Media for Citizens Story Lab

Investigative Journalism and Media Innovations
( 2022-03-01 — 2023-08-31 )

Media for Citizens Story Lab project seeks to empower professional and citizen media makers to connect with their audience, and together shed light on socially important topics and possible solutions in responsible way. As well as facilitate involvement of audience in media production and discussions on relevant topics with journalists, media representatives, experts, and policy makers in order to make proposals on solutions to societal challenges in Europe. The aim of the project is to establish and sustain a network facilitating citizen and engaged journalism in Europe.

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Modern journalism, especially the news sector, is facing unprecedented challenges. It’s confronted with misinformation, content distortions, and disparagement by politicians, especially populists. Equally serious issues pose media that manipulate information and agenda, don’t follow professional standards, and don’t consider the interests of their audience. As a result, public trust in journalism is decreasing. However, there are good examples of newspapers, media, and other organisations that invest in building good relationships with an audience. The Media for Citizens Story Lab will bring representatives of some of those good examples, other media makers, and audience from Lithuania, Slovakia, Austria, Belgium, France, and Montenegro together to take further steps towards reversing negative trends in media, help regain trust of citizens, and ultimately respond and propose solutions to various societal challenges. All of it will be realised through Strategic meeting, capacity building training “New Spark to Journalism”, workshop “Journalism Next Door”, public discussions “Share Your Idea: Create a Change”, and Final conference, events bringing together 351 direct participants. The project team will also provide further mentoring to participants of the training and workshop. Future Story Lab platform will be used to facilitate connections and publish created media and proposals.

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