The event was dedicated to European Journalism Observatory’s (EJO) 10th anniversary.
Prof. Stephen Russ-Mohl gave a short view on EJO’s history and current state. EJO acts as a transmitter between journalism researchers and practitioners telling about research results in journalistic format. EJO has 11 members today, with Portugal being the latest to join this autumn. The EJO website in Portuguese was launched yesterday, Nov. 11 (http://ejo.ch.pt). The most visited today is the Italian website.
Ana Pinto Martinho (University of Lisbon) is responsible for the Portuguese website, and she emphasized that their aim is to reach the Portuguese speaking researchers all over the world.
David Levy from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism spoke about EJO’s English language website as the central one in the EJO network and pointed out the problems in the relationship between the researchers and practitioners: different focuses, different time scales and different styles. The English language site is trying to advance: international conversation, exchange between researchers and practitioners, quality of postings.
Filip Dingerkus, EJO’s German website editor, had surveyed 42 Swiss researchers and found it difficult to motivate them to contribute to EJO. Younger scholars seemed to be more interested and motivated than the older generation.