Project

The Europe-Ukraine Desk

A network of media professionals from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain and Ukraine that aims to enhance media coverage of Ukraine by fostering cross-border collaboration among journalists, developing their Ukraine-expertise and facilitating reporting.

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Would you like to boost your opportunities to connect and exchange with colleagues from all over Europe?

The Europe-Ukraine Desk Project aims to enhance European media coverage of Ukraine, while amplifying Ukrainian voices and perspectives through cross-border cooperation by:

  • offering grants with substantial financial support for the development of joint publications on underreported stories on Ukraine;
  • providing intensive study trips for journalists from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Ukraine;
  • establishing the Kyiv Media Hub which offers monthly events, creating valuable connections for journalists based in Ukraine;
  • publishing the "What about Ukraine" Newsletter (weekly from October 2023), which features an overview of current discussions about Ukraine in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Spain and points out disinformation narratives found in EU media.

Grant Programme

The Europe-Ukraine Desk offers grants to journalists for producing and publishing high-quality, in-depth, underreported stories that thematically deal with Ukraine. The program aims to enhance European media coverage of Ukraine by promoting cross-border journalism, fostering a lasting journalistic network and amplifying Ukrainian voices and perspectives. Grants offer support for journalistic projects spanning various genres and formats: podcasts, features, documentaries, printed or online stories, books, comic strips, photos, and cross-media productions. Applications are possible from July 2023 to September 2024.

The programme is open to journalists from the project’s participating countries: Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and Ukraine. Applicants are expected to form teams of at least two members and submit one application per team for a single project. It is necessary for the team to include at least one journalist from the EU and one journalist from Ukraine. This condition is essential for fostering cross-border collaboration.

The maximum grant amount that can be requested by the team is €5,000. The stories should be produced within 3 to 6 months and published by at least one media outlet based in an EU country by November 2024.

Fellowship Programme

Each year, 18 journalists from 6 EU countries have the opportunity to travel to Kyiv and Kyiv region, while their Ukrainian colleagues – 12 journalists from independent UA media – embark on an intensive journey to Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Madrid, Paris, Rome, and Sofia.

During the week in Kyiv, the fellows gain insights into Ukraine's media landscapes, challenges, transformation, and ongoing resistance to the Russian military invasion. Journalists from the EU countries, some of whom have never been to Ukraine or have not visited it since the full-scale invasion, enrich their knowledge about Ukraine and build a network of valuable and reliable connections and sources.

While travelling to the EU countries, Ukrainian journalists visit editorial offices and meet experts and politicians to learn more about cultural and socio-political backgrounds and discourses about Ukraine. They also share their perspectives on professional challenges actualised in the war context. All these visits and interactions are meant to enhance the quality, quantity, depth, and diversity of journalistic material about Ukraine published in the Western European media.

Kyiv Media Hub

Kyiv Media Hub is a series of monthly events and networking activities that bring together Ukrainian journalists and their foreign colleagues to discuss professional topics related to journalistic work in Ukraine, share experiences, and create opportunities for collaboration. The Hub features expert speakers, panel discussions, interactive workshops and non-formal gatherings. It is open to all journalists and media professionals working in Ukraine.

Find the list of all past Kyiv Media Hubs here

Newsletter - What about Ukraine?

What about Ukraine? embodies its subject and mission in its name: we aim to maintain Ukraine at the centre of our journalistic attention and together deepen an understanding of the narratives surrounding Ukraine in the European media.

Every week, the newsletter provides an overview of the Ukraine media coverage in Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Spain, and highlights examples of disinformation and propaganda debunks. Not only is the newsletter focused on the developments in the EU-media, but also sheds light on the topics currently being debated in Ukraine. Each edition offers a Ukrainian article translated into English and features a portrait of a prominent Ukrainian journalist, thereby serving as a networking tool.

Participating journalists

Check out all the participating journalists listed here. This is what brings them together.

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Fernando Arancón

Director at El Orden Mundial

Madrid, Spain

Anastasiia Dziubak

gre4ka.info

Kropyvnyckyi, Ukraine

Dariia Hirna-Krylevska

Author of "Faces of Independence" YouTube channel

Kyiv, Ukraine

Anastasiia Horpinchenko

Slidstvo.info

Kyiv, Ukraine

Veronika Khorolska

Zaporizhia Center of Investigation

Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine

Bohdana Neborak

The Ukrainians Media

Kyiv, Ukraine

Olha Omelianchuk

Journalist at Reporters

Kyiv, Ukraine

Oksana Rasulova

Freelance at Reporters, Hromadske, LB.ua and Babel

Kyiv, Ukraine

Olena Removska

Ukrainian Public Broadcasting Company

Kyiv, Ukraine

Alona Savchuk

Freelance reporter and journalist

Kyiv, Ukraine

Serhii Stukanov

Ukrainian Radio

Kyiv, Ukraine

Dmytro Tuzhanskyi

Infopost Media, Varosh

Uzhhorod / Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

Marion Gauthier

Radio reporter at RMC

Paris, France, France

Anna Bánáti

Forbes Hungary

Budapest, Hungary

Juan López Córcoles

Madrid (Spain)

Rosen Tsvetkov

Sofia, Bulgaria

Vincenzo Emilio Leone

Rome, Italy

Yevhenia Sobolieva

The Kyiv Independent

Iera Herranz Zubieta

Madrid, Spain

Chiara Sgreccia

Rome, Italy

Csaba Lukács

Editor-in-chief at Magyar Hang, Magyar Hang

Budapest, Hungary

Beatriz Jiménez

News desk editor at Vozpopuli

Madrid, Spain

Lorenzo Bagnoli

Co-director and editor at IrpiMedia

Milan, Italy

Irina Nedeva

Editor-in-chief at BNR

Sofia, Bulgaria

Carriere Alienor

Lille, France

József Makai

Budapest, Hungary

Elena Gorgis

Freelance journalist at Deutschlandfunk Kultur

Berlin

Davide Maria De Luca

Ukraine-based journalist writing for Domani, Domani

Rome, Italy

Max Bernhard

Fact-checker at Correctiv

Viktória Serdült

journalist, editor, EUD-fellow, hvg.hu

Budapest, Hungary

Anna Radnóti

head of foreign policy desk

Budapest, Hungary, Hungary

Nataliia Sokolenko

Host at Public Radio

Kyiv, Ukraine

Kristina Berdynskykh

Freelance, before NV

Ukraine

Elmaz Asan

Ukrainian Crimean Tatar TV channel ATR

Ukraine

Mykhaylo Shtekel

Chief editor of Media Centre Ukraine - Odesa

Ukraine

Oliver Bilger

Journalist at Welt am Sonntag, WELT AM SONNTAG

Berlin, Germany

Alexander Kloss

Berlin-based freelance journalist specialising in politics, culture and economics

Berlin, Germany

Kornélia Kiss

Media Network Manager, euro|topics correspondent in Hungary, Freelance journalist

Budapest, Hungary

Fermín Torrano

Media Network Manager, n-ost

Madrid, Spain

Marika Ikonomu

Media Network Manager | Freelance Multimedia Journalist, n-ost

Rome, Italy

Maxim Edwards

Journalist at Bellingcat, Bellingcat

Berlin, Germany