European Federation of Journalists


Stars4Media is an exchange and training programme for young media professionals (“rising stars”), between cooperating media organisations, to accelerate media innovation and cross-border coverage in Europe.

Participants of this programme will be young professionals (“rising stars”) with 2-10 years of media experience, coming from different fields (journalists, data journalists, graphic designers, tech developers, and managers for social media, products, marketing). This cuts across functional “silos” hindering new ideas, and speeds up media professionals’ careers.

The project has three objectives:

1- Promote media innovation, along three axes: technological, marketing/business, and quality content production, with the aim to unleash new business models.

2- Build new media partnerships and mobility across Europe, exchanging not only future leaders, but also sharing content, product ideas and new technological tools.

3- Foster an environment conducive to quality journalism and media pluralism, supporting democracy versus online disinformation.


Stars4Media will encourage innovation through skill-building activities between media outlets with a common interest. The process consists of three steps:

  • Selection: following a pre-selection phase based on individual expressions of interest, media professionals are paired around innovative initiatives and benefit from training during the Stars4Media Lab event (30 March-1 April 2020) .
  • Exchange – physical and virtual mobility: 4-12 weeks of joint concrete cooperation between paired media, involving both geographic and virtual mobility.
  • Debrief and follow-up: top media summits to evaluate impact and award the best initiatives.



Stars4Media EU programme awarded five innovative journalistic pieces

The EU training and exchange programme Stars4Media has delivered its promises despite the COVID-19 outbreak. During one year, the pilot project involved 105 media professionals from 42 media outlets in 17 European countries. At the occasion of the Media4Europe conference, which took place on 14 October, the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) awarded the most outstanding Initiatives, among the 21 completed. “You are all winners, stressed EFJ director and jury member Renate Schroeder as the programme already selected 21 Initiatives in Spring 2020. Together with the jury members, we decided to…

Skills & innovation for media: discover the Stars4Media Pilot Project

The Stars4Media Pilot Project is supporting innovation in the media sector, through training and cross border cooperation. For its first edition, Stars4Media will support 22 innovative partnerships, bridging 100 media professionals from 17 countries. Out of all beneficiaries, 47% are women, 30% work as journalists, while the rest come from other professional backgrounds such as content marketing, social media management, editing, engineering,  and business. 18% of the total participants are freelancers.  The last call for initiatives, with deadline 20/05/20, was a success! Overall, 41 proposals have been evaluated and 22, the best and most promising, have been selected.  More information…

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Registration open for the Stars4Media Lab in Brussels | 30 March – 1 April

From 30 March 30 to 1 April, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Fondation Euractiv, in partnership with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and WAN-IFRA, will organise in Brussels the Stars4Media Lab. The event, part of the EU exchange programme for media professionals, aims to provide applicants with more information about Stars4Media, create the opportunity to network, and offer specific training and insights from academics, high-level media experts, and media practitioners.  Who can participate?  Stars4Media participants who have already applied and been pre-selected for the programme Stars4Media participants who have applied but are still looking for a media partner Interested young…

Call for initiatives – Stars4Media exchange and training programme for young media professionals

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Launch of the Stars4Media pilot project – One year to innovate and gain skills!

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) is a partner of the new Stars4Media pilot project, starting in November 2019. Together with Fondation Euractiv, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and WAN-IFRA (World Association of newspapers and publishers), the EFJ will put young journalists from Europe with 2-10 years of experience in contact with media outlets in order to organise an exchange programme of 4-12 weeks. WHY: Addressing the crisis of the Media sector Disinformation disorder, falling trust and readership, unprecedented challenges in their business models, shifting skills and technology. The media sector is going through a deep multifaceted crisis. Solutions for a healthy…