City named as the new home of the European Journalism Observatory (EJO)
City, University of London has been named as the new host institution of the European Journalism Observatory (EJO).
The EJO is a network of media institutions which aim to bridge the gap between media researchers and practising journalists.
Since its creation in 2004, the EJO has settled in a number of European countries and now has 13 active websites in 13 different languages.
The EJO transfers to City’s Department of Journalism from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism based at the University of Oxford, which has hosted the EJO’s English-language website since 2013.
Funded by the Stiftung NRZ Foundation and City, the network will bolster the Department of Journalism’s research profile, providing new opportunities to participate in pan-European projects devoted to topics and issues that journalists and journalism scholars prioritise.
The new partnership with City will focus on developing the strong foundation of the EJO’s successes to further extend the network’s reach across Europe and North America.
Dr Colin Porlezza, Senior Lecturer in Journalism, will head the EJO in its new home at City.
Dr Porlezza said: “We at City are excited about the prospect of joining the EJO family – particularly at this critical moment when major topics such as pandemics, climate change, attacks on press freedom, surveillance, datafication, and the potentials and perils of artificial intelligence are impacting journalism all around the world.
“We look forward to collaborating with our EJO partners to foster a symbiotic relationship between academia and journalism practice, and help bring the latest research to the desks of academics, journalists and media managers.”
For more information on the EJO see https://en.ejo.ch/