A journalist in Brussels


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Reporters Tool Kit for covering the European Union: an essential primer on EU structures and bodies that helps reporters navigate the maze of the EU organizational infrastructure, tips on cultivating EU-level stories journalistic coverage of EU, coverage of stories in other EU countries/cross-country journalistic cooperation.

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A journalist in Brussels

  1. 1. A journalist in Brussels by Giovanni Melogli
  2. 2. The EU is a paradise for journalists in terms of transparency and access to information, a hell to translate bureaucratic jargon into meaningful information for citizens, and to find a mass media to publish it. In 2005 there were around 1.300 journalists accredited to the EU, but this number has been steadily falling since then, and in 2014 there are only 900. Cover EU affairs in Brussels
  3. 3. Journalists’ Organisations International Press Association www.api-ipa.org Association of European Journalists www.aej.org European Federation of Journalists europe.ifj.org Press Club Brussels – Europe www.pressclub.be
  4. 4. UE Press Accreditation Request permanet or temporary press accreditation European Commission's accreditation office Danielle COULONVAL Berlaymont -1/PRE6 Rue de la Loi 200/Wetstraat 200 B-1040 Brussels Tel.: +32.2 (02)29 90170 Email: comm-press-accreditations@ec.europa.eu
  5. 5. Institutional and Political News European Parliament - News European Commission - Press releases Council of the European Union - Press releases EPP Group - News S&D Group – Newsroom .
  6. 6. Audiovisual Services European Commission - Audiovisual Services Europarl TV European Council - Council of the UE - TV Newsroom
  7. 7. Transparency European institutions interaction with citizen’s associations, NGOs, businesses, trade and professional organizations, trade unions, think tanks, etc. is constant, legitimate and necessary for the quality of democracy, for their capacity to deliver adequate policies, matching needs and reality. Citizens have a right to expect this process to be transparent and to take place in compliance with the law as well as in due respect of ethical principles, avoiding undue pressure, illegitimate or privileged access to information or to decision makers. EU Transparency Register AIJ in the Register
  8. 8. Lobby & Stakeholder BUSINESSEUROPE Greenpeace - European Unit Trade Union Confederation The European Steel Association European Association for Viewers Interests FOODDRINK Europe
  9. 9. Case Study - MTDI Trade policy is an exclusive competence for the EU, meaning that the EU rather than individual Member States is responsible for commercial policy and trade agreements with non-EU countries. Trade defence instruments (TDI), such as anti- dumping or anti-subsidy duties, are ways of protecting European production against international trade distortions. Modernisation Trade Defence Instruments (MTDI) – EU Legislative Procedure
  10. 10. Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman “When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience, and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk; culture-death is a clear possibility.” “Most of our daily news is inert, consisting of information that gives us something to talk about but cannot lead to any meaningful action.”