The following items are designed to assist journalists through their daily activities. Available for free, J@YS hopes they are used effectively and contribute to maximise your news results.
The European Commission Audiovisual Service publishes and stores videos, pictures and sound coverage of European news. All materials can be downloaded and used by journalists. Europe by Satellite, the European Union's TV information service, provides audiovisual material via satellite to media professionals.
Get up-to-date to the minute with all the events happening in the EU institutions.
Clustered and detailed results for events, personnel news and whats on in Brussels and across Europe.
These three websites offer an overview of the major events held in Brussels day by day.
The European Union provides a rich glossary to help the citizens better understand its institutions and activities.
EUtube is a Youtube channel dedicated to the European Union to allow visitors to find out more about the activities of the European Union.
Europe Direct is the information service of the European Union. The staff answers every kind of question one might have about the European Union by email, telephone, online chat or at the centre. Local centres are present in the Member States. All EU documents and publications are available at the centres.
Guide for journalists
It is sometimes difficult to find information on the European Commission's website, but it is actually a rich source. The DG Communication provides useful tools for journalists, including a guide, specially conceived to help newly arrived journalists to find their way around.
Myths and rumours explained
The European Commission debunks the myths and clarifies some of the rumours that circulate about the European Union.
English style guide
Working abroad often means having to write in a language that is not your mother tongue. English is the working language in almost every Brussels-based organisation and institution. Thefore, it can be useful to have a style guide to refer to. This one was written by the Economist and is provided to all journalists working in the Belgian capital.
Section on the EU's website with information a journalist covering the EU institutions might be looking for. It includes a large range of free audiovisual material such as photos, videos, audio files and RSS feeds.
Your notes are in English but you want to write an article in another language and you don't know how to translate EU terminology? The European Union provides this online terminology translator to enhance the standardisation of the information. The website is administrated by official translators.
The Voting Calculator can be a interesting tool if you happen to want to know how the majority is calculated in the European Council voting system. The Folketing's EU Information Centre has created a calculation chart. Another similar calculator is available on the European Council's website.
Who is who
Official directory of the European Union electronic directory which presents the organisational charts of the EU institutions, bodies and agencies in all official EU languages. The directory is updated once a week. In addition to this electronic directory, a printed version is published annually in 3 languages.