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
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!
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.
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.
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).
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
The coronavirus has given new aspects to the Arena Housing Project and the collaboration in the network – and at the same time, new problems arise in the housing field because of the virus.
The Arena Housing Project is a result of the Dataharvest 2019 conference, where many sessions focused on the housing crisis in Europe.
One of Arena’s main goals is to inspire, create and coordinate networks to promote and facilitate cross-border collaborative journalism. The present crisis has made even clearer how important collaborative journalism is when we want to research and report on complex issues that don’t care about borders. The Housing Network now has 176 persons affiliated – mainly journalists, but also housing experts from academia, activists and others.
We build resources together – shared databases and interactive map
Everybody was told to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus. But what about those who don’t have a home? The homeless population is vulnerable even at the best of times, and they are especially at risk during the Covid-19 pandemic because they have little access to hygiene, and many have bad health. Continue reading “The coronavirus fuels journalistic collaborations”
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.
We have decided to postpone Dataharvest – the European Investigative Journalism Conference because of the restrictions on travelling and gathering introduced by European health authorities. We fully support the purpose of these measures: to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. Continue reading “Dataharvest postponed until Nov 5-8, 2020”