European Federation of Journalists

Public service media in the Western Balkans – Ensuring complaint mechanisms and audience engagement

The regional workshop on developing  complaint mechanisms and/or improving existing ones for Public Service Media in Western Balkans has started today, 21 February, in Tirana, Albania. The workshop brings together the program directors and editors-in-chief from the six PSM to discuss, examine and assess the role of complaint mechanisms  with European experts in the field.  What are the conditions for an effective complaint mechanism? How can complaint mechanisms improve relations with the audience and thereby  trust and quality in psm? The importance of media literacy will be highlighted with examples from the region, as it is closely related to audience…

The European Media Literacy Toolkit for Newsrooms – Round 2

The Vienna-based Forum Journalism and Media (fjum) and the Global Editors Network have published today the second White Paper (PDF) following the Vienna Unconference on Media Literacy organised on 23 January 2019. The European Media Literacy Toolkit for Newsrooms: Combatting misinformation and disintermediation by restoring trust in journalism is supported by the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). The paper covers quality journalism through innovative advanced training, orientation, and networking on an international level, and the support of participants’ experts to create tools to increase and support media literacy. It also describes the objectives of the intervention, summarises the content of the masterclass, details the dynamic of the…

White Paper: the European media literacy toolkit for newsrooms – Round 1

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the Global Editors Network have today published their first White Paper (PDF) following the Brussels Unconference on Media Literacy organised on 6th of November 2018. The paper highlights the objectives of the intervention, summarize the content of the masterclass, details the dynamic of the process that let the participants decide on the themes and topics of the unconference, calls to action for the upcoming participants of next rounds and make main recommendations for the European Media Literacy Toolkit to be produced at the end of this exercice, shows the impact of the Brussels Unconference…

The art of living with the media

Is Europe more or less media literate? What does it mean to be a human being in the current digital era? Are citizens more distracted consumers and manipulated citizens? How to pay attention to online distractions and be in control of your own media use? Despite the opportunities that new technologies offer in terms of facilitating meaningful connection and proactive civil engagement, educational initiatives have been slow to catch up and policies even more so. In light of recent political and cultural events, media literacy is now coming to the fore. EAVI is well placed to discuss which skills are necessary to use the media as…

Risks for media pluralism and safety of journalists are increasing across Europe

The Media Pluralism Monitor (MPM) has examined 28 European Union Member States as well as three candidate countries: Turkey, Serbia and Macedonia. The results of this second EU-wide implementation of the MPM show either general stagnation or deterioration in all of the major areas encompassed by the MPM and confirm that no country analysed is free from risks to media pluralism. The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF), based in Florence, has just published its 2017 Media Pluralism Monitor reports (#MPM2017). Year 2017 was marked by events that have had a significant impact on media freedom and media…

Parliament adopts revised EU Audiovisual Directive to ensure media independence

On 2 October, the European Parliament approved the revised Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). The new rules aim to guarantee a fairer regulatory environment for the entire audiovisual sector. The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) welcomed in particular the new requirement for Member States to have independent regulatory authorities for audiovisual media services. The Directive establishes a set of criteria that the regulator has to follow in ordered to be considered independent. First of all, it should be legally distinct from the government and functionally independent. Secondly, it should not take instructions from any other body in accomplishing its tasks.…

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