Deadline: 30th June, 2022
Stars4Media Exchange & Training Programme 2022 – EU Countries
The third edition of the Stars4Media exchange and training programme is now open for media professionals from different EU countries who wish to develop new editorial products or test innovative ideas. The call for application will run until 30 June 2022.
The programme is co-financed by the European Union, through the Creative Europe scheme, and implemented by a consortium of four partners: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the project coordinator, Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV), the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the European Journalism Center (EJC), in partnership with the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ). Building on the experience and results of its previous editions (Stars4Media Pilot and Stars4Media Second Edition), Stars4Media NEWS foresees cascading funding, in-depth coaching, and peer-to-peer knowledge transfer.
By providing financial support and in-depth coaching to collaborative projects Stars4Media NEWS programme supports European news media organisations and enables long-term business and newsroom transformation. This year’s edition will support two projects tracks:
Collaborative business transformation projects
Business transformation will cover topics like (amongst others): diversifying revenue models; new approaches to audience development and engagement; development of common professional/technical standards; developing business readiness, product thinking etc.
Collaborative newsroom transformation projects
Newsroom transformation will support collaborative journalism and high-quality media content production by covering subjects like (amongst others): original reporting methods; innovative production methods; innovative distribution methods and new formats; innovative tech solutions for newsrooms; workflow optimisations, internal culture etc.
CALL FOR PROJECTS
Does your media organisation need business or newsroom transformation?
Do you want to exchange best practices with other media and top experts, gain international experience and benefit from high impact transformation to spread in your media company? Here is your chance: Stars4Media NEWS is now welcoming submissions!
This third edition of the Stars4Media programme increases the size of projects, the financial support, and the depth of coaching.
Benefits: up to €100,000 per project, including up to €88,000 cash support + in-kind tailored coaching and training throughout the project.
Length: minimum 4 months, maximum 10 months.
Application deadline: 30 June 2022. The 14 selected projects will start in November 2022.
Important Documents: Application Form, two-page checklist.
Interested to learn more? Read on!
What is Stars4Media NEWS? – Stars4Media Exchange & Training Programme 2022
Stars4Media NEWS is a pan-European funding and coaching programme that supports European news organisations to achieve long term Business and Newsroom transformation. The programme is co-financed by the Creative Europe scheme of the European Commission and is implemented by a consortium of four partners: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the project coordinator, Europe’s MediaLab (Fondation EURACTIV), the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the European Journalism Centre (EJC).
Stars4Media NEWS will provide financial support and in-depth coaching as well as peer-to-peer knowledge transfer for cross-border collaborative projects.
Interested candidates can submit projects under one of the two following tracks:
Track 1: Collaborative Business Transformation projects (around 50% of projects selected)
Business transformation will gather projects whose scope is the partial or total transformation of the company, with an impact on one or several departments and/or workflows. This track could cover topics like diversifying revenue models; new approaches to audience engagement and monetisation; development of common professional/technical standards; to quote just a few.
Track 2: Collaborative Newsroom Transformation projects (around 50% of projects selected)
Newsroom transformation will gather projects whose scope is the partial or total transformation of the newsroom, with an impact specifically on the functioning and organisation of the editorial and news content production activities. It could cover dimensions like adjusted reporting methods; innovative production methods; innovative distribution methods and new formats; innovative tech solutions for newsrooms; collaboration tools and techniques; workflow optimisations, internal culture etc.
Two consecutive Phases: Stars4Media Exchange & Training Programme 2022
A total of 14 projects will be supported in the first phase of the Programme “EXPLORE”. Of those 14, only 9 will access the following phase called “BOOST”.
Phase 1 – EXPLORE is focused on the exploration of media innovation
- Duration: 4 months
- Number of Projects selected: 14
- Grant amount: in the EXPLORE phase, for a typical project of two partners (media companies based in two different countries): €24,000 (€12,000 lump sum award for each participating media)
Phase 2 – BOOST is focused on the transformation of the newsroom and/or business
- Duration: 6 months
- Number of Projects selected: 9
- Grant amount: in the BOOST phase, for a typical project of two partners (media companies based in two different countries): €64,000 (€32,000 lump sum award for each)
Given the limited duration of both phases, there should be clear convergence, from the initial application stage, between:
- the EXPLORE focus (an innovative project with transformation potential, eg possible roll-out, and gaining internal momentum), and
- the BOOST phase (implementing or widening the innovation at hand, or working on prerequisites for further changes later, eg HR selection and motivation, training, IT, external comms, etc).
Overall, flexibility and simplicity are the core principles: whatever helps the media’s competitiveness is welcome.
Throughout both phases, participating teams will benefit from coaching, mentoring and training, including tailored support provided as ad hoc and regular advice.
Each participating company will have two reference persons to deal with:
A Process Coach (project management and change process) and a Transformation Coach (specific advice or benchmarking on newsroom transformation or business transformation).
Who can submit a project?
- Medium-sized and large media organisations:
We are looking for mostly medium (25-200 employees) to large (>200 employees) news organisations. Smaller organisations and tech companies can also join as long as they partner with a larger news organisation.
- Composition of participating teams: A wide variety of media professionals!
The project teams must involve a mix of people 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.
- A typical project includes two media organisations, based in two different participating countries:
Participating countries include: All EU member states; Iceland; Norway; Liechtenstein; Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Montenegro; North Macedonia; Serbia; Georgia, and Ukraine.
Why participate? What’s in it for you ?
Stars4Media NEWS programme is not just about financing ‘good’ project ideas. It is primarily about providing media companies with tools, resources, skills and expertise to make their business and newsroom transformation sustainable.
In a nutshell:
- Stars4Media NEWS welcomes Projects in 2 main areas: Newsroom Transformation and Business Transformation;
- Selected projects can receive up to €100, 000 for a full project, mostly cash, plus some free, tailored coaching and training;
- 14 Projects will be selected to enter an EXPLORE Phase: experimenting innovation ideas, with a benchmarking partner in another country. 9 of these 14 projects will then be selected to continue in a BOOST Phase: deeper and wider in the development and implementation of their ideas;
- All projects selected (in both phases) will be able to benefit from ad-hoc and in-depth coaching from recognised experts in the newsroom and business transformation;
- Participating companies will cooperate cross-border with another media organisation for a period of 4 to 10 months.
How to participate?
To submit your project, download, fill in and upload the application form.
The deadline for submissions is Thursday, 30 June 2022, 17:00 CET.
To evaluate your overall admissibility as well as the alignment of your idea with the scope of the Stars4Media NEWS programme before the deadline, interested applicants are encouraged to fill in this two-page checklist.
To learn more about past Stars4Media editions, click here.
To join the Zoom Q&A session on 10 June, click here.