The future of journalism is freelance. For a number of reasons, including drastic cuts to the number of salaried journalists, the number of freelance journalists in Europe has been growing steadily over the past 15 years. Whether journalists opt to go freelance for freedom and flexibility or simply out of necessity, the profession comes with uncertainties and challenges. 

At the European Journalism Centre, our goal is to build resilience into journalism and to support and connect freelance journalists. Our research suggests that many freelance journalists are isolated and need personal connections to succeed in their job, especially in the first years. 

That's why we are testing a mentorship pilot for early-stage freelance journalists in Europe, and we would like you to be part of it!

Are you looking for advice on budgeting or time management?
Tips on how to apply for grants?
Ways to break out in the international market?
Maybe just an honest opinion on your story pitches? 

As a mentee, you have the chance to pick the brain of an established freelancer and receive their support, advice and inspiration for your career. 

Do you want to become a mentee? Fill out this quick form or write to us at until 19 September 2019! 

How does it work?

In this short application, you tell us about you and your needs and expectations from the mentorship. Based on this, we will match you with a mentor.

We will put you in touch with your mentor and organise an introductory call.

The core of the mentorship will be monthly calls with your mentor. For these calls, you can discuss any challenges and ask for feedback or advice.

The EJC will support you on the way. We will be present in your first session and will share onboarding information and other useful materials. 
After that, we will be available to help you with any questions and concerns.

Key facts
  • The mentorship is set from October 2019 to March / April 2020. 

  • You must be willing to dedicate at least 2 hours per month, including one hour of interaction with your mentor (ideally via video/phone call), and a mini check-in with the EJC
  • You commit to actively participate in mentor-mentee interactions and to prepare questions for your mentor.

  • At the end of the pilot, we will follow with you to understand your experience and what you gained from the process.
Who can apply?
  • You should have less than two years of experience as a freelance journalist.
  • Your nationality is not relevant, but your work should be published in a European media outlet.
  • Priority will be given to journalists who cover underreported topics.

Until September 19 you can apply to be a mentee

September 31 - October 9: We will introduce you via email to your mentor

October 16 - October 23: introduction call with your mentor 

November - March 2020: monthly calls with your mentor, mini check-ins with the EJC

April 2020: end of the pilot, feedback call

Do you have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Stella Volkenand

Community Coordinator | European Journalism Centre

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