EU grants for small-scale online media: supporting high-quality news products and tackling fake news

About a few days ago, the European Commission announced a Call for Proposals in order to support the EU strategy to tackle disinformation and complement the European Digital Media Observatory’s (EDMO) activities by providing funding to specific research projects on disinformation. Such projects, which include fact-checking and analysis of online propagation patterns, should be carried out by expert teams with a specific knowledge of information and media environments in one or more Member States. Deadline for the submission of proposals is 30 November 2020.

As it is mentioned within the European Commission’s announcement, proposals must ensure the involvement of media organisations, and specific expertise in fact-checking, media literacy, network science, data and computer science. The corrigendum of 09/10/2020 clarifies that proposals must ensure the involvement of small-scale media organisation(s).

Last but not least, the selected projects will focus their journalistic investigations and research activities around emerging digital media vulnerabilities and disinformation campaigns, which are of special relevance within the territory and/or linguistic area in which they will operate.

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