European Federation of Journalists

Webinar “Trust in media: Telework during and after the Covid-19 pandemic”

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is hosting a series of webinars on teleworking and hybrid working during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. This new way of working has brought new challenges to journalists and media organisations, such as issues regarding the separation of work and private life at home in connection to mental health and the right to disconnect. As it has become clear that this “new normal” will last beyond the current health crisis, the webinars will discuss the challenges and address how journalists organisations and media employers should adapt.

The webinars received financial support from UNESCO and the European Commission (DG EMPL).


In order to join the webinars, you need to register beforehand. If you wish to participate on both days, please register for each day individually. After filling in the short registration form, you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the session. We recommend saving the links to your calendar, so you can easily access the meeting without delay. To register for day 1, click here. To register for day 2, click here.

Day 1

Wednesday, 22 September 2021, 5:00 – 6:45 PM (CET)

5:00 – 5:10: Introduction

Adeline Hulin, Project officer, UNESCO

Andrea Roth, Chair of LAREG / Chair of Europe Commission, German Journalist Federation (DJV)

Facilitator: Yuk Lan Wong (EFJ)

5:10 – 6:00 An overview of telework/home-office practices in the media
To what extent is telework/home-office practiced in the media during and after the Covid-19 pandemic? What are the common challenges facing journalists and journalists’ organisations on these issues?

Marc Gruber, researcher & media expert

Christiana Jankovics, journalist at ORF Austria and board member of GPA-DJP

Moderator: Andrea Roth, Chair of LAREG / Chair of Europe Commission, German Journalist Federation (DJV)


6:00 – 6:45: How to achieve a “work-life balance” in the new world of telework/home-office or hybrid office?
What rights do we have? How can we maintain decent working conditions and avoid burnout? Or is it a new way to exploit workers and turn them into freelances?

Oddrun Midtbø, freelance journalist, Norwegian Journalists’ Union

Tuomas Aalto, Finnish Journalists’ Union

Cláudia Martins, Journalists’ Union of Portugal

Ruairi Fitzgerald, Advisor, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

Moderator: Maja Sever, Trade Union of Croatian Journalists (TUCJ)


Day 2  

Thursday, 23 September 2021, 12:00 – 1:30 PM (CET)

Telework/home-office after the Covid 19 pandemic: What can unions and associations do to secure the benefits of telework/home-office? How can they reach out to journalists? What can we expect from media employers? What are existing good practices at the national and European levels?

Pierre Bérastégui, ETUI, researcher

Nayla Yazbeck Glaise, Member of presidium of UGICT CGT and Eurocadres

İlyas Coşkun, Occupational Rights Officer, TGS Turkey

Moderator: Allan Boye Thulstrup, Vice- President, Danish Journalists’ Union

Register for day 1 here and for day 2 here.