Kickstart your crossborder journalism

Apply to join the European Collaborative Journalism Programme (ECJP)

The Toepfer Foundation and Arena for Journalism in Europe have joined forces to support collaborative journalism among journalists from all over Europe and call for applications to participate in the European Collaborative Journalism Programme.

Digital transformation is putting the media system under pressure. This affects the quality and diversity of the media but also hampers more resource-demanding investigative journalism and in-depth research. At the same time, cross-border stories have become more prevalent such as in the fields of migration, organized crime, pollution or consumer protection. Collaborative journalism provides the means to maintain investigations despite declining resources. It allows to pool resources and expertise, to analyse facts and data jointly and to also publish in several media at the same time.

The Programme: In the frame of ECJP, experts provide input, training and debate on cross-border collaborative journalism. Participants are encouraged to build up a network among each other; they have the possibility to further develop and discuss the exploration of a collaborative story, to recceive feedback from experts and peers and to reflect their work practice and routines.

Target group: Junior as well as mid-career journalists from all over Europe, freelancers as well as staffers from all media who already have first experiences with collaborative journalism or who firmly intend to work in this field.

Dates: Four-day programme from 30 March – 2 April 2022, Seminar Centre at the Baltic Sea
Follow up meeting from 19-22 May at the Dataharvest, the European Investigative Journalism Conference.

The programme is jointly offered by Toepfer Foundation and Arena for Journalism in Europe. All costs are covered by Toepfer Foundation.

Dates 2022:
March 30 – April 2 2022: 
Conference Centre Gut Siggen, Baltic Sea
May 19 – May 22 2022: Follow up-meeting during Dataharvest 2022, Mechelen, Belgium

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A team from last year’s ECJP was nominated for the 2021 European Press Prize with the investigation “Money to burn”.

Data dilemmas: Dealing with data and investigating the consequences

How do we track surveillance and deal with cybersecurity? How do we investigate abuse of personal data? How can we assess the lobbying power of big tech? These are questions of acute importance for all journalists – here is a chance to get closer to some answers!

Join us for a series of three half-day seminars in a cooperation between the Panelfit Consortium, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso, European Data Journalism Network and Arena for Journalism in Europe. The seminars are aimed at journalists, academics, and NGOs. They are open for all and free of charge.

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Free training on climate and environment data and OSINT

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Call for applications: ‘Learning by doing’ training followed by an investigation into climate

Are you interested in topics such as climate change, energy supply or environmental wrongdoing? Have you already done some investigative work, but would like to upgrade your investigative and/or data skills? If the answer to both questions is ‘yes’, the training offered by Arena for Journalism in Europe, supported by the European Climate Foundation, might just be for you.

Over the course of six weeks, the participants will gain hands-on knowledge in how to set up and organise a cross-border investigation and research, where to look for data and how to work with it, gain OSINT skills (applied to environmental reporting) as will be able to attend topical sessions relevant to the climate issues we’ll explore. Continue reading “Free training on climate and environment data and OSINT”

Apply for climate data and OSINT mentorships

Adriana Homolova

Jonathan Stoneman

Are you interested in investigating stories related to the climate crisis, energy  transition or environmental wrong-doing and you need some help in making sense of the datasets you’ve come across? Have you wondered how the open-source tools can help you investigate environmental stories? Consider applying for the autumn edition of our one-on-one data and OSINT mentorships! Continue reading “Apply for climate data and OSINT mentorships”

Cities for Rent: Investigating Corporate Landlords Across Europe

Everyone needs a home, and even more during a pandemic.

High demand for rental flats across European cities has contributed to make housing a very attractive investment. At at time when many people can’t find an affordable and decent flat to live, reports of a huge increase in investment flows into housing across Europe go hand in hand with stories of abusive practices by ‘corporate landlords’, companies that buy and rent out housing for profit.

Where is all that money coming from? Who are the companies and investors buying so much housing across Europe? How does this phenomenon affect people’s lives and homes in European cities? Continue reading “Cities for Rent: Investigating Corporate Landlords Across Europe”

Join the new European network for journalistic non-profits

A new generation of news organisations is rising all across Europe – one that is strongly committed to serve its audience through public interest journalism and is eagerly trying to build up new, sustainable business models for our profession. In a joint effort Netzwerk Recherche and Arena for Journalism in Europe together with partners from academia (HBI, ZeMKI) and philanthropy (Schöpflin Stiftung) will – for the first time – bring together this emerging scene of journalistic entrepreneurs that we call The New Sector.

We identified close to a hundred news outlets all over Europe that are part of this journalistic evolution. We will soon create an online map and a searchable database of Europe’s vivid scene of journopreneurs in which we want to display the agility, versatility and creativity found among its members. Continue reading “Join the new European network for journalistic non-profits”

The Climate Networks reaches out at BETD

On Thursday, March 18 (10.30-11.30 CET), Arena for Journalism in Europe will be at Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue (BETD) Media Fellows – Connecting Journalists Conference to present the Arena Climate Network. Our network coordinator, Jelena Prtorić, will discuss the benefits and importance of networking, will introduce different elements and features of the Arena Climate Network and will talk about the future of network development and climate journalism in Europe (and beyond).

Here you can find the program for the day (constantly updated) and here you’ll find more information about the BETD conference.

If you haven’t done so already, join the Arena Climate Network / and follow us on Twitter. 

New resources on the way in The Arena Climate Network

Following Dataharvest Digital 2020, during which we dedicated two weeks to topics related to climate and energy, we launched the Arena Climate Network  – a community of investigative journalists and researchers covering climate change.

The Arena Climate Network aims to facilitate information flows between journalists (interested in) covering climate at the local, national and EU level, and give them an online space to share knowledge, opinions and data.

The network is comprised of several elements that cater to different needs of journalists and researchers:

An online meeting point for journalists/researchers/academics, a forum set up via the forum tool Discourse. It is a place you can share your work, relevant research, and important databases; get in touch with your peers, ask for help or find partners for your next cross-border investigation. There are several subtopics you can follow or engage in; you can also decide to mute the others you’re not interested in (and declutter your inbox a little).

We’ll soon add a feature that will allow you to search the users based on their skills and location (self-disclosed – don’t worry, we don’t gather any personal data!), which might come in handy if you’re looking to form a cross-border team or connect with a colleague in a specific country.

Sign in, take a look and join the conversation here: https://climate.journalismarena.eu/

Coming next:

The Climate Knowledge Base: an open-access library that is easily searchable and contains a list of “must-reads” for everyone researching/covering climate.

Secure leak infrastructure: Arena for Journalism in Europe is a recipient of the Digital Whistleblowing Fund grant, supporting grassroots organisations to integrate a secure leak infrastructure to their online platforms. This means that we will be able to confidentially and anonymously receive leaks and confidential documents via the Network. We are now finalising the tech side of the project, and the platform should be up and running by the end of February!

If you have any questions, doubts or ideas, you can get in touch with Jelena, the Network coordinator (jelena@journalismarena.eu). And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter  (@Arena__Climate)!

The Arena Housing Project is flying

The Arena Housing Project has recently experienced some of its busiest weeks as it has launched more tools and resources for journalists and researchers working on housing across Europe.

We have welcomed Jelena Prtorić as a Community Coordinator at Arena, and it’s in a big part thanks to hear that you can now follow the Arena Housing Project on Twitter, where we keep you updated about housing issues from a journalistic perspective and share collaborative resources.

We have also launched the Arena Housing Knowledge Base, a repository of useful and actionable data and information about housing. There you’ll find different kinds of resources (data sources and sets, media and other reports, policy and court cases, housing initiatives…) classified into seven topics: access to housing, big landlords, empty homes, homelessness, land ownership, short-term rentals, and social and public housing.

As cooperation among our network members becomes tighter and cross-border investigations start being discussed, we are now providing the network with a fully-fledged online collaborative environment: cloud and office tools, a wiki application, and a chat server. Now cross-border teams have ready the necessary online infrastructure to launch and and work on collaborative projects.

Of course, it all began with the Arena Housing List launched shortly after Dataharvest 2019, where the Arena Housing Project was born, and which now has now over 200 members, the big majority of them journalists interested in housing and spread all over Europe, and also academic researchers, policy experts and people from advocacy organisations and activist groups.

So many resources and web pages, so many links. But don’t despair, as there’s only one easy link you need to save or remember to find the Housing Project of Arena for Journalism in Europe: https://journalismarena.eu/housing