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PERSPECTIVES is the new label for multi-perspective and constructive journalism.
Co-financed by the European Union, PERSPECTIVES brings together journalists from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania and Ukraine. We collaborate in our international Newsroom to bring you content that matters across borders.

Editorial independence and accountability are of key importance in our work and two of the main principles included in our editorial guidelines that encompass our common vision and stardards of ethical and high-quality journalism.
So if you want stories around current European affairs and a kind of journalism that inspires constructive debates and action, then PERSPECTIVES is exactly for you!

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Young Reporters

The PERSPECTIVES editorial network has been working with Young Reporters, aspiring journalists who want to get hands-on experience in writing about transnational topics that matter to young people across Europe. This is what they have been working on...


Our culture is not only “Slovak and no other”

The reportage about the Muslim community was created during the so-called Iftar - a joint dinner in the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. In it, the author talks to her hosts about migration policy, their life in Turkey and Slovakia. How to integrate into a new culture and at the same time not give up the one from which one comes?

Original Article in Slovakian language: Naša kultúra nie je len „slovenská a žiadna iná“  
by­ Young Reporter Eva Štefanková for Kapitál
Read the Article at Kapitál 


If I stop taking, I will die within six months

Eva, Helena and Banán almost fell to the bottom due to drug addiction, but thanks to the help of the non-profit sector, they found a way to reintegrate into society. Today, all three work in a company that helps people break free from addictions and return to full functioning. What is it like to help people with similar fates?

Original Article in Slovakian language: Keby som prestal brať, do pol roka umriem  
by­ Young Reporter Eva Štefanková for Kapitál
Read the Article at Kapitál 


The biggest problem is the feeling of shame

Supervised drug use helps reduce the risks of problematic use of illegal substances, as long-term research shows. In localities where application rooms are created, crime and the number of people who use drugs in public are decreasing. We found out what practice looks like in Brno and Paris.  

Original Article in Slovakian language: Najväčším problémom je pocit hanby 
by­ Young Reporter Eva Štefanková for Kapitál
Read the Article at Kapitál


Housing is not only a commodity, but also a right

Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, is moving towards greater spatial segregation. Every new urban development in the city project contributes to this. This conversation with sociologist Tadas Šarūnas is an invitation to reflect on what kind of social reality exists in the city of Vilnius and how it affects the state of Lithuania's democracy.

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Būstas yra ne tik prekė, bet ir teisė. Apie Vilniaus kaitą su sociologu Tadu Šarūnu 
by­ Young Reporter Austėja Pūraitė for NARA
Read the Article at NARA


Breathing in the meadow air, I return to Onuškis

A Lithuanian-Canadian writer reflects on his connection with a Lithuanian village he was visiting every summer as he was growing up. What remains when the village is slowly disappearing?

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Pievų oro įkvėpimu iš Monrealio grįžtu į Onuškį 
by­ Young Reporter Jonas Baltakis for NARA
Read the Article at NARA


Greenwashing in Hungary – Toxic pollution from electric car battery factories

With the green transformation and the move away from fossil fuels, demand for electric cars is on the rise. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán wants to make Hungary the leading producer of electric car batteries in Europe. His plans are facing opposition from local residents.

Article in German language: Toxische Belastung durch Fabriken für Elektroauto-Batterien
by Young Reporter Johana Černochová for JÁDU
(also available in Czech Original)
Read the Article at JÁDU

PERSPECTIVES Topic of the Month

Every month, the members of the PERSPECTIVES Newsroom select a TOPIC OF THE MONTH. This month, we are zooming in on the topic of Pressure to be successful and provide you multi-language and multi-perspective stories on that topic. To find out more about the thematic spectrum that PERSPECTIVES covers, have a look at our Key Topics.
All content pieces published under the PERSPECTIVES label can be found on the websites of our partners.

Pressure to be successful

Career counsellor on the psychological pressures faced by teenagers: parents getting smarter, social media getting fiercer

In many countries, it is increasingly recognised that today's adolescents are under tremendous stress as a result of environmental pressures to be successful and to make clear and correct choices about their post-school path. We conducted an interview with the psychologist and career consultant Kristijonas Žičkus.  

Original Article in Lithuanian language: Karjeros konsultantas apie paauglių patiriamas psichologinio spaudimo problemas: tėvai protingėja, socialinės medijos aršėja  
by­ Rytas Staselis for
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EPER Rádió

What will you be when you grow up?

What are you going to be when you grow up? – we have often been asked or asked the question to others or ourselves. Perhaps mainly because – beyond curiosity – the profession, the job, the occupation is an inalienable and defining part of so-called adult life. There are many rituals and customs associated with it. A very important and inevitable change and transformation that we all go through.

Original Article in Hungarian language: Mi leszel ha nagy leszel?    
by­ Tamás Jamriskó for EPER Rádió  
Read the Article at EPER Rádió

revue Prostor

Jan Přáda VS. overtime in health care

“Overtime is supposed to be extra work and should not make up 50 % of your income,“ says Jan Přáda, a physician and chair of the ‚Young Doctors' Section‘, about the unbearable situation of male and female doctors in the health care system. Medical staff, he says, have been overworked and underpaid for a long time despite the demands of their work. In addition, due to the administrative burden, there is no time for more care and communication with patients.

Article in Czech language: Jan Přáda VS. přesčasy ve zdravotnictví  
by­ Jan Přáda and Šimon Holý for revue Prostor 
Read the Article at revue Prostor

revue Prostor

Mistress of Faun Cykas

How does the young poet cope with the pitfalls of the literary environment? The original short story by award-winning poet Alžběta Stančáková focuses on the theme of a young girl’s relationship with an older, successful man and the difficulty of later emancipating herself from his influence.

Article in Czech language: Milenka Fauna Cykase  
by­ Alžběta Stančáková for revue Prostor 
Read the Article at revue Prostor


In an effort to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the diverse perspectives and experiences across Europe, our PERSPECTIVES Newsroom frequently conducts surveys concerning the topics we cover with our label.


Pressure to be successful in the media sector

Let’s shatter the romanticizing around journalism

With the launch of our latest topic of the month, the PERSPECTIVES editorial team conducted another transnational survey. Together they looked into the question of how the pressure to be successful affects the work culture in the media sector. 

  • How does the pressure to be successful affect the work culture in the media sector?

Survey in English language by PERSPECTIVES Newsroom

Safety and Security

Central Europe’s security two years into Russia's war in Ukraine

Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine has radically changed the security climate in Eastern and Central Europe. We asked local experts from Lithuania, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia to learn more about this new reality as we approached the second anniversary of February 24. 
The questions for the experts were these:

  • Which steps were taken towards strengthening the security of your country since Russia‘s full-scale invasion of Ukraine? 
  • Which steps are planned to be taken in the future and how are these changes affecting your society? 

Survey in English language by PERSPECTIVES Newsroom


Our Way of Life is Unsustainable

The economic competitiveness is one of the main causes of the deepening climate crisis. Despite this knowledge, global capitalism still forces us to constantly accumulate capital and expand. This way of our existence is environmentally and economically unsustainable. In our survey of the month, we approached experts from our partner countries with two questions on the topic of sustainability:

  • Is climate sustainability compatible with economic competitiveness? And should we even be concerned with such a dilemma?
  • How to make the debate about the European Green deal “sexier”?

Survey in English language by PERSPECTIVES Newsroom

Threats to Democracy

How can constructive journalism help in fighting populism?

Media plays a significant role in shaping public opinion, and biased reporting can contribute to societal polarization by reinforcing populist beliefs and perspectives. Conversely, constructive journalism strives for a more balanced portrayal of reality. It aims to steer away from sensationalism and fear-driven narratives and promotes a more optimistic and hopeful approach to news reporting. As such, we asked the members of our international Newsroom:

  • How can constructive journalism help in fighting populism?

Survey in English language by PERSPECTIVES Newsroom 


Solving the housing crisis – but how?

Affordable, dignified, and adequate housing is particularly (but not exclusively) scarce in urban centers across Europe. The affected groups are primarily those with lower incomes, such as younger generations or individuals marginalized for various reasons. It quickly became apparent to us in the PERSPECTIVES Newsroom that the housing crisis requires our collective attention and innovative solutions. To showcase the many dimensions of the housing issue, we conducted a joint Europe-wide survey. We sought input from experts in politics, academia, the private sector, and citizen initiatives and asked:

  • In your opinion, what specific measures should be taken to address the housing crisis in your country/city?

Survey in English language by PERSPECTIVES Newsroom 
In German language the Article is offered at Jádu 
(also available in Slovakian, Czech & Ukrainian)