Each consortium partner plays a specific role in the implementation of the project. The following overview outlines their main responsibilities:
With its forty years of experience in providing professional training and consultancy in both broadcast and print, the Thomson Foundation leads the project team especially in the areas of professional needs and interests of journalists in the region. Thomson has been advising and training media across the Mediterranean region and has a network of experienced trainers that can be called upon by the project team as short-term experts. Furthermore its experience in the former Soviet Union and within Eastern Europe has provided a ready-made network of contacts and trainers who will be available for use within this exciting project.
European Journalism Centre
By organizing seminars and trainings in Maastricht, in Brussels or on location, the EJC, over the last 12 years, has touched base with almost 10,000 journalists from the European Union and from across the globe.
Using its extensive network of contacts among participants, the Brussels press corps and other journalists covering the EU throughout Europe and the ENPI region, the EJC will assist journalists in linking up with colleagues.
The EJC is responsible for the website of the European Neighbourhood Journalism Network, and is also providing advice and support on the content and organisation of the visits and working group meetings.
The aim of this project is to offer a sustainable networking platform for working journalists, journalism students and media experts interested in the topics of the European Neighbourhood Policy.
International Federation of Journalists
As the representative world organisation of journalists with members across the ENPI region and a track record of activities in the target countries, the IFJ provides input on issues related to the specific conditions of media in these countries, journalists’ working conditions and the role of
journalists as actors in civil society. IFJ’s access to contacts and networks across the region is probably unparalleled and their ability to access these contacts will be fully utilised for the purposes of both training and networking. Based in the International Press Centre, the IFJ is also on-hand to provide information and assistance to the visiting editors and journalists. The IFJ ensures that the work of the project is fed into the journalistic community at large.
With its extensive experience in project management including projects dealing with EUMediterranean relations and those with countries in the Eastern European Neighbourhood, that also focus on civil society, BBJ assists the project team in particular as regards reporting requirements and general project management issues. The BBJ assists the Thomson Foundation in providing back-stopping for the project. Through its experience in the ENPI region BBJ is also able to provide assistance in identifying possible outside speakers. In Brussels, BBJ owns a well-furnished seminar venue, where especially sessions focusing on discussion can take place.
Management Partners have been involved in supporting and organising the series of events that led to the Development of the Euromed and the Media process. They use this intimate experience to continue to develop the programme with the sensitivity and vision required. They are responsible for overseeing all of the activities relating to the network component of this project, drawing heavily on the experiences of the IFJ in networking and EJC in its experience with curriculum development. Their knowledge and experience of working with the commission will be fully utilised in accessing key figures in Brussels and their wider network of contacts.