2019-01-22

BRUSSELS - The Flemish Journalism Fund was created in the Summer of 2018 by the Flemish government to support diversity and innovation in journalism in Flanders. In September, the Fund launched a subsidy call for innovative journalism projects. 37 journalists, organisations and start-ups applied.

The Flemish Journalism Fund was created in the Summer of 2018 by the Flemish government to support diversity and innovation in journalism in Flanders. The Fund is a project of Journalismfund.eu, in partnership with the Flemish Association of Journalism and the Flemish government.

In September, the Fund launched a subsidy call for innovative journalism projects. 37 journalists, organisations and start-ups applied. In December, the Fund awarded innovation grants to 11 journalism projects, for a total amount of € 500,000. Below a short description of the projects that were supported:

-    ‘Sonderland’, a production studio for nonfiction, run by a collective of journalists, scientists, video- and radio producers, illustrators and photographers. Every year Sonderland will produce journalistic content about one central topic (in 2019: housing) and sell its productions to different news media.

  • www.kloptditwel.be’ (Is This Correct?), an online platform that uses artificial intelligence to track disinformation and polarisation.
  • ‘Apache Lokaal’ (Apache Local), a project by news website Apache that uses crowdsourcing for local journalism.
  • ‘Chase Social Stories’, a coaching project for adolescents who make stories about social change in urban communities.
  • ‘The Polar Project’, a platform for investigative journalism about climate change.
  • ‘FactRank Pro’, a software tool for journalists that distils claims that are worth factchecking.
  • ‘Podlab’, a coaching project for podcast creators.
  • ‘Wablieft gaat digitaal’ (Wablieft Goes Digital), an online newspaper for low-literate adults.
  • ‘Journalism in the newest webformats’, a project that brings news to adolescent video consumers by a team of young actors and performers.
  • ‘Op de rooster’, (On the Hot Seat), a journalism competition for adolescents, run by a regional television channel.
  • ‘Heavn: the Expat Repertory Flanders & the Netherlands’, a platform that employs the potential of expats for foreign journalism. 
     

How civil society and journalism can work together to strengthen democracy

2019-10-31

BRUSSELS - If done carelessly, ties between journalism organisations and civil society can undermine the credibility of both. But there are ways in which the two parties can reinforce each other and strengthen democracy while retaining their independence. Our Money Trail project shows how.