Strengthening reporting standards and journalist ethics: Media Neighbourhood project concludes with Brussels event
As part of the EU-funded Media Neighbourhood project, BBC Media Action this week held a study tour and award ceremony in Brussels for 20 journalists from across 15 partner countries from the European Neighbourhood, marking with these events the end of the three-year project after having trained over 1,400 journalists and journalism students in their home countries.
During their stay, journalists met high-level EU officials and gained in-depth factual, institutional, political, social, economic, geographic and historic knowledge about the EU, to allow them to deliver fair, balanced, and objective coverage of EU related affairs in their home media organisations.
Overall, the two-day event reinforced the project’s network of journalists with the aim of strengthening professional reporting standards and ethics among journalists working for media across the Neighbourhood.
Media Neighbourhood is a three-year training programme for journalists, editors and managers from broadcast, print and online. It is funded by the European Union and delivered by a consortium led by BBC Media Action.
The programme has two main aims:
- To strengthen the professional capacity of journalists, particularly in the areas of media independence and online media.
- To improve the reporting of EU social, economic and political policies within the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Caucasus. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
The EU-funded Eastern Partnership Youth Regional Unit (EPYRU) has released the third module of the on-line Distance Learning Platform, covering the vital topic of involving representatives of civil society, including youth, in designing, implementing and evaluating youth policy in the Eastern Partnership region.
The new module, together with the previous two, targets youth policy development, including more profound and diverse information in the study based approach, inter-agency cooperation in the field of youth policy and youth participation in society.
The platform is in Russian, and participation is free after completing registration.
The EPYRU aims to support the development of youth policy in the Eastern Partnership countries, on both a national and regional basis, specifically in the areas of evidence-based research, integrated approaches by government, and dialogue between government and civil society. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
Citizens of the Eastern Partnership countries are more satisfied with their lives, but pessimistic about the economy; they also have a more positive image of the EU, and would like it to play a greater role in security and defence. These are some of the key findings of the sixth wave (Autumn 2014) of the EU Neighbourhood Barometer just released.
The proportion of satisfied respondents increased from 43% in spring 2014 to 46% in autumn, but nearly four in five judge the economic situation in their countries as bad (79%). Almost two-thirds continue to be dissatisfied with the way democracy works.
Respondents name peace and security (66%) as by far the most important area of cooperation. The areas in which respondents are most likely to call for greater EU involvement continue to be trade (76%), economic development (74%) and human rights (64%). Security and defence have gained ground in the last six months – now 64%, +14 percentage points.
For the first time in the history of the barometer, the absolute majority of respondents agrees enough information on the EU is available (52%), with 50% saying it is easy to understand.
The EU Neighbourhood Barometer project, funded under the EU’s Regional Communication Programme, conducts opinion polls and monitors the media in the 16 partner countries and territories participating in the European Neighbourhood Policy, plus Russia. (EU Neighbourhood Info)