In the framework of the EDJNet 4 project co-funded by the European Commission, EDJNet can offer some financial support to media outlets interested in producing or adapting data-driven content on European affairs. Such support is delivered through EDJNet’s ‘EngagementFund for Associate Members‘, which amounts to €30,000 for the period running from April 2023 to the end of March 2025.
The Fund is only meant at supporting associate members of the network, therefore its core members are not eligible. Any media outlet based in Europe and interested in covering European affairs from a data-driven perspective can, in principle, access the fund, provided that it becomes an associate member of EDJNet.
In keeping with the network’s internal rules, only media organisations are eligible for membership in EDJNet. The network is open for new members to join on a rolling basis; all existing members need to agree to the association or entry of a new organisation in the network. Interested media outlets simply need to get in touch with EDJNet’s coordinator.
Once a media outlet has signed an association agreement with the network it can access the Engagement Fund on a rolling basis. Associate members wishing to receive support for the production of original pieces of content should use the standard form for pitching stories, where they will include a quote for the financial contribution they would need, which must be in line with the workload and output that they envisage. Associate members wishing to receive support for the adaptation of pieces of content produced by other members for EDJNet should let the network’s editorial coordinator know, also in this case including a quote for the financial contribution needed.
EDJNet’s coordinator assesses the received requests as soon as they come in, providing an answer in a matter of days. Whenever it is needed, the coordinator consults with relevant data units coordinators or other partners. Substantial and innovative works involving more than one member and entailing the creation of original datasets will be privileged, but due attention will be paid to distribute support among the different associate members and ensure an appropriate volume of production.
Once associate members have produced or adapted the content that was agreed, they can invoice EDJNet’s coordinator OBC Transeuropa following the technical provisions detailed in the association agreement.