European funding for European media platforms
A project to develop European media platforms and increase EU access to quality information has been launched by the European Commission. The ambition is to offer news in as many EU languages as possible and to increase trust in quality news content online. The Commission has launched a new call for proposals of 6 million euros to set up European media platform projects.
The funding is for projects that “improve and expand technical media systems delivering news media content and/or programming. They are encouraged to collaborate and increase the availability of original reporting, helping news media reach new audiences. They should therefore explain how these projects would manage content effectively or contain sufficient methods for content search and discovery systems.
Addressing the discussion on how algorithms decide what users should read, the Commission says that transparency and openness in technical tools and editorial arrangements are fundamental elements.
“Users need to feel safe, informed when accessing information and protected from unwanted manipulation techniques. When used, algorithms should be explainable and verifiable, and designed to take into account fundamental rights of citizens as well as values related to news quality standards, such as factual reporting, unbiased reporting, independence, pluralism, diversity of viewpoints, equity, transparency, and respect for human dignity, equality and human rights.
Information services should reach as many EU citizens as possible in as many European languages as possible, for example through human and machine translation or by involving multipliers.
The call is open to news media organizations – including broadcasters and publishers -, media technology developers and other organizations active in the field of news media.
The grant agreement will include an independence charter to ensure applicants are editorially free and operate without political interference.
The maximum co-financing rate is 80% of the total eligible costs. The Commission plans to fund approximately three proposals, with an expected duration of 12 months. The maximum amount per grant has been set at 2.5 million euros. The deadline is October 17, 2022.