Have you heard the NEWS?
Stars4Media is a training programme for media professionals and the first pilot project for European media organisations, aiming at facilitating cooperation between media professionals (“rising stars”) to acceleratemedia innovation
In its two editions, Stars4Media Pilot and Stars4Media Second Edition supported media professionals residing in different EU countries have to cooperate aroundbottom-up Initiatives, to test ideas and technologies, develop new business models and produce journalistic content.
In its third edition, Stars4Media NEWS is focusing on supporting a viable, resilient and competitive European News media sector through direct grants and in-kind support, like coaching and training to foster the newsroom and business transformation.
The partners of the Stars4Media NEWS programme are the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV), the European Journalism Centre (EJC), and the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). The project is co-funded by the European Union.
Who can participate?
The main target group of Stars4Media NEWS are medium (25-200 employees) to large ( > 200 employees) news media companies. Smaller companies can apply as partners.
Is there any age limit?
There is no age limit for taking part in the programme.
Is it open only to journalists or can other media professionals participate as well?
Projects can involve a wide variety of media professionals, from business, technology and newsroom which cover different media profiles: Sales directors, marketing specialists, editors, reporters, data journalists, graphic designers, web developers, project managers, social media managers, user experience, data and AI experts, etc. Multidisciplinary collaboration is strongly encouraged.
Applicants are invited to side-step from siloed work processes and search for co-creative workflows, in which different competencies and skills are mixed to meet the demands of an increasingly technologically advanced sector and of a general audience, increasingly aware of the importance of trust-proof journalism.
Can freelance media professionals and researchers/media policy experts participate?
Unlike previous editions, applications for Stars4Media NEWS cannot be submitted by a freelancer or individuals not associated with media organisations, nor by researchers and media policy experts.
Is there a minimum language level required to participate?
Participants should have a good command of spoken and written English.
Which language can the applications be submitted in?
Applications must be submitted in English.
What is a “project”?
We consider a “project” a proposal with clear objectives, proposed by a minimum of two cross-border and cross-disciplinary teams of media professionals, aiming at creating a sustainable business or newsroom transformation.
Please note: Having a confirmed partnership is not a prerequisite for submitting an application. However, extra points will be allocated to those who are already paired.
If you submit an unpaired project, we may assist you in your search for a suitable partner, provided you clearly describe what kind of company you want to work with and why and what missing expertise would help you implement your project“
How many people from the same media organisation can take part in a team?
Applying teams should think in terms of circles of engagement:
The first circle of engagement represents the team members who will be working directly on a project. The first circle of engagement can include up to 12 professionals per team.
The second circle of engagement represents the stakeholders at large, which could be involved in or benefit from the project indirectly. Projects are encouraged to consider the engagement of a wide group of stakeholders.