Working Together Across Borders

Arena for Journalism in Europe supports collaborative journalism – journalists working together across geographical borders, and journalists working across professional borders with scholars, scientists, and with civil society.

We believe that collaborative journalism is crucial to knowledge sharing, critical thinking and political life in European societies. We build European networks, create cross-border meeting spaces, and spread the tools and experiences of collaborative projects.

The core activities of Arena are:

The Dataharvest Conference

Planning and organizing the annual Dataharvest – the European Investigative Journalism Conference. In 2023, we met on June 1-4 in Mechelen, Belgium – stay tuned for the 2024 dates!

The Networks

Facilitating open networks for information sharing to help journalists to collaborate across borders.

The Academy

Educating and knowledge sharing about cross-border collaborative journalism through training, publishing articles, speaking, developing educational materials and advising on cross-border collaborative journalism education.

Latest News

  • “Collaboration is the new normal”: Arena at GIJC23

    Last week the Arena for Journalism in Europe team travelled to Gothenburg to discuss the future of collaborative journalism at the 2023 Global Investigative Journalism Conference. So it was a delight when Marina Walker Guevara from the Pulitzer Center opened the conference with the words “Collaboration is the new normal.” We saw this throughout the conference,…

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  • We are hiring: Finance Manager/Accountant (part-time)

    Arena for Journalism in Europe is looking for a truly versatile finance profile with strong accounting flair to join the growing organisation. As the young organisation moves into a new and more established phase, we’re looking to beef up our financial operations capacity. In this new role, you will help develop and improve the overall…

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  • Introducing the Collaborative Desk: dedicated support for your cross-border team

    Cross-border journalism is a powerful way for research to have a big impact, but conducting it successfully presents a presents a unique set of challenges, from coordinating teams to maintaining secure technical infrastructure. Arena for Journalism in Europe is today launching a solution to these eternal needs for cross-border projects: The Collaborative Desk. This initiative…

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  • Meet Arena’s management trio

    As of September 2023, Arena will be managed by a trio of competent colleagues – old and new. Brigitte Alfter, founder of Arena, will resume her position as overall director of the organisation. Her main responsibilities will be the organisational overview, fundraising as well as editorial tasks. Trine Smistrup, co-founder of Arena and director of…

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