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Creative Europe: Call for Journalism Partnerships is open

News Media is a priority under the new Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027. The JOURNALISM PARTNERSHIPS call has just been launched and the deadline is August 26th 2021.


The aim of this call is to encourage systemic cooperation between professional news media organisations to improve the viability and competitiveness of professionally produced journalism. It aims to support the testing of innovative business models and sharing of best practices among peers as well as by supporting innovative journalistic collaborations, standards and formats.


1. Fostering collaborative business transformation

Projects could aim to develop, inter alia, better revenue models, management models, new approaches to audience development and marketing, development of common professional/technical standards, new types of newsrooms, syndication networks or other models to exchange content between news media across the EU, or provide assistance to small organisations to develop business readiness. These projects can include events, online trainings and workshops for media professionals, exchange programmes, mapping of best practices promotional activities, or other activities that aim to uphold the viability of the sector. They would like to see activities that can also benefit regional, local or community media, which are important for democracy but often lack the means of adapting to the digital environment.

2. Fostering collaborative journalism projects

Professional collaboration can increase efficiency and the quality of reporting. Projects can therefore test original reporting and innovative production methods and formats. Projects can aim to increase exchanges of best practices among journalists and optimise workflows for those journalism genres requiring more time and resources. Projects can include events, online trainings and workshops for journalists, collaborative development of guidelines and editorial standards, exchange programmes, online mentoring schemes, financial support to collaborative journalism projects, promotional activities or other activities that aim to uphold quality and diversity of journalism

All actions will respect the editorial independence of the media and emphasise the importance of proper editorial arrangements.


The call is open to consortia composed of at least three applicants from a minimum of three different countries participating in the Creative Europe programme


Applications for this call will be submitted through the Funding & Tenders Portal

Please feel free to contact Orla Clancy at Creative Europe Desk Ireland for further information –

The Creative Europe Team in the EU Commission will be hosting an information session on this call on July 5th from 2pm to 4pm Irish Time. Click here for more information on this and other information sessions.