Empowering media and society through collaborative, crowdfunded journalism

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Crowdfunding for cross-border, collaborative journalism projects

“Enhancing Audience-Supported Collaborations for Empowered Media and Societies,” co-funded by the European Commission, aims to support independent journalism by facilitating collaboration between journalists from Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Czechia, and Greece. We will be working together with Free Press Unlimited, Free Press for Eastern Europe (FPEE), and the Prague Media School.

We’re seeking applications from teams of journalists (teams of at least two journalists) from eight target countries*, who will work together on a journalistic project of their choice. Teams whose proposals meet those criteria and successfully pass our screening process will have their campaigns launched on the Press Start crowdfunding platform. We will help successful applicants create crowdfunding campaign material as well as assist in campaign promotion. We’ll also provide matching funds to give journalists’ campaigns the best chance of success.

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to develop your collaborative journalism skills, network with journalists outside your home country, and get your project financed through crowdfunding!

*Only applicants from Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Czechia, and Greece are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: 17:00 CEST 13 October 2021

Your application should contain the following documents

  1. Proposal (briefly introduce yourselves and the project)
  2. Pitch (max. 200 words)
  3. Journalists' CVs
  4. References (two letters of recommendation per journalist from people with whom you have worked)
  5. Budget in EUR (justify each item cost). Please use this file as a template.

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If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please contact us at info@pressstart.org.

European commission

This project is co-funded by the European Commission under the pilot project: “Supporting investigative journalism and media freedom in the EU” (DG CONNECT). This text reflects the author’s view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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Application deadline: 17:00 CEST 13 October 2021