The EFJ delegation (on the right) including General Secretary Ricardo Gutierrez, President Mogens Blicher Bjerrregård, Director Renate Schroeder met with the European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and his cabinet. © EFJ

EC First Vice-President backs journalists to promote quality journalism and reinstall journalism as a public good

(Brussels, 28 November 2014) The First Vice-President of the European Commission, Mr. Frans Timmermans, has told a delegation from the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) that sustaining quality journalism and putting Europe’s media freedom back on track will be high on his agenda. Mr Timmermans, the First Vice-President who is also the EU Commissioner in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights highlighted that the financial crisis in the European media industry is affecting journalists’ rights, jobs and journalism as a public good. “Preserving reliable and quality information is an existential question for…

Commission Asked to Introduce Levies on Cloud Computing Devices

The EFJ has sent a joint letter to the European Commission along with twelves other authors’ organisations representing the creative workforce demanding the Commission to create a special private copying levy on cloud computing services. The call came after the Directorate General of the Commission responsible for Digital Agenda (DG CONNECT) in Europe launched a public consultation regarding cloud computing. The group explained that copies made via cloud computing services have the same purpose (private use) as the copies made by private individuals on their phones, tablets, USB sticks.  Therefore, they should be subject to the same levy system applied…

EFJ Webinar: Entrepreneurial Journalism

If you missed the Webinar on Entrepreneurial Journalism, you can catch up the key points and tips provided by our guest speakers, Heike Rost, freelance photojournalists and Tim Dawson, entrepreneurial journalist. German freelance photojournalist, Heike Rost, spoke about her experience in “selling” her journalistic work and share some useful tips on how to build an audience. How to build an audience? 10 Tips from Heike Rost, a photojournalist in Germany. Before building an audience, you need to build yourself an image that is attractive for the audience. It is not just a professional image but also a personal one (‘integer’…

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