Inspire to Connect

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Klipworks (DK)

Idea: The use of User Generated Video Content has exploded in recent years. However, the technical infrastructure to facilitate this has not developed, and it is a hassle for users to submit a video and for broadcasters to receive and organise submitted video content.

This is why Klipworks aims to close that technical gap and also add new ways of connecting broadcasters with their users. We enable broadcasters to easily collect, manage and use video content from their audience. At the same time, we make it super easy for anyone to submit a video to the broadcaster and participate in the public debate.

Keywords: User-Generated Video – Broadcasting

Looking for: local/regional/national broadcaster interested in testing with Klipworks a specific aspect (TBD) of their product

Be Impact

Media organisation(s)/ professional(s) involved: Elia Carvazan (freelance, IT)

Idea: Fund journalistic investigations in which participants submit a list of NGOs and stakeholders interested in creating an advocacy campaign around the issue being investigated to increase the “trustability” of journalistic work and to “shape reality”.

Keywords: Solution journalism, impact journalism, NGOs

Looking for: The intention is to create not only a journalistic experience in the name of impact journalism, but a European structure capable of spreading the word about this practice, creating awareness campaigns based on pre-set calls to action, and coordinating Be Impact projects between European media companies. 

Yournal: transforming a journalistic investigation into a game

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Pablo Jiménez Arandia (Freelance, ES)

Idea: The initiative we propose wants to expand the outreach capacity of investigative journalism. We propose to create a structure inspired by the language of video games and that will allow the audience to know first-hand the details behind every good story. This structure will be based on the own mechanics that govern any journalistic investigation. For example, searching for documentation, filtering information, interviews with sources or data verification, among others.

Keywords: Investigative journalism, video games

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We believe that this project will bring various benefits to the media organisation that bets on it. To begin with, as we have already commented, this initiative will combat detachment between younger audiences and traditional media. This new way of telling journalistic investigations will make it possible to attract a new type of reader, diversifying the media’s audience and therefore expanding its scope, both with this brand new product and with other stories.

 On the other hand, the innovative nature of this initiative will have a positive impact on the brand image of the organisation. This brand reinforcement will allow strengthening the links between the organisation and its audiences. In addition to increasing advertisement agreements with companies interested in partnering with innovative organisations.


From the journalistic point of view, this project opens the door to give a second life to investigative journalistic pieces already published by the organisation. Past research could be republished under the new format that we propose, thus expanding its dissemination and making the initial investment of resources and personnel more profitable.

 Finally, we consider that, due to the characteristics of this product, the organisation could exploit it as a new source of income. In the current context of the crisis of the traditional business model of the media, having a product like this opens the door to enhance a subscription model or to consider it as a paid product in addition to the media’s information offer.

Video dictionary in the field of Human Sexuality

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: (HR)

Idea: Our idea is to create journalistic videos, each on the topic of one of the selected terms used in the field of sexuality, according to the following criteria:

– terms that are new and in use among young people, especially on social media

– terms that speak of phenomena, trends, or movements

– terms whose use is intended to stigmatize or discredit a person or group of people

– terms whose etymology, history and contexts of use and meaning need to be clarified

because they are in everyday use, but they are perceived in different ways, depending on the cultural, traditional, social circle of individuals or people they come from

– concepts that should be included much more in the field of human sexuality because

thanks to their understanding sexual violence can be prevented

Keywords: video production, sexual and reproductive health

Looking for: Our ideal partner would be an organization with experience in all phases of video production- from filming, editing to graphic design. We are planning some more multimedia content in the future and our knowledge in these areas is currently lacking. 

We would deal with the concept, screenplay, finding relevant experts and could potentially do the filming as well, but need help in editing, animation and similar. Our journalists would need some support and training in these areas. As we are dealing with topics that can be taboo in many cultures, we hope the partner organization would be open and non-judgemental on covering issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights.


Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: / Matyas Mate (HU)

Idea: AGORA — the ancient Greek term for public space and marketplace — wants to be the “start page of Europe”. Using time-tested sources in a novel approach, it aims to build a more equitable European public sphere. It ambitions to create a new golden standard of transparent public information: where news, financial flows, organisational structures are always up-to-date, accurate, and trustworthy — and accountability is a constant priority. By creating a common, widely accessible, up-to-date public space, an online platform for information to bolster transparency — and working transparently itself — AGORA’s mission is to re-build the trust we lost in the media and our institutions: economies, politics, and societies.

Keywords: Public information, transparency, accountability, news aggregators

Looking for: To accomplish all these complicated tasks, the Hungarian AGORA team looks to partner with — preferably Belgian or French as we see these markets as the most complementary to our mission — media tech start-up or professional media organisation. Partnering with a media-tech start-up would be the most obvious choice due to AGORA’s IT needs. Nevertheless, AGORA could immensely benefit from co-operating with foreign journalists and their organisations.

Local TV presenter powered by AI

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved:  TV Bratislava  (SK)

Idea: We broadcast the news on our television every day at 6 p.m. This activity is that the moderator/ TV presenter reads news from the local environment. One of them is me. This activity could be carried out through a virtual person- programmed.

Keywords: TV, broadcast, AI

Looking for: Thanks to the project, we would programme a moderator on the AI base to read the news once a week. In pilot mode, he would alternate with live colleagues. The aim would be to create such a personality in the first step, to teach it to read messages in Slovak and subsequently in other or other languages.


Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: EFE News Agency (ES)

Idea: We and our partners will develop an alert system that helps to report more quickly and offers the newsroom an extra time to organize and cover unforeseen events such as terrorist attacks, accidents and natural disasters, while verifying the data and multimedia content detected. The tool generates alerts that help the newsroom act quickly and allocate resources to report on certain events that are generating enough online chatter to be considered viral and possibly newsworthy. It will act as an early warning for events that appear on social media and will apply filters and processes to detect if there is misinformation, making our reports even more relevant and impactful.

Keywords: Alert system, breaking news

Looking for: Our ideal partner will be one who is familiar with statistical analysis for outlier detection, clusterization, network analysis, entity recognition using NLP and has experience applying this to the news domain regardless of the language.

Rich media: Increasing Diversity of Experts’ Voices in Journalism

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Lithuanian Journalism Center (LT)

Idea: The broad idea of the project is to use data journalism to improve the quality of the content of Lithuanian news media. This project is designed to provide journalistic analysis of journalists’ work and material for deepening their knowledge. Therefore, we participate in this project with the hope to learn from experienced data journalists how to use innovative data journalism format – which would be esthetically appealing and would help to clearly understand a problem and its various aspects. We want to create a dedicated website for this data journalism project that would be accessible for everyone and that would be useful to everyone who cares about the quality of journalism and are working to improve it. This project aims at using an innovative data journalism format to address inequalities (re)produced by the Lithuanian media.

Keywords: Data Journalism, Journalistic analysis,

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té – establishing a transnational European magazine

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: European Utopia e.V. (DE)

Idea: will be a journalistically sophisticated magazine dedicated to contemporary European topics in reports, interviews, essays, photographs and illustrations. The multilingual magazine will connect readers across Europe and contribute to breaking down borders. It will help to create a common European public, which is essential to path the way towards a real transnational European democracy. will be a transnational magazine in which the utopia of a united, borderless Europe is real already. From our perspective, this kind of media outlet is missing so far. Today broadcasting media in Europe are predominantly national or even nationalistic, both in terms of organisation and content.

Keywords: Transnational magazine, EU magazine

Looking for: business partner (membership/subscription scheme development) + marketing/promotion partner

Green Screen Wales

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Little Birds Films (UK)

Idea: The ‘Green Screen Wales’ (GSW) Project is aimed at filling this green gap within the screen sector in the hope of making the media production process as sustainable as possible across Wales. Our research indicates Scope 3 emissions have the most impact from productions and have therefore set out to specifically target the services that contribute to these emissions. Via the ‘GSW’ green suppliers’ directory, it is hoped every Wales-based production will use this database to help reduce their environmental impact as the first port of call and not an afterthought. By providing this directory as an app, we hope to be the first in this field to make achieving green targets easier and more engaging for users.

Keywords: Sustainability

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AI-enabled research tool

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Apmlyfi (UK)

Idea: We are developing an AI tool that will use natural language processing to read and identify concepts, people and organisations and map out their connections to one another. This tool will be used by people in journalism to research stories; at the click of a button, it will give them an overview of a story, all its multitude of connections and how it has evolved over time. In a world in which information overload is a major issue, this tool will help give journalists a perspective of an entire story and gain insight into unexplored angles. It will also be able to assess the type of connections between concepts, people and organisations using machine learning. To help ensure that this tool works to the best of its capabilities for the target user group, we would like to partner with a media outlet with knowledge of the key information and usability requirements that such a tool would require to support journalists and editors in their roles.

Keywords: AI,machine learning

Looking for: The Stars4Media programme offers the opportunity for an exchange of knowledge and skills that will help improve the project further – the chance to learn from a media outlet and for someone from a media outlet to provide insight directly into the user journey. 

Particularly interested in a news/ investigative journalism organisation as a partner. The tool that is being built will primarily be in English.

Varia Research - Enterprise

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Varia UG (DE)

Idea: We are Varia, a software startup out of Munich, specialized in natural language processing (NLP). After first steps & successes with an API based product, we are currently building a new product: Varia Research. Varia Research is a journalistic research tool that is aiming to support journalists and newsrooms in the research process. Our product is to be sold in both B2C and B2B variants. Currently we focus on the B2C variant, as this is the easier way to market and as the B2B product is a more mature version, involving a heavier development load. While we already have active testers on our B2C product – and plan to launch later this year, we have still a lot of market research to do when it comes to the B2B product (Enterprise version). Hence, we would love to partner & test variants of a Varia Research Enterprise product with media partners under the umbrella of Stars4Media! 

Keywords: NLP, API, research

Looking for: As of our current research, the existing Varia Research B2C product would have to be extended in regards of: Team Access, Data Security, File Sharing, On-Premise hosting. These areas are to be prioritized and better defined, which is something that can only properly be done together with a news media company (user), which would have the added benefit to being able to influence the product development to some extent.

Mind the Challenge

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: (IT)

Idea: The project aims to inform and raise public awareness about the issue of online challenges, a phenomenon that drives social media users to emulate behaviours of viral videos circulating on the Internet. Challenges are recorded and shared online – sometimes with violent consequences – often becoming vehicles for disinformation. The project will create a dedicated website featuring a number of webdocs – multimedia format widely used in online journalism, that uses images, videos, graphics and audio contributions – to provide correct and verified information about the topic, reviewing the history of the phenomenon and analyzing some case studies with the help of experts (psychologists,lawyers, journalists, teachers, law enforcement, fact-checkers). We want to turn the spotlight on a problem that is often treated in a superficial and manipulative way, addressing young users and their parents.

Keywords: online challenges, fact checking

Looking for: We would like to work with a media outlet that will be able to create an innovative website for our project and that will be able to collaborate with Facta’s team on video editing and graphic contents. In the best-case scenario, our partner(s) has/have already worked on projects focused on social or educational issues and teen topics.


Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: HackPack (DE)

Idea: We will develop a platform that will help media organizations adapt to the gig economy while ensuring equity for freelancers. The platform will enable media organizations to see all the freelancers available in a specific location, evaluate their professionalism, immediately contact them, provide insurance, suggest copyright contracts and offer payment tools. It will also provide a central hub for the freelancers on the platform to discuss issues, find support and build a community. We plan to produce a single platform that any media organization can access to find new freelance talent and hire them. This will enable media organizations to produce content at the speed of today’s news cycle, while diminishing costs and protecting the rights of freelancers.

Keywords: Platform creation, freelance

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Journalism across languages differences

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Claudia Cascone (freelance, IT)

Idea: My idea refers to problems of crossing language differences of countries in fact of news and journalism. Europe is a group of countries that speak different languages and for which news has difficulty circulating between these countries for linguistic reasons. It is usually used to solve the problem with the English language but not always a single language is able to offer the best interpretation of a piece of news if we consider the different cultural elements of the different countries. The idea is therefore to create an innovative tool that helps a better cultural interpretation of news from one country to another.

Keywords: Cultural interpretation of the news

Looking for: Online media

Black City Stories

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Evangelista Sie (freelance, AT)

Idea: Black City Stories is a Pan-European, multilingual online magazine with videos, articles, and photo series on Black lived realities in Europe, structural racism, possible solutions, and inspiring Black personalities and lifestyles (engagement and solution-oriented journalism). For individuals/organizations who want to take a stake in social justice, we provide online training with multilingual, pre-produced videos, live workshops, and tools and material from European anti-discrimination experts on race reporting. 

Keywords: Multilingual magazine, black lived realities

Looking for: (One possible cooperation partner: Patricia Okello (DE), founder of the project Inspired by Change, nominated for the “Impact of Diversity “-Award).

GATHERING JOURNALISTS AND CITIZENS ALL TOGETHER TO CO-CREATE POSITIVE SOCIAL IMPACT IN SOCIETY through constructive journalism and permanent training and participative programme.

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Impact Hub Donostia (ES), Instituto de Periodismo Constructivo (ES)

Idea: Our mission is to create a positive social impact, by developing innovative entrepreneurship projects in different lines that are priorities for us, such as circular economy, food waste, healthy organizations, gender, entrepreneurship, sensitization and awareness of citizens, etc. Always collaboratively and in a network. We aim to gather our organizations’ complementary skills in order to achieve the following goals:

  • Use constructive journalism to fight media avoidance and lack of trust in media in Europe.
  • Build a stronger relationship among journalists and the communities we serve.
  • Foster pro-social behaviours through constructive journalism, involve people in the social challenges, connect them and inspire them to act.
  • Establish a permanent forum among local journalists and citizens in different European countries.

Keywords: Constructive journalism

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Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Lupiga (HR)

Idea: Lupiga is a non-profit online media outlet established in 2001, focusing on human rights, culture and media literacy. It has an audience and associates in the Western Balkans region. Lupiga has a Facebook group with over 60 thousand members. Lupiga is supported through small scale media projects for non-profit media funded primarily by the Fond for Media Pluralism. Lupiga has long-standing plans of starting a weekly community newsletter aimed at boosting articles published on the online portal and foster a tight community of supporters/donors. It is envisioned several authors would take place in editing one issue of the weekly newsletter. Community newsletter will give its readers a unique experience: an op-ed by the weekly author, exclusive content, interactions with readers (choosing topics for coverage, participation in article production, etc.). Community newsletter is not motivated by an effort to monetize our content but to build a close community of supporters/donors which Lupiga can depend on in any future crowdfunding actions. 

Keywords: Human rights, culture, weekly community newsletter

Looking for: While there a clear vision of all three newsletters and a broad idea of content they will offer, Lupiga lacks all other capacities and expert knowledge needed – from technical solutions, tools and software to digital marketing and monetization of newsletters.

Social reaction to the pandemic, community organizing in Europe

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: L’Urlo Web (IT)

Idea: The idea that we propose is a reportage on community organizing. This is a practice of political activism that was born in the United States in the 1920s and from the beginning of the 2000s, it began to be used in Europe. Community organizing is based on the work of aggregation and construction of local communities, especially in the suburbs of large cities. European organized communities are extremely diverse: local religious groups, cultural associations and activist groups. These initiatives bring together these different groups to develop social projects and fill in the gaps left by local administrations. During this pandemic year, in the suburbs of large cities in Europe, the social divide has widened, creating a generalized increase in poverty.

Keywords: Reportage, community organizing

Looking for: Within the Stars4Media project, we are trying to contact a team from London (if it’s suitable one of the countries in Continental Europe) or Lyon or Marseille, as European partners, cities where the organization of the community is highly developed.

The ReSolve, your curation of solution stories from across Europe

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: ReSolve Europe ASBL (BE)

Idea: At ReSolve Europe, we believe it’s possible to #solvethenews (our motto) and tell #thewholestory (as coined by our mentors at the Solution Journalism Network) to offer the public a more complete, hopeful and engaging view of the world and its challenges. Our work is to help news media develop a constructive and cross-border approach in their reporting by connecting them with inspiring and practical examples of social initiatives from anywhere in Europe and creating synergies between media organisation themselves. To this end, we want to create ‘The ReSolve’, a curation of the most insightful solution stories from across Europe. Each issue of ‘The Resolve’, published online, will be framed around one specific social or environmental challenge and select the most relevant content, regardless of the date, format or language. 

Keywords: Solution news

Looking for: Partner media also having a pan-European and curation approach: Are We Europe, CaféBabel, VoxEurop, Or partner media focusing on constructive/solutions journalism, such as: The Local, Reporters d’Espoirs, Spark News, First Draft.

StereoType Magazine

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: StereoType Magazine (IT)

Idea: Stereotype Mag wants to offer an in-depth magazine focused on stereotypes that sometimes burden our thoughts and ways to see life, societies, and the others in general. This is a topic that no magazine, at least in Italy, chose as a stated subject.

We aim at a “reality effect”, rendered through narrative journalism, which acknowledges the impossibility of the writer to be completely objective, as long as it serves communication and human comprehension, from detail to general. Even if we started as an online magazine, our goals are interdisciplinarity and multimediality and then to bring communication outside of the web to restore a sense of reality.

Keywords: Narrative journalism 

Looking for: 1.transmedia agency – with experts in this sector we could consider to involve

any type of media, useful to spread the message and the game, from the oldest to the newest: print, audio, audio-video and digital, such as newspapers, radio, TV, other magazines and blogs, streaming media video…

  1. social media agency
  2. app / game agency
  3. business agency

Build Your Own European Public Sphere

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Isabel Hummel (freelance, DE)

Idea: The Starter Kit will help everyone keen on setting up their own European journalism project to  consider the essential challenges right from the start and help answer them. The Starter Kit will be as practical and motivational as possible – next to a neat recap of all the learnings from past European projects,  it should include a map of opportunities,  a practical guide on how to set up an ideation workshop for European ideas and also something inspirational to kick off the creative process – all packaged in a practical, yet entertaining way – like this clever brainstorming tool

Keywords: Learning tools for journalists

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MEDIA TRUST INDEX by RTCX (Real-time Community Experience)

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved:  RTCX  (FR)

Idea: The Media Trust Index is an RTCX initiative to help media outlets better understand the levels of trust they enjoy in the eyes of the public. The MTI is a quarterly survey that will be launched in France in 2021 and will cover mainstream written press and “electronic” media. The results are presented to each subscriber during a roundtable and during a one-to-one data crunching and dissecting session.

Keywords: Trust, creating a survey

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The EU Roundup (TBC)

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Tristan Barber (freelance, BE)

Idea: The investigative piece would be a longer segment of the show which covers one topic in depth and which has been thoroughly researched. The main idea behind this piece is to ensure we highlight a topic which we consider important but which may not be getting enough coverage, or which appears too technical to be interesting. The piece would also include a suggestion for how to fix/change the issue we see. By making it humourous and more playful than traditional news, we aim to make it accessible and interesting, in particular to those who may not already be highly aware of EU-related issues. To summarize, the monologue and investigative pieces would cover actual news: the monologue would provide a humourous recap of things that are happening, while the investigative piece would bring in new research and suggest a solution to rectify the problem. On the other hand, the sketches and news desk would be more satirical pieces that can provide cynicism at times, or could just be for fun, to lighten up the mood. 

Keywords: Show, non-traditional news

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Knowing the future reader

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: El HuffPost (ES) 

Idea: Knowing the future reader is the first step of The HuffPost to create a research pole that

collects all the necessary data and explores the possibilities offered by technology to carry out three projects: a) the development of a real-time fact checking tool ; b) the creation of a personalized journalistic product based on reading history and c) the production of a multimedia report in motion and with Augmented Reality as the main support. With ‘Knowing the future reader’, El HuffPost wants to create a research team with which it pursues several objectives: a) formulate questions about technological solutions for journalism with the reader at the center of everything; b) make the fruit of their research available to other newsrooms to help guide other research and innovation proposals and c) shape three journalistic-technological solutions that have to do, in this order, with data verification and the fight against misinformation; with privacy, data analysis and personalization and with the application of new technologies to journalistic narratives.

Keywords: Technological solutions on journalism

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The Refugees

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Centro di Giornalismo Permanente (IT)

Idea: With the project “The refugees” we want to produce an in-depth historical inquest that will retell the most important episodes regarding the harming of refugees and of their special status in the European continent. We want to shed a new light on events, whether recent or old, that have been forgotten but that are nonetheless crucial to the importance of democracy and for this reason should be well-known and remembered. Often the victims of these attacks have become invisible, with many people unaware of their stories. We want to retell their stories and do it through a network of podcast production platforms that will allow to reach as wide as an audience as possible.

Keywords: Podcast, bringing up forgotten stories

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I Want to Believe

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Left (IT)

Idea: We aim to create a monitoring system, a database and a series of conceptual graphic maps that will allow users to understand how some conspiracy theories, related to the Sars-Cov2 virus, spreaded in the countries covered by the investigation. Using different data journalism tools, we will attempt to calculate the impact of such theories  on society and their material consequences.

Keywords: Conspiracy theories, data journalism, creating conceptual maps

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Sol(vox), the solution podcast of Solvo, a solution journalism collective

Media organisation(s)/professional(s) involved: Solvo Collective (FR)

Idea: Sol(vox) will be the first podcast to apply the solution journalism network guidelines in France. In doing so, it will present an in-depth analysis of how and why a specific initiative works, its limitations, its perspectives when it comes to replication.

Keywords: Solution journalism, podcast

Looking for: podcast production agency