The winning projects selected by a Jury of 12 media professionals stem from 20 different countries and represent a mix of small, medium and large media, among which:

Tagesspiegel (Germany), Ukrayinska Pravda (Ukraine), Suomen Tietotoimisto (Finland), POLITYKA  (Poland), ElConfidencial (Spain),
Mediahuis (Belgium) and France Télévisions (France),  among others.

The 14 winning projects are equally divided between the two Business & Newsroom tracks and cover a range of topics that include fact-checking, investigative and explanatory journalism but also exploring new technologies like automated text-to-speech and data exploration and visualization, among others.

Heino Schaght, Innovation Manager at Mediahuis, a WAN-IFRA Member states: “One of Mediahuis’ priorities is building digital relationships (subscriptions) with our customers. So with local and regional news gradually bringing their voices to the table, we hope our text-to-speech platform can support them in the same way Stars4Media is supporting us in bringing this project to life”.

‘Disinformation affects everyone, not only media professionals”, says Nathalie Gallet, a journalist from France TV. “We aim to create a sort of a plug-in for both journalists and citizens that will help them verify the image source”, says Nathalie Gallet. “Thanks to Stars4media this media innovation will start to come to life. We will be able to export the concept immediately to European media. The news innovation department of Francetv will have the honour of leading this project, which will be useful to all.

Following the Kick-Off Workshop in Brussels on 13 October next, the beneficiaries will soon begin the programme’s first phase (EXPLORE) where they will benefit from tailored coaching and funding over a period of 4 months.

A detailed list of the 14 selected projects can be found here:

This programme is co-founded by the European Commission Journalism Partnerships Call. Partners of the project are the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Europe’s Media Lab (Fondation EURACTIV), the European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA).

Other programmes to support media transformation and also fact checking exist, which are mentioned in this editorial.

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