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

Deadline for submissions: 30 November 2020 (full call here)

The internet has not only vastly changed the volume and variety of news available to citizens but has also profoundly changed the ways citizens access and engage with news.

New technologies can be used, notably through social media, search engines and ads networks, to disseminate and support disinformation on a scale and with a speed and precision of targeting that is unprecedented. The rise of disinformation and the gravity of the threat have sparked growing awareness and concerns in civil society, both in EU Member States and internationally.

The objective of this call is to support the EU strategy to tackle disinformation and complement EDMO’s 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.

Proposals must ensure the involvement of media organisations, and specific expertise in fact-checking, media literacy, network science, data and computer science.

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.

Read full call for proposals