Media Neighbourhood


Our journalism training and networking project in 17 countries

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The Media Neighbourhood project brings together media professionals from across 17 countries bordering the European Union for training and networking.

The three-year project aims to create a strengthened journalism and reporting community, and to boost professional reporting standards and ethics amongst journalists and editors.

It is supporting and training over 1200 journalists, students and mentors. 

Our goals

We aim to build an active and sustainable professional journalism network as well as promoting improved awareness and understanding of media ethics among participating journalists.

Another important aspect of the project is fostering impartial, investigative reporting standards, especially for online media.

We also aim to improve the capacity of media houses to operate as financially viable and professional businesses, while improving their understanding of public service media.

Jean-Michel Duffrène, Team Leader for Media Neighbourhood says: "This is a broad and ambitious project. We are offering the opportunity for world-class training to a diverse group of journalists and editors across an enormous geographical area. It is a chance to really make a difference by boosting skills, especially in the areas of media independence and online media."

Blended learning

Training takes the form of blended learning: combining face to face, self-led and mentored training with peer-to-peer, practice-based learning. It is delivered across the region by experts in the following areas:

- EU and foreign affairs reporting

- Multiplatform journalism

- Financial and professional independence

- Election coverage

Networking events and student conferences in the project countries allow journalists and journalism students to come together and share knowledge, learning and skills.

In addition, study tours to the EU in Brussels give journalists a chance to gather material and conduct interviews with EU policy makers.

Reda Fhelboom, a mentor from Libya says: "The programme is very useful for journalists in countries like Libya, where no training has taken place for 42 years."

Participating countries: Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, The Russian Federation, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine.

Partners: To deliver this European Union-funded project BBC Media Action is leading a consortium consisting of IREX Europe, Fondation AFP, Société Générale de Presse et d’Édition SAL (L’Orient – Le Jour), Canal France International, France Télévisions group, LDK Consultants Engineers and Planners SA and the Media Development Center.

This project is funded by the European Union.

Related links

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Project at a glance

  • A journalism training and networking programme for 17 countries bordering European Union member states
  • Building the capacity of the media to report on key social, political and economic issues, enhancing good governance and accountability
  • More than 1,200 journalists will participate in the three-year programme
  • This project is funded by the European Union.


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