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List Of Selected Stars4Media Initiatives

Stars4Media, the exchange and training programme for young media professionals, is a unique opportunity to accelerate innovation in the media sector and test ideas to address urgent needs.

Media professionals with 2 to 10 years of experience can still present their proposals by Wednesday 20 May 2020. Proposals addressing the media response to the Coronavirus are welcome, additionally to proposals revolving around Trust in Media and Data for Media: apply here!

Six Stars4Media innovative proposals have already been selected by the 12 jury members (media experts) during the Stars4Media Lab virtual training event (March 30th – April 1st):

Title: Euragora
Applicant(s): Catalina Guerrero
Media organisation(s): The news agency EFE (Spain) and the news agency LUSA (Portugal)
Summary: Media need to diversify their sources of income. One of the alternatives is the organization of sponsored events, in particular, discussion forums on topics of public interest.

The initiative consists in exchanging knowledge and experiences in order to organize a real debate, sponsored, on a topic of European interest designed to reach a multinational, multilingual audience. The applicants believe that promoting public debate is one of the missions of every non-partisan media and that corporate or institutional sponsorship of this type of events poses less ethical and deontological problems if it complies with certain rules.


Title: Overcoming nationalistic narratives in Eastern Europe
Applicant(s): Bea Bakó; Martin Bukovics
Media Organisation(s): Azonnali (Hungary) and Transindex (Romania)
Summary: The project’s aim is to illustrate, to what extent are the attitudes of ordinary people similar or different to the political narratives about the rather strained relations in terms of the 100th anniversary of signing the Trianon treaty and memory politics. The applicants hope that through this perspective can contribute to a better understanding between the citizens of the two countries. The outcome of the Initiative will be videos and written materials with photos.


Title: We are news
Applicant(s): Alexandra Haderlein
Media organisations: Freelance (Germany), cooperating with the “Constructive Journalism Institute” of the Aarhus University (Denmark)
Summary: The applicant aims to fund an online magazine for millennials, which has new approaches to generate social impact in local communities, the city and the region:

  • a tidy web-surface, where you’ll see an end and not feel buried in a mass of news
  • constructive journalism strictly on a local base
  • told on modern digital channels
  • engaging the audience on a wide range


Title: On the other shore of the sea, what drives migrants to leave: beyond what is known, to explore what is yet not known
Applicant(s): Michele Calamaio; Giuseppe Papalia
Media organisation(s): Total EU Video Production (Belgium) and Secolo Trentino (Italy)
Summary: This storytelling project is a photo, video and narrative journalistic reportage focused on the phenomenon of human journey linked to migrations and current climate change problem. Climate change is becoming a more common matter into nowadays everybody’s life, but those who are suffering the most are the ones who actually consider it the main reason for this going on the illegal migration process, more than economic and war issues. A deeper journalistic analysis of the topic will be put into practice by working out together the reality of the war conditions, the poor administration of economy finances and the climate change consequences straight on the field.


Title: La chronique européenne de Cafébabel
Applicant(s): Safouane Abdessalem
Media organisation(s): Cafébabel (France) and radio Arabel (Belgium)
Summary: Create collaboration with Arabel, a community-based radio approved by the Superior Council

of Audiovisuals which aims to open up with the whole of Belgian and European society. The idea is to create radio content for one of their shows by dealing with a problem (economic, social, environmental), and providing a solution by talking about an initiative that has been taken in Europe to solve the problem. In other words, use the journalism solution approach to speak about a European story in french language and a Belgian outlook for the two media.


Title: Strategies for quality evaluation in European journalism
Applicant(s): Pamina Falck; Carl-Vincent Reimers
Media organisation(s): Näringslivets medieinstitut (Sweden); Börsen (Denmark) and TBC
Summary: The main target of this initiative is to investigate how European news media manage the quality assessment of journalism. Näringslivets medieinstitut (NMI) is one of few think tank-funded organisations that provide evaluations of journalism at the Swedish national level. NMI is funded by The Swedish Free Enterprise Foundation, financed by the confederation of Swedish enterprise. Through this program, the applicants wish to learn more from a European comparative approach in media analysis.


This project is developed by VUB University, Fondation EURACTIV, WAN-IFRA, and the European Federation of Journalists, and it is co-funded by the European Union.