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Create an independent Internet platform for journalists and NGOs

Submitted by on November 14, 2011 – 15:57No Comment


The estab­lish­ment of new links between media and civil society


Assign to an inde­pen­dent organ­i­sa­tion the cre­ation and coor­di­na­tion, at the Euro­pean level, of an Inter­net plat­form shared by NGOs and jour­nal­ists.

Each NGO and each jour­nal­ist will reg­is­ter, pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion about the top­ics they work on, fol­low­ing the law of sup­ply and demand.

Infor­mal meet­ings and more for­mal the­matic work­shops will com­plete this Inter­net plat­form. MEPs and Euro­pean Union civil ser­vants could be invited to debate about spe­cific issues jointly high­lighted by the journalists/NGOs.

Explana­tory statements

NGOs play an increas­ingly impor­tant role in soci­ety and in civil dia­logue with the Euro­pean insti­tu­tions. Struc­tur­ing them­selves at the Euro­pean level, they often do high qual­ity work when analysing the impact of Euro­pean poli­cies and have grass­roots con­tacts in dif­fer­ent Euro­pean regions.

Nev­er­the­less, they run into dif­fi­cul­ties find­ing a voice in the media. In the con­text of deep eco­nomic pres­sure, NGOs can­not match the fire­power of the pri­vate sec­tor. For exam­ple, at the upcom­ing inter­na­tional nego­ti­a­tions on cli­mate change, Volkswagen’s press con­fer­ence on its lat­est car model will take pri­or­ity over an NGO-organised meeting.

The real­ity is also that local jour­nal­ists are unfa­mil­iar with Euro­pean NGOs. But they are a pre­cious source of infor­ma­tion in human­is­ing and con­cretis­ing infor­ma­tion about Europe, and bring orig­i­nal views that dif­fer from offi­cial posi­tions. They can demon­strate and make under­stood inno­v­a­tive prac­tices and poli­cies from other Euro­pean regions.

The Plat­form would allow NGOs to tar­get more directly jour­nal­ists who are spe­cialised in their domain of activ­ity, and to meet local jour­nal­ists — some­thing often for­got­ten in their com­mu­ni­ca­tions plans.

Related posts:

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  2. Jour­nal­ists and NGOs join their forces to beat poverty
  3. Inter­net as a human right
  4. My pro­posal: an inter­ac­tive plat­form to boost plu­ral­is­tic debate in EU
  5. Cre­ate a Euro­pean net­work for train­ing in Euro­pean journalism

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