Mentorship for Freelance Journalists by the European Journalism Centre

Deadline: 19 September 2019
Open to: freelance journalist with at least 2 years of experience
Benefits: applicants will receive support, advice and inspiration for their career


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?

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

How does it work?

In a short application, you will tell them about you and your needs and expectations from the mentorship. Based on this, they will match you with a mentor.They 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. They will be present in your first session and will share on boarding information and other useful materials. After that, we will be available to help you with any questions and concerns.


  • 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 under-reported topics.


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.

How to apply?

In order to apply, you must fill in the application form.

For more information, please visit the official web page.