JX Fund searches Press Officer

Deadline: 29/09/2023

The JX Fund is an international platform and hub for exile journalism. We monitor the global challenges and successes of media in exile, inform about our own projects as well as about international support offers, and provide an overview on current developments in the field of exile journalism. For the further development of the communications department, the JX Fund is looking for a press officer as soon as possible.

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Reinventing Media Business

The two-days forum is a meeting space for media managers and editors, content writers, communication & marketing professionals, innovators, and digital experts to meet, share, create, and collaborate. The international conference is aimed at building stronger and more sustainable media.

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Days of Exile

Fifty events invite visitors to explore historical and current experiences on exile and to reflect on the meaning of political persecution and flight as well as belonging, foreignness and uprootedness.

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Journalism Studies: Call for Submissions

Deadline: 01/12/2023

The issue “Reporting from precarious shelter” seeks to fundamentally shift the boundaries of the study of exile journalism and to establish new ways of engaging with this complex field, not least because focusing on exile journalism can serve as a source of inspiration for journalism and its studies more broadly.

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IPI Travel Support Grants for Ukrainian Journalists

Until 01/12/2023

The International Press Institute (IPI) is offering travel grants to Ukrainian journalists. The funding facilitates short-term exchange visits to European media, participation in professional conferences, summits, summer schools, workshops, research trips and creative retreats as well as emergency relocation.

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Free journalism after the Russian war of aggression

The pressure on media critical of the Kremlin in Russia has increased again since the beginning of the war. Hundreds of journalists have since been forced into exile. Deutschlandfunk (DLF) talks to Russian journalists in exile and representatives of media organizations about current developments in the Russian media landscape. Penelope Winterhager, managing director of the JX Fund, comments on the needs of media in exile.

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Russia declares TV Rain “undesirable organization”

From 2015 on, Russia has declared more than 90 international and foreign institutions “undesirable organizations”. Since 2022, exiled media – who already have the status of “foreign agents” – have been increasingly affected as well. After iStories, The Insider, Meduza and the Novaya Gazeta Europe, now the independent broadcaster TV Rain has been hit.

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Prague Civil Society Centre launches Free Media Hub East

Free Media Hub EAST will provide financial and non-financial support to existing and established Belarusian and Russian media working in exile in the EU and that maintain significant audiences back home. In addition to financial support for exiled media it will provide some 1,000 slots to help with visas and registration, provide psychological support or further capacity building. The project will also invest in technological solutions such as censorship circumvention.

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Innovation by necessity

The International Press Institute has published a review on this year’s IPI World Congress, where panelists representing publishers and media development organizations from Afghanistan, Belarus, Myanmar, Poland, Russia, and South Africa to speak about their experiences operating in exile and shared insights on how they continue to make a difference in spite of the challenges they face.

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Free Media Awards 2023 to Belarusian, Georgian, Russian and Ukrainian media

The Free Media Awards aim to strengthen independent reporting in Eastern Europe. This year, the jury has highlighted the role of the media in the Caucasus region, along with the crucial importance of investigative journalism in ensuring insight into Russia’s full-scale war of aggression against Ukraine, as well as into the ongoing crises in Belarus.

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Study on Ukrainian media development

The study “The State of Local News in Ukraine” by the Media Development Foundation describes the development of the Ukrainian media landscape during the war and documents the crisis-related adaptation strategies of Ukrainian editorial offices.

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Open Letter to Big Tech Companies

Russian journalists and Reporters Without Borders issued a joint appeal calling on major tech companies to oppose the blocking of almost all independent information in Russia. The next presidential election is scheduled for 2024.


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Collaborative platform for journalists in exile

ECPMF and Hostwriter are implementing a platform for media professionals in German exile, where relevant information can be provided and exchanged. Hostwriter provides its members with contacts to local media to promote media pluralism.

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Council of Europe: Perspectives for Belarusian and Russian media in exile

In April 2023, the Council of Europe invited exiled journalists from Belarus and Russia, media lawyers, researchers and members of professional media associations  to discuss the needs in two closed workshops. The JX Fund also took part in the discussions. The results are to serve the further development of European funding structures.

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Journalism Trust Initiative launches emergency protocol

The Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), initiated by Reporters Without Borders, has joined forces with NewsGuard to launch an emergency protocol for countries with media landscapes at risk. The measure is intended to support the swift evaluation of quality media as defined by the JTI.

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International Journalism Festival: More media are working from exile

At the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, the JX Fund discussed with journalists from Russian media in exile their current challenges. On another panel JX Fund was invited to debate the future of the Ukrainian media system. A comprehensible article by Reuters Institute summarizes the learning from the Festival.

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Worldwide crises threaten independent journalism

How can journalists in distress be optimally supported? And what happens when media can no longer continue their work due to repression? At the “Radioday Fluchtpunkte,” Radio eins spoke with Katja Heinemann, who heads the emergency department of Reporters Without Borders.

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Nieman Reports: Forced to flee

As press freedom around the globe erodes, journalists are building networks outside their home countries to hold the powerful accountable. Nieman Reports portrays 9 exiled media from 5 different regions.

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ZAPP: Fight against Russian censorship

Hundreds of Russian journalists have gone into exile to report independently on the war and the Putin regime. The media magazine ZAPP spoke with them about how to investigate from exile and how they deal with death threats.

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Germany as a place of refuge for exiled media – quo vadis?

After the outbreak of the war, the German government promised independent journalists from Russia quick, unbureaucratic admission. In the program “Medien – Cross und Quer,” Penelope Winterhager, managing director of the JX Fund, talked about how the situation has developed since then.

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Decisions on a case-by-case basis

Many journalists who have fled Belarus and Russia would like to continue their work in Berlin. But the German bureaucracy puts obstacles in their way: Despite promises to the contrary, the admission procedures remain tough and humanitarian visas are only granted in individual cases.

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Support for exiled media workers

The Russian war of aggression on Ukraine has made independent reporting in both countries difficult or even impossible. Now, the JX Fund aims to help independent media continue their reporting from exile.

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Press Freedom is under pressure worldwide

In many places, the free press is threatened by illiberal tendencies, crises and wars. Yet it is needed precisely where it is to be silenced by repression or political persecution. If necessary, media must continue working from exile.

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Financial support for media in exile

The German government pledges financial aid to support journalists who have fled their home countries. The aim is to ensure that people in Belarus and Russia continue to have access to independent information. Among other things, the foundation of the JX Fund – European Fund for Journalism in Exile was financed.

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How to continue: Russian media in exile

After the Russian war of aggression and the resulting tightening of Russian media laws, the last independent media have also left Russia. The JX Fund helps them to continue their work efficiently and sustainably in exile.

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Guideline for journalists in emergency situations

The Global Investigative Journalism Network has compiled information for journalists who have to leave their country due to acute crises or persecution. The overview includes information on required documents, aid organizations and first tips for fellowship programs.

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Exile Media Forum: In spite of all adversities

At this year’s Exile Media Forum in Hamburg, exiled journalists from around the world shared their experiences and strategies for continuing their work in exile. Although the reasons they have had to go into exile are as different as the conditions in their respective countries of residence, the challenges they face are often very similar.

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Afghan exiled journalists: A community in transit

Two years ago, the Taliban took power in Afghanistan. This has led to a systematic dismantling of civil rights and a stricter censorship of the media. More than half of the 547 media outlets that were registered in 2021 have since ceased to exist. But exiled media from Afghanistan bring a glimmer of hope. From October on, the JX Fund will start supporting Afghan media and media professionals in exile.

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Three Co-Working and Co-Production spaces for exiled journalists

Berlin is becoming an important place for independent media in exile. These media and journalists need places where they can continue their work efficiently and in exchange with colleagues. With the support of the JX Fund, three co-working and co-production spaces are now being created in Berlin.

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Study: Russian Media in Exile – Needs for 2023

Together with The Fix and the Centre for Media Studies of the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, the JX Fund has published the study “Rebuilding Russian Media in Exile – Successes, Challenges and the Road Ahead,” which investigates the current state of Russian media in exile, and how the cities of Amsterdam, Berlin, Tbilisi, and Riga have become real magnets for exiled Russian journalists.

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Cheat sheet for media workers under threat

Over the past six months, Russia has adopted a series of draconian anti-press laws. In order to help threatened media professionals in Russia to choose a country of exile suitable for them and their needs, the JX Fund – European Fund for Journalism in Exile together with the Mass Media Defence Center from Voronezh has now launched the information platform Shpargalka | Exile.

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JX Fund awards grants to exiled media

Since its founding, the JX Fund has supported over 15 media outlets in exile in over 7 different countries, as well as facilitating the expansion of a media hub in Georgia. In the most recent of the three rounds of funding to date, which took place in mid-June, a total of 7 Russian and Belarusian media outlets were selected for funding, including two prominent investigative journalism projects.

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RSF and partners launch the JX Fund, a European fund for journalism in exile

Reporters without Borders (RSF) together with the Rudolf Augstein Foundation and the Schöpflin Foundation launch the JX Fund for journalism in exile, which is intended to help media workers quickly and flexibly, to enable them to continue their work immediately after they have fled war and crisis zones.

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Job Vacancy: Broadcast Service Director for Belarus Service

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is looking to hire a Broadcast Service Director for the Belarus service. RFL/RL’s mission is to promote democratic values by providing accurate, uncensored news and open debate in countries where a free press is threatened and disinformation is pervasive.

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