The Observatory

The European Journalism Observatory (EJO) is a network of 14 non-profit media research institutes in 11 countries. The network aims to disseminate research on journalism and global media issues, and to foster professionalism and press freedom.

EJO is a developing network of collaborating research institutes based in Albania, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland, Tunisian Republic, United Kingdom, Ukraine and the United States.  The English website of the EJO is a joint venture of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and of the Institute for Media and Journalism at Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), Lugano.


The EJO network aims to:

  • Observe media and journalism research, trends in the media branch, and best practices in journalism.
  • Build bridges among journalism cultures, particularly in Europe, its neighboring countries and the U.S.
  • Promote professionalism in journalism by reducing the gap between communication sciences and media practice.
  • Reduce cultural barriers, providing accessible, multi-lingual media news and analysis to busy researchers and practitioners across Europe.

The EJO promotes dialogue between media researchers and practitioners. It brings the results of media research to the people who deal with and work in the media. It aims to improve the quality of journalism, contribute to a richer understanding of media, and to foster press freedom and media accountability.


The EJO:

  • Provides analysis and articles on contemporary journalism and media research on its own websites for journalists, media managers and other communication experts, including students and researchers.
  • Aggregates relevant articles about journalism and media research on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter etc).
  • Holds conferences and workshops to facilitate an open, international exchange of ideas among researchers, media practitioners, students and interested public.
  • Engages in comparative, investigative projects: EJO partners conduct joint and transnational journalistic analyses on trends and developments with a particular focus on innovation and “best practices” in journalism.

All EJO partners operate independently in their language area. Each partner decides what information is relevant for their audiences, which stories should be made available and translated for the English EJO platform, and which articles should be picked up from the English platform and translated for local audiences.


The EJO English language site is a joint venture between:
UK: Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, Oxford
Switzerland: Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano

Cooperating with the EJO Network

The EJO welcomes article suggestions from journalists and academics if they meet professional quality standards concerning journalistic writing, documentation of sources. However, EJO is a low budget non-profit project and thus does usually not pay honoraria for individual contributions.

The EJO is also a training project: It provides students of the participating institutions the opportunity to publish articles and gives a small group of young researchers, with experience in journalism, the opportunity to fund their doctoral studies by working for the EJO as web editors.
The work the EJO produces is independent, academically rigorous and international in perspective.

Click here to read details about the EJO Network

Sponsors and Contributors

Major support for the EJO has been provided by the Robert Bosch Foundation in Stuttgart (Germany), the Stiftung Pressehaus NRZ in Essen (Germany), Fondazione Fidinam (Switzerland), and the Fondazione per il Corriere del Ticino in Lugano (Switzerland).

Click here to see the list of sponsors and partners

Legal responsibility

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