Attempting to tackle the numerous problems which threaten the very
existence of cultural magazines in both Romania and Eastern Europe, ECUMEST develops since 2002 a series of projects that aim to provide support and to contribute to the development of the cultural press.


European University of Cultural Journalism - ECUMEST was one of the partners to this project, in whose framework a master class on Performing Arts in the Media: Reviews and Critiques took place on 17-23 April 2006 (Château de Joinville, France). The project was organised by 'Le Grand Jardin' (Joinville) in collaboration with the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), ECUMEST, Culture Europe International (Saint-Denis) and the Universities of Bourgogne and Lyon II.

The encounter brought together young cultural journalists and postgraduate students in journalism from throughout Europe. ECUMEST coordinated the selection of eight young journalists from Eastern Europe and proposed the participation of Delia Radu (BBC London) as one of the trainers.

The collaboration to this project represented the result of the ECUMEST participation to the seminar Culture in European press. State of the art and prospects of cooperation, organised by 'Le Grand Jardin' and Culture Europe International in July 2005.

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Press Stress Group (PSG) - an informal platform initiated by ECUMEST in 2002 and launched together with the magazines Observator cultural, Litere, arte, idei, 22 and Dilema, in whose framework the following projects were developed:

International symposium: Cultural magazines - platforms of dialogue in the countries of South East Europe
(Bucharest, 11-12 December 2003)
The symposium was organised by Goethe-Institut Bucharest in the framework of Stability Pact for South Eastern Europe, in partnership with Press Stress Group.

Pilot project: Increase access to essential information and debate on cultural issues for local opinion leaders throughout Romanian provinces
(March-December 2003)


Listed below are other programmes and organisations that support the cultural press or offer a variety of resources and information in this area.

· The Fund for Central and East European Book Project (CEEBP), Amsterdam

· The Center for Publishing Development, OSI Budapesta - consult the programme's archive

· European Cultural Foundatiom - Journalistic travel grants for exploring popular and youth cultures

· Milena Jesenska Fellowships for Journalists