We want to thank the 925 freelance journalists who participated in this survey. Your answers will help us identify the main challenges of the community but, most importantly, promote conversations around the alternatives needed to better support freelance journalists in Europe.
📊 The resulting report will be published in the following months.
Freelance journalists across Europe play a vital role in producing quality journalism that promotes healthy democracies and informed societies. Meanwhile, the community continuously faces increasing professional and personal challenges.
Because of this, as part of the Freelance journalism Assembly, the European Journalism Centre foundation (EJC), with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launched a survey to map the current landscape of freelance journalism in Europe, its challenges and opportunities for empowerment.
The resulting report will answer questions such as:
✔️What are the main challenges faced by the freelance journalism community?
✔️What are the priorities of freelance journalists in Europe?
✔️How can the media and other organisations better support the freelance journalism community?
👀 We will keep you posted and share the results soon!
Although many freelancers appreciate the freedom, variety and flexibility of independent employment, they are constantly struggling to guarantee their economic sustainability, their ability to make new connections and to work in a highly competitive international environment.
The lack of information about the conditions and dynamics of freelance journalism in Europe is one of the main challenges to supporting the freelance community. With more data about how freelancers work and thrive, we will be able to better understand the mechanisms and design new strategies for supporting and protecting freelance journalists.
Because of this, as part of the Freelance journalism Assembly, the European Journalism Centre foundation (EJC), with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is launching a survey that will map the current landscape of freelance journalism in Europe and identify challenges and opportunities for empowerment.
The results of this survey will be a valuable source of information and inspiration for other members of the news ecosystem to understand the importance of investing in making the freelance journalism community stronger.
At the same time, it will promote conversations among journalism funders, media outlets, organisations of freelance journalists, unions, NGO’s, academia and international organisations around the solutions and initiatives that can positively impact the freelance journalism ecosystem and benefit freelancers and the journalism community.
The prize draw is open only to those survey participants who provide their email addresses after completing the survey. The provided email address will not be connected to any of the survey answers.
Only one prize per person will be awarded.
The available prizes are: 1x flight and accommodation to attend the International Journalism Festival (worth max 500 eur), 1x spot in the new online course by The Self-Investigation, 3x private coaching sessions with Freelancing for Journalists, 5x handbooks for freelancers You're the Business and 3x Freelancing for Journalists books.
The closing date of the draw for the flight and accommodation to attend the International Journalism Festival is 8 March 2022, 23:59 CET. Survey participants who fill in the survey outside this time period will not be considered for this prize, but will still participate in the draw of the rest of the prizes (see point nr.5).
The closing date of the draw for the spot in The Self-Investigation course, private coaching sessions with Freelancing for Journalists, handbooks for freelancers You're the Business, and Freelancing for Journalists books is 23 March 2022, 23:59 CET. Survey participants who fill in the survey outside this time period will not be considered.
Winners will be chosen by an automated, randomized computer process.
Winners will be notified by email to coordinate the delivery of the prizes. If a winner does not respond within 14 days of being notified, then the winner’s prize will be forfeited and the EJC will be entitled to select another winner in accordance with the process described above.
The prizes are non-exchangeable, non-transferable, and are not redeemable for cash or other prizes.