From January 2018 to June 2020, the College of Europe in Natolin successfully implemented Journalistic Craft for Neighbourhood, an EU funded project developing knowledge-based European journalism relating to Europe’s neighbours through educational activities.
The project’s aim was to organize on-line trainings for around 150 e-learners, and on-site workshops that would train approximately 150 journalists or media-related professionals in order to boost their skills and improve the overall quality of neighbourhood-related reporting.
This educational programme included the setting-up of a multifunctional educational IT platform and skills-based workshops at the College of Europe in Natolin, followed by study visits to Berlin and Tbilisi, a journalistic competition for the project workshops and study visits participants, an online webinar and the development of an after-project publication.
The following issues, among many others, were discussed during the trainings:
- disinformation in the media
- open-data and investigative journalism
- multimedia journalism
- value-based and conflict-sensitive reporting
- EU funding and financial sustainability
Furthermore, the above topics were integrated by modules about the functioning of the EU, in order to enhance knowledge of the EU among the e-learners.
By the end of the project, around 1,000 people were active on the e-learning platform, over 300 users completed the e-learning training and over 160 people (e-learners and experts from the ENP and EU) attended on-site training workshops at the College of Europe in Natolin as well as the study visits. The project was positively assessed and will be the basis for other journalism-related projects at Natolin in the future.