Diversity Accelerator Mentoring Programme for Media Professionals

Deadline: 26 August 2016
Open to: journalists who live in one of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe
10-11 November 2016, Lisbon and Perugia (to be confirmed later, April 2017)


This pilot mentoring programme aims at testing a new approach to rendering the media landscape in Europe more inclusive with regard to population diversity and more balanced in relation to diversity issues.

The programme will do this by helping young media professionals who are already committed to diversity inclusiveness to use the tools new media offers and create their own independent business models.

By leaning on the Council of Europe’s MEDIANE network, the project will create a core group of media professionals who have established their own business models using transmedia / multimedia / crossmedia journalism in their daily practice and involving crowdfunding / sponsoring in building up their businesses. The core group will develop and deliver the mentoring programme for aspiring multimedia journalists who wish to launch their own start-ups.

To ensure the multiplying effect, the project will also involve journalism schools, journalist unions and a range of media organisations. To facilitate the creation of business links between journalists committed to diversity inclusiveness and potential business partners, the programme will invite: potential sponsors, crowdfunding companies’ representatives, multimedia-tool-creators, TV channels using multimedia tools and web documentaries on their online surfaces and politicians or lobby groups committed to supporting the inclusive approach in media by law-making.


In order to be considered eligible to apply, you must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  1. You’re a journalist;
  2. You live in one of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe;
  3. Your media project has a strong focus on diversity inclusion;
  4. You are looking forward to create your own media outlet with a mid or long-term perspective.


All costs will be covered.

How to apply?

In order to apply please click HERE and submit the application latest by 26 August 2016. The application only takes 10 minutes,

If you have any questions, check the FAQ section .

For more information, please visit the official website.

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