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Monday, June 30, 2008

European Neighbourhood Journalism Network

The European Neighbourhood Journalism Network is a new website developed by the European Journalists Centre, which went online on 4 June 2008. The project operates within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). It is a follow-up to the "Europe for Mediterranean Journalists" initiative. The project funded by the EU is part of the European Neighbourhood Policy Instrument (ENPI) Regional Information and Communication Programme, designed to raise awareness and understanding within the beneficiary countries of the ENP. The ENP consists of the southern Mediterranean, eastern European and southern Caucasus countries. The Network offers on its website news, the main policy areas and basic info on the EU and country profiles.

The European Neighbourhood Journalism Network will facilitate networking with the goal of building bridges within the EU’s neighbourhood. A network on-line community also exists, to which one can register. At the community site you can inform about project updates and news. Until now, just few people have found their way to this site. Within the small registered group there is not any discussion yet. So we all hope that this might change quickly as “building bridges” without any solid fundament existing of active and enthusiastic people could be hard to maintain.

The project also claims to provide training and support on EU affairs to journalists, editors, producers, and other media professionals from the ENPI countries. In addition the programme aims to support journalists in utilizing their newly acquired skills and knowledge in their job by developing a complementary programme for their media (editors, manager, owners). Although this objective sounds important and the trainers are the skilled experts of the Thompson Foundation, there are not any training possibilities and complementary programmes visible on the website right now.

The European Neighbourhood Journalism Network convinces with its concepts and objectives. We hope that they can fulfil their high expectations like building up a high skilled and active network of journalists from the European neighbourhood where they exchange experiences and learn from one another.

Visit the European Neighbourhood Journalism Network website

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