The #Media4EU editorial series interviewed more than 30 media experts from six countries about the parallel between the crises facing the sector and those facing Europe itself, as well as ways to foster better cooperate.
The series is a result of a cooperation project between Fondation EURACTIV and the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Several issues feed discussion at European level too: fake news and populism, shrinking business models, and the review of the Digital Single Market.
Solutions could include a strategy for the media sector, dealing with the Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon (GAFA) dominance, cooperation across borders, and exchanging media professionals.
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