms including investigative journalism, features and news analysis, as well as projects that incorporate digital storytelling techniques and audio-visual media. The reporting fellowships include a residence element that will allow minority language media professionals to spend at least two weeks working alongside colleagues at a host majority-language media outlet.
The Professional Placement Fellowships will support short-term placements of minority-language media professionals, including journalists and other members of the news organization, at a host majority-language media outlet. Flexible in nature, the fellowships can support skills development and knowledge exchange on various aspects of the newsroom, including reporting skills as well as expertise in digital transition, audience engagement, community building and monetisation. Grants will allow minority-language media professionals to spend at least two weeks at a host media organisation. Shorter study trips will also be considered.
Eligibility and application
Grants under both NewsSpectrum fellowship programmes will provide funding to both minority-language media professionals as well as the majority-language media outlet that is the reporting partner or host in the fellowship. Each side will be able to request up to €6,000. Up to 40 fellowships will be supported.
Applications for both fellowships are expected to open for the first time in April. In total, there will be three application periods for the Collaborative Reporting Fellowships, while applications for the Professional Placement Fellowships will be considered on a rolling basis throughout the year. Under both schemes, the fellowships can be carried out between June and December 2021.
Both fellowship schemes foresee an in-person element at the partner or host media organisation. This element will be revised according to the COVID-19 situation; details will be provided when the call is launched in April.
Fellowship applications are open to media professionals working in minority-language media in the EU, including migrant-language and Roma-language media. Applications for the Collaborative Reporting Fellowship will be submitted by a minority-language media professional in partnership with a majority-language journalist or media house. Cross-border partnerships will be encouraged. Under the Professional Placement Fellowship, minority-language media professionals may apply with the agreement of a host organisation or may apply and request assistance from IPI and MIDAS to find a suitable placement.
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