About the JTI Campus

This is a collaborative effort of some of the world’s leading and most acclaimed journalism training centres and media development organisations to support ethical journalism and a diverse, credible information space around the world. The collaboration rests on the shared, guiding principles of -

  • Advancing the freedoms of opinion and expression through access to information and media pluralism;
  • Impartiality and independence from political, ideological, religious or any other bias;
  • Legality, internal and external transparency and accountability.


Reporters Without Borders (RSF) works for journalistic freedom, independence and pluralism all over the world. It is headquartered in Paris, with 13 bureaux and sections around the world and correspondents in 130 countries. RSF has consultative status at the UN, UNESCO, Council of Europe, African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.

  • RSF provides information about the media freedom situation throughout the world in French, English, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Farsi and Chinese;
  • Every year, RSF publishes the World Press Freedom Index, which measures the level of media freedom in 180 countries;
  • RSF engages the public by means of awareness campaigns;
  • RSF advocates with governments and international organizations. The NGO meets with decision-makers and lobbies them directly. RSF activates and mobilizes networks at the highest level, drafts proposed legislation for governments;
  • RSF protects and trains journalists. RSF provides material and emergency funding to journalists in difficulty. The organization takes legal action and registers as an interested civil party in cases involving journalists. RSF organizes training in physical and digital security for journalists in France and abroad. 

In the online information space, in which false information circulates faster than real news, the defense of journalism requires to reverse this trend by giving a real advantage to all those who reliably produce news and information, whatever their status. That's why RSF created the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI).

Campus Group Members

The EBU Academy offers market-relevant training from the world's best for professionals looking to sharpen their skills and confidently lead innovation in the media.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, it is part of the European Broadcasting Union, the world’s foremost alliance of public service media, representing over a hundred organizations worldwide.

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) foundation is an independent Dutch non-profit based in the city of Maastricht, The Netherlands. Its purpose is to support, strengthen and develop journalism and media in Europe.

The EJC is a Centre for communities, knowledge and collaboration with partners and funders, aspire to be an essential resource and provide future insights so it can help journalism and media to innovate and flourish. Reimagining journalism is key.

Fondation Hirondelle is a Swiss non-profit organization founded in 1995, which provides information to populations faced with crisis, empowering them in their daily lives and as citizens.

Based in Lausanne, it produces and broadcasts information and dialogue programs, but also supports and strengthens its media and partners through training and editorial, managerial, and structural support to enable them to function more sustainably.

Established in 2005, the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) is an international network of over 200 journalism support and media development organisations working across more than 70 countries. As a not-for-profit, Belgian-registered ASBL, GFMD’s main focus is to foster collaboration as well as an exchange of information and experience amongst our members and partners with the aim to foster viable and independent journalism, greater transparency, and more pluralistic and sustainable media environments.

GFMD is also a member of multiple initiatives and coalitions including the Global Network Initiative (GNI), the multi-stakeholder United for News coalition, the International Civil Society Organization on the Safety of Journalists Coalition (ICSO SoJ Coalition), the Christchurch Call Advisory Network, the Design 4 Democracy Coalition (D4D), the Freedom of Information Advocates Network (FOIAnet), and the Transparency, Accountability, and Participation for the 2030 Agenda (TAP) Network. Additionally, GFMD collaborates with the Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), and was formally granted special consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in July 2018.

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) is Canada's largest international media development organization based in Toronto. JHR's mission is to inspire and mobilize media to cover human rights stories in ways that help communities help themselves.

The organization's vision is for everybody in the world to access their human rights. Since 2002, JHR has worked around the world to train and engage local journalists, media outlets, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders to strengthen and improve human rights coverage in local contexts.

The Poynter Institute is a global leader in journalism. At the intersection of journalism, technology and the public interest it is the world’s leading instructor, innovator, convener and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens. Founded in 1975 and based in St. Petersburg/FL, U. S. A., Poynter is an inspirational place but also a practical one, connecting the varied crafts of journalism to its higher mission and purpose.

From person-to-person coaching and intensive hands-on seminars to interactive online courses and media reporting, Poynter helps journalists sharpen skills and elevate storytelling throughout their careers.

Based in London and Berlin, with 60 years of experience working in nearly 100 countries, the Thomson Foundation creates customised training and digital solutions based on real-life newsroom experience.

As experts on journalism matters providing expertise for journalists by journalists with training and digital solutions for business growth, it is uniquely equipped to support journalists and the interconnected business of journalism in emerging, evolving, and threatened media markets around the globe.

Working in person and online, its e-learning platform Journalism Now hosts nearly 180 courses in 17 languages.


The European Commission's Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT) co-funds projects to promote media freedom, investigative journalism and defend journalists under threat. The actions are geared at providing support to independent, collaborative journalism in the EU Member States and at promoting media freedom across the EU. Within the Creative Europe Programme the JTI Campus was selected for co-funding to raise awareness of the importance of media freedom, quality and ethical journalism for democracy.

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is an independent, nonprofit, grant-making foundation dedicated to the development and strengthening of democracy around the world, supporting a vibrant civil society that promotes human rights, an independent media, and the rule of law. With an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress, NED funds more than 2,000 grants in 100 countries, including the development and testing of JTI capacity building tools.