The Future of Journalism

    A GUIDE FOR LIFE INSIDE THE EUROPEAN UNION On a bookshelf in what purports to be my office lurks an early edition of this invaluable guide. It is still there because even earlier in my career as a young economist I had reason to visit the Company Secretary of a large British firm.… » read more

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Posted by Julian Oliver

Fondation EurActiv organised the #Media4EU event in the European Parliament on 29 January, gathering policy-makers, stakeholders and media representatives to discuss the EU’s strategy for independent and sustainable media in Europe. These are our notes of the evening’s discussion: Summary and conclusions of debate at EP on 29 January 2015 Wide support from cross-section of… » read more

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In the past decade several hundred newspapers in Europe have ceased publication; indeed there are probably several hundred closing each year. Almost all traditional newspapers maintain archives, while they are still publishing, it is less clear as to what happens to these archives once they cease publication. The European Court of Justice delivered a curious… » read more

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This was just one of many tweets recorded during the 4th Data Harvest+ festival last weekend. Almost 200 journalists and developers/coders gather from 27 countries to exchange best practices and experiences over 2.5 days. It was inspiring to have over 70 workshops to choose from and consequently impossible to cover everything but the organisers, journalismfund.eu,… » read more

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Emily O’Reilly, recently installed EU Ombudsman, encouraged journalists who has been refused access to official EU Documents to contact her office: “my Office can inspect any documents, no matter how confidential, held by any EU institution or agency. As part of an inquiry, I can also call on any EU official to testify to ascertain… » read more

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Funding of Journalism

EurActiv, the media, will celebrate its 15th birthday and Fondation EurActiv its 10th birthday in 2014. During recent months we have been fortunate to have been able to debate with other media professionals, some donor organisations, academics and public officials many of the challenges and opportunities facing quality journalism. This blog seeks to explore some… » read more

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Following the invention of the printing press and the rapid industrialisation of much of Europe over a hundred years ago, print media enjoyed a massive boom. Today much of the bloom has gone as advertising revenues have declined faster than readers of print media. Many daily and weekly titles have either disappeared or have gone… » read more

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Brainfood for Europhiles and Europhobes alike The ironies were overflowing: the 200th anniversary of a Danish philosopher who rarely left Denmark, who fought to speak Danish rather than Latin or German, a rich young man who sought inspiration from studying the poor and lonely, who left no comments on his mother and had strained relations… » read more

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