NEWSREEL stands for two EU-funded projects in which the Erich Brost Institute, together with European partners, is committed to innovations in journalism education. The project partners develop e-learning materials for future journalists.

Currently (2021-2024), the project "NEWSREEL2 - New Teaching Fields for the Next Generation of Journalists" is running, already being the second joint effort by the project consortium. The EBI is contributing its expertise in the areas of reporting on migrants and refugees as well as foreign reporting and will develop e-learning materials for this purpose.

Besides the EBI and the University of Pécs (Hungary), which is leading the project, ISCTE-University Institute Lisbon (Portugal), the University of Bucharest (Romania) and Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic) are involved. In addition, the Berlin-based collaborative journalism organization Hostwriter is cooperating as a practice partner.

The project partners are developing curricula and teaching materials for the following areas: storytelling in social media, graphic journalism, fact-checking, the use of artificial intelligence and voice assistants in journalism, as well as the improving of democratic sensibility among journalists.

To this end, a research report coordinated and edited by the EBI and published in the summer of 2021 first analyzed the status quo in all subject areas and identified deficits and innovation needs in journalism training. It serves as a basis for developing the curricula and teaching materials.

The e-learning materials will be tested in pilot classes at the participating institutes before being made available online as open access materials. A summer school is planned for 2022 in Berlin under the auspices of Hostwriter, in which students from all project countries will work together on journalistic projects. In addition, an online glossary and a teaching manual are to be published. Further information can be found on the project website.

The Erich Brost Institute was already involved in the predecessor project "NEWSREEL - New Skills for the Next Generation of Journalists" (2017-2020). Within this framework, EBI staff members Tina Bettels-Schwabbauer and Nadia Leihs developed e-learning materials on collaborative journalism. In this first NEWSREEL project, the project partners addressed ethical challenges in journalism, new business models and data journalism. The project also included a research report and an online glossary as well as joint teaching events. For more information, visit the project website.