Supporting independent media in 17 countries neighbouring the EU

In the biggest single contract in its history, Thomson Foundation led a multi-million euro project to support and train independent media in 17 of the countries neighbouring the European Union. At the heart of the project sat the idea that good journalism at its best can improve understanding and ease tensions in times of international conflict. A key part was to build a media hub, a platform where journalists can share work with each other and channels in the EU.

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17 countries neighbouring the EU


European Union

Project duration

Five years

Project budget



Action Global, European Journalism Centre, Free Press Now, France Médias Monde, Ipsos, Mori, Particip


OPEN Media Hub

With the OPEN Media Hub project, we’ll build stories that will inform debate in critical areas like migration, energy and terrorism at a time when revealing the real picture has never been harder or mattered more

Bettina Peters, senior development consultant, Thomson Foundation

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