European Federation of Journalists

EFJ organises an event on sustainable journalism for local communities

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is organising a networking event on sustainable journalism for local communities in Zagreb, Croatia, on 4-5 December 2023, as part of its Local Cross-Border Journalism (CBLocal) project, with its partners: Journalismfund Europe, Transitions and Stockholm School of Economics (SSE Riga).

The exchange event will focus on sustainable funding models and the event outcome is an action plan with recommendations for local and European policymakers, media managers and professional representative organisations of journalists.

It will not only provide networking opportunities for the media professionals and stakeholders to exchange ideas and good practices, but will also highlight the key outcomes of the project. Participants will contribute to drawing up an action plan with recommendations on sustainable funding models for local journalism. The report will be disseminated to all participants, as well as to both national and European media stakeholders.

Please find the agenda below.

Monday 4 December 2023

14:00 – 14:30: Registration and networking

14:30 – 14:45: Introduction and welcome

Maja Sever, President of the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) 

14:45 – 16:00: Panel discussion: Spotlight on Local cross-border investigative journalism 

Spotlight on some of the investigative journalist projects funded by this grant to share experiences about and beyond the collaborations.

Anna Debreczeni, journalist at, Hungary

Marzia Minore, freelance journalist, Italy

Vanja Stokić, journalist at, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Moderator: Ides Debruyne, Founder of Journalismfund Europe

16:00 – 17:30: Workshops

1. Solution Journalism

Lead: Jeremy Druker, Executive Director of Transitions Online

2. Local audience engagement

Lead: Iryna Vidanava, Business viability advisor at IMS and Founder of

17:30 – 18:00: Reflections and conclusions


Tuesday, 5 December 2023

8:45 – 9:00: Registration

9:00 – 10:15: Panel discussion: Good practices on sustainable funding models for local media

This panel will give an overview of the existing models and focus on good practices on sustainable funding models for local media

Sofia Verza, Lead researcher at CMPF & Tijana Blagojev, Research associate at CMPF 

Astrid Henningsen, Principal Consultant, Henningsen Consulting

Jago Kosolosky, Editor-in-chief at MO*

Patrycja Maciejewicz, Editor at Gazeta Wyborcza and Visiting scholar at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Moderator: Maja Sever, President of the EFJ and TUCJ

12:00 – 12:30: Working groups: Case studies and actions to support local media and journalists 

The participants will be given case studies to brainstorm and develop strategies for local media to remain sustainable in the given scenario.

12:00 – 12:30: Reporting back & conclusions  

Working groups report back and give conclusions


The “Cross-border Local” project is co-funded by European Commission (Creative Europe). The partners Transitions (Czech Republic), SSE Riga Centre for Media Studies (Latvia), the European Federation of Journalists (Belgium), and (Belgium) undertook a multifaceted, €1.3 million programme that impacted the journalism profession in Europe.