COVID-19 pushes flats from Airbnb to the long-term rental market

This week, the Arena Housing Project published its first piece of curation journalism. The text gives an overview of how Airbnb investors are moving their flats to the long-term rental market – and lets you take the next step in the research and reporting.

As the global pandemic of COVID-19 has brought tourism and travelling to a halt, nice-looking flats that previously were only offered at daily rates on platforms like Airbnb have been appearing as long-term rentals in cities across Europe.

Housing watchers, however, assume those flats will go back to the tourism market as soon as people can travel again.

For critics of tourist rental platforms, this is further proof that the likes of Airbnb are turning housing into an investment object: when homes become a financial asset to exploit for profit rather than a public good Continue reading “COVID-19 pushes flats from Airbnb to the long-term rental market”

Welcome to Arena for Journalism in Europe

The news:  In January 2019 Arena for Journalism in Europe was founded as a ‘Stichting’ under Dutch law. It’s main activity will be to continue the EIJC & Dataharvest Conference, which has left the protective wings of Journalismfund.eu and is now organized by Arena.

The background: The EIJC & Dataharvest Conference is the European Conference for Data and Investigative Journalism. It has Continue reading “Welcome to Arena for Journalism in Europe”

The Power of Publication

Rethinking the European infrastructure for journalism in a networked society – or why we set up an open Arena for Journalism in Europe

When journalists publish the same story simultaneously in three, ten or forty countries, public attention is secured; they make a big splash. It is the power of publication. Notably the power of publication adapted to the era of networked societies. Continue reading “The Power of Publication”